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Dec. 30, 2015 at 9:02am Brrrr... It's Cold Outside!

When it's cold outside, that's a great time to curl up with a favorite book.  What's your favorite book to read this winter?  

For the preschool crowd, upcoming storytime themes include:

Getting Dressed: 
Max's Dragon Shirt by Rosemary Wells, Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine, How Do I Put It On? by Shigeo Watanabe, Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London...

Snow by Uri Shulevitz, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohman, A Hat For Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke, Supertruck by Stephen Savage

Oct. 24, 2015 at 10:52am Authors, Authors, and More Authors!

We have three, count them THREE events today!

From 1-4 we will have a Local Author Spotlight, featuring 33 authors from around the state. There will be authors of children's books, teen books, and adult books.  You can meet the authors and chat with them.  There will also be books for sale, which they will happily autograph for you!

At 6:30 this evening, we will feature Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson.  Her latest book, Dash, is about a little girl and her dog, who are separated when she is sent to Camp harmony- the internment camp that was at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.

And the Friends of the Library are having an antique book sale, with lots of vintage books.

Click here to find out more information about our 3rd Annual Puyallup Festival of Books.

Nov. 15, 2014 at 2:36pm Brrrrrr!

Brrrr-- It's cold outside! But we're still having fun at the library. There's one more week of storytime, and then we'll take a break. Don't worry, though, we still have some fun planned. How about celebrating National Cookie Day at the library? On Thursday, December 4th at 4pm you can let loose your inner Cookie Monster! The whole family can enjoy a story and frost a cookie. Then make decorative paper fortune cookies with custom-made fortunes perfect for gift-giving!

Oct. 22, 2014 at 4:05pm Community Helpers -- Miss Carol's Theme of the Week

You see them everywhere in our community. These people keep you safe, deliver your mail, bake your bread, pick up your trash, help you feel healthy, drive our buses, and even help you find books in the library. Learning about community helpers is a great way for young children to learn about the world they live in.

Teaching young children about community workers is also important for those rare emergency situations. Children need to know that a stranger in a weird uniform who is coaxing them out of a burning building is a safe person to follow. Children need to know who to go to if they become lost in the library or store. We want our children to be prepared with an understanding that it takes a whole lot of people, our community, to make our town the great place it is!

Please come to preschool storytime on Friday, October 24 at 10 am for a chance to meet an important “superhero” community helper, a police officer! An officer from the Puyallup police department will be on hand to read stories to the children and talk about Halloween safety. This is a great opportunity to shake hands with and ask questions of one community helper.

Want to explore other community helpers with books? Then check out these great children’s books:

Crafts for Kids Who are Learning About Community Workers by Kathy Ross (j 745.5 ROSS)

Community Helpers from A to Z by Bobbie Kalman (j 331.7 KALMAN)

Quinito’s Nieghborhood/El Vecinadorio de Quinito by Ina Cumpiano, illustrated by Jose Ramírez

Shhhhh! Everybody’s Sleeping by Julie Markes, illustrated by David Parkins (jj MARKES)

The Village Garage by G. Brian Karas (jj KARAS)

When I Grow Up… by Heidi Goennel (jj GOENNEL)

When Poppy and Max Grow Up by Lindsey Gardiner (jj GARDINER)

Whose Gadgets Are These? by Amanda Doering Tourville (j 617.6 TOURVIL)

The World Around Us (Based on Timothy Goes to School and Other Stories) by Rosemary Wells (jj WELLS)

Oct. 4, 2014 at 8:35am Storytime Is Back!

Yesterday was so much fun at Preschool Storytime!  Our theme was "green" so we had stories about a green caterpillar, a green hummingbird... even a green monster (Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley).  The kids were adorable as they chanted "Go Away" to make the monster disappear, bit by bit.  Then they made their own green monsters.  They made happy monsters, and scary monsters, and huggy monsters.. lots of variety, and lots of fun.  
Creativity and stories go hand in hand, and storytime is a great place for kids to get ready for school, and practice skills that will help them with reading, social skills, group experience and more.  
We have toddler storytime, preschool storytime... and Lego storytime for families.  You can find out more by clicking HERE.
And we will have a special Halloween safety Preschool Storytime on October 24th, with a visitor from the Puyallup Police Department.

May. 27, 2014 at 12:14pm Summer Reading 2014 is Coming Soon!

Now that it feels like summer is on the way, we've been getting questions about our Summer Reading Program.  Never fear, it's almost here!   This year, we have something new:  you'll be able to sign up online, and keep track of your reading online, too!  And remember, we have Summer Reading Programs for all ages.  The kids program goes up to about 6th grade, or around 12 years old, and it even includes those too young to read by themselves, as long as someone reads to them.  There's a teen program and an adult program, too.  The program begins June 16th,  and we have lots of fun activities planned. Signup starts June 2nd, so you can get a head start on your reading.  See you at the library!

Sep. 28, 2013 at 7:43am It's Raining, it's Pouring...

It's raining, it's pouring... but we're still having fun! Come on down to the library today as our Festival of Books continues. We're moving the festivities indoors. You can enjoy a reading by author Ursula K. Le Guin, (yes, REALLY!) storytelling by Will Hornyak, music by the Puget Sound Revels, poetry, Fiddler Sarah Comer, and more!

Sep. 5, 2013 at 7:04am Dog Days!

The King 5 News team is hanging out here at the library this morning.  We're talking about kids reading to dogs, and how it helps their reading skills.  We have several dogs who come to the library so that kids can practice reading.  One of them is here today.  Reading to a dog helps kids relax, and when they are relaxed they just naturally read better.  What a fun way to start the day!

Jul. 25, 2013 at 3:51pm Superheroes at Storytime

Superheroes at Storytime! Well, maybe not exactly, but a police officer can be the next best thing! Tomorrow (Friday, July 26th) a Puyallup Police officer will be joining us for preschool storytime at 10am, for 3 to 5 year olds.  You'll get a chance to meet a real police officer and ask questions, and the officer will share a story or two.  Come and join us!

Jul. 25, 2013 at 3:45pm Rockhounding 101

Want to be a Rockhound? Okay, so maybe you don't really want to be outside checking out rocks on these hot summer days... but perhaps a trip to the beach is in order, and you can certainly spot some pretty rocks there! 

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Aug. 11, 2012 at 8:25am Stuffed Animals Take Over the Library!

Dinos and Tiggers and Bears- Oh my!  What happens when stuffed animals spend the night at the library?  They get into all sorts of mischief!  On August 10th, kids were invited to bring a stuffed animal for stories and a craft.  But the real adventure happened after the kids went home.  Those curious stuffed animals explored the library, and we took pictures of their escapades.  To see what went on, click here.  Special thanks to our teen volunteers, Chloe, Jannah, Ana, Brooklyn, Rachael, Nike, Sarah, and Amy- and our summer intern Sarah.  They made it possible to finish before midnight, and we couldn't have done it without them!

Jul. 16, 2012 at 7:40pm Reading for fun and prizes!

Summer reading is in full swing at the Puyallup Public Library. If you have not yet joined our summer reading program, it is not too late! We have fun prizes for children, teens, and adults. All you have to do is sit back and read! Even babies and little tykes can participate if someone reads aloud to them. All summer reading tickets for all ages must be turned in by August 11. So keep reading those books. Ebooks count, audio books count, graphic novels count, and don’t forget the good old fashioned paper books. Read, read, read!!!!

Jun. 13, 2011 at 2:59pm Summer Reading registration is going on now!

School is almost out!  For us here at the Puyallup Public Library that means SUMMER READING!!!!! Read more

Dec. 29, 2010 at 4:21pm New storytime session starts up

Next week the Winter-Spring session of storytimes starts up!  We did a lot of changes for this new session so be sure to double check the time and date for the storytime(s) you want to attend with the little ones in your life.  Read more

Nov. 16, 2010 at 2:41pm Scarlet the therapy dog is coming

Need a good excuse to get your child to practice reading aloud?  Well then, the Puyallup Public Library has your solution! Read more

Nov. 10, 2010 at 2:44pm Come join the game!

Playing games is fun. People of all ages play games.  Games are not just for kids.  Whether it is board games, computer games, role playing games, tabletop miniature games, or card games, games are played around the world.  Games are loved for the challenge they provide.  Games are enjoyed for the social interactions they bring.  On Saturday, November 13, from 2 to 4 pm, the Puyallup Public Library hosts its very own gaming party.  Read more

Oct. 19, 2010 at 10:22am Family fun pre-Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner, and believe it or not, the Puyallup Public Library is a great place to come for some fun the day before Halloween.  Check out this fun for the whole family in and around your library on Saturday, October 30: Read more

Oct. 13, 2010 at 10:21am Baby/Toddler Communications

Sign language is a wonderful tool for communicating with babies and toddlers.  These little bugaboos are not yet talking but they have a need to tell you their wants and desires.  On Wednesday, October 20 at 10:30 am, the Puyallup Public Library invites you to come learn some Sign Play: Using Sign Language to Communicate With the Little Ones in Your Life.  A one hour workshop for parents and caregiviers of any type with children ages 0 to 36 months.  Read more

Jul. 28, 2010 at 4:44pm A children's author comes to talk

The process of writing can be difficult for children and adults.  But it can also be fun and rewarding.  Author Chellis Jensen comes to the library on Friday, July 30 at 3 pm to talk about her book Mrs. Annathena Gilly Gully from Puddle Rumple Tilly WillyRead more

Jul. 13, 2010 at 1:12pm Bubbles

Bubbles, bubbles floating everywhere.  Bubbles floating above my nose and toes. Read more

Jul. 7, 2010 at 4:46pm Cool beachware for your summertime fun!

Coming up on Friday, July 9, we want you to spruce up your summertime garb.  You don't want your beachwear to look plain.  You want designer wear, designed and decorated by yourself! Read more

Jun. 28, 2010 at 6:04pm Drawing a 3-dimensional fishbowl

Summer reading is off to a roaring good start!  Hundreds of children are already sign up to read 10 or more hours before school starts up.  Over one hundred children attended our Pirate Party or Chalk the Walk summer reading events last week.  And there is still so much more to do... Read more

Jun. 7, 2010 at 6:16pm Get cool with a Fan!

Are you thinking about coming to downtown Puyallup on Friday, June 18?  Are you thinking about taking a look at what the Meeker Days folks have in store for you?  Then don't forget to stop by the Puyallup Public Library while you are in the area.  All day while the library is open (Friday, June 18 from 10 am to 5 pm) you can come in to get cooled off and make your own fancy fan.  Walk around the boothes with a paper fan showing your artistic style.  Kids of all ages and abilities are welcome.  No previous art experience required.  Read more

Apr. 23, 2010 at 12:42pm Signing at Storytime

Today's storytime for little ones (ages 0-24 months) had a little extra surprise. Ruth Briggs joined us, and introduced some basic sign language.  She also talked about how signing with young children helps them express themselves before they can talk, and that decreases frustration.  We laughed as we incorporated some signs into the stories and songs.  What a great combination: we had books, music, sign language, colors and numbers all working together to reinforce language development!  There's only one week left of this session, and I'm already looking forward to more storytimes this summer.  Read more

Mar. 22, 2010 at 4:58pm Rocket science is fun!

Blast off to the library for a fun science program all about rocketry.  Read more

Mar. 1, 2010 at 2:10pm Get inspired by the Celts!

On March 13 the Puyallup Main Street Association kicks off another Celtic Faire (see for full information), and the Puyallup Public Library will host a craft table to honor the Celtic spirit.  Read more

Feb. 5, 2010 at 2:24pm Drum Up Some Fun

I was at a storytelling workshop once when the person in front started tossing (well, PASSing) drums out into the audience until everyone in the room had one.  Then he got us all beating rhythms, and laughing, and just having fun with the sounds we were creating.  Now, this was nearly twenty years ago, and I still remember how much fun it was.  So I thought it would be great to have that same person come to the Puyallup Public Library. 

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Jan. 7, 2010 at 4:25pm Let's make stomp rockets!

On Wednesday, January 20th the Library will be hosting a true family program, it is our Star Party!  Once again the Tacoma Astronomical Society will be coming to the Library to help you make stomp rockets and view stars through telescopes (weather permitting).  Read more

Dec. 30, 2009 at 1:27pm Fun evening storytime!

Is your child too old for the Preschool Storytime?  Can't make it to the Thursday or Friday morning storytimes?  Want to learn a little Spanish?  Then the storytime on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 is perfect for you! Read more

Dec. 26, 2009 at 2:32pm Live birds @ your library!

Come see some real live birds at the libray when Ashley's Avian Antics comes on Saturday, January 2 at 1 pm. 

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Dec. 9, 2009 at 4:28pm Science Illuminated... for kids!

Want something to do while school is on break?  Want your children to do something entertaining and educational?  Want something that is free?  Then come to the library for one of our science programs!  Afterwards, check out a science book and learn even more about the fascinating and varied world of science. Read more

Nov. 16, 2009 at 4:09pm Author visit on November 17

Come meet Settle writer Matthew Amster-Burtun, author of the book Hungry Monkey: A Food-Loving Father's Quest to Raise an Adventurous Eater.

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Nov. 5, 2009 at 2:11pm Come have fun on National Gaming Day!

Games for big kids, little kids, and kids in between.  Games for teens, games for tweens, and even some games for adults to join in.  That is the fun of National Gaming Day! Read more

Oct. 29, 2009 at 4:30pm Upcoming magic workshop for kids!

Coming up on November 9th children (ages 5 to 12 years old) can join Magician Louie Foxx for a FREE magic workshop.  Read more

Oct. 7, 2009 at 2:15pm The art of 3-dimensional drawing

Add a little perspective to your drawings.  Some simple three-dimensional drawings will do the trick.  Read more

Sep. 28, 2009 at 2:41pm Fall Storytimes 2009

The line up of fall storytimes begins this week.  We invite families with children from babies on up to come in and join the fun! Read more