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Get your financial house in order
By TacomaLibrary_Moore

Get your financial house in order by attending a free workshop series at the Moore Branch of Tacoma Library. This is your chance to get the…

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Get your financial house in order
By TacomaLibrary_Moore

Get your financial house in order by attending a free workshop series at the Moore Branch of Tacoma Library. This is your chance to get the…

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Tacoma Library's New Mobile App Has Arrived!

Tacoma Public Library’s new free mobile app makes it easy for you to access our wealth of resources. Check due dates and renew items, Search the collection, filtering results to find what you really want, Place holds and see if you have holds ready for pickup Check title availab…

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Tacoma Library's New Mobile App!

Tacoma Public Library’s new free mobile app makes it easy for you to access our wealth of resources. Check due dates, renew items, search …

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Pathway Card Making a Difference!
By TacomaLibrary_Kids

Many people may take going to the library for granted but for nine year old Penelope it's a big deal! Penelope is an erudite student of Lister Elementary School where she studies advance placement classes. She recently had some time to discover the Tacoma Public Library near her…

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Pathway Card Making a Difference!
By TacomaLibrary_Kids

Many people may take going to the library for granted but for nine year old Penelope it's a big deal! Penelope is an erudite student of Lis…

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New library card designs

Four new library card designs are now available to patrons including a commemorative Tacoma Reads 2016 design featuring Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven. This is the first time the library has marked the Tacoma Reads selection with a new card. Other cards reflect the postc…

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New library card designs

Four new library card designs are now available to patrons including a commemorative Tacoma Reads 2016 design featuring Emily St. John Mand…

Local History
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Real Old Fashioned Mutts in 1930
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

On April 19, 1930, the RKO Pantages Theater organized a very special "real old fashioned mutts" dog show to welcome the Weaver Brothers comedy team to Tacoma. The winners of the show were: (left to right) Earl Robinson with his two month old puppy Spot, Dickie Dale Simmons with …

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Real Old Fashioned Mutts in 1930
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

On April 19, 1930, the RKO Pantages Theater organized a very special "real old fashioned mutts" dog show to welcome the Weaver Brothers com…

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Tacoma's First Night Baseball Game, 1930
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

The opening games of the 1930 Industrial Baseball League season were Tacoma's first known night baseball games, played in Stadium Bowl on April 25, 1930. 

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Tacoma's First Night Baseball Game, 1930
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

The opening games of the 1930 Industrial Baseball League season were Tacoma's first known night baseball games, played in Stadium Bowl on …

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Sherman Tackle Co. Bowlers, 1940
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

Tacoma's Class B women's bowling champions, the Sherman Tackle Co. bowling team, prepare to compete in the annual Western Women's Bowling Congress at the Play Mor alleys in April 1940.

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Sherman Tackle Co. Bowlers, 1940
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

Tacoma's Class B women's bowling champions, the Sherman Tackle Co. bowling team, prepare to compete in the annual Western Women's Bowling …

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Bremerton High School Students, 1936
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

On April 21, 1936, the city of Bremerton was turned upside down as student leaders from Bremerton High School took over the city government and newspapers for the day. 

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Bremerton High School Students, 1936
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

On April 21, 1936, the city of Bremerton was turned upside down as student leaders from Bremerton High School took over the city government…

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Celebrating Women’s History Month!
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

On August 17, 1918, Mrs. M. Ristig was photographed while repairing tires at the M.K. Martin Company, located at 750 Broadway. She was one of thousands of women worldwide, as the photo's headline in the Tacoma Daily Ledger stated, "Taking the Places of Those Over There." World W…

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Celebrating Women’s History Month!
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

On August 17, 1918, Mrs. M. Ristig was photographed while repairing tires at the M.K. Martin Company, located at 750 Broadway. She was one …

Movies & Music
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Great Books that will be Movies in 2016
By TacomaLibrary

Many popular movies are adapted from bestselling books and libraries often see an increased demand for a book once the movie is released.…

The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio What Maisie Knew Charlotte Gray Notes on A Scandal Winter's Bone X-men
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Best Actresses That Did So Much More...

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2 movies for each of the following 10 actresses that have displayed their immense talents in action, comedy, drama and everything in betwee…

The Martian The Revenant The Big Short The Danish Girl Brooklyn Carol
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Books Rule at the Oscars

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Here at Tacoma Public Library it's no surprise that behind some of the best movies lurk even better books. Read the stories that inspired …

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Tacoma on the Silver Screen
By TacomaLibrary

Let these films really take you home as you watch the plot unfold throughout Tacoma and nearby locations…

We Recommend
Demigods & Magicians Raymie Nightingale Booked The Wild Robot Slacker The Eureka Key
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Top Picks for Kids Grades 4-8 April 2016

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Check out Tacoma Library's Top Chapter Book Picks for Kids in Grades 4-8. Place your holds now and be the first to read these awesome new …

The Glittering Court The Haters The End of Fun The Outliers Every Exquisite Thing Asking for It
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Top Picks for Teens April 2016

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Check out Tacoma Public Library's Top Picks for Teens. Place your holds now and be the first to read these awesome new titles!

Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle Trash Action E Is for Environment Planet Yumthing Do-it-yourself The Jumbo Book of Outdoor Art Junk Drawer Jewelry
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RePurpose, ReUse and ReCycle With Kids

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Tacoma Public Library shows you the cool part about recycling and decreasing your carbon footprint. Take a peek at 11 titles that will educ…

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LibraryReads Top 10 April 2016
By TacomaLibrary

Nothing says “must read” quite like a Librarian’s stamp of approval! Every month Librarians across the country vote for their favorite new..

Funny Girl Blame Hooked On Ewe The Scorpio Races Queen of Shadows The Great Zoo of China
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Staff Favorites in 2015

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2015 is officially over, but we're still basking in the glow of our favorite reads of the year, here at Tacoma Public Library. Read on to s…

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