Library Reads Top Ten July 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 Library’s e-Newsletter service and get the Library Reads picks and more delivered straight…
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A Page from the Extinction Collection: Phone Books

In June of 1941, Harriett Peterson, a Pacific Telephone and Telegraph employee, was photographed while perched on top of a stack of 2,000 copies of the new Tacoma telephone directory. Eighty five distributors began delivering the directories on June 26, 1941. The July, 1941 directory had more telephone listings, more pages in it, and more…
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Rap and Hip Hop Music

"For many of us, Hip Hop culture saved our lives, or at the very least, gave it a purpose. Our worldviews, politics, social awareness, and sense of self have been shaped by Hip Hop. Some of us have become activists, community organizers, educators, healers, youth advocates and socially responsible entrepreneurs because Hip Hop gave us…
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Bump the Axis

When President F.D. Roosevelt called for a nationwide scrap rubber collection campaign to take place June 15-30, 1942, Tacoma's fishing fleet responded by giving up their boat bumpers to "Bump" the Axis. Rubber recycling was necessary because 92% of the U.S.'s normal supply of crude rubber had been cut off by the Japanese. On June…
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Atomic Comicon 2017

Mark your calendar for the 2017 Atomic Comicon! On Friday, June 23rd and Saturday, June 24th our free annual celebration of reading, comics, fandoms, and geek culture blasts into Tacoma for its fifth year! Join us at the Main Branch of Tacoma Public Library for… Our First Celebrity Guest – Soooo exciting! Kazu Kibuishi, New…
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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 apps (Classic or their newest app, Libby) make it easy to read or listen to books on…
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