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Improving Service at Tacoma Public Libra… Improving Service at Tacoma Public Library

Tacoma Public Library is always looking for ways to improve service to our patrons. In fact, you may have noticed some recent improvements such as: • Making getting a library card easier through an online application process for an eCard • eCards providing immediate access to ou…
Tacoma Public Library is always looking for ways to improve service to our patrons. In fact, you may have noticed some recent improvements …

History & Hops Fundraiser History & Hops Fundraiser

Sep 28th | 6:30pm - 8:30pm
7 Seas Tacoma Tap Room & Brewery
Bring your friends and join us at 7 Seas Tacoma Tap Room & Brewery in their event space for a fun night of history and hops led by historia…
Bring your friends and join us at 7 Seas Tacoma Tap Room & Brewery in their event space for a fun night of history and hops led by historian Brian Kamens of Tacoma Public Library. Hear about the early beginnings of brewing in Tacoma and get a behind-the-scenes tour of 7 Seas Bre…

Tacoma Library Welcomes TPS Educators to… Tacoma Library Welcomes TPS Educators to the Pathway Partnership

Through this new phase of the Pathway Partnership, Tacoma Public School (TPS) educators may access premium public library resources with their employee ID. Educators share this privilege with their students, who have been able to use their school ID as a library card for four ye…
Through this new phase of the Pathway Partnership, Tacoma Public School (TPS) educators may access premium public library resources with th…

SelfCheck Machines are Here! SelfCheck Machines are Here!

Starting August 29th, Tacoma Public Library is making it easier for you to get in and get out quickly with the installation of SelfCheck machines at every branch.  Intended to increase efficiency, 30 new SelfCheck machines have been added as part of a system-wide improvement pla…
Starting August 29th, Tacoma Public Library is making it easier for you to get in and get out quickly with the installation of SelfCheck ma…

Computer Classes Return Computer Classes Return

School is back and computer classes have returned to Tacoma Public Library. Refresh your skills or try something new this year. The Library has a variety of introductory, 90 minute classes for various interests and abilities. Find upcoming classes with the online calendar.
School is back and computer classes have returned to Tacoma Public Library. Refresh your skills or try something new this year. The Library…

Local History

Retrofit at the Muni Dock Retrofit at the Muni Dock

Onlookers lean over wooden barriers to inspect refurbishing efforts being conducted on the city's Municipal Dock on September 20, 1929. Three workers are pictured gazing as what may be a concrete pile being inserted through an opening in the dock. Besides concrete piling to repl…
Onlookers lean over wooden barriers to inspect refurbishing efforts being conducted on the city's Municipal Dock on September 20, 1929. Thr…

Accident Prevention Car Accident Prevention Car

The City of Tacoma Police Department purchased a new accident prevention car which was placed in service September 17, 1947, by Safety Commissioner, Robert S. Temme. Sgt. Bob Marshall shows the batteries for the electric flares that are part of the special equipment on the car. …
The City of Tacoma Police Department purchased a new accident prevention car which was placed in service September 17, 1947, by Safety Comm…

Almost Handmade Chocolate Almost Handmade Chocolate

Chocolate manufacturing at the Brown & Haley factory in September of 1921. At this time, most of the candy was made and packaged by hand. Automation was of the simple gear and pulley type shown here. See more featured images and posts
Chocolate manufacturing at the Brown & Haley factory in September of 1921. At this time, most of the candy was made and packaged by hand. A…

Doing the Puyallup with Chief Sky Eagle Doing the Puyallup with Chief Sky Eagle

On September 18, 1940, five year old Barbara Madsen, left, and her sister Marilyn, 7, of Tacoma enjoy a visit at the Western Washington Fair with Chief Sky Eagle of Michigan. The girls are out of school for Tacoma Day at the Fair. See more featured images and posts
On September 18, 1940, five year old Barbara Madsen, left, and her sister Marilyn, 7, of Tacoma enjoy a visit at the Western Washington Fai…

Moonshine Raid Moonshine Raid

H. L. Phillips and Willliam Farrar of the city dry squad are shown emerging from the tunnel dug under the home at 7813 A St. on September 6, 1924. The residence was raided that Saturday afternoon and after two hours of searching, elaborate moonshine stills were discovered and co…
H. L. Phillips and Willliam Farrar of the city dry squad are shown emerging from the tunnel dug under the home at 7813 A St. on September 6…

Kids & Families

Cooking with kids Cooking with kids

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Food tastes better when you make it yourself! Teach your kids the joy of cooking and tasting with some recipes and tips from these titles a…
Food tastes better when you make it yourself! Teach your kids the joy of cooking and tasting with some recipes and tips from these titles a…

School Days, School Days, It is Time for… School Days, School Days, It is Time for…

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Summer is ending and school is beginning. Check out these great children's picture books from Tacoma Public Library.
Summer is ending and school is beginning. Check out these great children's picture books from Tacoma Public Library.

TPS Back To School Supply Lists For Ever… TPS Back To School Supply Lists For Everybody

Tacoma Public Library hopes a central location for all Tacoma Public School’s supply lists will start the school year off right! Click on your school below to find your list.  Please check with your school to for any extra material or fee. Arlington Elementary Baker Middle Schoo…
Tacoma Public Library hopes a central location for all Tacoma Public School’s supply lists will start the school year off right! Click on y…

Remembering 9/11; Books for Children Remembering 9/11; Books for Children

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For many adults 9/11 was a pivotal event in our lives but it as a historical event many children have no context for understanding. Check …
For many adults 9/11 was a pivotal event in our lives but it as a historical event many children have no context for understanding. Check …

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, I Love You Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, I Love You

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Celebrate the love of your favorite teddy bear on National Teddy Bear Day on September 9th by checking out books from Tacoma Public Library…
Celebrate the love of your favorite teddy bear on National Teddy Bear Day on September 9th by checking out books from Tacoma Public Library…

We Recommend

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

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During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture. Pick up these wonderful novels by Hispanic and Lati…
During National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 15) we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hisp…

Beyond Poldark Beyond Poldark

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If you fell in love with the beautiful landscapes of PBS's, Poldark, Tacoma Public Library has more novels to keep you dreaming of Cornwall…
If you fell in love with the beautiful landscapes of PBS's, Poldark, Tacoma Public Library has more novels to keep you dreaming of Cornwall…

Take Me Out to the Ball Game Take Me Out to the Ball Game

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Summertime means baseball. Don't miss these excellent stories from Tacoma Public Library
Summertime means baseball. Don't miss these excellent stories from Tacoma Public Library

Family Night Movie With Mystery & Chills… Family Night Movie With Mystery & Chills…

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Tacoma Library has a list for everyone who wants to watch a mysterious or scary movie! But not TOO scary or mysterious! So have a look at …
Tacoma Library has a list for everyone who wants to watch a mysterious or scary movie! But not TOO scary or mysterious! So have a look at …

Library Reads Top Ten September 2017 Library Reads Top Ten September 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, …
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