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All Tacoma Public Library branches will be closed on Saturday, May 26th in observation of Memorial Day.
All Tacoma Public Library branches will be closed on Saturday, May 26th in observation of Memorial Day.

"Young Washington" An Evening with… "Young Washington" An Evening with Peter Stark

May 29th | 6:30pm - 7:45pm
New York Times best-selling author, Peter Stark ("Astoria") will be at the Main Branch on May 29th to talk about his new book, Young...
New York Times best-selling author, Peter Stark ("Astoria") will be at the Main Branch on May 29th to talk about his new book, Young Washington. This work presents a vivid and groundbreaking portrait of a young, struggling George Washington that casts a new light on his...

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

May 30th | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us this month to talk about Frankenstein by Mary Shelly. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance and a cautionary talk about…
Join us this month to talk about Frankenstein by Mary Shelly. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance and a cautionary talk about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein's obsession with discovering the…

NEW - Wisdom Cafes NEW - Wisdom Cafes

In today's increasingly digital world, more and more people are finding that they miss REAL conversation with REAL people. Come make a REAL connection at the library. Starting in May, on the 2nd Friday of the month, we'll be holding Wisdom Cafes - a conversation series…
In today's increasingly digital world, more and more people are finding that they miss REAL conversation with REAL people. Come make a…

Local History

Ben-Dew's Ben-Dew's

The interior of Ben-Dew's Patio Cafe on Sixth Avenue provided a cozy, rustic atmosphere for dining on the restaurant's well-advertised fried chicken in May, 1954. Up to 60 customers could sit on bar stools resembling logs, paneled booth seating, or regular tables. Lanterns...
The interior of Ben-Dew's Patio Cafe on Sixth Avenue provided a cozy, rustic atmosphere for dining on the restaurant's well-advertised...

Ladies for the YWCA Ladies for the YWCA

In May of 1927, the leaders in the Y.W.C.A. building campaign posed around a poster advertising the fund raising drive that would kick off on May 23rd. The women are, front row (l to r); Daisy (Mrs. A.R.) Warren, Mabelle (Mrs. F.A.) Leach, and Mrs. George G. Wagner. Back row (l…
In May of 1927, the leaders in the Y.W.C.A. building campaign posed around a poster advertising the fund raising drive that would kick off…

Rug Doctor to the Rescue! Rug Doctor to the Rescue!

On May 16, 1974, at Richards Studios, an unidentified model is demonstrating how the Rug Doctor can thoroughly clean carpets. The Rug Doctor product, at that time, was only two years old. Photograph ordered by the Boedecker Co.; Boedecker's would deliver the Rug Doctor to a…
On May 16, 1974, at Richards Studios, an unidentified model is demonstrating how the Rug Doctor can thoroughly clean carpets. The Rug…

Clowning Around Lumber Clowning Around Lumber

A glitter covered clown sought to draw attention to Weyerhaeuser's 2 x 4s on May 17, 1964. He is holding an "engineered 4-square" believed to be stained while a taller regular 4-square stands next to it. Both are kiln-dried. See more featured images and posts
A glitter covered clown sought to draw attention to Weyerhaeuser's 2 x 4s on May 17, 1964. He is holding an "engineered 4-square"...

Mother's Day Gift Mother's Day Gift

Tacoma distance swimmer Bert Thomas is embraced by his mother, Nadine (Mrs. Fred) Dimond at the end of his swim from West Seattle to Old Tacoma in May, 1956. Thomas swam the 18.5 miles in 15 hours, 23 minutes. He was determined to complete the swim on his third try as a belated…
Tacoma distance swimmer Bert Thomas is embraced by his mother, Nadine (Mrs. Fred) Dimond at the end of his swim from West Seattle to Old…

Kids & Families

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 …

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.

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

The Great American Read - The 100 List… The Great American Read - The 100 List…

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This is the list of America's 100 most-loved books, as selected by The Great American Read on PBS. Books are listed A-Z by Title. Only…
This is the list of America's 100 most-loved books, as selected by The Great American Read on PBS. Books are listed A-Z by Title. …

Library Reads Top 10 May 2018 Library Reads Top 10 May 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,…

Cooking with Soul Cooking with Soul

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Get cooking with these soulful cookbooks at Tacoma Library.
Get cooking with these soulful cookbooks at Tacoma Library.

National Bike Month National Bike Month

Bike like the mountain is out and take a look at these books from Tacoma Public Library to help you along. You can live life to the fullest with just you, your bike and an adventure. Face the great outdoors, the city streets or choose a challenge from a local biking trail. This…
Bike like the mountain is out and take a look at these books from Tacoma Public Library to help you along. You can live life to the…

Recycle, upcycle, flea market fun Recycle, upcycle, flea market fun

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Need ideas for family weekend fun? Why not recycle, upcycle something for your home.
Need ideas for family weekend fun? Why not recycle, upcycle something for your home.
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