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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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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