Sea Trials

Color photograph ordered by the J.M. Martinac Shipbuilding Corp. of the tuna seiner, "Mary Antoinette" as she churns through the waters of Commencement Bay during ship trials on December 15, 1969. The white ship makes a striking appearance as waves break over her bow; in contrast to the white fishing boat, the blue of the…
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Genealogy Online

Learn how to research your family on the library's genealogy databases: Ancestry Library Edition and Heritage Quest. Free handouts will be provided to help you get started in organizing what you already know about your family, and what you hope to discover. Saturday, January 5 Mottet Branch 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM* Wednesday, January 23rd Fern Hill Branch…
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What’s New in Taxes

What's new with filing taxes this year? Find out about the changes at this information session. An IRS certified tax preparer  will join us Saturday, December 15 from 1-3 pm at the Wheelock Branch to share what they know about the new tax form, and answer your questions about individual tax filing. Content for this…
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Dear Santa…

“Dear Santa, For Christmas I would like..." Mary Dolores Connolly of Bremerton smiles mischievously over her shoulder as she mails her letter to Santa at a street mailbox in December of 1935. The five year old girl was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Connolly, 1744 Fourth St. She was eagerly looking forward to…
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LibraryReads 2018 Favorite of Favorites

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.  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 to…
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Safety First?

For their plant safety campaign, Kaiser Aluminum used this young unidentified bikini clad model to demonstrate the correct way to use a gas hole bar in December of 1955. Besides her swimsuit she wore fireproof covers over her shoes, thick gloves, safety glasses and a hard hat. Six metal poles labeled "pot rake, puddle rake…
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