Go Fly a Kite

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The seasons are changing and it is time to start going outside…maybe try flying a kite. Young and old do not wait; National Kite Day is on Wednesday, February 8th or if you need a whole month to celebrate April is just around the corner for National Kite Month. Check out these fabulous kite resources […]

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And The Winners Are…

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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. 2017 Author Award Winner March 2017 Illustrator Award Winner […]

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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. 2017 Medal Winner The Girl Who Drank the Moon 2017 Honor Books Freedom Over Me The Inquisitor's Tale, Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy […]

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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! 2017 Caldecott Winner Radiant Child 2017 Caldecott Honor Books Leave Me Alone Freedom in Congo Square Du iz tak? They All Saw A Cat

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Tales to Tails

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Read to Sam, the library’s attentive certified therapy dog.  Reading to dogs encourages children to read by providing a non-judgmental listener and a furry friend that will not judge them if they make a mistake or stumble over a word, but rather lie next to them and enjoy the story being read. Join us at […]

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Getting Started with Classical Music for Kids

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A search of the web for the best classical music to introduce to kids turns up fun and engaging pieces, like Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Flight of the Bumblebee” and “In the Hall of the Mountain King” by Edvard Grieg. Tacoma Public Library has these plus more. Find them in the library music collection.

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Electrical Snap Circuits

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Fun, fast and easy way to build electronics and confidence! Parts mounted on plastic modules that easily snap together. Ages 6 – 14. Registration Required. Snap Circuits provided free by Washington State Library. Find an Electrical Snap Circuit event at your favorite branch!  

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Ozobots – Program Miniature Robots Using Color!

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Have fun with Ozobots that move in patterns, play games and dance! By using different color markers to draw, these mini robots can be programmed to follow commands. Ozobots Channel ideas into reality – racetracks, puzzles, mazes, obstacle loops, battlefields Encourage sequential thinking and logical reasoning STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activity Ages 6 […]

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The New York Times Best Illustrated Books of 2016

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The New York Times has announced their picks for the best illustrated books of 2016.  And the winners are... The Cat From Hunger Mountain The Dead Bird Freedom in Congo Square Little Red The Polar Bear Preaching to the Chickens The Princess and the Warrior The Tree in the Courtyard A Voyage in the Clouds

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