Reading Recommendations


For Pride Month, library staff share reading recommendations featuring newly published novels and nonfiction books. 

Book Buzz

Cover image of "Splinters: Another Kind of Love Story" by Leslie Jamison

Book Buzz: Splinters

Splinters: Another Kind of Love Story by Leslie Jamison After the birth of her first child, Leslie Jamison finds that home is no longer a place she wants to be. She pushes her daughter’s stroller through art museums to avoid spending time with her husband, whose coldness has become unbearable. Splinters: Another Kind of Love … Read more

Cover image of "Thunder Song: Essays" by Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe

Book Buzz: Thunder Song

Thunder Song: Essays by Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe’s debut memoir, Red Paint, was all about healing. Her new book, Thunder Song, is all about embracing contradiction—about both charting a new path and staying rooted. These carefully crafted, multi-layered essays explore themes that are dear to LaPointe’s heart: her queer and indigenous identity, activism, … Read more

Cover image for "Ten Tomatoes That Changed the World: A History" by William Alexander

Book Buzz: Ten Tomatoes That Changed the World

Ten Tomatoes That Changed the World: A History by William Alexander According to the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, tomatoes are “the world’s most popular vegetable.” Never mind that tomatoes, which come from the flowering part of the plant and have seeds, are more accurately a fruit — they represent 17% of all vegetables produced … Read more

Cover image of "Here With You: A Memoir of Love, Family, and Addiction" by Kathy Wagner

Book Buzz: Here With You

Here With You: A Memoir of Love, Family, and Addiction by Kathy Wagner The opioid crisis has reached epidemic proportions with virtually no place escaping its devastation. Here in Whatcom County, according to data provided by the Whatcom County Medical Examiner’s Office, there were 136 overdose-related deaths in 2023, up from 91 in 2022. Libraries and other agencies now offer free naloxone, … Read more

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The Summer Reading logo is an illustration of a tree and a squirrel carrying ribbons.

Summer Reading begins June 1

Whatcom County Library System’s annual Summer Reading program for kids, teens and adults begins June 1. The county library system is partnering with Whatcom County Library Foundation and Whatcom Million Trees Project to encourage readers to achieve a shared goal of planting 250 trees in Whatcom County. Starting June 1, readers can pick up a Summer Reading card at … Read more

WCLS and Friends of Birch Bay Library host June 10 community meeting  

Whatcom County Library System and Friends of Birch Bay Library will host a 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, June 10 community engagement session at the site of the future Birch Bay Vogt Library Express, 7948 Birch Bay Drive. At the meeting, the design team from Osborn Architecture and Planning will share the floor plan and color schemes … Read more

Thank you, Joyce!

WCLS recently honored long-time Blaine resident and library advocate Joyce Vanderpol, whose generous gift funded a meeting pod and other improvements at the Blaine Library.   Vanderpol asked library staff what immediate changes could enhance the library experience in Blaine. “Joyce shared our vision for what a small meeting room space could mean for our patrons … Read more

Whatcom County Library System deputy director Michael Cox, r., and representatives from Osborn Architects Inc. during a recent visit to the Birch Bay Vogt Library Express.

WCLS describes next steps for Birch Bay Vogt Library Express

By Michael Cox, WCLS deputy director A public library for Birch Bay – a decade-long dream of many residents – will soon become a reality. Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) staff are in the final planning stages for a 1,700-square-foot library within the existing structure of the former Vogt home at 7948 Birch Bay Drive … Read more

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