And The Winners Are…

Forget the Golden Globes and the Oscars, Tacoma Public Library’s favorite award show of the year is the American Library Association’s (ALA) Youth Media Awards!  Every year ALA honors the best books, videos, and audiobooks for children and young adults with notable awards such as the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, Coretta Scott King, and many more…
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Coretta Scott King Book Awards

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are awarded annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. Check out all of Tacoma Public Library’s Coretta Scott King award winners. 2019 Author Award Winner A Few Red Drops 2019…
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Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Check out all of Tacoma Public Library's Caldecott winner and honor books! 2019 Caldecott Winner Hello Lighthouse 2019 Caldecott Honor Books Alma and How She Got Her Name A Big Mooncake for Little Star The Rough Patch Thank…
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Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Check out all of Tacoma Public Library's Newbery winner and honor books. 2019 Medal Winner Merci Suárez Changes Gears 2019 Honor Books The Night Diary The Book of Boy…
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Fire at Centennial

At 7:57 a.m. on the morning of January 30, 1947 a malfunctioning switch at the Centennial Flour Mill ignited flour dust in the building setting the massive structure located on Bayside Drive (now Schuster Parkway) on fire. Fanned by stiff winds, the fire defied the combined efforts of all the Tacoma Fire department units, including…
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Holiday Card Fest

During the holiday season Main Branch celebrated with our patrons. The celebration started with a refreshment table of cakes, cookies, coffee, chocolate and apple juice.  Other tables had fun things like coloring sheets and crafts. Best of all was to sit and write your holiday cards before you left them in the library’s post box…
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Charles Mattson

On the evening of December 27, 1936, ten year old Charles Mattson was kidnapped from his home at gunpoint in front of his brother William, 16; sister Muriel, 14; and her friend Virginia Chatfield, 14, of Seattle. This is a copy of an earlier photograph of Charles Mattson in a sweater and shorts standing next…
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