May 2019 Volunteer Spotlight: Chris Caruso

May 2019 Volunteer Spotlight: Chris Caruso

The Tacoma Tool Library is powered by incredible volunteers like Chris Caruso. It’s stories like Chris’s that inspire us, and we’re grateful that he and our other volunteers are willing to invest their time and energy to make the Tool Library a welcoming community space for all Tacomans.

Chris started volunteering with the Tool Library in 2018 after purchasing a home nearby. He is an engaging, humble, and knowledgeable person to talk to, and we couldn’t be happier to have him be a part of our Volunteer Team. Next time you see Chris at the Library, be sure to give him a “thank you!”

2 Year Anniversary Open House

Tacoma Tool Library has been open for 2 years! To celebrate we are having an open house on March 10th from 6 pm - 9 pm at 754 South 38th Street.

  • Drawing for a chance to pick out any tool in the library to take home FOREVER.
  • Make a robot out of screws and other hardware items (kid friendly).
  • Hear from members about the projects they have done using TTL tools.
  • Learn about the workshops we have done over the past 2 years and upcoming workshops.
  • Snacks and drinks provided.

We’re looking for pictures of projects that members have done using TTL tools. If you have any pictures that you would like to share, please email them to or share them to our Facebook page.

Book Box Workshop

We are partnering with The Hilltop Library Planning Committee to build 5 book boxes. The book boxes are  like little free libraries but are larger in size with a different design. The libraries will end up being placed throughout the Hilltop neighborhood. We have donated materials to make the book boxes  and all tools needed. If you wish to make one for yourself, you will need to supply your own materials. Here are plans for the book boxes for your review. 

Sunday, January 21st

2 pm - 5 pm

This workshop is free and will be held at Tacoma Tool Library, 754 South 38th Street.

Come learn how to build a book box and help out The Hilltop Library Planning Committee bring books to the hilltop community. 

We're Moving

The Tacoma Tool Library was recently given notice that we need to move out of our space by Dec 1. To ensure a smooth transition, our last open day in the current space will be Saturday, Nov 19. We will host a party Nov 19 to say goodbye to the space and thank everyone who helped us get off the ground, so look for those details on our website and facebook page. We hope to reopen in a new space in January 2017.

We are actively looking for a new space, and are open to suggestions. If you have any leads on possible spaces, or would like to help with the move, please let us know and we will send more information. 

We will keep members informed of new developments - thanks for your support and patience as we navigate this transition! We'll miss the old space, but are looking forward to growth and new adventures in a new space.

FREE Screening of Garbage Warrior, 6pm 7/16

Tuesday, July 19, 6pm, join us for a FREE screening of Garbage Warrior at the Tool Library.

Earthships are a radically sustainable form of building that incorporates many principles such as using trash to build, thermal mass heating, and on-site food production. There are Earthships all over the world, in all climates, but none close to Tacoma - yet.

Join us for a FREE movie screening of the documentary Garbage Warrior to learn more about Earthships and their founder, Mike Reynolds. Plus, there will be builders available in the audience to talk about a potential site in this region.