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Hunger selected for Tacoma Reads 2017 Hunger selected for Tacoma Reads 2017

Hunger is Roxane Gay's powerful memoir discussing the effects of trauma on self-image and weight, and exploring the author’s experience interacting with societal expectations around a woman’s appearance. The title is Mayor Marilyn Strickland’s selection for Tacoma Reads 2017, ...
Hunger is Roxane Gay's powerful memoir discussing the effects of trauma on self-image and weight, and exploring the author’s experience...

Annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival R… Annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival R…

“The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which young filmmakers create movies that tell the entire stories of New…
“The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is an annual video contest in which young filmmakers create movies that tell the entire stories of New…

Summer Reading Survey Summer Reading Survey

3,780 kids, teens, and adults participated in the Summer Reading Challenge this year, but we need your help to improve the program for next year. Please take a minute to complete our short survey. Your feedback is important to us.
3,780 kids, teens, and adults participated in the Summer Reading Challenge this year, but we need your help to improve the program for next…

Collaboration Success Story Collaboration Success Story

Science and Math Institute (SAMI) Librarian Indie Berg was determined that her students understand and enjoy the benefits of a library. How? You might ask?  Why by packing them all up, and visiting Tacoma Public Library!Since SAMI does not have its own library her goal was that …
Science and Math Institute (SAMI) Librarian Indie Berg was determined that her students understand and enjoy the benefits of a library. How…

Summer Reading Matters! Summer Reading Matters!

Why are summer reading programs important for children? Research has shown that kids experience learning loss over the summer and reading just 5 books over the summer can prevent it. Letting kids select their own books encourages summer reading and at Tacoma Public Library we ha…
Why are summer reading programs important for children? Research has shown that kids experience learning loss over the summer and reading j…

Libraries Transform Communities Please Join Us for Libraries Transform Communities - Community Conversations

Tacoma Public Library is hosting the first of several conversations with people from our community (YOU). Each one is a chance for us to better understand people’s aspirations for our community, the concerns you have and what you believe might make a difference in strengthening…
Tacoma Public Library is hosting the first of several conversations with people from our community (YOU). Each one is a chance for us to…

New hold slip format New hold slip format

Beginning January 2, 2018, Tacoma Public Library will use a new format for hold slips. The new format is: First four letters of last name...
Beginning January 2, 2018, Tacoma Public Library will use a new format for hold slips. The new format is: First four letters of last name, …

Summer Reading Challenge is Coming! Summer Reading Challenge is Coming!

The Summer Reading Challenge for kids, teens, and adults will run from June 11th - August 6th. Registration information, participation guidelines, and information about fun activities for all ages will be posted on our Summer Reading Challenge page as soon as possible. Please…
The Summer Reading Challenge for kids, teens, and adults will run from June 11th - August 6th. Registration information, participation…

Book Club Kits - Now for Branch Pick Up Book Club Kits - Now for Branch Pick Up

Tacoma Public Library has book club kits, and beginning Tuesday, June 12, you can reserve them for pick up at the branch of your choice! What are book club kits? They are sets of multiple copies of a title that can be checked out and used for your own book group or group of…
Tacoma Public Library has book club kits, and beginning Tuesday, June 12, you can reserve them for pick up at the branch of your choice!…

Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Club 2018 Libraries Rock! Summer Reading Club 2018

June 1st to August 11th.. Starting June 1st stop by your local branch to pickup a bingo card (one per person).  Complete a square on your bingo card by doing the activity listed. Books, eBooks, magazines, graphic novels, and audiobooks can all be used to meet the reading require…
June 1st to August 11th. Starting June 1st stop by your local branch to pickup a bingo card (one per person).  Complete a square on your …

Improving Service at Tacoma Public Libra… Improving Service at Tacoma Public Library

Tacoma Public Library is always looking for ways to improve service to our patrons. In fact, you may have noticed some recent improvements such as: • Making getting a library card easier through an online application process for an eCard • eCards providing immediate access to ou…
Tacoma Public Library is always looking for ways to improve service to our patrons. In fact, you may have noticed some recent improvements …

Pathway Partnership - Breaking News Upda… Pathway Partnership - Breaking News Update

Hello, Tacoma Public School Students! Your Tacoma Public Library Pathway account, which allows you to use your school ID to check out books and CDs and to access computers, will be unavailable from Saturday, September 2nd, to Friday, September 15th, for scheduled maintenance. Du…
Hello, Tacoma Public School Students! Your Tacoma Public Library Pathway account, which allows you to use your school ID to check out books…

Blind Date With a Book Is Back! Blind Date With a Book Is Back!

This summer, stop by Tacoma Public Library from June 14th - July 30th and “Exercise your mind”. Try intriguing fiction, extraordinary cooking, alternative history or fascinating people. Blind Date With a Book IS BACK! Visit your local branch and pick-up your “Blind Date!”
This summer, stop by Tacoma Public Library from June 14th - July 30th and “Exercise your mind”. Try intriguing fiction, extraordinary cookin

SelfCheck Machines are Here! SelfCheck Machines are Here!

Starting August 29th, Tacoma Public Library is making it easier for you to get in and get out quickly with the installation of SelfCheck machines at every branch.  Intended to increase efficiency, 30 new SelfCheck machines have been added as part of a system-wide improvement pla…
Starting August 29th, Tacoma Public Library is making it easier for you to get in and get out quickly with the installation of SelfCheck ma…

Visit Tacoma Museums for Free Visit Tacoma Museums for Free

Play tourist in your own town and visit one of Tacoma's world-class museums for free this summer. The library has passes to the Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and Museum of Glass. All passes circulate for 1 week and make the perfect family activity. Check...
Play tourist in your own town and visit one of Tacoma's world-class museums for free this summer. The library has passes to the…

Be a hero. Save the world! Be a hero. Save the world!

A pandemic wiped out most of the world’s population in Station Eleven but could you have prevented it? Pandemic, the international award-winning board game, offers you a chance to save humanity and be a hero. It’s simple. All you have to do is keep four deadly diseases at bay wh…
A pandemic wiped out most of the world’s population in Station Eleven but could you have prevented it? Pandemic, the board game…
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