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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August 21st Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21st the United States will be witness to a rare solar eclipse; solar eclipses occur when the moon passes in between the Earth and the Sun blocking out the sun. This total solar eclipse will begin in Oregon and move across the United States ending in South Carolina. From beginning to end, the solar…
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Ozobots – Program Miniature Robots Using Color!

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 5…
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Fit for Fun

Make fitness a fun fit for your family with help from these inspiring titles available at Tacoma Public Library. Books: The Kids' Baseball Workout Little Flower Yoga for Kids Strong Kids, Healthy Kids Proud Parents' Guide to Raising Athletic, Balanced, and Coordinated Kids Rookie Dad Arnold's Fitness for Kids Ages Birth to 5 eBooks: The…
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Cooking for Mom

Bust out your spatulas and chef hats and whip up a Mother’s Day smorgasbord with help from these mouth watering cookbooks available from Tacoma Public Library. The Wellness Mama Cookbook Complete Children's Cookbook The 8x8 Cookbook The Kitchn Cookbook Celebrate! National Geographic Kids Cookbook Add A Pinch Cookbook The Disney Princess Cookbook…
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Jim Dale; Great Children’s Audiobook Narrator

There comes a time during family road trips when parents are tired of quarrelsome children, syrupy children’s music and tedious children’s movies.  Children’s audiobooks can provide some relief.  They can serve as an introduction for family discussions, can model fluent reading to your child, and introduce you and your child to new authors and storytelling…
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