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Discover Puyallup's History

Boys on a Fence History Room

History at your finger tips! The Puyallup Public Library is offering a program that opens the Library’s History Room archive to the public on a monthly basis.  The archive will be open for public exploration and research on:

Tuesday, May 13th
5:30 to 7:30 pm

Volunteers will be available as guides to the photograph collection, past City Directories, Puyallup High School yearbooks and a wide range of other materials that have historical significance to the community. Materials available date back to the early 1900s.

Pierce County Reads 2014: Wild by Cheryl Strayed

PC Reads Wild book cover

The secret is out! This year’s Pierce County READS selection is Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. As a community partner with the Pierce County Library System, the Puyallup Public Library will again be participating in this annual community read.

  Click here for more information about this year's Pierce County Reads program

First Time Homebuyer 101 presented by BECU

Wednesday, April 23rd, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Become a well-informed home buyer.  This seminar covers it all:  How to prepare your credit, develop a budget, and apply for a mortgage, as well as presenting your offer, the appraisal and inspection and other useful tips.

No registration is required for this program.  

First Time HomeBuyer  BECU logo

Dia de los Ninos/Dia de Los Libros

Saturday, April 26th 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Library Dia logo annual

Come spend a fun-filled afternoon celebrating language and culture, children and books! Saturday, April 26th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm we celebrate our 9th annual Dia de los Ninos/El dia del los Libros/Day of the Child/Day of the Books.  This family friendly party will feature food, crafts, games, stories, community information and fun entertainment.  For more information and schedule of events, click here.

Friends of the Library Annual Meeting & Program

April 28th 7:00 pm

Join the Friends of the Puyallup Public Library for their annual meeting and program: Mapping Latino Musical Migrations.

 Antonio HW togetherThis program, sponsored by the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, brings musician, educator, and facilitator Antonio Davidson-Gomez for a conversation about Latino music and what it reveals about how ideas and experiences are traded between diverse communities. 

Free Comic Book Day - May 3rd

FCBD14rectangle_2014Are you ready for Free Comic Book Day? As the name implies, this is a day when comic book stores and libraries around the world give away comics to people of all ages. At the Puyallup Public Library, we’ll be giving out comics at the front of the library, from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. Treat your inner comic book guy toseries like DC’s The New 52, Adventure Time, Hellboy, Avatar: The Last Airbender or Hello Kitty, just to name a few of the titles we’ll have available. Supplies are limited, so visit us early for the best selection.

This year, we’re celebrating the art of cosplay. Cosplay, short for costume play, is the practice of dressing up as a character from a movie, book, or video game. If you’ve ever been to a convention like Emerald City Comic Con, SakuraCon, or PAX, then you’ve probably seen cosplayers! Throughout Free Comic Book Day, we will hold several programs talking about and celebrating cosplay, including showing cosplay documentary, holding an information panel, and hosting a cosplay dance in the evening.

Click here for more information!

Great Decisions Discussion Group

Great DecisionsGreat Decisions Discussion Group is a nationwide program sponsored by the foreign Policy Association.  The Association strives to encourage participants to gain a better understanding and interest in world issues, with the belief that in a democratic republic, a concerned and informed public is the foundation of an effective foreign policy.  The group meets at the Puyallup Public Library from 1:00 to 3:30 pm.  Each week, a different topic will be discussed and facilitated by Gene Giannobile.  

  • RESCHEDULED - Wednesday, April 30th - U.S. Trade Policy 

For your convenience, a copy of the Foreign Policy Briefing Book on all 2014 discussion topics is available for in-library use at the Puyallup Public Library Reference Desk, on the second floor.

Sponsored by Learning is ForEver in partnership with the Puyallup Public Library. 

Microsoft IT Academy

Microsoft IT Academy logoThe Puyallup Public Library, in partnership with the Washington State Library and Microsoft, is proud to offer free access to Microsoft IT Academy. The IT Academy offers hundreds of technology courses on three levels: basic digital literacy skills, Microsoft Office Skills, and advanced skills for IT Professionals. Learn on your own computer at home, on your laptop using WiFi, or on an internet computer at your library.

Click here to learn more!

Saturday Film Program

Film PicOur Saturday Film Program is on hiatus.  Please check back at a later date.  Don't forget that the Library always has movies, TV shows, and documentaries available to check out.

Computer Classes

Computer User ArtThe Library offers free classes on computer basics, Microsoft Word & Excel, and an introduction to the Internet. We also offer individual sessions with technology tutors, for more specialized lessons. Click here to view our class schedules.

Resume and Job Seeker Resources

Need to create or update a resume?  How about brush up on your interviewing skills?  The rules of job search have changed drastically in the last few years.  Get the information you need to play the new game at one of our free workshops.  The library has a variety of face-to-face classes and online resources to help you get your resume and job search up to date.  Many classes are taught by WorkSource Pierce staff and count as approved job seeker activities for those receiving unemployment benefits. Click here to visit our Job Resources and Classes page.