LibraryReads January 2019

Nothing says “must read” quite like a Librarian’s stamp of approval! Every month LibraryReads.org releases the top picks for the month, as voted on by Librarians across the country. Subscribe to Tacoma Library’s e-Newsletter service and get the Library Reads picks and more delivered straight to your inbox. Check out the LibraryReads’ picks for January 2019: Once Upon A…
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Extreme Reader Challenge

Tacoma Public Library is hosting a yearlong reading challenge for Extreme Readers. Read 50 books in 50 weeks or less from a list of 55 categories and earn the coveted title of Extreme Reader. To participate, you must have a current Tacoma Public Library card and be at least 13 years old at the time…
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Building Gingerbread Houses

Families kicked off the holiday season at the Moore Branch of Tacoma Public Library by building gingerbread houses together. 50 gingerbread houses were built on December 1st, and 30 more were built during a special encore event on December 8th. Kids discovered different building techniques and made some incredible works of art, while enjoying the…
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Happy New Year!

Members of the Deacon Club met at Jack's Lakeside Park on Fivemile Lake to celebrate the beginning of a new decade. This photograph taken on December 31, 1949 shows (from l to r) Alice Edwards, Tom Rigney, Shirley Larson and Don Septon greeting the new year with party hats, horns and lots of confetti and…
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Chugging Along

Harry Clark, 65, who lived at 3823 E. J St. is shown sitting at the throttle of a Northern Pacific locomotive in this photograph from December 1938. Mr. Clark had just retired after working for over 48 years as a railroad engineer and "truckman." A truckman repaired broken parts on locomotives. His many years as…
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New Year Change

Tacoma Library wishes you a Happy New Year! This time of year is about change. It is the beginning of new things, of breaking old habits and choosing new paths. The change can be anything: quitting smoking, smiling at strangers, taking a vacation. But whatever your change reading any of these titles is sure to…
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National Bird Day

Everyone loves birds and the Tacoma Public Library has lots of titles for bird lovers. There are even several special days that celebrate birds all around the world.  These start off with National Bird Day on January 5th. On the second weekend of May the United Nations established World Migratory Bird Day. There is also…
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Sweet Job

Henrietta Acheson had been a chocolate dipper at Brown & Haley for 25 years when photographed, one hand in motion, on Christmas Eve, 1972. At one time Mrs. Raymond L. Acheson would hand dip two or three pieces per second but in more recent days has relinquished her skills to a modern machine. Mrs. Acheson…
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Wild Rumpus

Families were moving and grooving at the Wild Rumpus Dance Party at Wheelock Branch on Saturday, October 20th. Around 45 parents and kids attended the interactive music and movement program. Kids used shakers, ribbons and the parachute to dance to music ranging from modern hits like "Happy" by Pharell and "Shake it Off" by Taylor…
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