T(w)eens Write at the Saturday Writers Studio

Tacoma Public Library, in partnership with Write253, Ocean Fest, and the City of Tacoma’s Historic Preservation Office are thrilled to host FREE writing workshops for tweens and teens this February and March (2018). Historical Fiction Drop in Workshops Explore Tacoma history through fiction writing. Work with professional writers to prepare and submit a story to…
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Worm Farm

The proprietors of Western Worms were believed to be the only women operators of a worm farm in the 1940s. Lee Mason (left) and Harriet Kennedy are shown working in their outdoor worm farm located at 505 East 93rd Street on February 28, 1947. Roy the dog is an interested spectator. The worms, estimated at…
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Giving Tree Recap

Thanks to everyone who donated an item to the Giving Tree for veterans in partnership with the Proctor District Association during the month of November. All items went to the American Lake Veteran's Hospital in Lakewood to help local veterans. Including contributions from Proctor businesses we were able to collect in total: 31 gift cards…
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Alex Awards

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults from the previous year, that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. Check out all of Tacoma Public Library's Alex Award winners. 2018 Winners All Systems Red The Clockwork Dynasty Down Among the Sticks and Bones Electric Arches A Hope More Powerful…
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For Personal Protection

In February of 1949, any woman in Tacoma who felt threatened could protect herself by setting off her hand-held personal alarm. Mrs. Donna Younger and Henry Sandahl, both employees of Fraser's, 912 Broadway, demonstrated the new alarm that would scare the daylights out of law-abiding citizens let alone one who was on the prowl. The…
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Some Things Never Change

1949, frost damage was common over many miles of Tacoma streets surfaced with oil mat. Some sections were impassable and barricaded. A survey of winter damage had been ordered by Public Works Commissioner Jack Roberts preliminary to a request for an emergency appropriation to restore streets. An unidentified man is holding a piece of the…
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