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Summer Learning Adventure

Join our Summer Learning Adventure between June 1st and July 29th! Read, listen, create, and attend free activities this summer. Complete bingo cards tracking your progress and earn prizes.

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Birding 101 Birding 101

Jul 22nd | 10:30am - 12:00pm
It's a bird! It's plane! It's actually a bird, and, oh, what a bird! Learn the fundamentals of birdwatching from two avid birders. Topics w…
It's a bird! It's plane! It's actually a bird, and, oh, what a bird! Learn the fundamentals of birdwatching from two avid birders. Topics will include getting started, local birding hotspots, equipment, field guides and creating a lifelist. This program is appropriate for adults…

Importance of Reading over the Summer Importance of Reading over the Summer

Summer Reading Loss occurs when children learning to read, take a protracted break from regular reading. Upon returning to school, Children who read in the summer have increased reading skills while children who do not lose as much as three months of reading skills. These summer…
Summer Reading Loss occurs when children learning to read, take a protracted break from regular reading. Upon returning to school, Children…

Zinio eMagazines Reborn as RBDigital Zinio eMagazines Reborn as RBDigital

Tacoma Public Library's digital magazine service will be relaunched with an all new app available in the app stores on June 27, 2017. Existing users of the Zinio for Libraries app will need to install the new and improved RBdigital app. All of your checkouts and history will tra…
Tacoma Public Library's digital magazine service will be relaunched with an all new app available in the app stores on June 27, 2017. Exist…

Travel Light with eBooks Travel Light with eBooks

Heading somewhere special this summer? After you’ve packed your sunscreen, don’t forget to bring the other travel necessity – something to read. Did you know you have access to thousands of free eBook and eAudiobook titles with your library card? The Overdrive app makes it easy …
Heading somewhere special this summer? After you’ve packed your sunscreen, don’t forget to bring the other travel necessity – something to …

Cool Food For Summer Cool Food For Summer

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Summer fun means the best kind of parties, gardens and recipes. And Tacoma Library has titles to help you find the best of all three right here.
Summer fun means the best kind of parties, gardens and recipes. And Tacoma Library has titles to help you find the best of all three right …

Summer Reading

Walking Club Walking Club

Jul 21st | 9:30am - 10:15am
Wheelock Branch is walking this summer! Every Friday, beginning June 6 through July 28, we'll head out for a 30-45 minute morning walk arou…
Wheelock Branch is walking this summer! Every Friday, beginning June 6 through July 28, we'll head out for a 30-45 minute morning walk around the Proctor neighborhood. If you've wanted to start exercising but didn't want to do it alone, this is your opportunity! Enjoy casual con…

Roominate Roominate

Jul 21st | 10:30am - 12:30pm
Teaches problem solving, confidence and creativity. Connect wall to floor panels, create bookshelves, tables, slides, spinning windmills, …
Teaches problem solving, confidence and creativity. Connect wall to floor panels, create bookshelves, tables, slides, spinning windmills, carousels, street lights and elevators. Ages 4 – 18 (manufacturer recommended age 6- 12). Required: Registration and accompanying adult. Prov…

Bizarre Board Game Throwdown Bizarre Board Game Throwdown

Jul 21st | 4:00pm - 5:30pm
We challenge you to Zombie dice, Werewolves, Superfight, and Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics.These aren't your grand…
We challenge you to Zombie dice, Werewolves, Superfight, and Mangaka: The Fast & Furious Game of Drawing Comics.These aren't your grandma's board games, but they are a blast! Join us to play, laugh, and eat snacks. Ages 12 and up.

Revamped Read Alongs! Revamped Read Alongs!

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Tacoma Public Library has made a change! Remember those pesky bags that used to hold the children's picture books with attached CDs? Well, we've done away with them! Stop by any one of our eight locations and check out our new "Read Along (Book +CD)" titles just…
Tacoma Public Library has made a change! Remember those pesky bags that used to hold the children's picture books with attached CDs? …

Mad Science Mad Science

Jul 22nd | 10:30am - 11:30am
Mad Science will be dazzle with the impressive science demonstrations in this spectacular show! From foggy dry ice storms and gravity defyi…
Mad Science will be dazzle with the impressive science demonstrations in this spectacular show! From foggy dry ice storms and gravity defying beach balls to a Mad Science burp flavored potion, audiences will be amazed by what they see, hear, and ugh taste!

Local History

Out with the Old Out with the Old

By July of 1959, demolition of the aging Gothic-styled Piece County Courthouse at 1012 South G Street was well underway. Lige Dickson & Co. began tearing down the old courthouse in June with cranes and wrecking balls bringing it down piece by piece over the next several weeks. I…
By July of 1959, demolition of the aging Gothic-styled Piece County Courthouse at 1012 South G Street was well underway. Lige Dickson & Co.…

How to Cool Down in July How to Cool Down in July

On July 17, 1941, Ed Kinderbeck, ice handler at Tacoma Ice Company, cools-off on a block of ice as the temperature in Tacoma reaches 94.2 degrees. Slight relief came in the evening with a tremendous lightning show and thunderstorm accompanied by large, lukewarm rain drops. The f…
On July 17, 1941, Ed Kinderbeck, ice handler at Tacoma Ice Company, cools-off on a block of ice as the temperature in Tacoma reaches 94.2 d…

The First Block Party The First Block Party

On a warm summer evening, July 14th, 1920, the residents of Trafton Street between 6th Ave and South 8th Street were treated to Tacoma's first Block Party. The party was hosted by the Community Service Club in an effort to end the isolation of city life and help neighbors get to…
On a warm summer evening, July 14th, 1920, the residents of Trafton Street between 6th Ave and South 8th Street were treated to Tacoma's fi…

Missing Grizzly Missing Grizzly

Not wanting to cause a panic, the management of the Point Defiance Park zoo did not immediately notify the public when a 600 pound grizzly bear escaped from his cage in July of 1937. Several men inspected the bear's cage, but were unable to determine how he had managed to escape…
Not wanting to cause a panic, the management of the Point Defiance Park zoo did not immediately notify the public when a 600 pound grizzly …

Acrobatic Attitude Acrobatic Attitude

A member of western singer and motion picture actor Gene Autry's troupe, likely acrobatic dancer Audrey Haus, displays one of her talents backstage at the College of Puget Sound Fieldhouse on July 15, 1949. Gene Autry had brought his troupe of western stars and radio entertainer…
A member of western singer and motion picture actor Gene Autry's troupe, likely acrobatic dancer Audrey Haus, displays one of her talents b…

We Recommend

Bad Reviews Don't Mean a Thing Bad Reviews Don't Mean a Thing

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Looking for a good book with a bad review? Who isn't this summer? Here's a list of books from Tacoma Public Library, classic and contempora…
Looking for a good book with a bad review? Who isn't this summer? Here's a list of books from Tacoma Public Library, classic and contempora…

Journal Time Journal Time

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Journaling is a great way to explore your thoughts, dreams and creativity. These books from Tacoma Library can help you get started.
Journaling is a great way to explore your thoughts, dreams and creativity. These books from Tacoma Library can help you get started.

Library Reads Top Ten July 2017 Library Reads Top Ten July 2017

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

BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag)

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Starting July 12th, Tacoma's Bring Your Own Bag ordinance goes into effect. Plastic bags will be banned and retailers will now charge for paper bags. Be prepared and make a one-of-a-kind reusable bag at home with the help of one of these books from Tacoma Public Library.
Starting July 12th, Tacoma's Bring Your Own Bag ordinance goes into effect. Plastic bags will be banned and retailers will now charge for p…

In Theaters Soon, These Great YA Novels! In Theaters Soon, These Great YA Novels!

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Looking for a book to read that has been turned into a movie? Tacoma Public Library has these great novels that will be coming to a theater…
Looking for a book to read that has been turned into a movie? Tacoma Public Library has these great novels that will be coming to a theater…
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