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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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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.

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 …

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 ...

Cool Food For Summer Cool Food For Summer

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Summer fun means the best kind of parties, gardens and recipes. And Tacoma Library has titles to help you find the best of all three right here.
Summer fun means the best kind of parties, gardens and recipes. And Tacoma Library has titles to help you find the best of all three right …

Summer Reading

Baby Time Baby Time

Jun 27th | 11:30am - 12:30pm
Join us for one-on-one lap time with bouncing rhymes, books, bubbles, music and group play just for babies (ages birth - 24 months) with a …
Join us for one-on-one lap time with bouncing rhymes, books, bubbles, music and group play just for babies (ages birth - 24 months) with a parent or caregiver. These activities enhance development of language and sensory skills.

Family Tie-Dye Family Tie-Dye

Jun 27th | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
It's summer, let's tie-dye! Please bring your own prewashed white cotton t-shirt. All other materials and instruction will be provided. App…
It's summer, let's tie-dye! Please bring your own prewashed white cotton t-shirt. All other materials and instruction will be provided. Appropriate for ages 6 and up (with parental supervision). First come, first served.

Blind Date With A Book Is BackAgain!… Blind Date With A Book Is BackAgain!…

Stop by any Tacoma Public Library and “Build a Better World” with extraordinary armchair travel and go where few have gone before. Enjoy intriguing fiction written by fascinating people.  But don’t forget that this year’s theme is “Build a Better World. “ So be prepared for thos…
Stop by any Tacoma Public Library and “Build a Better World” with extraordinary armchair travel and go where few have gone before. Enjoy in…

Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO® Engineering Workshop Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO® Engineering Workshop

Jun 28th | 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Tons of LEGO fun will be unleased at the Tacoma Public Libraries this summer. Bricks 4 Kidz is once again bringing their popular program fo…
Tons of LEGO fun will be unleased at the Tacoma Public Libraries this summer. Bricks 4 Kidz is once again bringing their popular program for kids ages 5 to 12 to a branch near you. A Bricks 4 Kidz instructor will lead kids through building a motorized model using a specialized k…

Family Putt Putt Family Putt Putt

Jun 28th | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Think you have what it takes to be a library putt putt champ? Come try out our 15 hole indoor course. For Ages 6 and up.
Think you have what it takes to be a library putt putt champ? Come try out our 15 hole indoor course. For Ages 6 and up.

Local History

A Page from the Extinction Collection: P… A Page from the Extinction Collection: Phone Books

In June of 1941, Harriett Peterson, a Pacific Telephone and Telegraph employee, was photographed while perched on top of a stack of 2,000 copies of the new Tacoma telephone directory. Eighty five distributors began delivering the directories on June 26, 1941. The July, 1941 dire…
In June of 1941, Harriett Peterson, a Pacific Telephone and Telegraph employee, was photographed while perched on top of a stack of 2,000 c…

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.…

We Recommend

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.

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…

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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