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Appy Hour with Libby Appy Hour with Libby

Jan 27th | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Drop by and join us for a mocktail to get started on Libby, Overdrive's new user-friendly app. In just a minute we can help you install…
Drop by and join us for a mocktail to get started on Libby, Overdrive's new user-friendly app. In just a minute we can help you install Libby on your mobile device so you can access thousands of e-books and e-audiobooks for free with your library card. Find more information…

Valentines for Veterans Valentines for Veterans

December 26th – January 27th, all Tacoma Public Library branches invite patrons to thank those who served in the military by creating valentines being sent to local Veteran Homes.
December 26th – January 27th, all Tacoma Public Library branches invite patrons to thank those who served in the military by creating…

Welcome Reception for new Director Welcome Reception for new Director

Jan 30th | 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Tacoma Public Library Board of Trustees invites the public to come and meet our new Library Director, Kate Larsen. The Welcome Recepti…
The Tacoma Public Library Board of Trustees invites the public to come and meet our new Library Director, Kate Larsen. The Welcome Reception will be held Tuesday, January 30, 2018 from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm in the Olympic Room at Main (1102 Tacoma Avenue South).

Best Books of 2017 Best Books of 2017

Here at Tacoma Public Library, we are obviously fond of lists. So much so, that we have created a list of lists to help you navigate through the best books of 2017. Did your favorite book make the list(s)? Let us know in the comments below! …
Here at Tacoma Public Library, we are obviously fond of lists. So much so, that we have created a list of lists to help you navigate throug…

AARP Tax Help AARP Tax Help

The AARP will provide free tax assistance to seniors and low income individuals and families on Wednesdays, beginning February 7th through April 11th, noon to 4 PM at the Moore Branch of Tacoma Public Library. Assistance is provided on a first come first served basis and capacit…
The AARP will provide free tax assistance to seniors and low income individuals and families on Wednesdays, beginning February 7th through …

Local History

Self Service Food Court Self Service Food Court

Army personnel could choose from cold and hot snacks at the built-in vending machines at Fort Lewis in January of 1969. Milk, sodas and ice cream were located nearer the right wall and soups and dry snacks on the left. Bright red chairs coupled with turquoise tables provided a…
Army personnel could choose from cold and hot snacks at the built-in vending machines at Fort Lewis in January of 1969. Milk, sodas and…

Cold Day for a Swim Cold Day for a Swim

Famed long-distance swimmer, Bert Thomas, a 275-pound ex-Marine frogman who conquered the Strait of Juan de Fuca, checks the January, 1956, temperature of Puget Sound. Dick Beckman and Betty Jane McGuigan hold a thermometer sign registering 45 degrees. On the night of January…
Famed long-distance swimmer, Bert Thomas, a 275-pound ex-Marine frogman who conquered the Strait of Juan de Fuca, checks the January,…

Basketball for a Cause Basketball for a Cause

Four-year-old Suzy Jo, a student at the Hilltop Day Care Training Center for Mentally Retarded Children, has her eyes fixed on the bouncing ball while three adults kneel behind her in the University of Puget Sound Fieldhouse on January 15, 1969. Mel Jackson, associate director o…
Four-year-old Suzy Jo, a student at the Hilltop Day Care Training Center for Mentally Retarded Children, has her eyes fixed on the bouncing…

One Elephant Went Out to Play... One Elephant Went Out to Play...

Mrs. Chubb with 5 shelves of elephants from large to small ones from her collection, January 13, 1940. The 1940 City Directory listed a Mrs. Myrtle Chubb, residing at 3905 No. 35th. Her husband William was a mechanic, also residing at the same address was Frances Chubb, art fell…
Mrs. Chubb with 5 shelves of elephants from large to small ones from her collection, January 13, 1940. The 1940 City Directory listed a Mrs…

Who Rules the Roost? Who Rules the Roost?

Poultry Judge J. H. Nichols faces off with the white Plymouth Rock Rooster that has been declared Grand Champion of the 46th annual Tacoma Poultry Show in January of 1941. Backing up Mr. Nichols are a gang of baby chicks nestling in his lap. The six day show took place January 6…
Poultry Judge J. H. Nichols faces off with the white Plymouth Rock Rooster that has been declared Grand Champion of the 46th annual Tacoma …

Kids & Families

Rhyme Time with Picture Books Rhyme Time with Picture Books

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It’s unanimous; these rhyming picture books can’t be beat! Why rhyme? The benefits of reading books in rhyme with early or pre-readers are …
It’s unanimous; these rhyming picture books can’t be beat! Why rhyme? The benefits of reading books in rhyme with early or pre-readers are …

Books set in Washington Books set in Washington

128 years ago, the State of Washington became the 42nd state to join Union. Check out the Washington State Historical Society website for m…
128 years ago, the State of Washington became the 42nd state to join Union. Check out the Washington State Historical Society website for m…

You'll Tide Yourself Over With These… You'll Tide Yourself Over With These…

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Set your DVD to "roasting" for these good ol' (OK, some newish) holiday chestnuts. They're sure to help you get into the spirit of the seas…
Set your DVD to "roasting" for these good ol' (OK, some newish) holiday chestnuts. They're sure to help you get into the spirit of the…

TPS Middle School Battle of the Books… TPS Middle School Battle of the Books…

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Check out and read the following 10 books from Tacoma Public Library then represent your school by competing in Tacoma Public School's Batt…
Check out and read the following 10 books from Tacoma Public Library then represent your school by competing in Tacoma Public School's…

Cooking with kids Cooking with kids

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Food tastes better when you make it yourself! Teach your kids the joy of cooking and tasting with some recipes and tips from these titles a…
Food tastes better when you make it yourself! Teach your kids the joy of cooking and tasting with some recipes and tips from these titles a…

We Recommend

Protect Your Online Identity Protect Your Online Identity

Overwhelmed by the threats to your online identity? These books from Tacoma Public Library will help you understand online threats, help you keep yourself safe online, and help you quickly recover if cyber criminals do breach your online security. ...
Overwhelmed by the threats to your online identity? These books from Tacoma Public Library will help you understand online threats, help …

Musical Teams of Two Bewitch and Beguile Musical Teams of Two Bewitch and Beguile

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When you listen to these masterful pairs of musicians play these classical music selections you will be challenged, moved, at times…
When you listen to these masterful pairs of musicians play these classical music selections you will be challenged, moved, at times…

Library Reads Top 10 January 2018 Library Reads Top 10 January 2018

Nothing says “must read” quite like a Librarian’s stamp of approval! Every month LibraryReads.org releases the top 10 picks for the month, …
Nothing says “must read” quite like a Librarian’s stamp of approval! Every month LibraryReads.org releases the top 10 picks for the month, …

Martin Luther King a Life Martin Luther King a Life

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Tacoma Library lists 10 titles of the thoughts, speeches, and dreams of civil rights leader Martin Luther King.
Tacoma Library lists 10 titles of the thoughts, speeches, and dreams of civil rights leader Martin Luther King.

Thanks for the Memories Thanks for the Memories

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Vans Warped Tour is coming to an end in 2018 after 23 years. Reminisce with the greatest hits to grace the Warped Tour stage at Tacoma Library.
Vans Warped Tour is coming to an end in 2018 after 23 years. Reminisce with the greatest hits to grace the Warped Tour stage at Tacoma Libr…
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