Cubelets: Modular Robots

Through play and experimentation, Cubelets transform from a block set to robots. Click the magnetic blocks together and each arrangement results in a sound, light, or motion. There's no wrong way to build! Ages: 5 – 18 (manufacturer recommended 8 and up) Required: Helping adult and registered child Find the nearest times and locations to…
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Tales to Tails

Read to Spencer, the library's attentive certified therapy dog. Reading to dogs encourages children to read by providing a non-judgmental listener and furry friend that is uncritical of mistakes or word stumbling. Each child chooses the book and amount of reading and petting. Sign up for a private ten-minute slot. Ages 6 to 12 First-come-first-served…
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Witty Science of Sports

Teams will navigate a STEM Obstacle Course that combines physical and academic activities. The fastest team with the most correct answers wins this Witty Olympics. Learning Outcomes: Healthy lifestyle: Result of frequent and intense activity, healthy choices and good nutrition Combat Obesity: Activities that achieve target heart rates, in combination with a healthy diet and…
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League of Incredible Houses

Design and build a geodesic dome house made of various materials. This event introduces the design process, and making blueprints and prototypes. Learning outcomes: Understand how and why engineers design new and better buildings Learn about engineering design and redesign Use comparative vocabulary for length, height, and weight while constructing their houses Ages 5 – 11…
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Sasquatch Award

Awarded annually to the best book written for children in grades 4-6, as voted on by students in Washington State. Check out the previous Sasquatch winners and nominees available at Tacoma Public Library.  Many titles are also available in eBook and eAudiobook format through our eBook catalog. 2018 Winner The Honest Truth 2019 Nominees Fuzzy Sputnik's Guide…
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Electrical Snap Circuits

Fun, fast and easy way for a child and adult to build electronics and confidence together! http://www.snapcircuits.net Learn how electricity moves Follow colorful pictures and build exciting projects Encourages experimentation and independent thinking Parts mounted on plastic modules and easily snap together Excellent bonding activity for child and accompanying adult STEM (science, technology, engineering and…
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EggBot

EggBot is an art robot that draws on spherical or egg-shaped objects. Ping pong balls provided. People may bring and experiment with eggs, light bulbs, and holiday ornaments. Ages 6 – 18 (manufacturer recommended age 10 and up) Required: Registration and assisting adult EggBot kits borrowed from Washington State Library …
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And The Winners Are…

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. 2018 Author Award Winner Piecing Me Together 2018 Illustrator…
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