Summer Reading Club 2019, June 15 - August 10

Summer Reading Club is for everyone: we have bingo cards for little kids, kids, teens, and adults, with activities and prizes (while supplies last) for each age group.

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All Tacoma Public Library branches will be closed on Sundays for the duration of the summer. We will reopen Sunday hours at Kobetich, Moore, and Wheelock on Sunday, Sept. 8.

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Jeff Evans' Out of this World Magic Show Jeff Evans' Out of this World Magic Show

What would you weigh on the moon?  What would magic look like performed in the vacuum of space? Do space aliens exist?  Jeff Evans’ show may bring up more questions than it answers, but kids and adults alike will have interstellar fun at this amazing magic show! Find the nearest…
What would you weigh on the moon?  What would magic look like performed in the vacuum of space? Do space aliens exist?  Jeff Evans’ show may...

Summer Food Drive Summer Food Drive

Tacoma Public Library is partnering with the St. Leo Food Connection to help feed hungry families in Pierce County this summer. By donating a gift of non-perishable food, you are joining your friends, neighbors, and family who want everyone in our community to have nutritious…
Tacoma Public Library is partnering with the St. Leo Food Connection to help feed hungry families in Pierce County this summer. By…

Downtown Walking Club Downtown Walking Club

Join us downtown this summer for themed walks created by Tacoma’s Downtown on the Go team. We’ll meet each Saturday at 11 am at our starting point and go for a 45-50 minute walk. The weekly walks will be led by a Tacoma Library staff member. Visit the library’s online calendar for...
Join us downtown this summer for themed walks created by Tacoma’s Downtown on the Go team. We’ll meet each Saturday at 11 am at our starting...

Summer Filmmaking For Teens Summer Filmmaking For Teens

A Universe of Stories is a six-week intensive film camp for Pierce County youth ages 14-18 who show an interest in filmmaking. Learn the essentials of effective scripting, shooting, directing, lighting, sound and editing under the guidance of professional film producers. By the…
A Universe of Stories is a six-week intensive film camp for Pierce County youth ages 14-18 who show an interest in filmmaking. Learn the…

Get Started Writing Get Started Writing

“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”— Louis L’Amour Come get those creative juices flowing and join us for a Writer's Circle at Wheelock Branch. This 5-week series will help you commit to a consistent writing practice with…
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”— Louis L’Amour Come get those creative juices…

Summer Reading

Pioneer Storytime Pioneer Storytime

Jun 27th | 10:30am - 11:30am
Can you imagine life before cars, phones or lightbulbs? Step back in time to find out what it was like to be a kid when the city of Tacoma…
Can you imagine life before cars, phones or lightbulbs? Step back in time to find out what it was like to be a kid when the city of Tacoma was just starting. Enjoy stories, toys, games and crafts from the Oregon Trail. Presented by the Job Carr Cabin Museum. For ages 3-7.

Rocket Ship Surprise Rocket Ship Surprise

Jun 28th | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Decorate a "Rocket Ship" just in time for the 4th of July.  It will have a surprise inside.  (Do you like candy?)It's NOT…
Decorate a "Rocket Ship" just in time for the 4th of July.  It will have a surprise inside.  (Do you like candy?)It's NOT rocket science...

Summer Events for Babies Summer Events for Babies

The Summer Reading Club at Tacoma Public Library features programs and fun for all ages, even babies! Caregivers are invited to bring their babies and young toddlers to our special Baby Sign Language and Baby Massage classes this summer. Baby Sign Language Join Alison Ness from…
The Summer Reading Club at Tacoma Public Library features programs and fun for all ages, even babies! Caregivers are invited to bring…

Revolutionary Picture Books Revolutionary Picture Books

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Picture books are a great learning resource. In celebration of the 4th of July holiday, this list features picture books about our founding fathers and the Revolutionary War. Check out one of these books from Tacoma Public Library for a good read!
Picture books are a great learning resource. In celebration of the 4th of July holiday, this list features picture books about our…

Walking Club Walking Club

Wheelock Branch is walking this summer! Every Friday, beginning June 14 through August 9, we'll head out for a 35-45 minute walk around the Proctor neighborhood at 9 AM. If you've wanted to start exercising but didn't want to do it alone, this is your opportunity!…
Wheelock Branch is walking this summer! Every Friday, beginning June 14 through August 9, we'll head out for a 35-45 minute walk…

Local History

No Stairway to Heaven No Stairway to Heaven

Seattle boxer Al Hostak (right) -  the "Savage Slav" - and his manager Eddie Marino looked at the dilapidated stairs leading to the former location of Marino's Olympic Athletic Club, 917 Commerce St., on June 25, 1938. Eddie Marino had brought his boxer down to Tacoma...
Seattle boxer Al Hostak (right) -  the "Savage Slav" - and his manager Eddie Marino looked at the dilapidated stairs leading to…

Sake, not Champagne, for Sampan Sake, not Champagne, for Sampan

Keel laying ceremonies. In lieu of smashing a bottle of champagne, Japanese sake is gently poured over the keel of a new steel sampan being built at Martinolich Shipbuilding facilities on Alexander Ave. The family of Jack Shinsato, Honolulu owners, do the honors on June 19,…
Keel laying ceremonies. In lieu of smashing a bottle of champagne, Japanese sake is gently poured over the keel of a new steel sampan…

State Yo-Yo Champ State Yo-Yo Champ

13-year-old Kyle Bell, upcoming vice president of Jason Lee Junior High's ninth grade, is the state yo-yo champion. He captured the title on April 17, 1976, at Southcenter in the 8-15 year-old age group. Kyle is shown above in June of 1976 while practicing for the $500…
13-year-old Kyle Bell, upcoming vice president of Jason Lee Junior High's ninth grade, is the state yo-yo champion. He captured the…

Happy Fathers Day! Happy Fathers Day!

In June of 1945 three unidentified women prepared to send Father's Day messages to servicemen from the special Post Yarns mailing center in Tacoma's Rhodes Department Store; an unidentified clerk working in the booth took their addressed messages. Rhodes joined with the...
In June of 1945 three unidentified women prepared to send Father's Day messages to servicemen from the special Post Yarns mailing…

Star Power at Winthrop Star Power at Winthrop

Actress Lana Turner poses with two beaming GIs in the back of a Titus Motor Company's 1923 Lincoln Touring Car parked in front of the Winthrop Hotel during her June 13, 1942 visit to Tacoma for a War Bond rally. To help the Treasury Department sell war bonds, Miss Turner…
Actress Lana Turner poses with two beaming GIs in the back of a Titus Motor Company's 1923 Lincoln Touring Car parked in front of the…

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Love = Love Love = Love

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Celebrate Pride Month with an LGTBQIA+ romance from Tacoma Library.
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LibraryReads June 2019 LibraryReads June 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…
Nothing says “must read” quite like a Librarian’s stamp of approval! Every month LibraryReads.org releases the top picks for the month, as…

Having Game of Thrones withdrawals? Having Game of Thrones withdrawals?

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Watch some of your favorite actors from the show in these other movies available at Tacoma Public Library.
Watch some of your favorite actors from the show in these other movies available at Tacoma Public Library.

If You Liked Star Wars... If You Liked Star Wars...

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...then you'll want to see these. It's no secret that the Star Wars films are amazing. The creators of the movies on this list have tipped…
...then you'll want to see these. It's no secret that the Star Wars films are amazing. The creators of the movies on this list…

Days of Yore Days of Yore

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Need a break from your life? Are you reminiscing of times past? Discover these historical novels of 2018 at Tacoma Public Library.
Need a break from your life? Are you reminiscing of times past? Discover these historical novels of 2018 at Tacoma Public Library.
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