All Tacoma Public Library branches will be closed on Saturday, February 16th and Sunday, February 17th in observation of Presidents' Day.

We will be extending due dates and pick-up times for holds through February 19th. No fines will be assessed during this time. 

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Community Listening Session: Hilltop… Community Listening Session: Hilltop Library Services

Feb 21st | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
People's Community Center
Join Council Member Keith Blocker, Metro Parks Executive Director Shon Sylvia, and Library Director Kate Larsen to hear about new library…
Join Council Member Keith Blocker, Metro Parks Executive Director Shon Sylvia, and Library Director Kate Larsen to hear about new library services for the Hilltop area. Come provide input on the materials, programs and services that interest you most. Presented by Tacoma Public…

referenceUSA: featured eResource of the… referenceUSA: featured eResource of the month

Find people, find customers, find jobs, all with the database referenceUSA from your Tacoma Public Library. ReferenceUSA puts worlds of information data at your fingertips so you can turn facts into success.   Using referenceUSA you can: Find a loved one or friend’s contact…
Find people, find customers, find jobs, all with the database referenceUSA from your Tacoma Public Library. ReferenceUSA puts worlds of…

AARP Tax Help AARP Tax Help

AARP will provide free tax assistance to seniors and low income individuals and families on Wednesdays, February 6th through April 10th, from 12 noon to 3 PM at the Moore Branch of Tacoma Public Library. Assistance is provided on a first come, first served basis, and capacity…
AARP will provide free tax assistance to seniors and low income individuals and families on Wednesdays, February 6th through April 10th,…

Leap into Science Leap into Science

Leap into Science is a nationwide program from The Franklin Institute Science Museum that integrates open-ended science activities to help you think like a scientist!  Kids will participate in several hands-on activities that will help them learn all about balance.  Register…
Leap into Science is a nationwide program from The Franklin Institute Science Museum that integrates open-ended science activities to help…

Adding To The Awesome – LEGO At The… Adding To The Awesome – LEGO At The Library

In our opinion, LEGO has always been awesome, and we’re sure lots of folks, young and old, agree. Now, with The LEGO Movie 2 : The Second Part arriving in theaters, the time is right for LEGO to be even more awesome. Tacoma Public Library has the books and DVDs to fuel your own…
In our opinion, LEGO has always been awesome, and we’re sure lots of folks, young and old, agree. Now, with The LEGO Movie 2 : The Second…

Local History

Portrait of a Handsome Young Man Portrait of a Handsome Young Man

George Anthony Trudnich posed for a sepia portrait at the Richards Studio on February 2, 1957. He planned to give copies of his photograph as Valentine Day gifts. Trudnich was a clerk at Top Auto and resided at 2514 N. Starr. He was a graduate of Bellarmine and attended the…
George Anthony Trudnich posed for a sepia portrait at the Richards Studio on February 2, 1957. He planned to give copies of his photograph…

Kindergarten at Cholla's Corner Kindergarten at Cholla's Corner

Doris (Mrs. Eldon R.) Hubner and her deer Chihuahua Cholla were known to thousands of kindergarteners as stars of television show "Kindergarten at Cholla's Corner" in the 1960s. Mrs. Hubner, for years a kindergarten teacher at Washington School, brought fun and learning, songs...
Doris (Mrs. Eldon R.) Hubner and her deer Chihuahua Cholla were known to thousands of kindergarteners as stars of television show…

Forward! Avanti! Forward! Avanti!

In February of 1964, Captain Davies, stationed at Fort Lewis with the Sixth Army, and his wife happily accepted the keys to the new Avanti sport sedan that he won in a contest sponsored by Sears, Roebuck and Co. from an unidentified car dealer. Introduced by Studebaker in 1962,…
In February of 1964, Captain Davies, stationed at Fort Lewis with the Sixth Army, and his wife happily accepted the keys to the new Avanti…

Gertie in Color! Gertie in Color!

Construction of the first Narrows Bridge, in glorious color, January of 1940. The towers were set up and the cable spinning process had started. See more featured images and posts
Construction of the first Narrows Bridge, in glorious color, January of 1940. The towers were set up and the cable spinning process had…

Fire at Centennial Fire at Centennial

At 7:57 a.m. on the morning of January 30, 1947 a malfunctioning switch at the Centennial Flour Mill ignited flour dust in the building setting the massive structure located on Bayside Drive (now Schuster Parkway) on fire. Fanned by stiff winds, the fire defied the combined…
At 7:57 a.m. on the morning of January 30, 1947 a malfunctioning switch at the Centennial Flour Mill ignited flour dust in the building…

Kids & Families

Русская сказка Russian Story Time Русская сказка Russian Story Time

Join Natalia Lialina to hear stories, play games and listen to nursery rhymes in Russian! Have fun while Natalia shares her knowledge and…
Join Natalia Lialina to hear stories, play games and listen to nursery rhymes in Russian! Have fun while Natalia shares her knowledge and…

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+…

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…

We Recommend

A graphic novel, as part of the Extreme… A graphic novel, as part of the Extreme…

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Whether you are participating in the Tacoma Library Extreme Reader Challenge or not, enjoy a graphic novel!
Whether you are participating in the Tacoma Library Extreme Reader Challenge or not, enjoy a graphic novel!

A book made into a movie or TV show, as… A book made into a movie or TV show, as…

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Whether you are participating in the Tacoma Library Extreme Reader Challenge or not, enjoy a book made into a movie or TV show!
Whether you are participating in the Tacoma Library Extreme Reader Challenge or not, enjoy a book made into a movie or TV show!

Suspense & Love Suspense & Love

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Tacoma Library is listing these titles that point out some important facts! Firemen, police, prosecutors, psychologists; any of these can…
Tacoma Library is listing these titles that point out some important facts! Firemen, police, prosecutors, psychologists; any of these can…

And The Winners Are... And The Winners Are...

Forget the Golden Globes and the Oscars, Tacoma Public Library’s favorite award show of the year is the American Library Association’s (ALA) Youth Media Awards!  Every year ALA honors the best books, videos, and audiobooks for children and young adults with notable awards such a…
Forget the Golden Globes and the Oscars, Tacoma Public Library’s favorite award show of the year is the American Library Association’s (ALA…

LibraryReads February 2019 LibraryReads February 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…
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