12. University Place Branch, Pierce County Library System
Find it: 3609 Market Place W., Suite 100, University Place
Opened in 2011, this LEED Silver-certified library is spacious and modern, with large windows to allow in natural light. In addition to the kids’ play area, there’s a teen zone, a video-editing station, and a job and business center where parents can brush up their résumés while the kids are exploring.
Editor’s note: Elisa Murray contributed to this article, which was originally published in 2017 and was updated most recently in January 2020.