Standing Room Only Crowd Welcomes Katherine Applegate

More than 300 folks came to Tacoma Library’s Main Branch to listen to Katherine Applegate, author of The One and Only Ivan, talk about the B & I Circus Store’s famous gorilla. Many members of the audience had their own stories to share about the silverback gorilla that spent twenty-seven years of his life alone in a cage before being moved to the Atlanta Zoo. Some recalled childhood visits to see Ivan, while others spoke of working for the B & I and taking care of Ivan. It was a great night of stories and a lovely tribute to Tacoma’s gorilla.

Here's a gallery of a few of our favorite pictures from this great event:

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