Reading Recommendations

Racism and Antiracism: Resources for Learning

Asian American & Pacific Islander Voices

 WCLS staff have developed several booklists focused on racism and the experiences and voices of our BIPOC (Black, Indigeneous and People of Color) communities. To promote understanding, we’ve recently added more reading recommendations featuring Asian American and Pacific Islander authors and experiences. We affirm our organizational commitment to anti-racism and to public libraries’ role as a space for conversation, growth and understanding. These resources from our collection are a place to start.

Asian American and Pacific Islander resources

Book Buzz

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

eRead of the Month: The Vanishing Half

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett Start off your holiday weekend with a bang by picking up our July eRead of the Month, THE VANISHING HALF by Brit Bennett. In this book, we meet Desiree and Stella, identical twins whose lives take very different paths. This is a story about identity, belonging, and family – … Read more

Book Buzz: The Exiles

The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline Scorching summer days call for some escape reading—engrossing books that transport you to another time and place so you can ignore the heat at home. Christina Baker Kline’s latest novel, The Exiles, does just that, sailing from 1840s London to Van Diemen’s Land, a penal colony in what is now … Read more

Book Buzz: The Glass Hotel

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel Sometimes a novel comes along that is atmospheric and beautiful and so enigmatic it begs discussion. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel is that book: frustrating, elusive, open to interpretation. What does it all mean? Readers who enjoy literary analysis will turn the last pages and immediately … Read more

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WCLS wins prestigious library marketing award

The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) is one of eight winners of the 2021 John Cotton Dana Award, which honors outstanding library public relations campaigns. Managed by the American Library Association, the prestigious professional honor includes a $10,000 grant from the H.W. Wilson Foundation. WCLS won for its 2020 Library Card Sign-Up Month campaign, a … Read more

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WCLS’ Carmi Parker honored as national library leader

Whatcom County Library System employee Carmi Parker has been selected as one of 46 national library leaders in Library Journal’s 19th annual Movers & Shakers awards. The prestigious honor shines a light on individuals who are advancing the library field. Parker, who administers the library system’s catalog and patron database, was recognized as an advocate … Read more

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Anthology features poems by 74 Whatcom County teenagers

The Youth Services department of the Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) is celebrating the publication of A Forest of Words: 2021 Whatcom County Teen Poetry Anthology. A Forest of Words is an annual publication that includes poems from Whatcom County teens in 6th through 12th grades. WCLS invites students to submit their poetry to their … Read more

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