There will be special hours at all Tacoma Public Library locations on Wednesday, November 21st in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. The Main Branch will be open from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. All other branches will be open from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

All Tacoma Public Library branches will be closed on Thursday, November 22nd for Thanksgiving Day.

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Lego Club Lego Club

Games and activities featuring everyone's favorite construction toy! If you're a great Lego builder, or a first timer, this is the place for you. Open to anyone interested, there is no need to sign up. This will give children the opportunity to get creative and build anything…
Wheelock Branch 3:00pm – 4:30pm Tuesday, October 23 Tuesday, November 6 Tuesday, November 20  Games and activities featuring everyone's...

Consumer Reports: Featured eResource of… Consumer Reports: Featured eResource of the Month

Getting ready to shop and want to make the best purchase? Consumer Reports provides everything a savvy consumer needs to prepare for prime shopping season! This fabulous resource provides: information and advice on consumer products ratings and reviews recommendations buying…
Getting ready to shop and want to make the best purchase? Consumer Reports provides everything a savvy consumer needs to prepare for prime…

Where The Wild Things Are – Maurice… Where The Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak: The Memorial Exhibition…

TACOMA, Washington- The original, iconic artwork of beloved author and illustrator Maurice Sendak such as Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, Outside Over There, will be on display from September 25 through December 1, 2018 at Tacoma Public Library’s Handforth…
TACOMA, Washington- The original, iconic artwork of beloved author and illustrator Maurice Sendak such as Where the Wild Things Are, In…

Local History

A Feast of Feathers A Feast of Feathers

On November 14, 1940, 2550 birds of the 5,200 turkeys at Southworth's Turkey Farm are being prepared for Thanksgiving orders placed by staff at McChord Field, Fort Lewis and Camp Murray. The Southworth brothers, Roy, W. H. and Charles, had raised turkeys for market for ten…
On November 14, 1940, 2550 birds of the 5,200 turkeys at Southworth's Turkey Farm are being prepared for Thanksgiving orders placed by…

To Your Health! To Your Health!

In November of 1939, Paul Roberts and Augusta C. Semmern offered Tacomans something other than turkey from the Thomsen's Health Foods booth at the second annual Show of Progress sponsored by the Tacoma Lions Club. A hungry shopper could buy a large, freshly prepared glass of...
In November of 1939, Paul Roberts and Augusta C. Semmern offered Tacomans something other than turkey from the Thomsen's Health Foods…

All Aboard! All Aboard!

Popular KTNT-TV children's show host Brakeman Bill, Bill McLain (right), is pictured on the set of the daily "Brakeman Bill Show" with Phillip C. McCaffery, car inspector with the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad on November 9, 1955. Mr. The Brakeman Bill Show...
Popular KTNT-TV children's show host Brakeman Bill, Bill McLain (right), is pictured on the set of the daily "Brakeman Bill Show" with...

Familiar Echoes Familiar Echoes

On the 16th anniversary of the World War I Armistice, November 11, 1934, Harry Hanson, Great War veteran, sat on a lonely park bench beneath barren trees staring into space. Mr. Hanson was one of thousands of veterans still fighting; only this time it was the Battle of the…
On the 16th anniversary of the World War I Armistice, November 11, 1934, Harry Hanson, Great War veteran, sat on a lonely park bench…

Election Excitement Election Excitement

On November 12th, 1940, Auditor S. Clifford Davis, right, and Deputy Auditor Arthur W. Schlegel examined the railroad car seal and padlock on the last of three ballot boxes filled with absentee ballots. These ballots were particularly important because the election of…
On November 12th, 1940, Auditor S. Clifford Davis, right, and Deputy Auditor Arthur W. Schlegel examined the railroad car seal and padlock…

Kids & Families

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...

Whistle While You Work Whistle While You Work

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

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.

All Are Welcome Here! All Are Welcome Here!

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The Tacoma Public Library recommends these pictures books as a way to celebrate National Welcoming Week. This is a time to remind our community members that we welcome people from all backgrounds.
The Tacoma Public Library recommends these pictures books as a way to celebrate National Welcoming Week. This is a time to remind our…

Libraries Rock: Picture Books With… Libraries Rock: Picture Books With Rockin' Songs

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Not only are books with songs fun to read, but rhythm, rhymes and singing help young children develop language skills. Listening to and singing along with songs helps children to learn the sounds, flow and cadence of spoken language. Check out these great picture books that…
Not only are books with songs fun to read, but rhythm, rhymes and singing help young children develop language skills. Listening to and…

We Recommend

Travel the World But Be Home For Lunch! Travel the World But Be Home For Lunch!

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Travel is wonderful and exciting, but not always possible for many of us. So for those of us who prefer our excitement in comfort and…
Travel is wonderful and exciting, but not always possible for many of us. So for those of us who prefer our excitement in comfort and…

LibraryReads November 2018 LibraryReads November 2018

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…

Cozy Up to Casseroles Cozy Up to Casseroles

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Fall is here and you might have felt a chill in the air already. Casserole dishes from these cookbooks at Tacoma Public Library might be…
Fall is here and you might have felt a chill in the air already. Casserole dishes from these cookbooks at Tacoma Public Library might be…

Where to go? The newest Guidebooks! Where to go? The newest Guidebooks!

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Tacoma Library has Frommers, Lonely Planet, Moon, Eyewitness Travel and many others. All these titles are doorways to your next family…
Tacoma Library has Frommers, Lonely Planet, Moon, Eyewitness Travel and many others. All these titles are doorways to your next family…

Weather and the Pacific Northwest Weather and the Pacific Northwest

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Weather is the living sculpture of the world. Tacoma Library has a rich collection of titles to show you how it does its work in the…
Weather is the living sculpture of the world. Tacoma Library has a rich collection of titles to show you how it does its work in the…
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