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Upcoming Events
Title
Date
Friday, February 12, 2016
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Kids ages 3-5 and a caregiver can have fun with stories, songs, and activities that prepare children for kindergarten.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
South Tacoma Branch

Title
Date
Friday, February 12, 2016
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Recommended for children ages 2 - 5 years old. Enjoy story time fun and learn early literacy skills with stories, rhymes, finger plays and songs. 
Location
Children's Storytime Room
Library
Main Branch

Title
Date
Friday, February 12, 2016
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Join us for stories, music, activities and play for all ages at the Swasey Branch of Tacoma Public Library.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Swasey Branch

Title
Date
Friday, February 12, 2016
Time
11:30 AM
Description
Join us for bounces, books, bubbles, and music for babies birth to 24 months at the Swasey Branch of Tacoma Public Library.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Swasey Branch

Title
Date
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Time
11:30 AM
Description
Join us for one-on-one lap time with bouncing rhymes, a short story, songs, and group play. These activities enhance development of language and sensory skills. Program is for babies (ages birth - 2) with a parent or caregiver.
Location
Children's Storytime Room
Library
Main Branch

Title
Date
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Time
11:30 AM
Description
Movement, music, books, and activities for toddlers ages 18-35 months.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Wheelock Branch

Title
Date
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Time
7:00 PM
Description
Kids of all ages and parents can have fun with books, stories and songs.  Wear your jammies!
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Swasey Branch

Title
Date
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Time
6:30 PM
Description

Tacoma Public Library website has a new look! Join us at Kobetich Library for a one-hour overview of how to navigate the website, look for books and movies, and manage your own account!

Library
Kobetich Branch

Title
Date
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Kids ages 3-5 and a caregiver can have fun with stories, songs, and activities that prepare children for kindergarten.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Moore Branch

Title
Date
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Winter Storytimes at Tacoma Public Library

Join us for books, felt stories, songs on the ukulele and more at Kobetich Branch of Tacoma Public Library.
Library
Kobetich Branch

Title
Date
Friday, February 19, 2016
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Kids ages 3-5 and a caregiver can have fun with stories, songs, and activities that prepare children for kindergarten.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
South Tacoma Branch

Title
Date
Friday, February 19, 2016
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Recommended for children ages 2 - 5 years old. Enjoy story time fun and learn early literacy skills with stories, rhymes, finger plays and songs. 
Location
Children's Storytime Room
Library
Main Branch

Title
Date
Friday, February 19, 2016
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Join us for stories, music, activities and play for all ages at the Swasey Branch of Tacoma Public Library.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Swasey Branch

Title
Date
Friday, February 19, 2016
Time
11:30 AM
Description
Join us for bounces, books, bubbles, and music for babies birth to 24 months at the Swasey Branch of Tacoma Public Library.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Swasey Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Time
9:30 AM
Description

Coding for Kids every Saturday Morning at Downtown Main Library!

Young people between 7 and 17 can learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more every Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Tacoma's Downtown Main Library, 1102 Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402. Working with such programs as Scratch, Minecraft, JavaScript and more, kids learn the basics of coding language, syntax and logic in a relaxed and supportive environment.

No experience is required and this course is entirely self-paced and fun! Kids under 13 must be accompanied by an adult who will learn right alongside them. Students should provide their own laptop computer or tablet. The library does have a limited number of laptops to borrow if necessary; to reserve yours ahead of time contact jhargis@tacomalibrary.org.

Support provided by Mentor/Volunteers Joshua Brockshmidt, Trey Setunsky and Kyung Min Kim

Location
Teen Space
Library
Main Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Time
10:00 AM
Description

For a limited time, the Washington State Library is offering Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams free of charge - a value of more than $125. Registration is required.

Holding a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification demonstrates that someone has the skills in one or more Microsoft Office programs to excel at work or school.

For a limited time, the Tacoma Public Library is partnering with Washington State Library to offer free Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams as a part of the Microsoft IT Academy program. All residents in Washington State are welcome to participate.

Certifications exams are available for Office 2010 or Office 2013 for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook or SharePoint.

Sign up for a time slot at the Eventbrite website by clicking on a link below:

Sat Feb 20 at 10:30 a.m.

Sat Feb 20 at 11:45 a.m.

Sat Feb 20 at 1:00 p.m.


Location
Computer Classroom
Library
Main Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Join us for one-on-one lap time with bouncing rhymes, a short story, songs, and group play. These activities enhance development of language and sensory skills. Program is for babies (ages birth - 2) with a parent or caregiver.
Location
Children's Storytime Room
Library
Main Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Join us for stories, music, activities and play for all ages at the Wheelock Branch of Tacoma Public Library.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Wheelock Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Time
11:30 AM
Description
Movement, music, stories and activities for toddlers (18 - 36 months) with caregiver. These activities enhance development of language and sensory skills.
Location
Children's Storytime Room
Library
Main Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, February 20, 2016
Time
3:00 PM
Description

Celebrate short films created by local kids and teens at this stunning Oscar style red carpet event featuring popcorn and a live stage show.

  • 3 - 3:30 PM Attend a reception honoring the young film-makers and have your photo snapped by roving paparazzi as you walk the red carpet
  • 3:30 - 5 PM Enjoy film screenings and an Oscar style award show hosted by author James Kennedy and his mystery co-host
  • Refreshments and popcorn from the Grand Cinema served
  • Formal attire is welcome, but not required



The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival invites teens, kids, and their mentoring adults to read a Newbery award winning book, make a film out of it, and be a star! The best films will be shown in Tacoma, New York, Portland, and Chicago. WOW!

Film submissions are due January 23, 2016. Learn more here.

Location
Olympic Room
Library
Main Branch

Title
Date
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Time
11:30 AM
Description
Join us for one-on-one lap time with bouncing rhymes, a short story, songs, and group play. These activities enhance development of language and sensory skills. Program is for babies (ages birth - 2) with a parent or caregiver.
Location
Children's Storytime Room
Library
Main Branch

Title
Date
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Time
11:30 AM
Description
Movement, music, books, and activities for toddlers ages 18-35 months.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Wheelock Branch

Title
Date
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Time
7:00 PM
Description
Kids of all ages and parents can have fun with books, stories and songs.  Wear your jammies!
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Swasey Branch

Title
Date
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Time
4:30 PM
Description
Participate in our official Pokemon League with cards or DS at the Main Branch of Tacoma Public Library.

In addition to game play, enjoy a Pokemon craft, and socializing with other Pokemon fans. Experienced players and beginners welcome.  All ages.

Pokemon League Logo
Location
Olympic Room
Library
Main Branch

Title
Date
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Kids ages 3-5 and a caregiver can have fun with stories, songs, and activities that prepare children for kindergarten.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Moore Branch

Title
Date
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Winter Storytimes at Tacoma Public Library

Join us for books, felt stories, songs on the ukulele and more at Kobetich Branch of Tacoma Public Library.
Library
Kobetich Branch

Title
Date
Friday, February 26, 2016
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Kids ages 3-5 and a caregiver can have fun with stories, songs, and activities that prepare children for kindergarten.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
South Tacoma Branch

Title
Date
Friday, February 26, 2016
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Recommended for children ages 2 - 5 years old. Enjoy story time fun and learn early literacy skills with stories, rhymes, finger plays and songs. 
Location
Children's Storytime Room
Library
Main Branch

Title
Date
Friday, February 26, 2016
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Join us for stories, music, activities and play for all ages at the Swasey Branch of Tacoma Public Library.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Swasey Branch

Title
Date
Friday, February 26, 2016
Time
11:30 AM
Description
Join us for bounces, books, bubbles, and music for babies birth to 24 months at the Swasey Branch of Tacoma Public Library.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Swasey Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time
9:30 AM
Description

Coding for Kids every Saturday Morning at Downtown Main Library!

Young people between 7 and 17 can learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more every Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Tacoma's Downtown Main Library, 1102 Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402. Working with such programs as Scratch, Minecraft, JavaScript and more, kids learn the basics of coding language, syntax and logic in a relaxed and supportive environment.

No experience is required and this course is entirely self-paced and fun! Kids under 13 must be accompanied by an adult who will learn right alongside them. Students should provide their own laptop computer or tablet. The library does have a limited number of laptops to borrow if necessary; to reserve yours ahead of time contact jhargis@tacomalibrary.org.

Support provided by Mentor/Volunteers Joshua Brockshmidt, Trey Setunsky and Kyung Min Kim

Location
Teen Space
Library
Main Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Location
2nd Floor Conference Room
Library
Main Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Join us for stories, music, activities and play for all ages at the Wheelock Branch of Tacoma Public Library.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Wheelock Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Location
Olympic Room
Library
Main Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, February 27, 2016
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Join us at the Fern Hill branch of Tacoma Public Library to make a flower to give to a special friend.
Library
Fern Hill Branch

Title
Date
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Time
11:30 AM
Description
Join us for one-on-one lap time with bouncing rhymes, a short story, songs, and group play. These activities enhance development of language and sensory skills. Program is for babies (ages birth - 2) with a parent or caregiver.
Location
Children's Storytime Room
Library
Main Branch

Title
Date
Tuesday, March 01, 2016
Time
11:30 AM
Description
Movement, music, books, and activities for toddlers ages 18-35 months.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Wheelock Branch

Title
Date
Thursday, March 03, 2016
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Spring Storytimes at Tacoma Public Library

Join us for books, felt stories, songs on the ukulele and more at Kobetich Branch of Tacoma Public Library.
Library
Kobetich Branch

Title
Date
Friday, March 04, 2016
Time
11:30 AM
Description
Join us for bounces, books, bubbles, and music for babies birth to 24 months at the Swasey Branch of Tacoma Public Library.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Swasey Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, March 05, 2016
Time
9:30 AM
Description

Coding for Kids every Saturday Morning at Downtown Main Library!

Young people between 7 and 17 can learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more every Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Tacoma's Downtown Main Library, 1102 Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402. Working with such programs as Scratch, Minecraft, JavaScript and more, kids learn the basics of coding language, syntax and logic in a relaxed and supportive environment.

No experience is required and this course is entirely self-paced and fun! Kids under 13 must be accompanied by an adult who will learn right alongside them. Students should provide their own laptop computer or tablet. The library does have a limited number of laptops to borrow if necessary; to reserve yours ahead of time contact jhargis@tacomalibrary.org.

Support provided by Mentor/Volunteers Joshua Brockshmidt, Trey Setunsky and Kyung Min Kim

Location
Teen Space
Library
Main Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, March 05, 2016
Time
10:00 AM
Description
Come enjoy a special storytime & craft program with the Daffodil Princesses at the Tacoma Public Library. The princesses will read stories, talk with children, and be available for photos afterwards. Don't forget to bring your camera!
Library
Moore Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, March 05, 2016
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Join us for stories, music, activities and play for all ages at the Wheelock Branch of Tacoma Public Library.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Wheelock Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, March 05, 2016
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Come enjoy a special storytime & craft program with the Daffodil Princesses at the Tacoma Public Library. The princesses will read stories, talk with children, and be available for photos afterwards. Don't forget to bring your camera!
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Fern Hill Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, March 05, 2016
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Come enjoy a special storytime & craft program with the Daffodil Princesses at the Tacoma Public Library. The princesses will read stories, talk with children, and be available for photos afterwards. Don't forget to bring your camera!
Library
Kobetich Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, March 05, 2016
Time
11:30 AM
Description
Movement, music, stories and activities for toddlers (18 - 36 months) with caregiver. These activities enhance development of language and sensory skills.
Location
Children's Storytime Room
Library
Main Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, March 05, 2016
Time
1:30 PM
Description
Come enjoy a special storytime & craft program with the Daffodil Princesses at the Tacoma Public Library. The princesses will read stories, talk with children, and be available for photos afterwards. Don't forget to bring your camera!
Library
Mottet Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, March 05, 2016
Time
2:00 PM
Description

Beginning Zentangle Workshop
Mariet O'Leary
Zentangle NW
Art is an essential part of life. Everyone's life. The act of creating is liberating, life affirming and relaxing. If you believe you can't draw, but always wanted to, say 'hello' to Zentangle. Zentangle is an exciting method of creating art through the use of repetitive patterns.. Zentangles are miniature pieces of unplanned, abstract, black and white art from an ensemble of simple, structured patterns called tangles. In this free workshop you will learn basic Zentangle elements and how you can use them to create something special. The creativity options and pattern combinations are boundless. And anyone can do it! Supplies will be provided.

Location
Meeting Room
Library
Wheelock Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, March 05, 2016
Time
2:00 PM
Description
Come enjoy a special storytime & craft program with the Daffodil Princesses at the Tacoma Public Library. The princesses will read stories, talk with children, and be available for photos afterwards. Don't forget to bring your camera!
Location
Children's Storytime Room
Library
Main Branch

Title
Date
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Time
11:30 AM
Description
Join us for one-on-one lap time with bouncing rhymes, a short story, songs, and group play. These activities enhance development of language and sensory skills. Program is for babies (ages birth - 2) with a parent or caregiver.
Location
Children's Storytime Room
Library
Main Branch

Title
Date
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Time
11:30 AM
Description
Movement, music, books, and activities for toddlers ages 18-35 months.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Wheelock Branch

Title
Date
Tuesday, March 08, 2016
Time
6:00 PM
Description

Zentangle Workshop
Mariet O'Leary
Zentangle NW
Zentangles are miniature pieces of unplanned, abstract, black and white art from an ensemble of simple, structured patterns called tangles on a 3.5-inch square paper tile. Zentangles are not only exquisitely beautiful; they are fun and relaxing to create. The process of creating a Zentangle is a form of "artistic meditation" as one becomes completely engrossed in making each pattern, deliberately focusing on "one stroke at a time"®. The creativity options and pattern combinations are boundless. And anyone can do it! Supplies will be provided.

(Tacoma Reads Event)

Library
Kobetich Branch

Title
Date
Wednesday, March 09, 2016
Time
4:30 PM
Description
Participate in our official Pokemon League with cards or DS at the Main Branch of Tacoma Public Library.

In addition to game play, enjoy a Pokemon craft, and socializing with other Pokemon fans. Experienced players and beginners welcome.  All ages.

Pokemon League Logo
Location
Olympic Room
Library
Main Branch

Title
Date
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Spring Storytimes at Tacoma Public Library

Join us for books, felt stories, songs on the ukulele and more at Kobetich Branch of Tacoma Public Library.
Library
Kobetich Branch

Title
Date
Friday, March 11, 2016
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Join us for stories, music, activities and play for all ages at the Swasey Branch of Tacoma Public Library.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Swasey Branch

Title
Date
Friday, March 11, 2016
Time
11:30 AM
Description
Join us for bounces, books, bubbles, and music for babies birth to 24 months at the Swasey Branch of Tacoma Public Library.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Swasey Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Time
9:30 AM
Description

Coding for Kids every Saturday Morning at Downtown Main Library!

Young people between 7 and 17 can learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more every Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Tacoma's Downtown Main Library, 1102 Tacoma Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402. Working with such programs as Scratch, Minecraft, JavaScript and more, kids learn the basics of coding language, syntax and logic in a relaxed and supportive environment.

No experience is required and this course is entirely self-paced and fun! Kids under 13 must be accompanied by an adult who will learn right alongside them. Students should provide their own laptop computer or tablet. The library does have a limited number of laptops to borrow if necessary; to reserve yours ahead of time contact jhargis@tacomalibrary.org.

Support provided by Mentor/Volunteers Joshua Brockshmidt, Trey Setunsky and Kyung Min Kim

Location
Teen Space
Library
Main Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Time
10:30 AM
Description
Join us for stories, music, activities and play for all ages at the Wheelock Branch of Tacoma Public Library.
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Wheelock Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Location
Meeting Room
Library
Fern Hill Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Time
11:30 AM
Description
Movement, music, stories and activities for toddlers (18 - 36 months) with caregiver. These activities enhance development of language and sensory skills.
Location
Children's Storytime Room
Library
Main Branch

Title
Date
Saturday, March 12, 2016
Time
2:00 PM
Description

Beginning Zentangle Workshop
Mariet O'Leary
Zentangle NW
Art is an essential part of life. Everyone's life. The act of creating is liberating, life affirming and relaxing. If you believe you can't draw, but always wanted to, say 'hello' to Zentangle. Zentangle is an exciting method of creating art through the use of repetitive patterns.. Zentangles are miniature pieces of unplanned, abstract, black and white art from an ensemble of simple, structured patterns called tangles. In this free workshop you will learn basic Zentangle elements and how you can use them to create something special. The creativity options and pattern combinations are boundless. And anyone can do it! Supplies will be provided.

Location
Meeting Room
Library
Swasey Branch

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Important Messages
First day to signup and start reading is Saturday, June 6th, and the first day to report on reading (online or at your local library) is Saturday, June 13th.

The last day to report books, comic books, graphic novels, or magazines you have read is Saturday, August 8th at 5:30 p.m.

The zoo party takes place on Saturday, August 15th.

The last day to pick up prizes is Saturday, September 12th.


Eligible for the Every Hero Has A Story Summer Reading Club: Birth – entering grade 5

How it works:

Read and report on 10 books by 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 8th to be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing for a chance to win one of two new tablets.

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

You can use a printed log to record the name and author of each book you’ve read. Receive your printed log by visiting your local library. 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.

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 Rainier's baseball game, passes to Northwest Trek, and tickets to the Washington State 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 tablets.

Everyone who completes the program will receive a tote bag, superhero bookmark and bubbles, two free games of bowling at Narrows Plaza Bowl, coupon for a free Auntie Anne's Pretzel and a ticket for two to the Summer Reading Celebration on Saturday, August 15th at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

The last day to report (in person or online) is Saturday, August 8th at 5:30 p.m.

The last day to pick up prizes is Saturday, September 12th. 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!