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Join our Summer Reading Challenge! Read, earn digital badges, and attend a variety of free activities between June 11th and August 6th!

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Join the Summer Reading Challenge!

Summer is almost here!  As the days grow longer, enjoy the many wonderful things to do outside. As part of your summertime fun, take a break and pick up a book, graphic novel, magazine or comic. Engage your mind as well as your body this summer. To learn more about joining the …

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Join the Summer Reading Challenge!

Summer is almost here!  As the days grow longer, enjoy the many wonderful things to do outside. As part of your summertime fun, take a brea…

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On the Gallery Walls – Michael Albert Cerealism
By TacomaLibrary_Community

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure – the cereal world of Michael Albert. While most of us casually toss empty boxes of cereal, tea, or macaroni in the recycling bin, New York artist Michael Albert carefully collects these discarded materials and repurposes them into metic…

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On the Gallery Walls – Michael Albert
By TacomaLibrary_Community

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure – the cereal world of Michael Albert. While most of us casually toss empty boxes of cereal, tea, …

Summer Reading
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Summer Reading Matters!

Why are summer reading programs important for children? Research has shown that kids experience learning loss over the summer and reading just 5 books over the summer can prevent it. Letting kids select their own books encourages summer reading and at Tacoma Public Library we ha…

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Summer Reading Matters!

Why are summer reading programs important for children? Research has shown that kids experience learning loss over the summer and reading j…

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Shipyard Safety, 1943
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

In July of 1943, Al Riviere and Frank Bujan appear to be lighting after-meal cigarettes at the Seattle-Tacoma shipyard, ignoring the giant …

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Escaped Grizzly Bear, 1937
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

In July 1937, volunteers Howard Bjorklund and "Happy" Logue, with high-powered rifles, tracked a missing grizzly bear through ferns and und…

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Tacoma Speedway, 1920
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

This is speed king Jimmy Murphy (left) with his mechanic, Ernie Olson, on the board track of the Tacoma Speedway circa the summer of 1920. …

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House Afire, Fourth of July 1950
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

In July 1950, a house is carefully lowered by crane onto a barge at the Port of Tacoma and towed to Commencement Bay. As the sign on the ol…

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Fourth of July at Stadium Bowl, 1938
By TacomaLibrary_NW_History

The Fourth of July celebration at Stadium Bowl in 1938 culminated with a spectacular fireworks show presented by the Hitt Fireworks Company…

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Create Your Own Victory Garden

recommended by TacomaLibrary

During WWII, families started victory gardens as a way to provide themselves and others with nutritious food. Do something wonderful for yo…

Christ Actually The Science and Practice of Humility The December Project The 5 Dharma Types Devotion and Defiance A History of Religion in 5 1/2 Objects
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Spiritual Viewpoints Now

recommended by TacomaLibrary

Explore current thought on spirituality and religion from a variety of perspectives with these books at Tacoma Public Library.

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Library Reads Top 10 July 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 newl…

This Savage Song A World Without You The Memory Book Learning to Swear in America The Lost & Found Generation Next
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Top Picks for Teens July 2016

recommended by TacomaLibrary_Teens

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

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Serafina and the Twisted Staff Dara Palmer's Major Drama The Curse of the Were-hyena Brothers Unite Lucky Strikes
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Top Picks for Grades 4-8 July 2016

recommended by TacomaLibrary_Kids

Check out Tacoma Public Library's top picks for kids in grades 4-8. Place your holds now and be the first to read these awesome new titles!

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