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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:

Wednesday, March 18th
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Tuesday, April 21st
5:30 pm 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. 

Great Decisions Discussion Group

In partnership with Learning is Forever, the Library will be sponsoring the Great Decisions Group.  These lively discussions of current events and topics are are free and open to the public. 

Great Decisions Discussion Group meets at the Library from 1:00pm to 3:00pm and are facilitated by Gene Giannobile. Discussion group dates and topics:

2015 Great Decisions
  • Thursday, March 5th - India Changes Course
  • Thursday, March 19th - U.S. Policy in Africa
  • Thursday, April 2nd - Syria's Refugee Crisis
  • Thursday, April 9th - Human Trafficking in the 21st Century
  • Thursday, April 23rd - Brazil's Metamorphosis

Great 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.

For your convenience, a copy of the Foreign Policy briefing book on all 2015 discussion topics is available for in-library use at the Library's Reference Desk.  The briefing book will be available in early January. 

Get to know WorkForce-Central

New Career Assistance Programs - March through June 2015

Through a new partnership with the Library, WorkForce- Central will be offering valuable career assistance programs this spring.  If you are a resident of Pierce County, currently unemployed and/or low income, these programs are for you.  Get help and GET HIRED!

  • Upgrade your skills
  • Get help with job searches
  • Get help with training costs
  • Get help with tuition assistance


Wednesday, March 11th  - 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Tuesday, April 21st - 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Tuesday, May 19th - 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Tuesday, June 16th - 9:00 am to 11:00 am

All Get to Know WorkForce-Central programs will be held in the Library meeting rooms. For contact and more information: or call 253.254.7675.

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Meet J. A. Jance

Wednesday, April 1st, 7:00 pm
Library Meeting Rooms
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Meet New York Times bestselling author J.A. Jance as she discusses and signs her newest book in the Ali Reynolds series, Cold Betrayal

This is a FREE event.  Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, as well as four thrillers featuring the Walker family and a book of poetry.  Her books have more than 23 million copies in print.  Her newest thriller, Cold Betrayal is the latest addition to the fan-favorite Ali Reynolds series.

Bookseller King's Books of Tacoma will be available at 6:00 pm on the evening of the program to sell books for the event. 

This program is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Puyallup Public Library.

AARP Tax-Aide Services

People Waiting in a Line clip artStarting February 6th and continuing through April 11th, the AARP Tax-Aide program offers free one-on-one counseling to help individuals prepare basic tax forms, including the 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ and other standard schedules.  For further information, please click here.

Microsoft IT Academy

The 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!

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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.