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Genealogy Online Genealogy Online

Learn how to research your family on the library's genealogy databases: Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest. Free handouts will be provided to help you get started in organizing what you already know about your family, and what you hope to discover.…
Learn how to research your family on the library's genealogy databases: Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest. Free…

Rosetta Stone: Featured eResource of… Rosetta Stone: Featured eResource of the Month

Interested in learning a new language for travel or everyday use?  Rosetta Stone provides an immersive learning tool, in over 25 languages, to help you get started! This eResource features: NEW! Access to Levels 1 – 5! More than 25 different languages including French, Italian…
Interested in learning a new language for travel or everyday use?  Rosetta Stone provides an immersive learning tool, in over 25…

Six-Day Service Starting January 6, 2019 Six-Day Service Starting January 6, 2019

Beginning Sunday, January 6, 2019, three Tacoma Public Library branches, Moore, Wheelock, and Kobetich will be open six days per week during the public school year. The Moore and Wheelock …
Beginning Sunday, January 6, 2019, three Tacoma Public Library branches, Moore, Wheelock, and Kobetich will be open six days per week during…

Extreme Reader Challenge Extreme Reader Challenge

Tacoma Public Library is hosting a yearlong reading challenge for Extreme Readers. Read 50 books in 50 weeks or less from a list of 55 categories and earn the coveted title of Extreme Reader. To participate, you must have a current Tacoma Public Library card and be at least…
The Tacoma Public Library is hosting a yearlong reading challenge for Extreme Readers. Read 50 books in 50 weeks or less from a list of 55…

LibraryReads 2018 Favorite of Favorites LibraryReads 2018 Favorite of Favorites

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.  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 picks for the month, as…

Local History

KTNT Tacoma KTNT Tacoma

In January of 1955, announcer Bob Gleason (left) and an unidentified butcher stood behind a counter on the Shop Rite Food Centers set in the KTNT studio while the production staff broadcast a live commercial into Tacoma's homes. Bob Gleason was the program director of KTNT-…
In January of 1955, announcer Bob Gleason (left) and an unidentified butcher stood behind a counter on the Shop Rite Food Centers set in…

Leaning Poles of Tacoma Leaning Poles of Tacoma

These power and utility poles in front of the Liquefied Gas Corporation, 9611 E Marginal Way, could not stand up to the winds that hit the Seattle-Tacoma area on January 15, 1951. With peak winds of 65 mph, the winter storm disrupted power service throughout the area. During…
These power and utility poles in front of the Liquefied Gas Corporation, 9611 E Marginal Way, could not stand up to the winds that hit the…

Slippery Slope Slippery Slope

With a thunderous roar, the loamy soil on the bluff overlooking Old Tacoma broke loose at 9:50 a.m. on January 10, 1923. Tons of earth crashed down the steep slope, sweeping along with it the home of the W. E. Claytons. The wood frame home which had stood at 2502 N 29th St was…
With a thunderous roar, the loamy soil on the bluff overlooking Old Tacoma broke loose at 9:50 a.m. on January 10, 1923. Tons of earth…

Leaping Lounge Lizards! Leaping Lounge Lizards!

Tom Ross, a member of Tacoma's "dry squad" demonstrates the fine art of bar leaping on January 14, 1923. Because Washington had been dry since 1916, beer parlors were supposedly converted into soft drink parlors. However, it was estimated that 150+ stores, soft drink parlors,...
Tom Ross, a member of Tacoma's "dry squad" demonstrates the fine art of bar leaping on January 14, 1923. Because Washington had been dry...

A Snowy Day in May A Snowy Day in May

H.C. Weaver Productions, Inc., motion picture set of "Hearts and Fists", ca. 1925. Unidentified woman standing on planked sidewalk outside of "Slim's Nugget Bar;" a shoemaker's shop is further in the background. Set was still under construction as the log exteriors are...
H.C. Weaver Productions, Inc., motion picture set of "Hearts and Fists", ca. 1925. Unidentified woman standing on planked sidewalk...

Kids & Families

Ready, Set, Read-Tacoma! Ready, Set, Read-Tacoma!

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Ready, Set, Read—Tacoma! (RSR-T) is a free program through Communities in Schools and Tacoma Public Schools that provides access to 70+…
Ready, Set, Read—Tacoma! (RSR-T) is a free program through Communities in Schools and Tacoma Public Schools that provides access to 70+…

Whistle While You Work Whistle While You Work

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Disney soundtracks at Tacoma Public Library.
Disney soundtracks at Tacoma Public Library.

Library Game Day Library Game Day

You are cordially invited to the debut of the Board Game Collection at the Swasey Branch of Tacoma Public Library on January 12th from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm. If everything …
You are cordially invited to the debut of the Board Game Collection at the Swasey Branch of Tacoma Public Library on January 12th from 1:00 pm to…

Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse! Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse!

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Celebrate the 90th birthday of everyone's favorite mouse with these books featuring Mickey Mouse and all things Disney at Tacoma Public…
Celebrate the 90th birthday of everyone's favorite mouse with these books featuring Mickey Mouse and all things Disney at Tacoma Public...

Mickey Mouse in Movies Mickey Mouse in Movies

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Celebrate Mickey's 90th birthday with a Disney classic from Tacoma Public Library.
Celebrate Mickey's 90th birthday with a Disney classic from Tacoma Public Library.

We Recommend

LibraryReads January 2019 LibraryReads January 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…
Nothing says “must read” quite like a Librarian’s stamp of approval! Every month LibraryReads.org releases the top picks for the month, as…

I Wanna Watch Some Music Again I Wanna Watch Some Music Again

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Tacoma Library understands music can be more than just a listening experience. Sometimes you have to get up and DANCE! Sometimes you want…
Tacoma Library understands music can be more than just a listening experience. Sometimes you have to get up and DANCE! Sometimes you want…

Stick with it Stick with it

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Discover ways to make goals that you will stick with. These titles at Tacoma Public Library will help you make goals that fit your life…
Discover ways to make goals that you will stick with. These titles at Tacoma Public Library will help you make goals that fit your life…

House Plant Appreciation Day House Plant Appreciation Day

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Tacoma Library celebrates the houseplant for the many joys it brings the home. The smallest houseplant can purify the air, decorate a room…
Tacoma Library celebrates the houseplant for the many joys it brings the home. The smallest houseplant can purify the air, decorate a room…

New Year Change New Year Change

Tacoma Library wishes you a Happy New Year! This time of year is about change. It is the beginning of new things, of breaking old habits…
Tacoma Library wishes you a Happy New Year! This time of year is about change. It is the beginning of new things, of breaking old habits…
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