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All Tacoma Public Library branches will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd for Thanksgiving Day.
All Tacoma Public Library branches will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd for Thanksgiving Day.

90-Second Newbery Film Festival 2017-201… 90-Second Newbery Film Festival 2017-2018

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival returns to Tacoma this 2017-2018, and we are thrilled! Last year’s film festival was so successful we felt it was time to move to a bigger venue. This year, local submissions will be shown at the Blue Mouse Theater! WOW! Big thanks to the Blue…
The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival returns to Tacoma this 2017-2018, and we are thrilled! Last year’s film festival was so successful we f…

Electrical Snap Circuits Electrical Snap Circuits

Fun, fast and easy way for a child and adult to build electronics and confidence together! http://www.snapcircuits.net Learn how electricity moves Follow colorful pictures and build exciting projects Encourages experimentation and independent thinking Parts mounted on plastic mo…
Fun, fast and easy way for a child and adult to build electronics and confidence together! http://www.snapcircuits.net Learn how electricit…

Parking Downtown at Tacoma Library Parking Downtown at Tacoma Library

For those visiting the Main Branch for business, education, fun or research and wondering about the age old question ....WHERE DO I PARK? Here is the latest news on parking. In front of the library and on most of Tacoma Avenue South drivers are required to purchase a parking rec…
For those visiting the Main Branch for business, education, fun or research and wondering about the age old question ....WHERE DO I PARK? H…

Holiday Zen Doodle Holiday Zen Doodle

Make Zen doodle a part of your holiday with these fun and interesting cards. You will come away with unique and beautiful art that will stun the viewers. Your holiday cards won’t go into recycling but will be framed for the New Year. Register today!
Make Zen doodle a part of your holiday with these fun and interesting cards. You will come away with unique and beautiful art that will stu…

Local History

Bellarmine Mission Bellarmine Mission

On November 17, 1927, Mrs. A.B. Smith was photographed with bottles of soda pop for sale at a charity benefit. Signs advertising ice cold Coca-Cola and Muscadine (5 cent) punch are attached to the wall. She was monitoring one of the booths at the Bellarmine College Fair, held at…
On November 17, 1927, Mrs. A.B. Smith was photographed with bottles of soda pop for sale at a charity benefit. Signs advertising ice cold C…

Banquet at the Winthrop Banquet at the Winthrop

A beaming Harold Moss, at the podium, seems to have the head table in stitches at a testimonial dinner honoring City Manager David Rowlands on November 17, 1969. Guests seated at round banquet tables in the Winthrop's Crystal Ballroom appear to be enjoying Mr. Moss' remarks. Nov…
A beaming Harold Moss, at the podium, seems to have the head table in stitches at a testimonial dinner honoring City Manager David Rowlands…

Ruston Liquor Store Ruston Liquor Store

Beatrice Carmichael standing behind the counter in Ruston liquor store operated by herself and her husband Dean in January of 1979. After more than 20 years, Ruston finally regained its own liquor store. The 700-square-foot store was an agency outlet, not a state-owned operation…
Beatrice Carmichael standing behind the counter in Ruston liquor store operated by herself and her husband Dean in January of 1979. After m…

November Under the Cherry Blossoms November Under the Cherry Blossoms

In November of 1938, five unidentified young ladies dressed in traditional kimonos rehearsed a ceremonial dance staged among artificial flowering cherry trees. They were members of the 18 person Puyallup Valley Japanese American Citizen's League dance group. The group performed …
In November of 1938, five unidentified young ladies dressed in traditional kimonos rehearsed a ceremonial dance staged among artificial flo…

Ladies Who Knit Ladies Who Knit

Two ladies share knitting tips as their busy hands turn out fine handicrafts on November 4, 1968. Mrs. Frank Robinson and Mrs. J.A. Cooper were some of the 1200 seniors who regularly visited the Senior Center, 923 No. 13th St., located in Old Engine House No. 3. See more feature…
Two ladies share knitting tips as their busy hands turn out fine handicrafts on November 4, 1968. Mrs. Frank Robinson and Mrs. J.A. Cooper …

Kids & Families

Children's Books that We Mustache you to… Children's Books that We Mustache you to Read

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Children's Books at Tacoma Library to celebrate facial hair for No Shave November
Children's Books at Tacoma Library to celebrate facial hair for No Shave November

TrueFLix: Not Your Ordinary eBooks for K… TrueFLix: Not Your Ordinary eBooks for K…

Learning just became more fun with TrueFlix! TrueFlix makes history come alive for students in grades 3-5, by pairing non-fiction eBooks...
Learning just became more fun with TrueFlix! TrueFlix makes history come alive for students in grades 3-5, by pairing non-fiction eBooks...

Books set in Washington Books set in Washington

128 years ago, the State of Washington became the 42nd state to join Union. Check out the Washington State Historical Society website for m…
128 years ago, the State of Washington became the 42nd state to join Union. Check out the Washington State Historical Society website for m…

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…

Rhyme Time with Picture Books Rhyme Time with Picture Books

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It’s unanimous; these rhyming picture books can’t be beat! Why rhyme? The benefits of reading books in rhyme with early or pre-readers are …
It’s unanimous; these rhyming picture books can’t be beat! Why rhyme? The benefits of reading books in rhyme with early or pre-readers are …

We Recommend

The Turkey Thanks You! The Turkey Thanks You!

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Brighten your holiday spread by making vegetables a focal point of your family dinner. These vegetarian cookbooks available from Tacoma Pub…
Brighten your holiday spread by making vegetables a focal point of your family dinner. These vegetarian cookbooks available from Tacoma Pub…

Nano Writers Unite! Nano Writers Unite!

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Write the perfect novel for National Novel Writers Month coming this November.
Write the perfect novel for National Novel Writers Month coming this November.

Anyone with a mustache can help men stee… Anyone with a mustache can help men steer clear of cancer.

 “I decided, ‘I’m 18, I’m a man, I’m going to grow a moustache – and it was pathetic for years.”   -- Chris Hadfield, Astronaut (ret.) Since 2003, people have shown off good and bad moustaches during “Movember” (mustache + November, get it?) to raise awareness about men’s health…
 “I decided, ‘I’m 18, I’m a man, I’m going to grow a moustache – and it was pathetic for years.”   -- Chris Hadfield, Astronaut (ret.) Sinc…

Library Reads Top 10 November 2017 Library Reads Top 10 November 2017

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…
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…

Write, Write, Write! Write, Write, Write!

Spill some ink this November in celebration of National Novel Writing Month. Make Tacoma Public Library your first stop for igniting that ingenious spark. Whether you’re exploring our eResources or networking through our unique Books and Authors events, Tacoma Library has your b…
Spill some ink this November in celebration of National Novel Writing Month. Make Tacoma Public Library your first stop for igniting that i…
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