Tacoma’s Holiday Happenings

Have you seen that the “S” has vanished from the Tacoma Self Storage sign? That means it’s officially the holiday season in Tacoma. Tacoma Public Libraries are your source for holiday movies and books, but we also want to share these other fun, family-oriented holiday happenings around T-Town. In Proctor this year, the Wheelock Branch…
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Weakness for Wheaties

Jim Kittilsby hustles down the empty aisles of the Parkland Piggly Wiggly supermarket on December 11, 1974, pushing a cart piled with Wheaties and Cheerios. He was a man on a mission: to stockpile as many groceries as he was able to in 7 minutes. Mr. Kittilsby had won a shopping spree sponsored by Shasta…
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Hell Night at CPS

Although threatened with both humiliation and physical harm by his fraternity brothers, Herman Kleiner survived "Hell Night" at the College of Puget Sound and became a member of Delta Kappa Phi. In this photograph from December of 1939, Johnnie Esthen (left) and Norman Burke force young Mr. Kleiner to board a Tacoma bus dressed in…
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LibraryReads December 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 December 2019: Such A Fun Age…
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Making a Move

An employee of Lyon Van & Storage carefully wraps a chair for transport from Fort Lewis in December, 1951. Sheets of heavy duty wrapping paper were used to swathe furniture prior to it being placed into a large wooden crate filled with soft packing material. The heavy crate could be easily moved by the use…
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