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What is the library you imagine for Tacoma? Does it have weekly science programs for middle-schoolers, a coffee shop inside your favorite branch, or a creative makerspace? Are there more programs for adults? What are they? Whatever your vision is, please take our Community…
What is the library you imagine for Tacoma? Does it have weekly science programs for middle-schoolers, a coffee shop inside your favorite…

NextReads NextReads

Looking for a new favorite book? We'll deliver customized reading lists right to your inbox and you'll be able to link to the…
Looking for a new favorite book? We'll deliver customized reading lists right to your inbox and you'll be able to link to the library catalog to reserve your NextRead!

90-Second Newbery Film Festival 90-Second Newbery Film Festival

Jan 10th
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CALLING ALL YOUNG FILMMAKERS!  Tacoma Public Library invites kids and teens to submit films to the 90-Second Newbery Film…
CALLING ALL YOUNG FILMMAKERS!  Tacoma Public Library invites kids and teens to submit films to the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival!The deadline for submitting films is January 10, 2020 The Oscar Style Screening Party is on February 29, 2020 Learn more here. This is a…

Cubelets: Modular Robots Cubelets: Modular Robots

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Through play and experimentation, Cubelets transform from a block set to robots. Click the magnetic blocks together and each arrangement...
Through play and experimentation, Cubelets transform from a block set to robots. Click the magnetic blocks together and each arrangement results in a sound, light, or motion. There's no wrong way to build! Ages 5 – 18 (manufacturer recommended 8 and up). Required: Helping…

Winter Dreams: a Musical Celebration of… Winter Dreams: a Musical Celebration of the Solstice

Dec 21st | 11:00am - 12:00pm
Welcome the Solstice with the inspiring sounds of world flute music and global percussion from local artists, Earth Sky Duo.
Welcome the Solstice with the inspiring sounds of world flute music and global percussion from local artists, Earth Sky Duo.

Local History

Weakness for Wheaties Weakness for Wheaties

Jim Kittilsby hustles down the empty aisles of the Parkland Piggly Wiggly supermarket on December 11, 1974, pushing a cart piled with Wheaties and Cheerios. He was a man on a mission: to stockpile as many groceries as he was able to in 7 minutes. Mr. Kittilsby had won a…
Jim Kittilsby hustles down the empty aisles of the Parkland Piggly Wiggly supermarket on December 11, 1974, pushing a cart piled with…

Once Upon a Time Before Computers... Once Upon a Time Before Computers...

In December of 1950 Sonia Sawyer, at the Washington State Employment Services office in Tacoma at 112 South 12th Street was photographed demonstrating the department’s large Kardex card file. The system of file cards could be used to quickly match job applicants with employment…
In December of 1950 Sonia Sawyer, at the Washington State Employment Services office in Tacoma at 112 South 12th Street was photographed…

Hell Night at CPS Hell Night at CPS

Although threatened with both humiliation and physical harm by his fraternity brothers, Herman Kleiner survived "Hell Night" at the College of Puget Sound and became a member of Delta Kappa Phi. In this photograph from December of 1939, Johnnie Esthen (left) and Norman…
Although threatened with both humiliation and physical harm by his fraternity brothers, Herman Kleiner survived "Hell Night" at the...

Making a Move Making a Move

An employee of Lyon Van & Storage carefully wraps a chair for transport from Fort Lewis in December, 1951. Sheets of heavy duty wrapping paper were used to swathe furniture prior to it being placed into a large wooden crate filled with soft packing material. The heavy crate…
An employee of Lyon Van & Storage carefully wraps a chair for transport from Fort Lewis in December, 1951. Sheets of heavy duty…

Fairy Tale Motherlode Fairy Tale Motherlode

The second annual Tacoma Fairyland and Christmas Parade was held on November 29, 1935. This tall Mother Goose figure with her billowing blue hoop skirt was actually a float. She was so tall that she could nod to the spectators in the second floor windows of the buildings she…
The second annual Tacoma Fairyland and Christmas Parade was held on November 29, 1935. This tall Mother Goose figure with her billowing…

Tacoma Reads

Tacoma Reads Recommends Tacoma Reads Recommends

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Continue the conversation started by Tacoma Reads 2019. Discover these titles at Tacoma Public Library that explore various Native American experiences and cultures.
Continue the conversation started by Tacoma Reads 2019. Discover these titles at Tacoma Public Library that explore various Native…

Tacoma Reads Recommends for Kids &… Tacoma Reads Recommends for Kids & Families

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Continue the conversation started by Tacoma Reads 2019. Discover these titles at Tacoma Public Library that explore various Native American experiences and cultures.
Continue the conversation started by Tacoma Reads 2019. Discover these titles at Tacoma Public Library that explore various Native…

Tacoma Reads Recommends for Teens &… Tacoma Reads Recommends for Teens & Tweens

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Continue the conversation started by Tacoma Reads 2019. Discover these titles at Tacoma Public Library that explore various Native American experiences and cultures.
Continue the conversation started by Tacoma Reads 2019. Discover these titles at Tacoma Public Library that explore various Native…

We Recommend

LibraryReads December 2019 LibraryReads December 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 voted on by Librarians across the country. Subscribe to Tacoma Library’s e-Newsletter service and get the Library Reads picks and more delivered...
Nothing says “must read” quite like a Librarian’s stamp of approval! Every month LibraryReads.org releases the top picks for the month, as voted...

Never Too Young To Start Writing Right! Never Too Young To Start Writing Right!

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Do you have an idea for a story or a poem inside you? Maybe you know a young person who might be interested getting started with creative…
Do you have an idea for a story or a poem inside you? Maybe you know a young person who might be interested getting started with creative…

Beautiful Days With Mister Rogers Beautiful Days With Mister Rogers

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More than a decade after his passing, Mister Rogers (AKA Fred McFeely Rogers) is still very much in American's hearts and on our minds.…
More than a decade after his passing, Mister Rogers (AKA Fred McFeely Rogers) is still very much in American's hearts and on our…

Writing a Novel Writing a Novel

Writing is HARD work. And Tacoma Public Library has titles that can make that easier. It doesn’t matter if you are accepting the National…
Writing is HARD work. And Tacoma Public Library has titles that can make that easier. It doesn’t matter if you are accepting the National…
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