TPL Foundation


The Tacoma Public Library Foundation strengthens Tacoma’s thriving communities by fueling our library system through philanthropy and outreach.  


We believe libraries are vital to building strong, compassionate, and prepared communities, and that learning is a human right. Through outreach and philanthropy, the Foundation strengthens Tacoma Public Library’s vision to be a radically welcoming, trusted community hub where all people can find joy, compassion, and inspiration.  


  • Accessibility 
  • Social Justice 
  • Literacy + Learning  
  • Sustainability 
  • Creativity + Innovation 
  • Compassion 

Board of Directors

  • Wayne Williams, President, Board of Directors | President Emeritus, Tacoma Public Library Board of Trustees
  • Bill Ryberg, Vice President, Board of Directors | Retired
  • Jackis Coulibaly, Treasurer | Port of Seattle
  • JR. Nobles, Board of Directors | Executive Director, Friends of the Children Tacoma  
  • Megan Smedsrud, Board of Directors | Senior Program Officer, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
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  • Kate Larsen, Exofficio | Director, Tacoma Public Library  
  • Exofficio | Finance Manager, Tacoma Public Library 
  • Sara Irish, Exofficio | Vice President, Library Board of Trustees | Multicultural Child & Family Hope Center
If you are interested in joining the TPL Foundation Board of Directors please reach out to Kate Larsen, Library Director at who will convey your interest to TPLF Board leadership.


Libraries fuel our community. Supporting the Tacoma Library Foundation creates a stronger Tacoma. Your contribution directly supports Tacoma Public Library in fulfilling its mission to empower our community by bringing people together to discover, connect, create, learn, and thrive.   

Support our work by making a tax-deductible donation, opens a new window or shopping our online TPL gear store!, opens a new window 

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