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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, 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, 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. 


Pierce County Reads 2015

PC Reads Boys in the Boat book coverThis year’s Pierce County READS selection is The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown. As a community partner with the Pierce County Library System, the Puyallup Public Library will again be participating in this annual community read.

The best-seller chronicles the 1936 University of Washington crew team's epic quest for gold at the Berlin Olympics.  The Boys in the Boat features something for everyone: local history, endearing characters, the water that surrounds us, and the challenges in America and abroad between the World Wars. 

Click here to read about events that will be happening at the Puyallup Public Library and around Pierce County.

National Poetry Month

Tuesday, April 21st, 7:00 pm

Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Pierce College Chamber Choir.  Under the direction of Dr. Kenneth Owen, the choir will be singing the works of Shakespeare, James Agee and others for an evening performance celebrating poetry and song. 

This free program generously sponsored by The Friends of the Puyallup Public Library and Valley Arts United.

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Puli-Con & Free Comic Book Day

Saturday, May 2nd, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Meet local comic artists and writers at Puli-Con, the Library’s mini-comic convention. We’ll be hosting a variety of panels on comics and fan culture, as well as an artists' alley, crafts, games, and more! Try out a board game, check out art by local creators, make a craft, and learn about the art of writing and creating comics.  This event is for all ages!

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As part of Free Comic Book Day, we will be giving away comics starting at 10:00 am. We’ll have free comics available as supplies last. Treat your inner comic book fan to series like Marvel's Secret WarsPokemonDoctor Who,Sonic, Avatar: The Last Airbender or Attack on Titan, just to name a few of the titles we’ll have available.  Stop by the front of the Library and get recommendations from our volunteers.

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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


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.

Equal Opportunity- Equal Access:WorkForce Central and WorkSource Washington are equal opportunity employers and providers of employment and training services.  Auxiliary aides and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities.  Language services for clients are provided free of charge.  WA Relay Services: 1.800.833.6384.

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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.