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Roominate Roominate

Open ended, snap together building system makes many things, from houses to helicopters! Uses electricity and motors to teach use of circuits that create moving parts and lights. Expand, accessorize, and populate a world of your own! Encourages problem solving, confidence and…
Open ended, snap together building system makes many things, from houses to helicopters! Uses electricity and motors to teach use of…

AARP Tax Help AARP Tax Help

The AARP will provide free tax assistance to seniors and low income individuals and families on Wednesdays, beginning February 7th through April 11th, noon to 4 PM at the Moore Branch of Tacoma Public Library. Assistance is provided on a first come first served basis and capacit…
The AARP will provide free tax assistance to seniors and low income individuals and families on Wednesdays, beginning February 7th through …

Best Books of 2017 Best Books of 2017

Here at Tacoma Public Library, we are obviously fond of lists. So much so, that we have created a list of lists to help you navigate through the best books of 2017. Did your favorite book make the list(s)? Let us know in the comments below! …
Here at Tacoma Public Library, we are obviously fond of lists. So much so, that we have created a list of lists to help you navigate throug…

Book Club Book Club

Mar 7th | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us to discuss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith This 1943 classic is the coming of age tale of a young girl and her family…
Join us to discuss A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith This 1943 classic is the coming of age tale of a young girl and her family…

Local History

Bethlehem Baptist Church Bethlehem Baptist Church

This is the choir of Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1723 South "I" Street, as photographed in February of 1950. The choir was led by William Ervin, at center (with hymnal) next to church pastor Rev. E.B. Wilson. Bethlehem Baptist was founded in 1890 in Tacoma and was the oldest...
This is the choir of Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1723 South "I" Street, as photographed in February of 1950. The choir was led by William...

For Personal Protection For Personal Protection

In February of 1949, any woman in Tacoma who felt threatened could protect herself by setting off her hand-held personal alarm. Mrs. Donna Younger and Henry Sandahl, both employees of Fraser's, 912 Broadway, demonstrated the new alarm that would scare the daylights out of…
In February of 1949, any woman in Tacoma who felt threatened could protect herself by setting off her hand-held personal alarm. Mrs. Donna…

Some Things Never Change Some Things Never Change

1949, frost damage was common over many miles of Tacoma streets surfaced with oil mat. Some sections were impassable and barricaded. A survey of winter damage had been ordered by Public Works Commissioner Jack Roberts preliminary to a request for an emergency appropriation to…
1949, frost damage was common over many miles of Tacoma streets surfaced with oil mat. Some sections were impassable and barricaded. A…

Be My Valentine Be My Valentine

Six young girls, daughters of Elk Lodge members, dropped in at Farley's Florists, 2702 Sixth Ave., to enjoy a preview of the decorations for the annual Fathers and Daughters' party, scheduled for February 11, 1949. The theme for the anticipated event was Valentine's Day. The...
Six young girls, daughters of Elk Lodge members, dropped in at Farley's Florists, 2702 Sixth Ave., to enjoy a preview of the decorations...

Fanchon and Marco Road Show Fanchon and Marco Road Show

Group portrait of actors and actresses at the Broadway Theater in February, 1928. It is possible that this is Fanchon & Marco Road Show #1 from Los Angeles which appeared at the Broadway that February to help celebrate the Broadway's first birthday. The 50-person revue starred...
Group portrait of actors and actresses at the Broadway Theater in February, 1928. It is possible that this is Fanchon & Marco Road Show…

Kids & Families

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...

Notable African American Picture Book… Notable African American Picture Book…

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Celebrate African American History Month by checking out Tacoma Library's picks for great picture book biographies. From Martin Luther…
Celebrate African American History Month by checking out Tacoma Library's picks for great picture book biographies. From Martin Luther…

Books set in Washington Books set in Washington

128 years ago, the State of Washington became the 42nd state to join the Union. Check out the Washington State Historical Society website…
128 years ago, the State of Washington became the 42nd state to join the Union. Check out the Washington State Historical Society website…

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 …

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

I Haven’t Read the Book, But The Melody… I Haven’t Read the Book, But The Melody…

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If you are stuck for something to read, you could always try a book that shares a title with one of your favorite songs! Who knows where…
If you are stuck for something to read, you could always try a book that shares a title with one of your favorite songs! Who knows where…

Library Reads Top 10 February 2018 Library Reads Top 10 February 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,…

Great Authors, Great Lives, Great Novels Great Authors, Great Lives, Great Novels

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These prize-winning authors mix facts from their lives with fictions from their imaginations. Find these autobiographical novels at…
These prize-winning authors mix facts from their lives with fictions from their imaginations. Find these autobiographical novels at…

Celebrate Chinese New Year! Celebrate Chinese New Year!

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February 16 marks the Chinese New Year. Tacoma Public Library has a great collection of titles exploring and celebrating Chinese history…
February 16 marks the Chinese New Year. Tacoma Public Library has a great collection of titles exploring and celebrating Chinese history…

Musical Teams of Two Bewitch and Beguile Musical Teams of Two Bewitch and Beguile

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When you listen to these masterful pairs of musicians play these classical music selections you will be challenged, moved, at times…
When you listen to these masterful pairs of musicians play these classical music selections you will be challenged, moved, at times…
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