Tacoma Public Library is following the recommendations of local, state, and national health officials in making the decision to close all library locations to the public in order to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
A few things to remember:
The libraries are closed.
This includes the Eastside Microlibrary located inside the Metro Parks Tacoma Eastside Community Center.
Our materials return drop boxes are closed.
Please hold onto library materials until we reopen.
Fines will not accrue during the closure period.
All materials currently checked out will be automatically renewed through May 1, 2020.
Holds will remain on the pick-up shelves until the libraries reopen.
Thank you for being understanding during this time.
Updates and FAQs
We receive a lot of questions through email and in our Facebook group about what counts and what doesn't for certain categories. We want everyone to be on the same page (haha get it?), so here are some of our most asked questions.
A book with a planet in the title:
Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
Yes, Pluto counts.
No, other dwarf planets do NOT count.
Fictional planets also do not count.
Neither do exoplanets.
Seriously, only the eight planets in our solar system and Pluto count.
Read a book in a format you don't normally read:
This does not have to be a format you have never read/listened to before, just one that you do not typically use.
Yes, plays and scripts count.
So do interactive books, such as choose your own adventure or pop-up style books.
Genres do not count. For example, if you normally read mystery and decide to read a Western, that doesn't count.
Paperback vs. hardcover also does not count.
A book published when the authors was under 35 years old and a book written by an LGBTQIA+ author:
Check author bios on their website, Goodreads, and Wikipedia.
Facebook and Twitter have also been helpful. Try messaging them, we've gotten responses this way when the answer wasn't easily available anywhere else.
You can find our recommended reading lists on the Extreme Reader website and linked in the files of the Facebook group. Since these are created right before the challenge launches they only contain titles that we owned up to that point.
Here are a few suggestions for new books we have acquired since then!
Need help finding a book for this category? LibraryReads is a monthly nationwide library staff picks list for adult fiction and non-fiction. LibraryReads is designed to be inclusive and diverse, representing a broad range of reading tastes and showcasing a variety of new titles. Lists can be found by visitingwww.libraryreads.org.
Hoopla Enjoy movies, TV shows, eBooks, comics, music albums, and audiobooks on Hoopla. Check out up to 10 items per month.
NextReads Newsletters The NextReads email newsletter and outreach service delivers reading recommendations and library information by email.
NoveList Plus Find new books to read! Search for a favorite author or title, browse booklists, award lists, or find the next book in a series. Fiction and Nonfiction books for all ages are included.
Overdrive eBooks & Audiobooks Popular eBook & Downloadable Audiobook collection available on your computer, mobile device, or eReader. Up to 20 checkouts and 20 holds.