Nourishing Nalley’s

Merchandise display at the Winthrop Hotel, Evergreen Room, in July of 1952. Nalley's celebrated not only their successful line, but also their solid blue collar labor pedigree by displaying the various unions of its employees. Nalley products pictured are Lumberjack Syrup, Mayonnaise, Potato chips, honey, ketchup, salad dressing, relish, pickles, mustard, shoestring potatoes, "Esquire Sauce,…
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Sink, Swim or… Drive?

On July 12, 1962 an unidentified driver took three intrepid sportsmen for a spin in a German Amphicar - right into North American Lake. Built in Germany from 1961-68, the Amphicar was the only civilian amphibious passenger automobile ever to be mass produced. All Amphicars were convertibles and there were just 3,878 built. The vehicle…
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Bowling… or Preaching…

Young evangelist Mary Agnes Vichestain on a 1926 visit to Tacoma in full preaching pose. Described as a modern girl preaching the old-fashioned gospel, Pittsburgh's Mary Agnes Vichestain, age 18, preached to a full house at the Gospel Tabernacle on July 8, 1926. Accompanied by her newspaper publisher father, V.H. Vichestain, Miss Vichestain stopped in…
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Nalley’s Nourishing Temptation

Merchandise display at the Winthrop Hotel, Evergreen Room, in July of 1952. Nalley's celebrated not only their successful line, but also their solid blue collar labor pedigree by displaying the various unions of its employees. Nalley products pictured are Lumberjack Syrup, Mayonnaise, Potato chips, honey, ketchup, salad dressing, relish, pickles, mustard, shoestring potatoes, "Esquire Sauce,…
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Our New iPhone App is Here!

An updated version of the Tacoma Public Library app is now available for iPhone users. If you have the app currently installed on your iPhone, update it through the app store. It may also update automatically, depending on your settings. After updating, you may need to log in with your library card number and pin…
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Book Drops Now Open!

Tacoma Public Library is now accepting returns at all locations on a Tuesday–Saturday schedule. Following current best practices, all returned materials will be quarantined in closed, sealed containers for 96 hours. Materials will remain on your account until after the quarantine period is over. We are not accepting donations at this time. Materials that had…
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LibraryReads July 2020

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 July 2020: Boyfriend Material Crooked…
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Give Us a Call

Give Us a Call! Library staff are ready to take your phone inquiries about library services, local information, and general questions. Just give us a call on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at our main line, 253.292.2001. We look forward…
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Practice Jump

Firemen practice their life-saving techniques by catching an enthusiastic volunteer. The volunteer in this picture from June of 1950 has just jumped from the drying tower next to station No. 5 at 1453 South 12th Street. Fire Station No. 5 was built in 1935. Its number was changed to Station No. 4 in 1974. It…
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