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Join our Summer Learning Adventure between June 1st and July 29th! Read, listen, create, and attend free activities this summer. Complete bingo cards tracking your progress and earn prizes.

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Atomic Comicon 2017 Atomic Comicon 2017

Mark your calendar for the 2017 Atomic Comicon! On Friday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 24th our free annual celebration of reading, comics, fandoms, and geek culture blasts into Tacoma for its fifth year! Join us at the Main Branch of Tacoma Public Library for…
Mark your calendar for the 2017 Atomic Comicon! On Friday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 24th our free annual celebration of reading, comics…

Travel Light with eBooks Travel Light with eBooks

Heading somewhere special this summer? After you’ve packed your sunscreen, don’t forget to bring the other travel necessity – something to read. Did you know you have access to thousands of free eBook and eAudiobook titles with your library card? The Overdrive app makes it easy …
Heading somewhere special this summer? After you’ve packed your sunscreen, don’t forget to bring the other travel necessity – something to …

Build a Better Resume Build a Better Resume

Jun 29th | 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Join us for a session where we'll explore what makes a great resume. Find out about recommended formats (chronological or functional), crea…
Join us for a session where we'll explore what makes a great resume. Find out about recommended formats (chronological or functional), creating active statements, exploring resume samples and much more. No registration required.

Ozobots - Program Miniature Robots Using… Ozobots - Program Miniature Robots Using Color!

Have fun with Ozobots that move in patterns, play games and dance! By using different color markers to draw, these mini robots can be programmed to follow commands. Ozobots Channel ideas into reality – racetracks, puzzles, mazes, obstacle loops, battlefields Encourage sequential…
Have fun with Ozobots that move in patterns, play games and dance! By using different color markers to draw, these mini robots can be progr…

What is Summer Slide… What is Summer Slide and Why is it Important to Stop?

School is almost out for summer and for children around the country it means “No more pencils. No more books. No more teachers’ dirty looks.” But for educators, librarians, and parents it also means many children will succumb to the Summer Slide. What is the Summer Slide you ask…
School is almost out for summer and for children around the country it means “No more pencils. No more books." But for educators, librar ...

Summer Reading

Seattle Reptile Guy Seattle Reptile Guy

Jun 24th | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Seattle Reptile Guy will bring between 25 and 30 different animals, such as snakes, lizards, tortoises, giant geckos, giant tree skinks, be…
Seattle Reptile Guy will bring between 25 and 30 different animals, such as snakes, lizards, tortoises, giant geckos, giant tree skinks, bearded dragons and other cool animals to Tacoma Public Library. Kids get to touch the animals and learn all about the amazing things that the…

Revamped Read Alongs! Revamped Read Alongs!

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Tacoma Public Library has made a change! Remember those pesky bags that used to hold the children's picture books with attached CDs? Well, we've done away with them! Stop by any one of our eight locations and check out our new "Read Along (Book +CD)" titles just…
Tacoma Public Library has made a change! Remember those pesky bags that used to hold the children's picture books with attached CDs? …

Local History

Bump the Axis Bump the Axis

When President F.D. Roosevelt called for a nationwide scrap rubber collection campaign to take place June 15-30, 1942, Tacoma's fishing fleet responded by giving up their boat bumpers to "Bump" the Axis. Rubber recycling was necessary because 92% of the U.S.'s normal supply of c…
When President F.D. Roosevelt called for a nationwide scrap rubber collection campaign to take place June 15-30, 1942, Tacoma's fishing fle…

Cushman Indian Hospital Commissary Fire Cushman Indian Hospital Commissary Fire

On June 21, 1938, firemen watch as the side of a building collapses and smoke billows from inside. The $30,000 fire on June 20-21 at the United States Cushman Indian Hospital destroyed the hospital commissary, a two and 1/2 story, wood frame building. The intense flames lit up t…
On June 21, 1938, firemen watch as the side of a building collapses and smoke billows from inside. The $30,000 fire on June 20-21 at the Un…

Sioux Sioux

The tugboat "Sioux" chugs powerfully through the waves as she undergoes sea trials on June 29, 1970. Launched at Martinac Shipbuilding on June 13th along with sister tug, "Seneca", she would be used to haul barges to the oil fields of Alaska's Prudhoe Bay. See more featured imag…
The tugboat "Sioux" chugs powerfully through the waves as she undergoes sea trials on June 29, 1970. Launched at Martinac Shipbuilding on J…

Fathers and Sons Fathers and Sons

To honor fathers and sons of University Place and Day Island communities, the University Place School sponsored a banquet on March 2, 1934. The program included music by Fred May's orchestra, Boy Scout demonstrations and motion pictures on scouting, boxing and songs. See more fe…
To honor fathers and sons of University Place and Day Island communities, the University Place School sponsored a banquet on March 2, 1934.…

Tray Vittles - Yum! Tray Vittles - Yum!

In June of 1954, customers at Scotty's Cafe, 29 Tacoma Ave. North, could purchase Tray Vittles, "delicious foods served conveniently", packaged in easy-to-carry boxes. The complete hot dinners, which might have included soup, burgers & fries, turkey and mashed potatoes, and a la…
In June of 1954, customers at Scotty's Cafe, 29 Tacoma Ave. North, could purchase Tray Vittles, "delicious foods served conveniently", pack…

We Recommend

Bad Reviews Don't Mean a Thing Bad Reviews Don't Mean a Thing

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Looking for a good book with a bad review? Who isn't this summer? Here's a list of books from Tacoma Public Library, classic and contempora…
Looking for a good book with a bad review? Who isn't this summer? Here's a list of books from Tacoma Public Library, classic and contempora…

Oldies but Goodies Oldies but Goodies

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Tired of modern life? Overwhelmed by the non-stop pace? Enjoy a simpler time through these titles published before 1900 at Tacoma Public L…
Tired of modern life? Overwhelmed by the non-stop pace? Enjoy a simpler time through these titles published before 1900 at Tacoma Public L…

Authors under 30 Authors under 30

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Discover at Tacoma Public Library these novels that were written when the authors were under 30.
Discover at Tacoma Public Library these novels that were written when the authors were under 30.

Books under 100 pages Books under 100 pages

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Check out these books under 100 pages at Tacoma Public Library.
Check out these books under 100 pages at Tacoma Public Library.

Library Reads Top Ten June 2017 Library Reads Top Ten June 2017

Nothing says “must read” quite like a Librarian’s stamp of approval! Every month LibraryReads.org releases the top 10 picks for the month, as voted on by Librarians across the country.  At the end of the year, Librarians vote for their Favorites of Favorites. Subscribe to Tacoma…
Nothing says “must read” quite like a Librarian’s stamp of approval! Every month LibraryReads.org releases the top 10 picks for the month, …
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