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Summer fun at the Tacoma libraries begins Saturday with Bakra Bata

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on June 13, 2013 at 5:36 am |
June 10, 2013 1:37 pm

It’s summer – and anyone with kids knows what that means. Nearly 12 weeks of either camp or daycare (which can get expensive), or else becoming your child’s unpaid, unappreciated personal entertainment manager. Luckily the Tacoma Public Library is here to help and save your sanity. The library’s annual Summer Reading Program comes with a slew of free concerts, activities and fun stuff that’s good for both boredom and budget. Plus kids can sign up to read and potentially win prizes.

The program kicks off this Saturday with Bakra Bata, a steel drum and percussion ensemble that draws from the root traditions of trans-Atlantic cultures. Banging, hitting and grooving, they’ll play at 11 a.m. (Wheelock branch, 3722 N. 26th St), and 2 p.m. (Moore branch, 215 S. 56th St.)

This Saturday also sees a show by wacky music quartet Locust Street Taxi, at 1 p.m. (Main Branch, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S.)

Other free entertainment includes movies (June 19 at Wheelock), magician Jeff Evans (June 21 at Wheelock and Swasey, June 22 at Main), fairy crafts (June 22 at Swasey, June 29 at Main), puppets (June 25 at Main and Moore), storyteller Chris Fascione (June 26 at Swasey, Kobetich and Wheelock) and a host of other fun things: see tacomapubliclibrary.org for a complete schedule and locations.

Sign up for the reading program at any branch.

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