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Underground Tacoma Presented by Pretty… Underground Tacoma Presented by Pretty Gritty City

Oct 19th | 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Join us in the Olympic Room at the Main Branch of the Tacoma Public Library on October 19th at 2 pm for a FREE photo presentation on…
Join us in the Olympic Room at the Main Branch of the Tacoma Public Library on October 19th at 2 pm for a FREE photo presentation on Tacoma’s underground. From steam-tunnels to speakeasies, hidden fallout shelters to haunted corridors, we will share photography and history of…

It's Time for Nanowrimo! It's Time for Nanowrimo!

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Never heard of Nanowrimo? It stands for National Novel Writing Month. Each November, writers across the country and around the world commit to this challenge. All they have to do is write 50,000 words between November 1st and November 30th. If you think it sounds hard, you’re…
Never heard of Nanowrimo? It stands for National Novel Writing Month. Each November, writers across the country and around the world…

HelpNow: Featured eResource of the Month HelpNow: Featured eResource of the Month

Training ● Homework Help ● College Information ● Testing ● and More! HelpNow is an electronic database that is great for all ages! Live tutors for homework help Testing Center for school, college, citizenship, and employment Create flashcards and use the fun games to help you study...
Training ● Homework Help ● College Information ● Testing ● and More! HelpNow is an electronic database that is great for all ages! Live tutors...

Cookie Love: What's Your Favorite… Cookie Love: What's Your Favorite Cookie?

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So many cookies, so little time. Admit it. If you’re like most people, you have a secret (or not-so-secret) favorite cookie. Here’s your chance to show some love to your choice by voting in our poll. Join in the fun! We will reveal the results on National Cookie Day, December 4th....
So many cookies, so little time. Admit it. If you’re like most people, you have a secret (or not-so-secret) favorite cookie. Here’s your…

Russian Storytime Russian Storytime

Join Natalia Lialina for Russian stories, songs and finger plays in both Russian and English! Children and care givers will have fun as they experience Russian culture. Russian storytimes will be held at 7:00 pm on Wednesdays at the Swasey Branch of Tacoma Public Library, and…
Join Natalia Lialina for Russian stories, songs and finger plays in both Russian and English! Children and care givers will have fun as…

Tacoma Reads

Origins of the Tribal Journey with… Origins of the Tribal Journey with Philip Red Eagle

Various Branches
What we know today as the Tribal Journey had its beginnings in the mid-80s and has more recently become more visible to the average Puget So
What we know today as the Tribal Journey had its beginnings in the mid-80s and has more recently become more visible to the average Puget Sounder, mostly due to the noticeable size of the annual event! The Journey has grown from 50 people and a few canoes in the 90s to around

Tacoma Reads Recommends Tacoma Reads Recommends

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Continue the conversation started by Tacoma Reads 2019. Discover these titles at Tacoma Public Library that explore various Native American experiences and cultures.
Continue the conversation started by Tacoma Reads 2019. Discover these titles at Tacoma Public Library that explore various Native…

Tacoma Reads Recommends for Kids &… Tacoma Reads Recommends for Kids & Families

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Continue the conversation started by Tacoma Reads 2019. Discover these titles at Tacoma Public Library that explore various Native American experiences and cultures.
Continue the conversation started by Tacoma Reads 2019. Discover these titles at Tacoma Public Library that explore various Native…

Tacoma Reads Recommends for Teens &… Tacoma Reads Recommends for Teens & Tweens

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Continue the conversation started by Tacoma Reads 2019. Discover these titles at Tacoma Public Library that explore various Native American experiences and cultures.
Continue the conversation started by Tacoma Reads 2019. Discover these titles at Tacoma Public Library that explore various Native…

Local History

Dog and a Tag Dog and a Tag

On October 12,1956, Janice Pender, age 8, held up dog tag #1, issued by the Pierce County Humane Society, for her Afghan Hound "Voodoo's" approval. The Pierce County Humane Society, not officially recognized by the city, was offering free licenses to dogs under the...
On October 12,1956, Janice Pender, age 8, held up dog tag #1, issued by the Pierce County Humane Society, for her Afghan Hound…

Pilots-To-Be Pilots-To-Be

Girls from the College of Puget Sound interested in participating in the training for pilots offered by the federal government pose in front of a hangar at the Mueller-Harkins Airport in early October of 1939. Nationwide, over 11,000 students would learn to fly under the…
Girls from the College of Puget Sound interested in participating in the training for pilots offered by the federal government pose in…

At Your Service! At Your Service!

In October of 1942, Maxwell Super Service Station, 910 Puyallup Ave., really offered its customers super service. Nine women attendants rushed out to take care of a 1942 De Soto convertible (with hide-away headlights!) that had stopped for gas. The women pumped gas, checked…
In October of 1942, Maxwell Super Service Station, 910 Puyallup Ave., really offered its customers super service. Nine women attendants…

Salute to Charles Salute to Charles

This photocopy of Battery "D", 10th Field Artillery's 12-gun salute to Charles Lindbergh was made on September 15, 1927, the day after Col. Lindbergh's pass over Fort Lewis's parade grounds occurred. Charles Lindbergh was traveling through the country…
This photocopy of Battery "D", 10th Field Artillery's 12-gun salute to Charles Lindbergh was made on September 15, 1927, the…

...and a Bag of Chips ...and a Bag of Chips

Little girl in a sunsuit holds an enormous bag of potato chips while standing on a tabletop at the Nalley's plant on September 4, 1958. In front of the child is a lineup of open potato chip bags. See more featured images and posts
Little girl in a sunsuit holds an enormous bag of potato chips while standing on a tabletop at the Nalley's plant on September 4,…

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LibraryReads October 2019 LibraryReads October 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...
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...

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Whether it's cooking, drinking, or reading, celebrate Oktoberfest with Tacoma Public Library.
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Scary Sounds: Monster Mash-Up Scary Sounds: Monster Mash-Up

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Before the trick-or-treaters descend, get yourself into the Halloween groove with music that celebrates the season. From individual tracks…
Before the trick-or-treaters descend, get yourself into the Halloween groove with music that celebrates the season. From individual tracks…

Tackle A Century Of Pro Football In 100… Tackle A Century Of Pro Football In 100…

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The 2019 – 2020 season marks the 100th season of play for America's dominant professional sports and cultural juggernaut, the National…
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Scare Wear: Costume Ideas Inspired by… Scare Wear: Costume Ideas Inspired by…

Struggling to come up with a Halloween costume idea? Maybe you don’t have a big budget or a professional makeup artist to help but these…
Struggling to come up with a Halloween costume idea? Maybe you don’t have a big budget or a professional makeup artist to help but these…
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