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Showers! Flowers! Inexpensive Books! Showers! Flowers! Inexpensive Books! — It’s Spring Book Sale Time!

Whether you’re hunting for your next “good read,” or you’re looking for affordable, thoughtful gifts, the Spring Book Sale at the Wheelock Branch of the Tacoma Public Library is a perennial favorite. Starting Saturday, April 14th and continuing through Saturday, April 21st, you…
Whether you’re hunting for your next “good read,” or you’re looking for affordable, thoughtful gifts, the Spring Book Sale at the Wheelock…

Computer Classes Return Computer Classes Return

School is back and computer classes have returned to Tacoma Public Library. Refresh your skills or try something new this year. The Library has a variety of introductory, 90 minute classes for various interests and abilities. Find upcoming classes with the online calendar.
School is back and computer classes have returned to Tacoma Public Library. Refresh your skills or try something new this year. The Library…

Book Club Book Club

Apr 25th | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us this month for Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space…
Join us this month for Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly. Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female…

Local History

Octopus - That's What's for Dinner Octopus - That's What's for Dinner

Norman "Benny" Behnke ,  45-year-old Tacoma scuba diver, was photographed in April of 1964 with the 102-pound octopus he wrestled out of the Sound. Mr. Behnke, a civil engineer at McChord AFB, began scuba diving three years ago. This happens to be the third octopus he has...
Norman "Benny" Behnke ,  45-year-old Tacoma scuba diver, was photographed in April of 1964 with the 102-pound octopus he wrestled out of...

Daffodils Afloat Daffodils Afloat

For 56 years, in 2008, the annual Marine Parade has brought the Daffodil Festival season to a close. Entry #99 in the 1954 Puget Sound Daffodil Regatta was covered with literally thousands of blossoms, including windshield, making it truly a floating garden of daffodils. The…
For 56 years, in 2008, the annual Marine Parade has brought the Daffodil Festival season to a close. Entry #99 in the 1954 Puget Sound…

Hollywood at Fort Lewis Hollywood at Fort Lewis

Shell damaged cathedral on set of "The Patent Leather Kid" located at Camp (Fort) Lewis; photographed on April 14, 1927. Desperate German soldiers would hole up in the church that they had attempted to previously destroy. American troops and massive tanks would rout the enemy...
Shell damaged cathedral on set of "The Patent Leather Kid" located at Camp (Fort) Lewis; photographed on April 14, 1927. Desperate German...

Ready, Set, Go! Ready, Set, Go!

Mrs. Lou Miller, principal and track coach of Ruston (grade) School, raises her gun to start her three students off running. The boys were practicing for the April, 1928 county grade school meet at Spanaway. Richard Anderson, farthest left, was entering his first meet. Donald…
Mrs. Lou Miller, principal and track coach of Ruston (grade) School, raises her gun to start her three students off running. The boys were…

Tom Thumb Gets Married Tom Thumb Gets Married

On April 16, 1937, St. Paul Methodist Church held a double "Tom Thumb" wedding to raise funds for their missionary society. "Tom Thumb" weddings were held in the early 1900's as a social event; they were recreations of the 1863 wedding of P.T. Barnum's most famous attraction,...
On April 16, 1937, St. Paul Methodist Church held a double "Tom Thumb" wedding to raise funds for their missionary society. "Tom Thumb"...

Kids & Families

Poetry for Kids Poetry for Kids

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A list of great age appropriate books to introduce children to the world of poetry.
A list of great age appropriate books to introduce children to the world of poetry.

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 …

Celebrate National Poetry Month at… Celebrate National Poetry Month at…

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Tacoma Public Library is excited to participate in National Poetry Month. Here are some titles that young readers can explore.
Tacoma Public Library is excited to participate in National Poetry Month. Here are some titles that young readers can explore.

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...

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…

We Recommend

Food, Place and Sustainability Food, Place and Sustainability

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Tacoma Public Library wants to support our community on this ongoing vital interest. Take a look at these ten titles. They can help with…
Tacoma Public Library wants to support our community on this ongoing vital interest. Take a look at these ten titles. They can help with…

Library Reads Top 10 April 2018 Library Reads Top 10 April 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,…

National Poetry Month National Poetry Month

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Poetry is a celebration of literature in meter and rhyme. Tacoma Public Library presents 13 titles in praise of National Poetry Month. April was the Month selected by the Academy of American Poets to encourage poetry readership all year-round.
Poetry is a celebration of literature in meter and rhyme. Tacoma Public Library presents 13 titles in praise of National Poetry Month...

Meatless Monday Meatless Monday

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Are you looking to save money, be healthier, or just try something new? Consider trying a meatless Monday or a Vegan Monday with these…
Are you looking to save money, be healthier, or just try something new? Consider trying a meatless Monday or a Vegan Monday with these…

More Delicious Vegetables More Delicious Vegetables

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Tacoma Public library has more titles that show vegetables at their very BEST! Take a look at the latest books and learn how to cook them,…
Tacoma Public library has more titles that show vegetables at their very BEST! Take a look at the latest books and learn how to cook them,…
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