Riches of the River

On October 21, 1937, Clarence Duncan, superintendent of the state's Puyallup River hatchery at Voight's Creek, lifted a large net filled with salmon out of the water. It was the largest run in years with record numbers of salmon returning to the creek near Orting. It was estimated that more than 8,000 salmon would be…
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It’s Time for Nanowrimo!

Never heard of Nanowrimo? It stands for National Novel Writing Month. Each November, writers across the country and around the world commit to this challenge. All they have to do is write 50,000 words between November 1st and November 30th. If you think it sounds hard, you’re right. But it’s also completely doable. Several of…
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Lovely Lace

For Edna (Mrs. Rutherford) Barnett - Priceless handmade lace is hobby. Mrs. Barnett is a member of the National Old Lacers, women who study and collect rare laces. She is pictured above in October of 1964 with a Spanish Blonde mantilla and Venetian cape collar. On her left is an Irish Limerick lace overskirt draped…
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Dog and a Tag

On October 12,1956, Janice Pender, age 8, held up dog tag #1, issued by the Pierce County Humane Society, for her Afghan Hound "Voodoo's" approval. The Pierce County Humane Society, not officially recognized by the city, was offering free licenses to dogs under the age of six months. These were not to be confused with…
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LibraryReads October 2019

Nothing says “must read” quite like a Librarian’s stamp of approval! Every month LibraryReads.org releases the top picks for the month, as voted on by Librarians across the country. Subscribe to Tacoma Library’s e-Newsletter service and get the Library Reads picks and more delivered straight to your inbox. Check out the LibraryReads’ picks for October 2019: The Body The…
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Pilots-To-Be

Girls from the College of Puget Sound interested in participating in the training for pilots offered by the federal government pose in front of a hangar at the Mueller-Harkins Airport in early October of 1939. Nationwide, over 11,000 students would learn to fly under the program. Of that number, 300-400 would be women. See more…
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Mysteries Series Week

Whether you love a cozy mystery in a quiet English village or a pulse-pounding police procedural, the first week of October celebrates great mystery series. Here are a few recommendations to curl up with from Tacoma Public Library. CLASSIC/TRADITIONAL/COZY Hercule Poirot series by Agatha Christie Lord Peter Wimsey series by Dorothy L. Sayers Aunt Dimity…
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