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Ongtupqa: Hopi Music and Cultural… Ongtupqa: Hopi Music and Cultural Connections to the Grand Canyon

Jun 1st | 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Explore our sacred spaces this summer when we welcome international recording artist and cultural storyteller Gary Stroutsos. In…
Explore our sacred spaces this summer when we welcome international recording artist and cultural storyteller Gary Stroutsos. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Grand Canyon's designation as a national park, Gary will share highlights of his new film Ongtupqa,…

JobNow: featured eResource of the month JobNow: featured eResource of the month

Get free expert help on every part of your job search with your Tacoma Public Library card and the JobNow eResource. JobNow features live help seven days a week with your job search.  Experts help you: Find job openings Write letters and resumes Apply online Prepare for…
Get free expert help on every part of your job search with your Tacoma Public Library card and the JobNow eResource. JobNow features live…

Summer Reading Club begins! Summer Reading Club begins!

Jun 15th
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The first day to join Summer Reading Club and pick up a bingo card is Saturday, June 15! Summer Reading Club is for everyone: bingo cards…
The first day to join Summer Reading Club and pick up a bingo card is Saturday, June 15! Summer Reading Club is for everyone: bingo cards are available for little kids, kids, teens, and adults, with activities and prizes (while supplies last) for each age group. Stop by any…

Wisdom Cafes Wisdom Cafes

In today's increasingly digital world, more and more people are finding that they miss REAL conversation with REAL people. Come make a REAL connection at the library. Every 2nd Friday of the month, we'll be holding Wisdom Cafes - a conversation series…
In today's increasingly digital world, more and more people are finding that they miss REAL conversation with REAL people. Come make a…

Cybersecurity Basics: Protect Yourself… Cybersecurity Basics: Protect Yourself and Your Devices Online

The Kobetich and Wheelock branches will be hosting an hour long session to help you stay safe online and protect your devices too! Learn about the latest security threats, how to stop them, and how to: Keep your camera from spying on you Defend against spam Create and remember…
The Kobetich and Wheelock branches will be hosting an hour long session to help you stay safe online and protect your devices too! Learn…

Local History

Fire on the Flats! Fire on the Flats!

On May 20, 1942, the Tacoma Fire Department, under the direction of the Coast Guard, razed the shanties located in a six block area on the Tacoma Tideflats. The area, known as "Hollywood on the Tideflats" was being destroyed as a wartime security measure for the industries...
On May 20, 1942, the Tacoma Fire Department, under the direction of the Coast Guard, razed the shanties located in a six block area on the…

A Stack of Toys! A Stack of Toys!

The James Stack Co., Inc. was a wholesaler and importer of toys. Owned by James R. Stack, it was located at 1422 Tacoma Avenue South. The company handled a wide variety of toys; pictured here in May, 1954, are just a few including Tiddley Winx and Crosswords games, a Li'l…
The James Stack Co., Inc. was a wholesaler and importer of toys. Owned by James R. Stack, it was located at 1422 Tacoma Avenue South. The…

Goodbye for the Duration Goodbye for the Duration

This photograph of six years old Yukie Suekawa and Pvt. Howard L. Loudermilk at Union Station was chosen to grace the front page of the May 17, 1942 Tacoma Times with the caption "Goodbye for the Duration." As Pvt. Loudermilk adjusts the bonnet on the head of the little girl's...
This photograph of six years old Yukie Suekawa and Pvt. Howard L. Loudermilk at Union Station was chosen to grace the front page of the…

Mother of Mothers Mother of Mothers

For Mother's Day in 1950, the News Tribune paid special tribute to Mrs. Florence D. Smith, the mother of 10 sons, 4 daughters and grandmother to 29 grandchildren, with a front page article on May 14. The widow of Aldus A. Smith, the minister of Mason Methodist Church for many...
For Mother's Day in 1950, the News Tribune paid special tribute to Mrs. Florence D. Smith, the mother of 10 sons, 4 daughters and…

Can you hear me now? Can you hear me now?

Lillian Biehner, right, supervisor of Pierce County school nurses, conducts a test on the students' hearing at Ruston School on May 6, 1941. An audiometer, in the suitcase on the right, contains a record player connected to 20 sets of earphones. Children write down the numbers...
Lillian Biehner, right, supervisor of Pierce County school nurses, conducts a test on the students' hearing at Ruston School on May 6,…

Kids & Families

Mickey Mouse in Movies Mickey Mouse in Movies

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Celebrate Mickey's 90th birthday with a Disney classic from Tacoma Public Library.
Celebrate Mickey's 90th birthday with a Disney classic from Tacoma Public Library.

Women's History Month Women's History Month

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March is Women’s History Month. Tacoma Public Library recommends these nonfiction books about young girls and women who have made a…
March is Women’s History Month. Tacoma Public Library recommends these nonfiction books about young girls and women who have made a…

Ready, Set, Read-Tacoma! Ready, Set, Read-Tacoma!

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Ready, Set, Read—Tacoma! (RSR-T) is a free program through Communities in Schools and Tacoma Public Schools that provides access to 70+…
Ready, Set, Read—Tacoma! (RSR-T) is a free program through Communities in Schools and Tacoma Public Schools that provides access to 70+…

Whistle While You Work Whistle While You Work

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Disney soundtracks at Tacoma Public Library.
Disney soundtracks at Tacoma Public Library.

All Are Welcome Here! All Are Welcome Here!

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The Tacoma Public Library recommends these pictures books as a way to celebrate National Welcoming Week. This is a time to remind our community members that we welcome people from all backgrounds.
The Tacoma Public Library recommends these pictures books as a way to celebrate National Welcoming Week. This is a time to remind our…

We Recommend

LibraryReads May 2019 LibraryReads May 2019

Nothing says “must read” quite like a Librarian’s stamp of approval! Every month LibraryReads.org releases the top picks for the month, as…
Nothing says “must read” quite like a Librarian’s stamp of approval! Every month LibraryReads.org releases the top picks for the month, as…

National Garden Week National Garden Week

National Garden Week is a celebration of gardens and its environments. This “Week” is to hopefully spark community involvement. So take a…
National Garden Week is a celebration of gardens and its environments. This “Week” is to hopefully spark community involvement. So take a…

Best Picture Best Picture

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Tacoma Library's media collection reflects two decades of Best Pictures winners. And if you look deeper into our media collections you…
Tacoma Library's media collection reflects two decades of Best Pictures winners. And if you look deeper into our media collections you…

Lettering Lettering

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Have you just started to learn one of the trendiest hobbies around? Are you a pro looking for new ideas? Checkout these titles on…
Have you just started to learn one of the trendiest hobbies around? Are you a pro looking for new ideas? Checkout these titles on…

John Steinbeck Great American Author John Steinbeck Great American Author

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John Steinbeck was the American author who in 1962 won the ultimate in authorship the Nobel Laureate in Literature. His writing is so well…
John Steinbeck was the American author who in 1962 won the ultimate in authorship the Nobel Laureate in Literature. His writing is so well…
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