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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, February 10th
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, February 5th - Privacy in the Digital Age
  • Thursday, February 19th - Sectarianism in the Middle East
  • 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. 

Annual Meeting - Thursday, February 26, 2015

Do you remember the old Puyallup Library? The really old Puyallup Library? The beautiful brick Carnegie Library that stood just about where the Rose Garden in Pioneer Park is today? Well, then, do you remember the kind of old Puyallup Library? The modern one-story building that took the place of the really old Library? It was situated where the Pioneer Park Pavilion is today. The beautiful structure we currently know as the Puyallup Public Library was more recently built by Puyallup citizens and tax-payers. All these buildings have served their purpose well. They were and are wonderful places, places that have created memories for each of us.

Over the years, the purpose of the Library hasn’t changed. It is, however, an “idea place” and just wait until you hear about all the great ideas being created to support the mission of our Library!



Thursday, February 26, 2015
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Library Meeting Rooms

  • Library Services Director Dr. Tim Wadham will talk about the future vision for our Library and it’s nothing short of exciting!

  • Since the Friends organization covers 100% of the cost of Library programming, you’ll find out all about the wildly successful and award-winning programs for children and adults being created by staff librarians.

  • Dr. Wadham will let you in on the details of the Puyallup Public Library’s third Annual Festival of Books and upcoming author visits. In previous years, we've sponsored J.A. Jance, Graham Nash, Susan Cooper and others.

  • Find out about Friends of the Library fundraising efforts through bookstore profits and Thrift Books re-sale.

  • As always, we will be voting for new Board members at our Annual Meeting and accepting membership dues for the 2015 membership year. The following members have been nominated for a 3-year term: Desta Taylor, Chris Carr, Judy Zimmerman, Julie Blankenship and Kathy Warren. Nominations will also be taken from the floor.

Please join us and bring a friend! 
This is an exciting time to be a part 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

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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!

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.