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We Rise: Indigenous Womxn’s Stories We Rise: Indigenous Womxn’s Stories

Oct 27th | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Place of Hidden Waters Community…
A diverse group of Indigenous womxn tell stories from their lives during this special event. Our multi-generational gathering includes…
A diverse group of Indigenous womxn tell stories from their lives during this special event. Our multi-generational gathering includes local writers, activists, artists, and students, sharing a wide range of Coast Salish and Urban Native perspectives. King’s Books will also be…

Kobetich Book Club Kobetich Book Club

Aug 28th | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us for our discussion of this month's book, There There by Tommy Orange. It is also the Tacoma Reads Book for this year,…
Join us for our discussion of this month's book, There There by Tommy Orange. It is also the Tacoma Reads Book for this year, 2019. Tommy Orange delivers a wondrous and shattering portrait of an America few of us have ever seen. A multi-generational, relentlessly…

Swasey Book Club Swasey Book Club

Sep 11th | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Please join us every second Wednesday for a monthly book discussion - all are welcome! This month's selection is: The…
Please join us every second Wednesday for a monthly book discussion - all are welcome! This month's selection is: The Alchemist (Fiction, 1993) by Paulo Coelho. An Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in…

Kobetich Book Club Kobetich Book Club

Apr 24th | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us in a lively discussion of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. When Elizabeth Bennet meets Mr Darcy she is repelled by his…
Join us in a lively discussion of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. When Elizabeth Bennet meets Mr Darcy she is repelled by his…

A Traveler's Talk on Easter Island A Traveler's Talk on Easter Island

Jul 11th | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Libraries Rock this summer! And the most interesting rocks we could think of are the Moai heads on Easter Island. Rotary Youth Exchange…
Libraries Rock this summer! And the most interesting rocks we could think of are the Moai heads on Easter Island. Rotary Youth Exchange student Abby McDermott will be here to talk about her year in Chile and her amazing trip to Easter Island. Lots of great photos too!

What the Heck Do I Read Next! What the Heck Do I Read Next!

Jun 12th | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
When it comes to choosing your next great read, do you feel overwhelmed by all the choices out there? You're not the only one: so many…
When it comes to choosing your next great read, do you feel overwhelmed by all the choices out there? You're not the only one: so many…

Movie – Zootopia (PG) Movie – Zootopia (PG)

Aug 20th | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Zootopia (PG)In a city inhabited by anthropomorphic animals who have abandoned traditional predator/prey roles in favor of civilized coexis…
Zootopia (PG)In a city inhabited by anthropomorphic animals who have abandoned traditional predator/prey roles in favor of civilized coexistence, uptight rabbit police officer Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) is forced to work with charismatic fox con artist Nick Wilde (J…

Underground Tacoma Presented by Pretty… Underground Tacoma Presented by Pretty Gritty City

Oct 19th | 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Join us in the Olympic Room at the Main Branch of the Tacoma Public Library on October 19th at 2 pm for a FREE photo presentation on…
Join us in the Olympic Room at the Main Branch of the Tacoma Public Library on October 19th at 2 pm for a FREE photo presentation on Tacoma’s underground. From steam-tunnels to speakeasies, hidden fallout shelters to haunted corridors, we will share photography and history of…

Origins of the Tribal Journey with… Origins of the Tribal Journey with Philip Red Eagle

Various Branches
What we know today as the Tribal Journey had its beginnings in the mid-80s and has more recently become more visible to the average Puget So
What we know today as the Tribal Journey had its beginnings in the mid-80s and has more recently become more visible to the average Puget Sounder, mostly due to the noticeable size of the annual event! The Journey has grown from 50 people and a few canoes in the 90s to around

Handforth Gallery Opening-The Art of Tra Handforth Gallery Opening Reception and Gallery Talk - The Art of Travel

Jan 7th | 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Travel Posters of the 1920s, 30s and beyond. Opening reception and Gallery Talk - Saturday, January 7 at 1:30 pm. The travel industry has …
Travel Posters of the 1920s, 30s and beyond. Opening reception and Gallery Talk - Saturday, January 7 at 1:30 pm. The travel industry has depended on striking visual images on posters to attract customers for decades. This display draws on Tacoma Public Library's large…

A conversation with Emily St. John… A conversation with Emily St. John Mandel

Mar 24th | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Urban Grace Church
Meet Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven in a free book talk and signing at downtown Tacoma's Urban Grace Church on…
Meet Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven in a free book talk and signing at downtown Tacoma's Urban Grace Church on Thursday evening, March 24, 2016. Doors will open at 6 PM for the free 7 PM event. Ms. Mandel will be interviewed on stage by Erin Hennessey,…

Mayor Strickland book talks Station… A Conversation with Mayor Marilyn Strickland about Station Eleven

Mar 28th | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
King's Books
Join Mayor Marilyn Strickland and members of the Tacoma Reads 2016 committee as they lead a community conversation about Station Eleven.
Join Mayor Marilyn Strickland and members of the Tacoma Reads 2016 committee as they lead a community conversation about Station Eleven.

PoetryMusic PoetryMusic

Mar 9th | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Music speaks volumes. Poetry sings. Combine the two and you have PoetryMusic - a magical space where words and music meet. PoetryMusic is …
Music speaks volumes. Poetry sings. Combine the two and you have PoetryMusic - a magical space where words and music meet. PoetryMusic is a chamber jazz duo dedicated to performing poems (everything from Maya Angelou and Robert Frost to Kerouac and Shakespeare) that have been s…

Book Club Book Club

Feb 28th | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Join us this month to discuss Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion…
Join us this month to discuss Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty, early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath…
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