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Give Us a Call! Library staff are ready to take your phone inquiries about library services, local information, and general questions. Just give us a call on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at our main line, 253.292.2001. We look forward to assisting you…
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Practice Jump

Firemen practice their life-saving techniques by catching an enthusiastic volunteer. The volunteer in this picture from June of 1950 has just jumped from the drying tower next to station No. 5 at 1453 South 12th Street. Fire Station No. 5 was built in 1935. Its number was changed to Station No. 4 in 1974. It…
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Frozen Convenience

An unidentified little girl clutches a box of crackers while Jean Brown examines an item from her cold storage locker at the University Place Thomas Brothers' Foodliner supermarket, 8425 - 27th St W, in June, 1954. Because large home freezer units were not readily available, supermarkets were adding frozen food lockers for shoppers' convenience. A…
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Harness Horse Trotters

Harness horse trotters (from left to right) "Captain King", driven by Bud Kennedy, "Fez Hanover", driven by Sam Askew, and "Maxie Hal", driven by Jerry Buck worked out in June of 1948 to prepare for the coming racing season at the Washington Harness Track. The half-mile track was located in South Tacoma near the McCord…
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LibraryReads June 2020

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 June 2020: Mexican Gothic The…
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