TPL gets new phone numbers on Monday, Nov. 16!
Tacoma Public Library (TPL) will replace all of its phone numbers on Monday, Nov. 16, in a merge onto the City of Tacoma’s network! The new…
When will TPL reopen?
Many community members have contacted us to let us know they would like to see Tacoma Public Library reopen libraries to the public. We…
Tacoma Needs Strong Libraries!
On Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, Tacoma’s City Manager presented the City of Tacoma’s 2021-22 budget to Tacoma’s City Council, with adjustments…
Strategic Plan 2020-2025
Learn about Tacoma Public Library’s vision for 2020-2025: Mission, Vision, and Values, Strategic Priorities, and more.
TPL To Go
TPL To Go holds pickup is now available at all locations! You will receive an email with instructions when your holds are ready.
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STEAM StorytimeDec 1st | 3:30pm - 4:00pm Online event
Join us every week for STEAM Storytime! We'll explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math concepts. Registration required.
Radical Readers Book ClubDec 1st | 4:15pm - 5:00pm Online event
Join a totally different book club for kids! Each month we will read and discuss books from different categories. Registration required.
Tacoma Reads: Conversation & Reading with Poet José OlivarezDec 1st | 5:00pm - 6:30pm Online event
Join us for a conversation and reading with acclaimed poet José Olivarez. Registration required.
Be Your Own Record LabelDec 1st | 6:30pm - 7:45pm Online event
Learn how to record, produce and distribute original music and the spoken word in a variety of formats. Registration required.
Knitty Gritty StitchersDec 1st | 7:00pm - 8:00pm Online event
Do you enjoy knitting, quilting, or any other fiber art? Then Knitty Gritty Stitchers is for you. Registration required.
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New Physical Materials
Turkey For Twins
Laura Lee and Lanna Lee, twin daughters of Ward and Betty Allen, celebrated their second birthday on November 27, 1948. This photograph…
Dagger Under a Cloak
A tall young man wearing a wide-brimmed black hat and black cloak stood outside the Roxy Theater on November 19, 1946 announcing the movie…
Just after 6 p.m. on November 17, 1925, Northern Pacific passenger train #424 derailed about 2 miles west of Olympia. The train, travelling…
Fury In the Garden
Gleaming under bright light is a new 1969-model Plymouth Fury. It is parked in the landscaped area of the Holiday Inn, 3518 Pacific Hwy E,…
Catch of the Day
Steve Cvitovich holds up a large salmon for the approval of three unidentified men on November 10, 1951 inside the Ocean Fish Mart at 2201…
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Celebrating Native American Heritage
This list features several titles for our youngest readers that celebrate Native American Heritage.
Native American Heritage Month
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month this November with these books by Native American Authors.
Native American American Heritage Titles for Teens
Celebrate the history and culture of Native Americans with these stories featuring indigenous characters.
LibraryReads November 2020
Nothing says “must read” quite like a Librarian’s stamp of approval! Every month LibraryReads.org releases the top picks for the month, as…
STEM for Preschoolers
Tacoma Public Library recommends these titles to get your preschooler thinking about science, technology, engineering, and math.
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