All Staff Training Day

On Thursday, October 19th, 2017 from 9:00am to 6:00pm, all branches of Tacoma Public Library will be closed for in-depth staff trainings. These trainings provide public servants with necessary skills geared towards ensuring quality service from all facets of the library. Tacoma Library thanks you for your patience during this system wide closure. We look…
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Tacoma Library Welcomes TPS Educators to the Pathway Partnership

Through this new phase of the Pathway Partnership, Tacoma Public School (TPS) educators may access premium public library resources with their employee ID. Educators share this privilege with their students, who have been able to use their school ID as a library card for four years. Learn more. We, at Tacoma Public Library, hope this…
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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, the city's community wide reading program, now in its 15th year. Copies of Hunger are currently available at all…
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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 plan supported by funds from the city.  In addition, each location…
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Stuff the Bus for Tacoma Kids

It's that time of year again…time to “Stuff the Bus” with school supplies! Every year Tacoma Library Staff works with Communities in Schools to collect supplies for children in need for the coming school year. This year, we invite you, our community members, to participate as well.  Their goal this year is to provide basic…
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Importance of Reading over the Summer

Summer Reading Loss occurs when children learning to read, take a protracted break from regular reading. Upon returning to school, Children who read in the summer have increased reading skills while children who do not lose as much as three months of reading skills. These summer readers immediately start back to school building upon their…
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