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    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

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    One to Watch by Kate Stayman-London

    eRead of the Month: ONE TO WATCH

    ONE TO WATCH by Kate Stayman-London. Through the lens of a popular reality TV competition show, ONE TO WATCH explores themes of belonging, acceptance and love, with complex characters you can’t help but root for. This snappy novel asks big questions, but it’s also incredibly fun – perfect for spring reading! In April the eBook … Read more

    Book Buzz: Dear Edward

    Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano On the surface, the storyline of Dear Edward is simple: a flight from Newark to LAX crashes, killing all passengers save a 12-year-old boy who loses his entire family in the crash. (Note to self: this is definitely not a book to read on your next vacation that requires plane travel.) But … Read more

    Book Buzz: A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings and Honey and Venom

    A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings by Helen Jukes and Honey and Venom: Confessions of an Urban Beekeeper by Andrew Coté While the first hints of spring arouse anticipation in gardeners about seedling starts and turning the soil, as a former beekeeper, springtime still turns my thoughts to bees and this year prompted me to … Read more

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    Whatcomics 2021 cover art

    Teen artists featured in annual publication

    The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) is celebrating talented young artists in the community with the release of its 15th annual teen art anthology, Whatcomics. Teens submit artwork in many styles including pen and ink, colored pencil, paint, and digital art. The program is coordinated by WCLS Teen Services Coordinator Tamar Clarke and promoted county-wide. … Read more

    Friends of the Library open online bookstore

    When Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) buildings closed to the public last year due to COVID-19 public safety guidelines, Friends of the Library volunteers began thinking about how they could continue their popular sales of donated books and DVDs. Their answer: an online bookstore, wcls.org/friendsbooks. “During COVID closures, we heard from many people who missed … Read more

    Photo of author Michael Christie and cover of 2022 Whatcom READS selection Greenwood

    Whatcom READS announces 2022 selection

    The novel Greenwood by Canadian author Michael Christie is the Whatcom READS 2022 book selection. The announcement was made at the close of a March 4 event featuring Esi Edugyan, author of the 2021 featured title, Washington Black. Publisher Penguin Random House describes Greenwood as a magnificent generational saga and a “shining, intricate clock-work of … Read more

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