Summer Reading Club 2019, June 15 - August 10

Summer Reading Club is for everyone: we have bingo cards for little kids, kids, teens, and adults, with activities and prizes (while supplies last) for each age group.

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All Tacoma Public Library branches will be closed on Sundays for the duration of the summer. We will reopen Sunday hours at Kobetich, Moore, and Wheelock on Sunday, Sept. 8.

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Summer Filmmaking For Teens Summer Filmmaking For Teens

A Universe of Stories is a six-week intensive film camp for Pierce County youth ages 14-18 who show an interest in filmmaking. Learn the essentials of effective scripting, shooting, directing, lighting, sound and editing under the guidance of professional film producers. By the…
A Universe of Stories is a six-week intensive film camp for Pierce County youth ages 14-18 who show an interest in filmmaking. Learn the…

Teachables: featured eResource of the… Teachables: featured eResource of the month

Attention: Parents and Educators! Scholastic Teachables is an online database of thousands of searchable and printable educational materials for students Pre-K to 8th grade. The Scholastic teacher-authors create and vet ready-to-use resources to save you countless hours of…
Attention: Parents and Educators! Scholastic Teachables is an online database of thousands of searchable and printable educational…

Roominate Roominate

Open ended, snap together building system makes many things, from houses to helicopters! Uses electricity and motors to teach use of circuits that create moving parts and lights. Expand, accessorize, and populate a world of your own! Encourages problem solving, confidence and…
Open ended, snap together building system makes many things, from houses to helicopters! Uses electricity and motors to teach use of…

Get Started Writing Get Started Writing

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”— Louis L’Amour Come get those creative juices flowing and join us for a Writer's Circle at Wheelock Branch. This 5-week series will help you commit to a consistent writing practice with…
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”— Louis L’Amour Come get those creative juices…

Summer Reading

Summer Events for Babies Summer Events for Babies

The Summer Reading Club at Tacoma Public Library features programs and fun for all ages, even babies! Caregivers are invited to bring their babies and young toddlers to our special Baby Sign Language and Baby Massage classes this summer. Baby Sign Language Join Alison Ness from…
The Summer Reading Club at Tacoma Public Library features programs and fun for all ages, even babies! Caregivers are invited to bring…

Walking Club Walking Club

Wheelock Branch is walking this summer! Every Friday, beginning June 14 through August 9, we'll head out for a 35-45 minute walk around the Proctor neighborhood at 9 AM. If you've wanted to start exercising but didn't want to do it alone, this is your opportunity!…
Wheelock Branch is walking this summer! Every Friday, beginning June 14 through August 9, we'll head out for a 35-45 minute walk…

2019 Summer Reading List for Grades 3-5 2019 Summer Reading List for Grades 3-5

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Check out Tacoma Public Library's summer reading suggestions for grades 3-5. Compiled by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), the books on this list come highly recommended by kids from all over the country.
Check out Tacoma Public Library's summer reading suggestions for grades 3-5. Compiled by the Association for Library Service to…

Tacoma Reads This Summer Tacoma Reads This Summer

Jul 6th | 2:00pm - 3:30pm
This summer, review the “Tacoma Reads” title “There There.”  A book discussion of Tommy Orange’s bestselling breakout novel will be held...
This summer, review the “Tacoma Reads” title “There There.”  A book discussion of Tommy Orange’s bestselling breakout novel will be held Saturday, July 6, 2019, 2:00 P.M. - 3:30 P.M. - Olympic Room, Main Branch. And stay tuned for further information about the author...

Local History

Sake, not Champagne, for Sampan Sake, not Champagne, for Sampan

Keel laying ceremonies. In lieu of smashing a bottle of champagne, Japanese sake is gently poured over the keel of a new steel sampan being built at Martinolich Shipbuilding facilities on Alexander Ave. The family of Jack Shinsato, Honolulu owners, do the honors on June 19,…
Keel laying ceremonies. In lieu of smashing a bottle of champagne, Japanese sake is gently poured over the keel of a new steel sampan…

State Yo-Yo Champ State Yo-Yo Champ

13-year-old Kyle Bell, upcoming vice president of Jason Lee Junior High's ninth grade, is the state yo-yo champion. He captured the title on April 17, 1976, at Southcenter in the 8-15 year-old age group. Kyle is shown above in June of 1976 while practicing for the $500…
13-year-old Kyle Bell, upcoming vice president of Jason Lee Junior High's ninth grade, is the state yo-yo champion. He captured the…

Happy Fathers Day! Happy Fathers Day!

In June of 1945 three unidentified women prepared to send Father's Day messages to servicemen from the special Post Yarns mailing center in Tacoma's Rhodes Department Store; an unidentified clerk working in the booth took their addressed messages. Rhodes joined with the...
In June of 1945 three unidentified women prepared to send Father's Day messages to servicemen from the special Post Yarns mailing…

Star Power at Winthrop Star Power at Winthrop

Actress Lana Turner poses with two beaming GIs in the back of a Titus Motor Company's 1923 Lincoln Touring Car parked in front of the Winthrop Hotel during her June 13, 1942 visit to Tacoma for a War Bond rally. To help the Treasury Department sell war bonds, Miss Turner…
Actress Lana Turner poses with two beaming GIs in the back of a Titus Motor Company's 1923 Lincoln Touring Car parked in front of the…

Kruger's before Busch's Kruger's before Busch's

Six carhops wearing capes with gold braid, short skirts and white cowboy boots served the cars in front of Kruger's Triple XXX Root Beer Barrel drive-in at 3505 South Tacoma Way in June of 1941. Frank J. Kruger opened his new Triple XXX Barrel restaurant in October 1936…
Six carhops wearing capes with gold braid, short skirts and white cowboy boots served the cars in front of Kruger's Triple XXX Root…

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Love = Love Love = Love

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Celebrate Pride Month with an LGTBQIA+ romance from Tacoma Library.
Celebrate Pride Month with an LGTBQIA+ romance from Tacoma Library.

LibraryReads June 2019 LibraryReads June 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…

Having Game of Thrones withdrawals? Having Game of Thrones withdrawals?

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Watch some of your favorite actors from the show in these other movies available at Tacoma Public Library.
Watch some of your favorite actors from the show in these other movies available at Tacoma Public Library.

If You Liked Star Wars... If You Liked Star Wars...

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...then you'll want to see these. It's no secret that the Star Wars films are amazing. The creators of the movies on this list have tipped…
...then you'll want to see these. It's no secret that the Star Wars films are amazing. The creators of the movies on this list…

Days of Yore Days of Yore

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Need a break from your life? Are you reminiscing of times past? Discover these historical novels of 2018 at Tacoma Public Library.
Need a break from your life? Are you reminiscing of times past? Discover these historical novels of 2018 at Tacoma Public Library.
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