The Main branch will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and all other branches will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27th.

All Tacoma Public Library branches will be closed on Thursday, November 28th for Thanksgiving Day. Plan your visit with this list of all holiday closures.

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TPL adopts One System, One Schedule in… TPL adopts One System, One Schedule in 2020

On Thursday, Jan, 2, TPL’s Main Library, located at 1102 Tacoma Avenue South in downtown Tacoma, will align its hours with the rest of the library system under the One System, One Schedule campaign. Currently, downtown’s Main Library operates on a different schedule from its…
On Thursday, Jan, 2, TPL’s Main Library, located at 1102 Tacoma Avenue South in downtown Tacoma, will align its hours with the rest of the…

Tuesdays with a Twist - EnviroChallenger Tuesdays with a Twist - EnviroChallenger

Drop in every second Tuesday afternoon, between 3:30 and 5pm, for a fun activity with the EnviroChallenger. Grades K-3rd. The EnviroChallenger program teaches free environmental lessons with a mix of science, social responsibility and fun!
Drop in every second Tuesday afternoon, between 3:30 and 5pm, for a fun activity with the EnviroChallenger. Grades K-3rd. The…

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…

Consumer Reports: Featured eResource of… Consumer Reports: Featured eResource of the Month

Do you want to access information and advice on consumer products? Consumer Reports provides ratings, reviews, recommendations, and buying advice.  Use Tacoma Public Library’s free subscription. This eResource features: Recommendations Product reviews Buying advice Trustworthy…
Do you want to access information and advice on consumer products? Consumer Reports provides ratings, reviews, recommendations, and buying…

Donations Needed for Winter Book Sale Donations Needed for Winter Book Sale

Do you have some gently used books, CDs, or DVDs you'd like to give to a worthy cause? Tacoma Public Library’s Wheelock Branch is in need of donations for its Winter Book Sale! Please drop off your items at Wheelock Library by Friday, Nov. 29. Proceeds benefit our Summer Reading Club...
Do you have some gently used books, CDs, or DVDs you'd like to give to a worthy cause? Tacoma Public Library’s Wheelock Branch is in need of...

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…

Local History

Leonard O'Toole Leonard O'Toole

Leonard O'Toole - Bostonian Irishman with his violin now calls Tacoma home. According to Rod Cardwell's "Faces and Places" column dated November 18, 1970, Mr. O'Toole called himself a dreamer and a wanderer. Originally from Boston, he came to downtown…
Leonard O'Toole - Bostonian Irishman with his violin now calls Tacoma home. According to Rod Cardwell's "Faces and…

It's a House! It's a Boat! Its a… It's a House! It's a Boat! Its a Houseboat?

In November of 1935, the Henry Mill Fuel Company avoided building a new office for the company by purchasing the old Puget Sound Lumber Company office and moving it, by barge, to their site. The 45 ft. by 28 ft. structure, which weighed between 60 and 75 tons, was pushed to its…
In November of 1935, the Henry Mill Fuel Company avoided building a new office for the company by purchasing the old Puget Sound Lumber…

When the Earth Moved When the Earth Moved

Jack Beardswood (left) and Bob Collins prop up a 150-lb. cornice section that fell from the top of the National Bank of Washington during the November 12,1939 earthquake. The masonry fell 30 feet to the sidewalk in Court A. Occurring shortly before midnight, shocks were felt…
Jack Beardswood (left) and Bob Collins prop up a 150-lb. cornice section that fell from the top of the National Bank of Washington during…

Making a List... Checking It Twice... Making a List... Checking It Twice...

Ho, Ho, Ho... workman reinforces a plywood Santa, so that he can stand guard at the shopping areas, advising how many shopping days are left till Christmas. The Santa holds childrens' letters in one hand, helping him to make a list and check it twice. From the date of the…
Ho, Ho, Ho... workman reinforces a plywood Santa, so that he can stand guard at the shopping areas, advising how many shopping days are…

Tree Surgery Tree Surgery

In November of 1935, Gilbert McLean, tree surgeon, and Doris Cook, a nurse at Tacoma General Hospital, compare surgical methods while examining a wind damaged tree in Wright Park. McLean, an arboriculturist with the Metropolitan Park District, worked from 1928 to 1932 with the…
In November of 1935, Gilbert McLean, tree surgeon, and Doris Cook, a nurse at Tacoma General Hospital, compare surgical methods while…

We Recommend

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…

LibraryReads November 2019 LibraryReads November 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…

Calligraphy and Penmanship Calligraphy and Penmanship

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Tacoma Library is supporting National Handwriting Day. Increased literacy and handwriting often support one another. The beauty of pen…
Tacoma Library is supporting National Handwriting Day. Increased literacy and handwriting often support one another. The beauty of pen…

Oktoberfest Oktoberfest

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Whether it's cooking, drinking, or reading, celebrate Oktoberfest with Tacoma Public Library.
Whether it's cooking, drinking, or reading, celebrate Oktoberfest with Tacoma Public Library.
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