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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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What is Summer Slide… What is Summer Slide and Why is it Important to Stop?

School is almost out for summer and for children around the country it means “No more pencils. No more books. No more teachers’ dirty looks.” But for educators, librarians, and parents it also means many children will succumb to the Summer Slide. What is the Summer Slide you ask…
School is almost out for summer and for children around the country it means “No more pencils. No more books." But for educators, librar ...

Tales to Tails Tales to Tails

Read to Sam, the library’s attentive certified therapy dog.  Reading to dogs encourages children to read by providing a non-judgmental listener and a furry friend that will not judge them if they make a mistake or stumble over a word, but rather lie next to them and enjoy the st…
Read to Sam, the library’s attentive certified therapy dog.  Reading to dogs encourages children to read by providing a non-judgmental list…

Summer Learning Adventure Kick-Off Party Summer Learning Adventure Kick-Off Party

Join Tacoma Public Library in celebrating the start of the 2017 Summer Learning Adventure with a kick-off party on Saturday, June 3rd from 1 - 2 pm. Stop by any branch to pick up your Summer Learning Logs and decorate a canvas bag to create your very own summer reading bag. Bags…
Join Tacoma Public Library in celebrating the start of the 2017 Summer Learning Adventure with a kick-off party on Saturday, June 3rd from …

Local History

Straw Hat Day 1926 Straw Hat Day 1926

Mildred Stiles, left, and Viola Barth were photographed dancing the charleston on top of a giant model straw hat in front of the Tacoma totem pole celebrating the arrival of Straw Hat Day in 1926. During the twenties Straw Hat Day in May was the date when men discarded their hea…
Mildred Stiles, left, and Viola Barth were photographed dancing the charleston on top of a giant model straw hat in front of the Tacoma tot…

Bob and Al: Marble Kings Bob and Al: Marble Kings

In May of 1940, Robert H. Hager (left), physical education supervisor for Tacoma Public Schools, and Al Hodges, playground and recreation supervisor for Metropolitan Parks, were photographed demonstrating the correct "knuckle down" hand position required in the upcoming Marble K…
In May of 1940, Robert H. Hager (left), physical education supervisor for Tacoma Public Schools, and Al Hodges, playground and recreation s…

Miss Tacoma 1964 Miss Tacoma 1964

18-year-old Pacific Lutheran University freshman, Miss Tacoma Angela Nicholson, tends to some gardening on May 16, 1964, as she holds a blossom in her gloved hand. The new Miss Tacoma won her crown on May 9, 1964. See more featured images and posts
18-year-old Pacific Lutheran University freshman, Miss Tacoma Angela Nicholson, tends to some gardening on May 16, 1964, as she holds a blo…

Making Camp Harmony Home Making Camp Harmony Home

While interred at "Camp Harmony", in May of 1942, three unidentified Japanese Americans built their own furniture for their barracks "apartments." The Puyallup Assembly Center "Camp Harmony" had been constructed by the Army in less than 3 weeks. The living quarters were makeshif…
While interred at "Camp Harmony", in May of 1942, three unidentified Japanese Americans built their own furniture for their barracks "apart…

Marietta Fleck, Welder Marietta Fleck, Welder

Tacoma honored its war-worker mothers of service men for Mother's Day, May of 1943. Mrs. Marietta Fleck was a welder at Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Company. Her son James Albert Nickerson had been an instructor of trainees in the infantry at Salina, Kansas. See more featured ima…
Tacoma honored its war-worker mothers of service men for Mother's Day, May of 1943. Mrs. Marietta Fleck was a welder at Seattle-Tacoma Ship…

PNW Living

Hiking and Biking and Climbing Oh My! Hiking and Biking and Climbing Oh My!

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Spring is here and Tacoma Library has dozens of recreation guides that will inspire you to get out and play in the beautiful Washington outdoors. Let’s hike, bike, kayak, fish, camp, explore tidal pools, rock climb and take a scenic drive.
Spring is here and Tacoma Library has dozens of recreation guides that will inspire you to get out and play in the beautiful Washington…

Northwest Hikes and History Northwest Hikes and History

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Use this list of books from Tacoma Library to explore the relationship between history and hikes in the region.
Use this list of books from Tacoma Library to explore the relationship between history and hikes in the region.

Herbs & Your Garden Herbs & Your Garden

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Tacoma Library has some exciting titles to jump start your Spring herb garden.
Tacoma Library has some exciting titles to jump start your Spring herb garden.

Cargo Shipping by Diesel and Sail: Today… Cargo Shipping by Diesel and Sail: Today…

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Every year cargos worth billions cross the wharves at the Port of Tacoma. Is the work of today’s merchant seaman different from that expe…
Every year cargos worth billions cross the wharves at the Port of Tacoma. Is the work of today’s merchant seaman different from that expe…

Fit Dog, Fit Family! Fit Dog, Fit Family!

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Whether you bring one home forever, plan on dog sitting, or volunteer with your local shelters, spending time with a dog has many health be…
Whether you bring one home forever, plan on dog sitting, or volunteer with your local shelters, spending time with a dog has many health be…

Books & Authors

Thank You for Your Service! Thank You for Your Service!

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This Memorial Day read up on some of those who gave all in service to their country. Tacoma Public Library has these and more!
This Memorial Day read up on some of those who gave all in service to their country. Tacoma Public Library has these and more!

Burnt Offerings For Summer Burnt Offerings For Summer

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Find the perfect barbecue recipe for Summer yummies at your Tacoma Library.
Find the perfect barbecue recipe for Summer yummies at your Tacoma Library.

Library Reads Top Ten May 2017 Library Reads Top Ten May 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, …
Nothing says “must read” quite like a Librarian’s stamp of approval! Every month LibraryReads.org releases the top 10 picks for the month, …

May is National Bike Month May is National Bike Month

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Time to get out your bike and get ready to ride. Check out some great children's books from Tacoma Public Library.
Time to get out your bike and get ready to ride. Check out some great children's books from Tacoma Public Library.

Book Club Book Club

Jun 7th | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us to discuss H is for Hawk (2014, nonfiction) by Helen MacDonald.Helen MacDonald becomes obsessed with the idea of training her own g…
Join us to discuss H is for Hawk (2014, nonfiction) by Helen MacDonald.Helen MacDonald becomes obsessed with the idea of training her own g…
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