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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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! 2018 Caldecott Winner Wolf in the Snow 2018 Caldecott Honor Books Big Cat, Little Cat Crown A Different Pond Grand Canyon…
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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. 2018 Medal Winner Hello, Universe 2018 Honor Books Crown Long Way Down Piecing Me Together…
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Roominate

Open ended, snap together building system makes many things, from houses to helicopters! Uses electricity and motors to teach use of circuits that create moving parts and lights. Expand, accessorize, and populate a world of your own! Encourages problem solving, confidence and creativity. Ages 4 – 18 (manufacturer recommended age 6  - 12) Required: Registration…
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Books set in Washington

128 years ago, the State of Washington became the 42nd state to join the Union. Check out the Washington State Historical Society website for more information and find out how a forgotten signature delayed Washington from becoming a state…oops. Over the years, many great children’s chapter books have been set in the State of Washington…
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Dear Tooth Fairy

Children’s Museum of Tacoma is hosting a National Tooth Fairy Day event the week of August 21st.  Go prepared to take a closer look inside your mouth, learn important ways to take care of your smile, and go home with a kit to aid in your daily dental routine. Check out their website for details…
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National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors were from Spain, Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.  In 1988, this week long celebration was expanded to cover the 30-days from September 15 to October 15. Within these 30-days there are eight significant dates of importance for Hispanic…
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Are you Smarter than…an NBA Basketball Player…or a Rapper?

As early as Greek mathematician Pythagoras, Greek philosopher Aristotle, Greek mathematician Eratosthenes and explorer Ferdinand Magellan mankind has discussed and come to a scientific truth that the earth is round.  But, as recently, as January 2016 and February 2017; two celebrities - a rapper and an NBA player - have taken to the internet and…
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Great Websites for Children

It is almost time to go back to school, which means new clothes, new school supplies and hopefully new websites to learn new things and help with homework.  The internet can be an overwhelming place for children and their parents; here are a few of Tacoma Public Library’s favorite children’s websites for your perusal.  Descriptions…
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