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Investing 101 Investing 101

May 23rd | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Investing 101 will give people an introduction into the difference between investing and saving, where and when to invest, and how to…
Investing 101 will give people an introduction into the difference between investing and saving, where and when to invest, and how to review what investments might be in their 401K plans, along with some money management ideas to help find money to invest even on a tight…

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…

Book Club Book Club

May 30th | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us this month to talk about Frankenstein by Mary Shelly. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance and a cautionary talk about…
Join us this month to talk about Frankenstein by Mary Shelly. At once a Gothic thriller, a passionate romance and a cautionary talk about the dangers of science, Frankenstein tells the story of committed science student Victor Frankenstein's obsession with discovering the…

NEW! Wisdom Cafes NEW! Wisdom Cafes

In today's increasingly digital world, more and more people are finding that they miss REAL conversation with REAL people. Come make a REAL connection at the library. Starting in May, on the 2nd Friday of the month, we'll be holding Wisdom Cafes - a conversation series…
In today's increasingly digital world, more and more people are finding that they miss REAL conversation with REAL people. Come make a…

Book Club Book Club

Jun 6th | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us to discuss The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out…
Join us to discuss The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in a down-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has been added to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life. This unforgettable…

Local History

Rug Doctor to the Rescue! Rug Doctor to the Rescue!

On May 16, 1974, at Richards Studios, an unidentified model is demonstrating how the Rug Doctor can thoroughly clean carpets. The Rug Doctor product, at that time, was only two years old. Photograph ordered by the Boedecker Co.; Boedecker's would deliver the Rug Doctor to a…
On May 16, 1974, at Richards Studios, an unidentified model is demonstrating how the Rug Doctor can thoroughly clean carpets. The Rug…

Clowning Around Lumber Clowning Around Lumber

A glitter covered clown sought to draw attention to Weyerhaeuser's 2 x 4s on May 17, 1964. He is holding an "engineered 4-square" believed to be stained while a taller regular 4-square stands next to it. Both are kiln-dried. See more featured images and posts
A glitter covered clown sought to draw attention to Weyerhaeuser's 2 x 4s on May 17, 1964. He is holding an "engineered 4-square"...

Mother's Day Gift Mother's Day Gift

Tacoma distance swimmer Bert Thomas is embraced by his mother, Nadine (Mrs. Fred) Dimond at the end of his swim from West Seattle to Old Tacoma in May, 1956. Thomas swam the 18.5 miles in 15 hours, 23 minutes. He was determined to complete the swim on his third try as a belated…
Tacoma distance swimmer Bert Thomas is embraced by his mother, Nadine (Mrs. Fred) Dimond at the end of his swim from West Seattle to Old…

You're in the Army Now You're in the Army Now

Five local women pause to pose for the camera at Union Station prior to leaving Tacoma May 6, 1943 to begin their careers as members of the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. Pictured are, left to right, Agnes Dittbenner, Mary Dittbenner, Ellen V. Vail, Tacoma recruiter Dorothy…
Five local women pause to pose for the camera at Union Station prior to leaving Tacoma May 6, 1943 to begin their careers as members of…

Dancing the Minuet Dancing the Minuet

Minuet at Washington School. Eight boys and eight girls perform in Colonial era costume in May of 1927. See more featured images and posts
Minuet at Washington School. Eight boys and eight girls perform in Colonial era costume in May of 1927. See more featured images and posts

Kids & Families

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 …

Poetry for Kids Poetry for Kids

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A list of great age appropriate books to introduce children to the world of poetry.
A list of great age appropriate books to introduce children to the world of poetry.

Celebrate National Poetry Month at… Celebrate National Poetry Month at…

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Tacoma Public Library is excited to participate in National Poetry Month. Here are some titles that young readers can explore.
Tacoma Public Library is excited to participate in National Poetry Month. Here are some titles that young readers can explore.

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...

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

Cooking with Soul Cooking with Soul

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Get cooking with these soulful cookbooks at Tacoma Library.
Get cooking with these soulful cookbooks at Tacoma Library.

National Bike Month National Bike Month

Bike like the mountain is out and take a look at these books from Tacoma Public Library to help you along. You can live life to the fullest with just you, your bike and an adventure. Face the great outdoors, the city streets or choose a challenge from a local biking trail. This…
Bike like the mountain is out and take a look at these books from Tacoma Public Library to help you along. You can live life to the…

Movies For Foodies Movies For Foodies

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Enjoy watching movies? Enjoy eating? Check out these DVDs from Tacoma Public Library and enjoy watching movies for food enthusiasts (while…
Enjoy watching movies? Enjoy eating? Check out these DVDs from Tacoma Public Library and enjoy watching movies for food enthusiasts (while…

Library Reads Top 10 May 2018 Library Reads Top 10 May 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,…

Lighten Up this Spring with Healthy… Lighten Up this Spring with Healthy…

There are so many options for eating well and not having to give up on taste at the same time. May is National Salad Month. Tacoma Public…
There are so many options for eating well and not having to give up on taste at the same time. May is National Salad Month. Tacoma Public…
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