Foundation Building

The Foundation Co. Yard #4 on April 29, 1918. By April of 1918, the Foundation shipyard, located on 50 acres in the Tideflats, was rumored to be the largest wooden shipyard in the world. The Hull Yard had 10 ways, on which they were constructing 10 five-masted wooden schooners with auxiliary steam engines for the…
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Spring In Their Steps

Barn yard dance at Woodbrook Hunt Club, Lakewood Orthopedic Club, Mrs. VanWinkle. "Calico Capers" was sponsored by the Lakewood Orthopedic Association on April 24, 1948. Hay and spring flowers decorated the club. "Gals in gingham and lads in jeans" danced to old-time music and more contemporary music. Here we see Thelma and William M. Busch…
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Weldmaster Paul

Lincoln High School senior Paul Yurisich, face hidden behind a safety shield, busily welding a piece of steel with an electric arc welding machine constructed by fellow student Melvin Nelson and himself. Melvin and Paul built 22 arc welders with a total value of some $4,000 to equip all the industrial art shops at school…
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Daffodils Afloat II

The Suitsus, owned by Harold Thompson of Tacoma, its sails decorated with thousands of daffodils, won an honorable mention in the 1954 Puget Sound Daffodil Regatta. More than 200 boats participated in the parade, including sailboats, purse seiners, and the City fireboat which tossed thousands of gallons of colored water into the air for a…
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Take home a free COVID-19 test kit from your library

Through a partnership with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Tacoma Public Library now has free self-administered COVID-19 test kits that you can register, self-administer, and return by mail. You can pick up a kit at any Tacoma Public Library location during our scheduled service hours. The kit includes simple instructions to register it online, self-administer…
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Rubbernecking a Raid

Tacoma Mayor Harry Cain's crack down on gambling resulted in a second successful raid by the State Patrol on April 16, 1943. This time, it was the Good Luck Club at 1347 1/2 Broadway where eleven Chinese people were arrested in connection with the illegal gambling raid. Over seventy customers had their names recorded as…
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Daffodils Afloat

1940 Daffodil Parade. Twenty six floats participated in the 7th annual Daffodil Parade on March 30, 1940. The sun only peaked occasionally through the clouds to view the floats covered in the sunshine yellow flowers. The Kiwanis Club float had daffodil seahorses hitched to a sea shell, the carriage of a beautiful blonde girl. See…
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Marching for King

Tacomans joined a grieving nation in shock over the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968. The Tacoma Ministerial Alliance and the Tacoma branch of the NAACP sponsored a memorial march and tribute on Sunday, April 7th. Over 1,000 local citizens joined the silent march from St. John's Baptist Church, 2001…
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LibraryReads April 2021

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 April…
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