Pay off debt with food? Yep, at Tacoma Public Library

Now is a hard time for local food banks, the holidays are over, but the need remains. The Tacoma Public Library is working with local area food banks to help the food bank and help you. If you have a library fine for overdue books, bring in canned or boxed food to your local library as a way of ‘paying off’ the fines. This is great for me as I am sure I have some fines on my record, so to speak. Symptoms of a too busy life. Below is an excerpt from the Tacoma Public Library website.

Restock local food banks. Reduce your library fines. All without raiding your wallet.

The availability of food items at local food banks are traditionally at an all-time low after the December holidays, but the Tacoma Public Library is hoping to change that through a new program where library patrons can help feed the hungry while eliminating overdue fines. Beginning on February 19 Tacoma’s libraries will hold a community food drive at all 8 locations. It’s a food drive with a twist, however: for every three non-perishables items a patron donates, the library will reduce their overdue fines by $10, without a limit to the total amount waived.  The ‘Food For Fines’ food drive continues through March 2. All food items donated will be delivered to a neighborhood food bank.  More information is available by telephoning the library at 253.292.2001.

“We hope that this program will encourage people to return overdue items and clear their library records, while having the opportunity to donate food to help people in their community rather than just pay fees.” explained librarian Rhonda Kristoff, coordinator of the two-week program.

Each library branch is working with a nearby food bank to ensure donations stay in the neighborhood.  There is no limit to the number of food items the library will accept, nor to the size of the overdue fines the library will forgive.

The library is unable to accept rusty or unlabeled cans, perishable items (fruits, vegetables and raw meat), alcoholic beverages or mixes, opened or used items, home-canned and home­made items, and items within 30 days of their expiration date. “Food for Fines” donations can only be applied to overdue fines. Donations cannot be used to pay for lost or damaged items. “There’s no limit to how much food a patron can donate,” says Kristoff, “and food donations are welcome even if a patron has no fines.”

via Tacoma Public Library – Food For Fines.

Tacoma Public Library – Some Locations Closed for Training

ImageIf you enjoy hanging out with your kids at a Tacoma Public Library, remember these dates.  The Library is upgrading to a new card catalog and needs to train its employees.  

Something wonderful is coming to your library on October 24!

The Tacoma Public Library is getting ready to launch its brand new library catalog & circulation system on Wednesday, October 24. In order to train our staff on the exciting features of the catalog / circulation system, these Tacoma Public Library locations will be closed as follows:


Kobetich & Moore Libraries

Tuesday, September 11 through Thursday, September 13


Mottet Library

Tuesday, September 11 through Saturday, September 15


Fern Hill Library

Tuesday, September 18 through Thursday, September 20


South Tacoma Library

Tuesday, September 18 through Saturday, September 22


Swasey Library

Tuesday, September 25 through, Thursday, September 27


Wheelock Library

Tuesday, October 2 through Thursday, October 4


Main Library

Monday, October 22

All libraries will be closed on Tuesday, October 23.

The Main Library is no longer open on Sundays.

via Tacoma Public Library – Locations & Hours.

Monsters, Dragons and Fairy Tales – Oh My!


The Tacoma Public Library is at it again. They have put together what looks to be a good time for kids younger than about 9 or so. Mr. Brian is hosting a storytime with many different Themes in July and August

Monsters A monster theme, and it’s not even Halloween! Monster stories are from all over the world. So you and the kiddos will get a little bit of an international flair too. How lucky are we? Well we love monsters, dinosaurs and stories at our house, so this is perfect.

Wednesday July 18th at 10:30 at the Tacoma Main Library
Wednesday July 18th at 1:30pm at Mottet library 3523 East G street
Wednesday July 18th at 4pm at the Kobitech library 212 Browns Point Blvd
Thursday July 19th at 11:30am at Fern Hill library 765 S 84th street
Thursday July 19th at 2pm at the South Library 3411 S 56th street

Dragons The Dragon theme celebrates the year of the dragon by making your very own dragon and reading dragon stories.

Wednesday August 15th at 10:30 at Main Library
Wednesday August 15th at 1:30 at Mottet Library 3525 East G street
Wednesday August 15th at 4pm at Kobitech library 212 Browns Point Blvd
Thursday August 16th at 2pm at South library 3411 S. 56th street
Thursday August 16th at 4pm at Moore Library 215 S 56th street

Fairy Tales from Japan and China The Fairy Tale theme will focus on stories from those countries. Climb the great wall and make a Chiyogami or Japanese paper doll bookmark.

Wednesday August 8th at 10:30am at Main library
Wednesday August 8th at 1:30 at Mottet library 3523 East G street
Wednesday August 8th at 4pm at Kobitech library 212 Browns Point Blvd
Thursday August 9th at 10:30 at Fern Hill Library 756 S 84th street
Thursday August 9th at 2pm at South Tacoma 3411 S 56th street
Thursday August 9th at 4pm at Moore library 215 S 56th street

Registration is Required. Check out the library web page for the link to register at one of the following dates.

Tacoma Public Library – Summer Reading 2012

Tacoma Public Library – Summer Reading 2012


I love books. Ever since I was a little girl, I loved where a book could take me.  In fact, one of my earliest memories of my mother is her reading to me before bedtime.  As a native Pacific Northwester, when the weather got to cold or wet, I could curl up with a great book and transport myself to a desert island in the Swiss Family Robinson.  I am trying to pass that love of books onto my boys.  So, I am excited about the summer reading program I just saw on the Tacoma Public Library’s homepage.

I remember one summer, reading so many books, I actually got an award from the Mayor of Tacoma.  It was a great honor and I remember being dressed up and coached by my mom and grandma just how to act. That was through the Tacoma Library too, Fern Hill branch to be exact.

This summer the Tacoma Public Library has 3 reading programs for people of ALL ages.  If you have a baby, you can read and participate. If you are single, you can read and participate. Heck, read to your dog, read to the neighbor’s kid, read out loud to a group of friends, but by all means – READ!

Some of the prizes are pretty cool too:

  • For the Dream Big Read group (birth – 5th grade) if you read and report on 10 books, you can enter to win a new laptop!!
  • For the Own the Night group (6th – 12th grade) if you read and report on 10 books, you can enter to win a new iPad!!
  • Between the covers (adults or 12th grade and older) Read and report on 5 books in a 8 week period, you could win an iPad.

Even if you don’t win the big prize, laptop or iPad, you can always enter to win a weekly prize like tickets to go bowling or the zoo.  All of which are great, wonderful family type activities.  The clubs begin Saturday June 16th and end on Saturday August 11th.  So sign up at your local library or using the link above for full rules and details.  Go out, get reading!  Ive shared some of my favorite books with my boys, like Chronicles of Narnia, which ones will you share?

Touch a Firetruck Storytime at South Library

At my house, we adore firetrucks.  If you’ve ever had a toddler, then you know that pointing out the window and shouting “Fire Truck!!” or “Train”, even when you are alone (yes, Ive done this too) is building up to the future Slug Bug fests on family road trips.  I’m looking forward to that.

The South Tacoma Library on Saturday May 5th at  10:30am you can read some firefighter stories and then walk next door to talk to the firemen at the station house.

3411 South 56th Street
Tacoma, WA  98409
(253) 617-7809