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Upcoming Events
Title
Date
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Time
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Description
The program includes discussion of leverage, geometry,
physiology, chemistry, physics and more, delivering a surprising program which demonstrates that real science was alive and well in the combat arts of medieval knights! Two knights wearing museum-quality replicas of the clothing and armour of the late 1300s demonstrate authentic historical sword combat techniques from medieval manuscripts both in and out of armour with accurately weighted and detailed steel swords. Running approximately 1 hour in length, the presentation includes a discussion of the Code of Chivalry and free Chivalry handouts for every young lord and lady who aspires to be a knight. The presentation also includes free color supplements on a variety of popular historical topics and a very rare display of actual medieval antiquities which can be seen nowhere else in the Pacific Northwest!
Ages 7+
Location
Olympic Room
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Time
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description
The program includes discussion of leverage, geometry,
physiology, chemistry, physics and more, delivering a surprising program which demonstrates that real science was alive and well in the combat arts of medieval knights! Two knights wearing museum-quality replicas of the clothing and armour of the late 1300s demonstrate authentic historical sword combat techniques from medieval manuscripts both in and out of armour with accurately weighted and detailed steel swords. Running approximately 1 hour in length, the presentation includes a discussion of the Code of Chivalry and free Chivalry handouts for every young lord and lady who aspires to be a knight. The presentation also includes free color supplements on a variety of popular historical topics and a very rare display of actual medieval antiquities which can be seen nowhere else in the Pacific Northwest!
Ages 7+
Location
Moore Meeting Room
Library
Grace R. Moore Library

Title
Date
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Time
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Sail into adventurous pirate stories with Mr. Brian. Then make a pirate puppet.

All ages. Registration required.
Location
Kobetich Meeting Room
Library
Mary Rose Kobetich Library

Title
Date
Friday, July 25, 2014
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Dive into several mermaid tails with Mr. Brian. Then make a mermaid puppet.

All ages. Registration required.
Location
Fern Hill Meeting Room
Library
Fern Hill Library

Title
Date
Friday, July 25, 2014
Time
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Description
Create science inspired crafts at this event where will make sun sensitive fabric prints and shrinky dink jewelry. Ages 10-18.
Location
Kobetich Meeting Room
Library
Mary Rose Kobetich Library

Title
Date
Friday, July 25, 2014
Time
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Description
Create, tinker and construct amazing things using repurposed materials. Led by the creative reuse specialists from Tinkertopia, kids will participate in a hands-on art explosion. For ages 6 and up. Registration required.
Library
Charlotte White Mottet Library

Title
Date
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Description
Compete at your favorite game! Registration required.
There will be opportunities to register at the event, but those the register online will receive priority. Space is limited. Ages 12+
Location
Teen Space
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Join us for a stroll (led by Brian Kamens of the Library’s Northwest Room) through Tacoma’s byways and history. Explore the exciting, murky past of the City of Destiny. Bring your camera and meet in front of Union Station. Space is limited. Reservations required. Phone the library at 253.292.2001, ext 2 or register online at www.tplonline.org via our events calendar.
Location
Off-Site
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
The land of Fire and Ice is filled with dazzling demonstrations using fire, bubbling potions, and carbon dioxide gas frozen to 109 degrees below zero. This science show will stimulate a child's mind and spark their imaginations as they experience exciting, educational, high energy science magic! Come and see just how hot and cool science can be! No registration required. Seating is limited and on a space-available basis.
Location
Wheelock McCormick Room
Library
Anna Lemon Wheelock Library

Title
Date
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Time
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Compete at your favorite game! Registration required. Standard Decks required.
There will be opportunities to register at the event, but those the register online will receive priority. Space is limited. Ages 12+
Location
Teen Space
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Saturday, July 26, 2014
Time
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Description
The land of Fire and Ice is filled with dazzling demonstrations using fire, bubbling potions, and carbon dioxide gas frozen to 109 degrees below zero. This science show will stimulate a child's mind and spark their imaginations as they experience exciting, educational, high energy science magic! Come and see just how hot and cool science can be! No registration required. Seating is limited and on a space-available basis.
Location
Moore Meeting Room
Library
Grace R. Moore Library

Title
Date
Monday, July 28, 2014
Time
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Description
Let’s go on a photo safari and capture some amazing photographs! You will learn about color and composition, light and shadows and the joy of getting off auto mode. You will learn how to use Adobe
Lightroom to bring out the best in every shot with its powerfully simple one-click adjustments and a full range of cutting-edge advanced controls. Bring your DSLR (or use one of ours), walking shoes, and a desire for adventure.

Session 2 - July 28-August 1
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Open to teens ages 11-17.
Participants must attend all 4 days.

If you have a problem registering online and the class is not full, please do one of the following:
1) email StoryLab@tacomapubliclibrary.org with all your registration information.
2) telephone the library at 253.292.2001 ext 2 and leave all the registration information and a call back telephone number.

You will receive a confirmation from the library within one working day.

Thank you.
Location
Computer Classroom
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Time
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Description
Levers, and motors, and gears… oh my! The' 'legoneers' at Leap4Kids lead this hands-on 90-minute workshop where students will design and construct machines, buildings and other models out of Lego and Technic Mindstorm bricks. Kids receive an introduction to simple machines including levers, gears, and pulleys using Lego models and motors to bring their creations to life
Workshops are limited to 24 kids, ages 6 - 12. Registration required.
Location
Fern Hill Meeting Room
Library
Fern Hill Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Time
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Help us create a stop motion animation film for the StoryLab's Youtube channel. Together we will write a short script and bring it to life with Lego figures. Ages 11-19. Registration required.
Location
Wheelock McCormick Room
Library
Anna Lemon Wheelock Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Time
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Levers, and motors, and gears… oh my! The' 'legoneers' at Leap4Kids lead this hands-on 90-minute workshop where students will design and construct machines, buildings and other models out of Lego and Technic Mindstorm bricks. Kids receive an introduction to simple machines including levers, gears, and pulleys using Lego models and motors to bring their creations to life
Workshops are limited to 24 kids, ages 6 - 12. Registration required.
Location
Kobetich Meeting Room
Library
Mary Rose Kobetich Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Time
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
Do you dare to get close and meet Crocodiles with Mr. Brian? Then make your own crocodile!

All ages. Registration required.
Location
Swasey Meeting Room
Library
George O. Swasey Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Description
Levers, and motors, and gears… oh my! The' 'legoneers' at Leap4Kids lead this hands-on 90-minute workshop where students will design and construct machines, buildings and other models out of Lego and Technic Mindstorm bricks. Kids receive an introduction to simple machines including levers, gears, and pulleys using Lego models and motors to bring their creations to life
Workshops are limited to 24 kids, ages 6 - 12. Registration required.
Location
Olympic Room
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Time
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description
Levers, and motors, and gears… oh my! The' 'legoneers' at Leap4Kids lead this hands-on 90-minute workshop where students will design and construct machines, buildings and other models out of Lego and Technic Mindstorm bricks. Kids receive an introduction to simple machines including levers, gears, and pulleys using Lego models and motors to bring their creations to life
Workshops are limited to 24 kids, ages 6 - 12. Registration required.
Location
Swasey Meeting Room
Library
George O. Swasey Library

Title
Date
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Jump into frog stories with Mr. Brian. Then make a frog!

All ages. Registration required.
Location
Mottet Meeting Room
Library
Charlotte White Mottet Library

Title
Date
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Time
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Description
Levers, and motors, and gears… oh my! The' 'legoneers' at Leap4Kids lead this hands-on 90-minute workshop where students will design and construct machines, buildings and other models out of Lego and Technic Mindstorm bricks. Kids receive an introduction to simple machines including levers, gears, and pulleys using Lego models and motors to bring their creations to life
Workshops are limited to 24 kids, ages 6 - 12. Registration required.
Location
Wheelock McCormick Room
Library
Anna Lemon Wheelock Library

Title
Date
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Time
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description
Levers, and motors, and gears… oh my! The' 'legoneers' at Leap4Kids lead this hands-on 90-minute workshop where students will design and construct machines, buildings and other models out of Lego and Technic Mindstorm bricks. Kids receive an introduction to simple machines including levers, gears, and pulleys using Lego models and motors to bring their creations to life.
Workshops are limited to 24 kids, ages 6 - 12. Registration required.
Location
South Tacoma Meeting Room
Library
South Tacoma Library

Title
Date
Friday, August 01, 2014
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Do you dare to get close and meet Crocodiles with Mr. Brian? Then after the stories, make your own crocodile!

All ages. Registration required.
Location
Fern Hill Meeting Room
Library
Fern Hill Library

Title
Date
Friday, August 01, 2014
Time
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description
Levers, and motors, and gears… oh my! The' 'legoneers' at Leap4Kids lead this hands-on 90-minute workshop where students will design and construct machines, buildings and other models out of Lego and Technic Mindstorm bricks. Kids receive an introduction to simple machines including levers, gears, and pulleys using Lego models and motors to bring their creations to life.
Workshops are limited to 24 kids, ages 6 - 12. Registration required.
Location
Moore Meeting Room
Library
Grace R. Moore Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 02, 2014
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Join us all day at the Family Stage (right in front of the Wheelock Library) for terrific performances by the Brian Waite Band, Linda Severt, Tears of Joy Puppet Theater, Seattle Kokon Taiko and more! Wheelock Library has a terrific used book sale as well!
Library
Anna Lemon Wheelock Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 02, 2014
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
A Sad Folk Tale from Southern Africa. From “Nelson Mendela’s Favorite African Folk Tales” Adapted by Jonathan Owicki. The proud praying mantis declares he will capture the moon and ride on top of it, so he can look down on all of the animals that make fun of him. While his daughter, Porcupine, tries to gain his attention, Mantis focuses on his desire to achieve greater heights. He tries to trap the moon several times unsuccessfully, and in his failure he learns humility and the ultimate lesson that the love in his life is more important than his pride. Having learned his lesson Mantis spends the rest of his life with arms bent in thanks. Sing along with Mantis as we try to capture the moon!
Location
Fern Hill Meeting Room
Library
Fern Hill Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 02, 2014
Time
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description
Bring your cards, bring your DS, bring yourself because we are going to Party, Pokemon Style! Door prizes, games, cosplay, pokemon craft, refreshments, we've got it all! Ages 10+
Location
Olympic Room
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 02, 2014
Time
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Join clown, musician, and bubble artist, Linda Severt, for a raucous exploration of the science behind juggling and bubbles. Small bubbles, spectacular bubble sculptures, and big bubbles will captivate kids of all ages. Linda is an expert at weaving educational information into highly entertaining performances, so don’t miss it – you might learn something while you’re having a blast!
Location
Mottet Meeting Room
Library
Charlotte White Mottet Library

Title
Date
Monday, August 04, 2014
Time
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Description
Scratch introduces you to coding and allows you to build animations, games, and other multi-media interactive web creations. Our class is available for ages 11-17, but is primarily intended for boys and girls ages 11-15. If students want to challenge themselves further, they may sign up for the follow-up session on Unity.

*There will time provided for working on your own projects after-class. Participants must attend both days August 4th and 5th. Bring a sack lunch. Registration Required.

Location
Computer Classroom
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Time
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
Create science inspired crafts at this event where will make sun sensitive fabric prints and shrinky dink jewelry. Ages 10-18.
Location
South Tacoma Meeting Room
Library
South Tacoma Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Time
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Description
Create science inspired crafts at this event where will make sun sensitive fabric prints and shrinky dink jewelry. Ages 10-18.
Location
Swasey Meeting Room
Library
George O. Swasey Library

Title
Date
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
Time
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Description
Sail into adventurous pirate stories with Mr. Brian. Then make a pirate puppet.

All ages. Registration required.
Location
Swasey Meeting Room
Library
George O. Swasey Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Time
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Description
Due to unforeseen circumstances, this program has been CANCELED for the month of July.

Learn the basics of Unity from August 6th - August 8th . Unity is an advanced game development program which creates interactive 3D and 2D content. It is recommended for students who have mastered Scratch or who have prior experience with coding.

*This session is for girls ages 13-19 only. There is a class in August open to males and females. There will time provided for working on your own projects after-class. Participants must attend all 3 days. Bring a sack lunch. Registration Required.

If you have a problem registering online and the class is not full, please do one of the following:
1) email StoryLab@tacomapubliclibrary.org with all your registration information.
2) telephone the library at 253.292.2001 ext 2 and leave all the registration information and a call back telephone number.

You will receive a confirmation from the library within one working day.

Thank you.
Location
Computer Classroom
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Time
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Description
Jump into frog stories with Mr. Brian. Then make a frog!

All ages. Registration required.
Location
Olympic Room
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Dive into several mermaid tails with Mr. Brian. Then make a mermaid puppet.

All ages. Registration required.
Location
Mottet Meeting Room
Library
Charlotte White Mottet Library

Title
Date
Thursday, August 07, 2014
Time
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Description
Create, tinker and construct amazing things using repurposed materials. Led by the creative reuse specialists from Tinkertopia, kids will participate in a hands-on art explosion. For ages 6 and up. Registration required.
Location
Olympic Room
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Friday, August 08, 2014
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Sail into adventurous pirate stories with Mr. Brian. Then make a pirate puppet.

All ages. Registration required.
Location
Fern Hill Meeting Room
Library
Fern Hill Library

Title
Date
Friday, August 08, 2014
Time
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Description
Bring a blanket to sit on and join us for an outdoor storytime in Alderwood Park. We’ll share books, felt stories, songs on the ukulele and more! Storytime will be moved inside the library in case of inclement weather.
Library
Mary Rose Kobetich Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 09, 2014
Time
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Description
We are taking over the Main Library for an Epic ComicCon! It's small, but powerful. Cosplay costumed characters, panels, exhibitors hall, crafts, free comics for kids, live draw, and a whole lot more. Learn more here: http://storylabtacoma.org/atomic-comicon/
Location
Main Lobby
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 09, 2014
Time
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Description
This panel of expert cosplayers, who dress and act as their favorite characters at conventions, will offer tips and tricks on how to put together a top notch costume. They will also offer advice on how to be safe while cosplaying. Aimed at teens, tweens, parents and anyone else who may be interested. Affiliated with the Atomic Comicon, which will be running concurrently. http://storylabtacoma.org/atomic-comicon/
Location
Olympic Room
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 09, 2014
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Families can engage in interactive play with blocks and toys and an art activity. For families with children under 5.
Location
Wheelock McCormick Room
Library
Anna Lemon Wheelock Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 09, 2014
Time
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Description
*This event is affiliated with the Atomic Comicon which will be running concurrently. To learn more about the convention visit this webpage: http://storylabtacoma.org/atomic-comicon/
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From Wonder Woman to Buffy Summers, Emma Peel to Sydney Bristow, Charlie’s Angels to the Powerpuff Girls, superwomen are more than just love interests or sidekicks who stand by their men. In this lively multimedia presentation, pop-culture historian Jennifer K. Stuller will help us explore how the female hero in modern mythology has broken through the boys’ club barrier of tradition. Using comics, television and film, we will discuss female action and super heroines from the 1930s to the present day. do social and political forces affect pop culture – and vice versa? This conversation will examine women’s representations in media and women’s roles as media makers, inspiring us to think deeper about popular culture, media, gender images and storytelling.

About Jennifer K. Stuller
Jennifer K. Stuller is a professional writer, critic, scholar, pop-culture historian, public speaker and the author of Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology. Stuller’s particular interests focus on what popular culture reveals about social mores, especially regarding gender, race, sexuality, ability, religion and class in a given time or place. She is co-founder of and the programming director for Seattle’s GeekGirlCon. Stuller received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington in the Comparative History of Ideas with a minor in women studies.

This event is funded in part by Humanities of Washington.
Location
Olympic Room
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 09, 2014
Time
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Description
Strut your stuff and possibly earn prizes at this fantastic event. Judges composed a panel of professional cosplayers! Age categories range from 2-6, 7-12, 13-17, 18+.

Sponsored by Atomic Comics who are providing all prizes.

If you plan to compete please register. There will be opportunities to register at the convention, but you can reserve your spot by registering online.






*(Remember, no costume is NOT a costume, and there are public nudity laws in Washington. This is a family friendly event where there will be small children. Please use common sense and wear appropriate clothing while attending the show. TPL reserves the right to enforce decency rules and you may be subject to removal.)
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This event is affiliated with the Atomic Comicon, which will be running concurrently. http://storylabtacoma.org/atomic-comicon/
Location
Olympic Room
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Monday, August 11, 2014
Time
9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Description
Learn the skills to design a game that will engage and entertain players! Many genres of gaming will be addressed from computers to board games. This class takes place from August 11 through August 15. Skills learned each day in this class build upon the previous day's lessons and thus individual day registrations are not permitted. Attendance each day is required. Ages 11-19.

If you have a problem registering online and the class is not full, please do one of the following:
1) email StoryLab@tacomapubliclibrary.org with all your registration information.
2) telephone the library at 253.292.2001 ext 2 and leave all the registration information and a call back telephone number.

You will receive a confirmation from the library within one working day.

Thank you.
Location
Computer Classroom
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Time
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Description
Dive into several mermaid tails with Mr. Brian. Then make a mermaid puppet.

All ages. Registration Required.
Location
Olympic Room
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Do you dare to get close and meet Crocodiles with Mr. Brian? Then after the stories, make your own crocodile!

All ages. Registration required.
Location
Mottet Meeting Room
Library
Charlotte White Mottet Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Time
All Day - All Day
Description
Celebrate completing the 2014 Summer Reading Program! Bring the ticket you earned by reading and reporting on 10 books (kids) or 5 books (teens) and join us at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium Party. Meet favorite characters from your books and see a terrific circus style acrobatic performance!
Library
All Branches - Tacoma Public Library

Title
Date
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Families can engage in interactive play with blocks and toys and an art activity. For families with children under 5.
Location
Wheelock McCormick Room
Library
Anna Lemon Wheelock Library

Title
Date
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Time
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Description
Do you dare to get close and meet Crocodiles with Mr. Brian? Then make your own crocodile!

All ages. Registration required.
Location
Olympic Room
Library
Main Library

Title
Date
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Description
Sail into adventurous pirate stories with Mr. Brian. Then make a pirate puppet. All ages. Registration required.
Location
Mottet Meeting Room
Library
Charlotte White Mottet Library

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Important Messages
First day to report is June 14th.
Last day to report is August 9th at 5:30 p.m.
You can begin your reading on Saturday, May 31st.

The first day to report on what you’ve read is Saturday, June 14th.

Read and report on 10 books by 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 9th to be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing for a chance to win one of two new iPads.

There are two ways to keep track of and report on your books:

You can use this log to record the name and author of each book you’ve read. Have a parent or caregiver initial your log for each book that you read. Bring the log with you and report your reading at the Summer Reading Reporting Station the next time you visit your local Tacoma Public Library.
OR you can record your reading online through Tacoma Public Library’s Summer

Reading website. http://evanced.tacomapubliclibrary.org/evanced/sr/homepage.asp

Each week that you report online or in the library, you will be entered into a weekly raffle
for fun prizes, including tickets to a Tacoma Rainiers baseball game, passes to Northwest Trek,
and tickets to the Puyallup Fair.

Once you have finished reading and reporting on your first 10 books, for every additional
10 books you read and report on you will be entered again into the Grand Prize

Drawing for a chance to win one of two new iPads.

Everyone who completes the program will receive a tote bag, a magnetic photo frame, two free games of bowling at Narrows Plaza Bowl and a ticket for two to the Summer Reading Celebration on Saturday, August 16th at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

The last day to report (in person or online) is Saturday, August 9th at 5:30 p.m.

The last day to pick up prizes is Saturday, August 23rd. Participant must be
present to pick up prizes. Prizes will be available while supplies last.

Books should be at your appropriate reading level. Graphic novels, magazines, audio books, and ebooks count!

Fizz, Boom, Read is for children from birth through entering 5th Grade.