Summer Reading Club 2018

Join the Summer Reading Club June 1st - August 11th. Earn rewards for reading, attending events, and being creative. All ages can join! We have programs for preschoolers, kids, teens, and adults.

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Due to system maintenance on Monday June 25th, library My Account access, telephone renewal system, remote access to eResources, and other account-based systems will be temporarily unavailable from 6:00 - 10:00 am. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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Libraries Transform Communities Please Join Us for Libraries Transform Communities - Community Conversations

Tacoma Public Library is hosting the first of several conversations with people from our community (YOU). Each one is a chance for us to better understand people’s aspirations for our community, the concerns you have and what you believe might make a difference in strengthening…
Tacoma Public Library is hosting the first of several conversations with people from our community (YOU). Each one is a chance for us to…

Book Club Kits - Now for Branch Pick Up Book Club Kits - Now for Branch Pick Up

Tacoma Public Library has book club kits, and beginning Tuesday, June 12, you can reserve them for pick up at the branch of your choice! What are book club kits? They are sets of multiple copies of a title that can be checked out and used for your own book group or group of…
Tacoma Public Library has book club kits, and beginning Tuesday, June 12, you can reserve them for pick up at the branch of your choice!…

Jeff Evans' Reading Magic Show Jeff Evans' Reading Magic Show

Every book is a magic book, but only when you read it!  Jeff Evans’ career in magic began from a book of coin tricks he read when he was twelve years old.  Discover the amazing things that happen when you open a book and read!  Check out the calendar for the nearest show!
Every book is a magic book, but only when you read it!  Jeff Evans’ career in magic began from a book of coin tricks he read when he was…

EggBot EggBot

EggBot is an art robot that draws on spherical or egg-shaped objects. Ping pong balls provided. People may bring and experiment with eggs, light bulbs, and holiday ornaments. Ages 6 – 18 (manufacturer recommended age 10 and up) Required: Registration and assisting adult EggBot…
EggBot is an art robot that draws on spherical or egg-shaped objects. Ping pong balls provided. People may bring and experiment with eggs,…

Summer Reading

Summer Film-making Rocks! Summer Film-making Rocks!

Jun 26th | 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Summer Film-making Rocks! is a four-week intensive film camp for Pierce County youth ages 12-18 who show an interest in film writing,…
Summer Film-making Rocks! is a four-week intensive film camp for Pierce County youth ages 12-18 who show an interest in film writing, film-making, and social issues. Learn the process of film-making from writing to filming to editing under the guidance of professional film…

Tacoma Library is walking this summer! Tacoma Library is walking this summer!

If you've wanted to start exercising but didn't want to do it alone, this is your opportunity! Enjoy casual conversation with a walking partner or plug in and enjoy some tunes or one of the library's many audiobooks. Three Tacoma Library branches have formed staff led walking...
If you've wanted to start exercising but didn't want to do it alone, this is your opportunity! Enjoy casual conversation with a walking...

Rock Out at Your Library Rock Out at Your Library

Libraries ROCK! So come to your library and paint a rock. Your session will be a half hour and have lots of paint to design a perfectly artistic rock. Or maybe your rock will scare the neighbor's cat! LOL! Come one; come all to ROCK OUT AT YOUR LIBRARY. All supplies are…
Libraries ROCK! So come to your library and paint a rock. Your session will be a half hour and have lots of paint to design a perfectly…

Pokemon Go Party Pokemon Go Party

Jul 6th | 4:00pm - 5:30pm
The popular game Pokémon Go turns a another year older on July 6! Come join us to celebrate with crafts, snacks and lures. Participants…
The popular game Pokémon Go turns a another year older on July 6! Come join us to celebrate with crafts, snacks and lures. Participants…

Local History

What Goes Around... What Goes Around...

The resurfacing of Pacific Avenue from South 7th Street to South 17th in June of 1939 drew many curious onlookers. They were probably astounded by the appearance of the new red pavement but this pavement color was not to last. The red dye was used in the "Hunt clear-curing…
The resurfacing of Pacific Avenue from South 7th Street to South 17th in June of 1939 drew many curious onlookers. They were probably…

Hold on Tight! Hold on Tight!

Six unidentified firemen from the combined Fire Departments of Puyallup and Auburn performed a life line drill at the firefighting demonstration held at the Stadium Bowl on June 19, 1936. The dramatic "rescue" from a specially built five story structure was one of the…
Six unidentified firemen from the combined Fire Departments of Puyallup and Auburn performed a life line drill at the firefighting…

Twin Launch Party Twin Launch Party

Coverage of twin launchings at McNeil Island. Vessel in water adjacent to wharf with a one-story building on it. 100 guests from the Mainland and proud inmate builders celebrated the launching of two 65-ft. tugboats built for the U.S. Army on June 17, 1943. WWII saw the revival…
Coverage of twin launchings at McNeil Island. Vessel in water adjacent to wharf with a one-story building on it. 100 guests from the…

Taking a Swing at It Taking a Swing at It

Mortie Dutra, a pro at the Grays Harbor Country Club, takes a swing for the camera in June of 1925. He was competing in the Pacific Northwest Golf Association (PNGA) open tournament, which began on June 19, 1925. The tournament would run through June 27th and include the open,…
Mortie Dutra, a pro at the Grays Harbor Country Club, takes a swing for the camera in June of 1925. He was competing in the Pacific…

Ms. Downtown Tacoma Ms. Downtown Tacoma

In June of 1978, ten young women representing various downtown businesses vied for the title of Ms. Downtown Tacoma. One contestant would be selected to succeed Catherine Packer, 1977's title holder, who was a University of Puget Sound graduate employed by Jeremy's Restaurant....
In June of 1978, ten young women representing various downtown businesses vied for the title of Ms. Downtown Tacoma. One contestant would…

We Recommend

Reading about Eating Makes Every Meal… Reading about Eating Makes Every Meal…

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With help from authors who share adventures with food and ideas about eating, every meal you cook or eat can be wonderful. Find these…
With help from authors who share adventures with food and ideas about eating, every meal you cook or eat can be wonderful. Find these…

Celebrate International Yoga Day June 21 Celebrate International Yoga Day June 21

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Discover the practice of yoga through these DVD titles at Tacoma Public Library.
Discover the practice of yoga through these DVD titles at Tacoma Public Library.

LibraryReads Top 10 June 2018 LibraryReads Top 10 June 2018

Nothing says “must read” quite like a Librarian’s stamp of approval! Every month LibraryReads.org releases the top 10 picks for the month,…
Nothing says “must read” quite like a Librarian’s stamp of approval! Every month LibraryReads.org releases the top 10 picks for the month,…

Movies and Funny Dads Movies and Funny Dads

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Tacoma Library celebrates Father's Day with a list of wonderful and comic movies and the great Fathers that made them so.
Tacoma Library celebrates Father's Day with a list of wonderful and comic movies and the great Fathers that made them so.

Heart transplants: sad, weird,… Heart transplants: sad, weird,…

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In a heart transplant, surgeons replace a patient’s diseased heart with a healthier, donor heart. These histories, memoirs and novels from…
In a heart transplant, surgeons replace a patient’s diseased heart with a healthier, donor heart. These histories, memoirs and novels from…
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