All Tacoma Public Library branches will be closed on Sundays for the duration of the summer. We will reopen Sunday hours at Kobetich, Moore, and Wheelock on Sunday, Sept. 8.

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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…

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…

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

New Bookdrops! New Bookdrops!

New bookdrops are active at all library locations. These "smart" drops will check-in your books automatically upon deposit. No more waiting for items to be removed from your account on days when the library is closed. This improvement is just one of the ways we hope to…
New bookdrops are active at all library locations. These "smart" drops will check-in your books automatically upon deposit. No more...

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…

Station Eleven for Tacoma Reads 2016 Station Eleven for Tacoma Reads 2016

Station Eleven is Emily St. John Mandel's acclaimed novel about life after a viral flu pandemic wipes out 99% of the world's…
Station Eleven is Emily St. John Mandel's acclaimed novel about life after a viral flu pandemic wipes out 99% of the world's…

Community in Mourning Community in Mourning

Tacoma Public Library joins our community in mourning the loss of Tacoma Police Officer Reginald “Jake” Gutierrez. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends and his colleagues. For more information from the City of Tacoma about space to grieve and funeral procession …
Tacoma Public Library joins our community in mourning the loss of Tacoma Police Officer Reginald “Jake” Gutierrez, a 17-year veteran of the…

Rising Up From Tacoma's 21 Disasters... Rising Up From Tacoma's 21 Disasters...

Join local author and history buff Deb Freedman for an afternoon of Tacoma history and Jeopardy! Deb will share stories about her book, …
Join local author and history buff Deb Freedman for an afternoon of Tacoma history and Jeopardy! Deb will share stories about her book, …

Now Open Sundays! Now Open Sundays!

Three Tacoma Public Library branches, Moore, Wheelock, and Kobetich are now open six days per week during the public school year, holiday weeks excluded. The Moore and Wheelock branches are the system's "regional" libraries and busiest locations, while Kobetich…
Three Tacoma Public Library branches, Moore, Wheelock, and Kobetich are now open six days per week during the public school year, holiday…
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