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Visit Tacoma Museums for Free Visit Tacoma Museums for Free

Play tourist in your own town and visit one of Tacoma's world-class museums for free this summer. The library has passes to the Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and Museum of Glass. All passes circulate for 1 week and make the perfect family activity. Check on…
Play tourist in your own town and visit one of Tacoma's world-class museums for free this summer. The library has passes to the Washington …

Travel Light with eBooks Travel Light with eBooks

Heading somewhere special this summer? After you’ve packed your sunscreen, don’t forget to bring the other travel necessity – something to read. Did you know you have access to thousands of free eBook and eAudiobook titles with your library card? The Overdrive app makes it easy …
Heading somewhere special this summer? After you’ve packed your sunscreen, don’t forget to bring the other travel necessity – something to …

Cool Food For Summer Cool Food For Summer

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Summer fun means the best kind of parties, gardens and recipes. And Tacoma Library has titles to help you find the best of all three right here.
Summer fun means the best kind of parties, gardens and recipes. And Tacoma Library has titles to help you find the best of all three right …

Importance of Reading over the Summer Importance of Reading over the Summer

Summer Reading Loss occurs when children learning to read, take a protracted break from regular reading. Upon returning to school, Children who read in the summer have increased reading skills while children who do not lose as much as three months of reading skills. These summer…
Summer Reading Loss occurs when children learning to read, take a protracted break from regular reading. Upon returning to school, Children…

Local History

The Awww Factor The Awww Factor

August of 1936, Dolores Hansen sits on the wooden steps of her home next to her mother cat who is nursing five motherless puppies. The cat took over as the mother to the litter of puppies when their real canine mother was poisoned. The mother cat had recently given birth to a si…
August of 1936, Dolores Hansen sits on the wooden steps of her home next to her mother cat who is nursing five motherless puppies. The cat …

Aloha from Tacoma! Aloha from Tacoma!

Hawaiian musicians prepare to entertain the 500+ employees and their guests of the new Liberty House/Rhodes department store at an employees' luau held at the Top of the Ocean on August 18, 1974. Rufus Kaukani and his Polynesian troupe were part of the evening's show. Liberty Ho…
Hawaiian musicians prepare to entertain the 500+ employees and their guests of the new Liberty House/Rhodes department store at an employee…

A Boy, a Bicycle and an Obstacle A Boy, a Bicycle and an Obstacle

The Tacoma Times - Park District Bicycle Contest was held at the end of July and in early August 1938. To compete in the final events held in the Stadium Bowl on August 5th, boys and girls first had to compete in one of the District preliminary contests held throughout Tacoma. T…
The Tacoma Times - Park District Bicycle Contest was held at the end of July and in early August 1938. To compete in the final events held …

Bing Is in Town Bing Is in Town

Bing Crosby arrived at Tacoma's Union Station in August of 1942 to help out with WWII bond sales in the town of his birth. Harry Lillis Crosby was born in Tacoma in May of 1903 when his family lived at 1112 North J Street. While in town with a USO troupe to entertain the soldier…
Bing Crosby arrived at Tacoma's Union Station in August of 1942 to help out with WWII bond sales in the town of his birth. Harry Lillis Cro…

Back to School - Fashionably Back to School - Fashionably

On August 8, 1963, Seventeen Magazine, in conjunction with the Rhodes Brothers Department Store, sponsored a "back-to-school" style show at Rhodes' Broadway location, 950 Broadway. Entertainment was provided by Valerie Kiomoto, dressed in traditional kimono, accompanied by the J…
On August 8, 1963, Seventeen Magazine, in conjunction with the Rhodes Brothers Department Store, sponsored a "back-to-school" style show at…

Kids & Families

Great Websites for Children Great Websites for Children

It is almost time to go back to school, which means new clothes, new school supplies and hopefully new websites to learn new things and help with homework.  The internet can be an overwhelming place for children and their parents; here are a few of Tacoma Public Library’s favori…
It is almost time to go back to school, which means new clothes, new school supplies and hopefully new websites to learn new things and hel…

Jokes and More Jokes Jokes and More Jokes

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Do your jokes make your friends and family groan. Tell a Joke Day is almost upon us; refresh your supply of corny, laugh out loud, and fun…
Do your jokes make your friends and family groan. Tell a Joke Day is almost upon us; refresh your supply of corny, laugh out loud, and fun…

Blind Choice Books for Kids! Blind Choice Books for Kids!

Blind Choice Books is just for kids! In addition to Blind Date with a Book for adults, Moore Branch of Tacoma Public Library has included t…
Blind Choice Books is just for kids! In addition to Blind Date with a Book for adults, Moore Branch of Tacoma Public Library has included t…

HA! HAAAAA! HA! Funny Picture Books to R… HA! HAAAAA! HA! Funny Picture Books to R…

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Tacoma Library's picks for picture books so funny you will cry, shake, and roll on the floor while laughing!
Tacoma Library's picks for picture books so funny you will cry, shake, and roll on the floor while laughing!

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...

We Recommend

August 21st Solar Eclipse August 21st Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21st the United States will be witness to a rare solar eclipse; solar eclipses occur when the moon passes in between the Earth and the Sun blocking out the sun. This total solar eclipse will begin in Oregon and move across the United States ending in South Caro…
On Monday, August 21st the United States will be witness to a rare solar eclipse; solar eclipses occur when the moon passes in between the …

Yummy Vegetables Yummy Vegetables

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Tacoma Public has lots of titles that show vegetables at their yummy BEST! How to cook them, grow them and enjoy them.
Tacoma Public has lots of titles that show vegetables at their yummy BEST! How to cook them, grow them and enjoy them.

Money, Music, Business and the Arts Money, Music, Business and the Arts

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Tacoma Library understands that the Business of art is hard work! Take a look at some of these titles to help get your foot in the door.
Tacoma Library understands that the Business of art is hard work! Take a look at some of these titles to help get your foot in the door.

Library Reads Top Ten August 2017 Library Reads Top Ten August 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, as voted on by Librarians across the country.  At the end of the year, Librarians vote for their Favorites of Favorites. Subscribe to Tacoma…
Nothing says “must read” quite like a Librarian’s stamp of approval! Every month LibraryReads.org releases the top 10 picks for the month, …

451 Illustrated Dandelion Chronicles of… 451 Illustrated Dandelion Chronicles of Something Wicked: Ray Bradbury 1920 – 2012

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Ray Bradbury, the poetic master of short science fiction and surrealist fantasy was born on August 22nd, 1920. The dog days of August are as good a time as any to discover, or rediscover, this American original.
Ray Bradbury, the poetic master of short science fiction and surrealist fantasy was born on August 22nd, 1920. The dog days of August are a…
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