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All Branches Closed - Staff Training Day All Branches Closed Oct 19th for All Staff Training Day

On Thursday, October 19th, 2017 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, all branches of Tacoma Public Library will be closed for in-depth staff trainings. These trainings provide public servants with necessary skills geared towards ensuring quality service from all facets of the library. Tacom…
On Thursday, October 19th 2017 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, all branches of Tacoma Public Library will be closed for in-depth staff trainings...

Murder & Mayhem in Seattle Murder & Mayhem in Seattle

Oct 28th | 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Seattle harbors a dark and violent history that stretches back to a bloody battle between natives and settlers in 1856. Learn about the Wildern…
Seattle harbors a dark and violent history that stretches back to a bloody battle between natives and settlers in 1856. Learn about the Wilderness Heights Sanitarium, the Wah Mee mass homicides, and infamous serial killers like the Green River Killer and Ted Bundy. Author Teresa Nor…

Improving Service at Tacoma Public Libra… Improving Service at Tacoma Public Library

Tacoma Public Library is always looking for ways to improve service to our patrons. In fact, you may have noticed some recent improvements such as: • Making getting a library card easier through an online application process for an eCard • eCards providing immediate access to ou…
Tacoma Public Library is always looking for ways to improve service to our patrons. In fact, you may have noticed some recent improvements …

Tacoma Library Welcomes TPS Educators to… Tacoma Library Welcomes TPS Educators to the Pathway Partnership

Through this new phase of the Pathway Partnership, Tacoma Public School (TPS) educators may access premium public library resources with their employee ID. Educators share this privilege with their students, who have been able to use their school ID as a library card for four ye…
Through this new phase of the Pathway Partnership, Tacoma Public School (TPS) educators may access premium public library resources with th…

Local History

Have Your Mushroom - And Eat It Too! Have Your Mushroom - And Eat It Too!

Mavis Bennett, secretary-treasurer of the Tacoma Mushroom Society, holding a "Shaggy Mane" mushroom in October of 1973. The Tacoma Mushroom Society had 200 members in 1973. Members of all ages met once a month at the University of Puget Sound and went on several field trips. A s…
Mavis Bennett, secretary-treasurer of the Tacoma Mushroom Society, holding a "Shaggy Mane" mushroom in October of 1973. The Tacoma Mushroom…

Tugboat Annie Sails Again Tugboat Annie Sails Again

Publicity for the premiere of "Tugboat Annie Sails Again." Sailors lend a helpful hand during a Lifeboat drill aboard the Coast Guard cutter Atlanta on October 18, 1940. Left to right are Hollywood stars : Donald Crisp, Alan Hale, Sr., Ronald Reagan, Marjorie Rambeau, Hedda Hopp…
Publicity for the premiere of "Tugboat Annie Sails Again." Sailors lend a helpful hand during a Lifeboat drill aboard the Coast Guard cutte…

Open House at Barks's Open House at Barks's

Interior at Barks House of Music. Barks held an Open House at this new spacious location October 15-17, 1959. This was the store's third location, each expansion due to growth. The Barks had over 50 years of experience in the music business. See more featured images and posts
Interior at Barks House of Music. Barks held an Open House at this new spacious location October 15-17, 1959. This was the store's third lo…

Halloween on the East Side Halloween on the East Side

“Official Witch" Chari-Kee Rowell, age 10, is flanked by her court, "Official Princess" Darcy Orr and "Official Devil" Janet Barr, as she prepares to lead the first Eastside Halloween Torchlight Parade which will be held on October 31, 1968. They are standing in front of the off…
“Official Witch" Chari-Kee Rowell, age 10, is flanked by her court, "Official Princess" Darcy Orr and "Official Devil" Janet Barr, as she p…

Sivertsen's Soda Fountain Sivertsen's Soda Fountain

After operating a restaurant in the Tacoma Savings and Loan Building on South 9th Street for 20 years, Chris Sivertsen opened Sivertsen's Cafe, a restaurant and soda fountain at 321 East 26th Street, on October 18, 1946. He is ready to serve his patrons in the new location with …
After operating a restaurant in the Tacoma Savings and Loan Building on South 9th Street for 20 years, Chris Sivertsen opened Sivertsen's C…

Kids & Families

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, I Love You Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, I Love You

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Celebrate the love of your favorite teddy bear on National Teddy Bear Day on September 9th by checking out books from Tacoma Public Library…
Celebrate the love of your favorite teddy bear on National Teddy Bear Day on September 9th by checking out books from Tacoma Public Library…

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…

School Days, School Days, It is Time for… School Days, School Days, It is Time for…

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Summer is ending and school is beginning. Check out these great children's picture books from Tacoma Public Library.
Summer is ending and school is beginning. Check out these great children's picture books from Tacoma Public Library.

TPS Back To School Supply Lists For Ever… TPS Back To School Supply Lists For Everybody

Tacoma Public Library hopes a central location for all Tacoma Public School’s supply lists will start the school year off right! Click on your school below to find your list.  Please check with your school to for any extra material or fee. Arlington Elementary Baker Middle Schoo…
Tacoma Public Library hopes a central location for all Tacoma Public School’s supply lists will start the school year off right! Click on y…

I Love My Grandparents I Love My Grandparents

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In celebration of National Grandparents Day on September 10th, stop by Tacoma Public Library and check out these children's picture books a…
In celebration of National Grandparents Day on September 10th, stop by Tacoma Public Library and check out these children's picture books a…

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Tacoma's Haunted History Tacoma's Haunted History

Oct 28th | 10:30am - 11:30am
Tacoma's Haunted HistoryTacoma hides in the shadows of Seattle, but what hides in the shadows of Tacoma? The city's paranormal history is r…
Tacoma's Haunted HistoryTacoma hides in the shadows of Seattle, but what hides in the shadows of Tacoma? The city's paranormal history is r…

Library Reads Top 10 October 2017 Library Reads Top 10 October 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, …

Tacoma Reads 2017 - Read Hunger today! Tacoma Reads 2017 - Read Hunger today!

Hey Tacoma! Check out the 2017 Tacoma Reads selection, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body. It's always available in eBook through October 31.
Hey Tacoma! Check out the 2017 Tacoma Reads selection, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body. It's always available in eBook through October 31.

Horror Movies to Keep You Up at Night Horror Movies to Keep You Up at Night

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Modern and classic horror movies at Tacoma Library to keep you up at night.
Modern and classic horror movies at Tacoma Library to keep you up at night.

Pumpkin-palooza! Pumpkin-palooza!

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Pumpkins aren't just for decoration. Check out these great cookbooks at Tacoma Library and find out what you can do with this seasonal favo…
Pumpkins aren't just for decoration. Check out these great cookbooks at Tacoma Library and find out what you can do with this seasonal favo…
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