Summer Reading Club 2018

Join the Summer Reading Club June 1st - August 11th. Earn rewards for reading, attending events, and being creative. All ages can join! We have programs for preschoolers, kids, teens, and adults.

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The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Four siblings step into a wardrobe transporting them to the magical world of Narnia. They join forces with a Lion to fight the evil witch. Actors from Olympia Family Theater play over a dozen characters and transform before you. Join us in Narnia for this epic adventure. Find…
Four siblings step into a wardrobe transporting them to the magical world of Narnia. They join forces with a Lion to fight the evil witch.…

RBdigital eMagazines: Featured resource… RBdigital eMagazines: Featured resource of the month

Do you want a magazine but can’t make it in to the library? Want to be able to check out the most current magazine edition? Discover Tacoma Public Library’s emagazine collection available through RBdigital. RBdigital emagazines offers full-color digital magazines for anytime,…
Do you want a magazine but can’t make it in to the library? Want to be able to check out the most current magazine edition? Discover…

Set It & Forget It Retirement Planning Set It & Forget It Retirement Planning

Jul 25th | 6:00pm - 7:30pm
While no retirement plan should really be a set it and forget it plan, this educational program will discuss a strategy that might make…
While no retirement plan should really be a set it and forget it plan, this educational program will discuss a strategy that might make your retirement planning easier, and more successful.Whether investing in your 401K plan, Roth IRA, or opening a new account, the program will…

Summer Reading

Family Tie Dye! Family Tie Dye!

Jul 20th | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
It's summer, let's tie-dye! Please bring your own prewashed white cotton t-shirt. All other materials and instruction will be provided....
It's summer, let's tie-dye! Please bring your own prewashed white cotton t-shirt. All other materials and instruction will be provided. Appropriate for ages 6 and up (with parental supervision). First come, first serve.Wear something that can get accidental dye spills on!

Witty Science of Sports Witty Science of Sports

Teams will navigate a STEM Obstacle Course that combines physical and academic activities. The fastest team with the most correct answers wins this Witty Olympics. Learning Outcomes: Healthy lifestyle: Result of frequent and intense activity, healthy choices and good nutrition…
Teams will navigate a STEM Obstacle Course that combines physical and academic activities. The fastest team with the most correct answers…

League of Incredible Houses League of Incredible Houses

Design and build a geodesic dome house made of various materials. This event introduces the design process, and making blueprints and prototypes. Learning outcomes: Understand how and why engineers design new and better buildings Learn about engineering design and redesign Use…
Design and build a geodesic dome house made of various materials. This event introduces the design process, and making blueprints and…

Zendoodle Your Selfie Zendoodle Your Selfie

Upgrade a photo from plain to art! Use a mixture of zendoodle, stencils, scrapbooking and decoupage on your photo. Bring a photo: your cutest selfie, a shot of your best friend or child, or even your dog or boat! The photo should be whatever sparks your imagination. If you…
Upgrade a photo from plain to art! Use a mixture of zendoodle, stencils, scrapbooking and decoupage on your photo. Bring a photo: your…

Tacoma Library is walking this summer! Tacoma Library is walking this summer!

If you've wanted to start exercising but didn't want to do it alone, this is your opportunity! Enjoy casual conversation with a walking partner or plug in and enjoy some tunes or one of the library's many audiobooks. Three Tacoma Library branches have formed staff led walking...
If you've wanted to start exercising but didn't want to do it alone, this is your opportunity! Enjoy casual conversation with a walking...

Local History

Jamming at Camp Murray Jamming at Camp Murray

Jam session. Seven future rock stars enjoy a jam session at Camp Murray on July 20, 1968. They, and the enthralled audience, were probably part of the free camp sponsored by the Tacoma-Pierce County Opportunity & Development, Inc. It appears that a makeshift canopy was…
Jam session. Seven future rock stars enjoy a jam session at Camp Murray on July 20, 1968. They, and the enthralled audience, were probably…

SS Bienville SS Bienville

The Bienville at finishing dock of Todd Drydock. Once completed, she will have two stacks - one is in position now. The SS Bienville was launched at Todd Drydock & Construction (Shipyards) in Tacoma on July 16, 1924, less than five months after her keel was laid. She was built...
The Bienville at finishing dock of Todd Drydock. Once completed, she will have two stacks - one is in position now. The SS Bienville was…

Dry Cleaning in Bremerton Dry Cleaning in Bremerton

Isadore Sclare was photographed in July of 1936 grasping the handle on a large, new cleaning drum at his dry cleaning establishment, Pacific Cleaners, 610 Pacific Ave in Bremerton. Mr. Sclare had been in the dry cleaning business in Bremerton since 1934 and was planning to…
Isadore Sclare was photographed in July of 1936 grasping the handle on a large, new cleaning drum at his dry cleaning establishment,…

Golden Jubilee Golden Jubilee

Golden Jubilee Royalty, "Hostess Queen" selected on July 10, 1939. Two contestants, Margaret Franich, left, and Amy Lou Murray pose with a replica of the state seal. 21-year-old Gravelly Lake resident Amy Lou Murray was crowned "Miss Hostess Queen" at the Music Box Theater...
Golden Jubilee Royalty, "Hostess Queen" selected on July 10, 1939. Two contestants, Margaret Franich, left, and Amy Lou Murray pose with...

Big Bang Big Bang

Mayor John Siegle pretends to light fuse of giant advertising fire-cracker for a Junior Chamber of Commerce "big bang" publicity for 1938 July 4th fireworks at Stadium Bowl. Spanish steps from Commerce to Broadway and (Old) Elks Temple in background. See more featured images...
Mayor John Siegle pretends to light fuse of giant advertising fire-cracker for a Junior Chamber of Commerce "big bang" publicity for 1938...

We Recommend

July is National Hot Dog Month July is National Hot Dog Month

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Celebrate the summer with books all about hot dogs at Tacoma Public Library! These tasty tales about our favorite mouth watering summer…
Celebrate the summer with books all about hot dogs at Tacoma Public Library! These tasty tales about our favorite mouth watering summer…

LibraryReads Top 10 July 2018 LibraryReads Top 10 July 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,…

Pair Beer with Food for Great Meals… Pair Beer with Food for Great Meals Every Time

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Step away from your local beer cave and into a magical beer world that is your Tacoma Library. Here are ways you can find out how a variety of common and rare beers can join with diverse recipes to make good meals great.
Step away from your local beer cave and into a magical beer world that is your Tacoma Library. Here are ways you can find out how a…

To GRADUATION To GRADUATION

Tacoma library understands that Graduation is a milestone for any student. Take a look at these titles and read some of the passionate dreams and plans of these graduates. It can be a rocky road to graduation, and sometimes beyond, but those tribulations can teach the perfect…
Tacoma library understands that Graduation is a milestone for any student. Take a look at these titles and read some of the passionate…

It's Camping Season It's Camping Season

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Camping Season is in full swing. Explore these titles from Tacoma Public Library to help you find a place to camp, brush up on your…
Camping Season is in full swing. Explore these titles from Tacoma Public Library to help you find a place to camp, brush up on your…
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