Update Friday, May 14: All WCLS library buildings are open. Masks are required for unvaccinated patrons. Library staff will continue to wear masks. Check www.wcls.org/info for hours, services and entry requirements. Curbside pickup is available. For more information about this update, read our news release here.
Racism and Antiracism: Resources for Learning
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.
NOMADLANDby Jessica Bruder Our May eRead of the Month is here! Join us this month to read NOMADLAND by Jessica Bruder, the book upon which the recently announced Academy Award Best Picture of the Year is based. NOMADLAND is a story of a new tribe of houseless temporary workers formed by economic hardship – “vanilies,” … Read more
The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee As the former president of the progressive think tank, Demos, Heather McGhee spent 20 years looking for solutions to economic inequality and other big social problems before realizing she was hitting the same wall. That wall came to … Read more
Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu Charles Yu’s book Interior Chinatown is a swift kick to the gut—an unexpected, powerful jab at stereotypes and anti-Asian racism that manages to be hilarious as well as heartbreaking. Told entirely in screenplay format, it stars Willis Wu as GENERIC ASIAN MAN, a bit player in his own life. Willis is an … Read more
In response to COVID public health guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Gov. Jay Inslee’s office, as of Friday, May 14, 2021, masks are no longer required at Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) branches for visitors who have been fully vaccinated. Masks continue to be required for anyone over the … Read more
The Whatcom County Library System is partnering with Law Advocates to connect Whatcom County residents with free legal help regarding civil law questions. Residents may schedule virtual consultations with lawyers from their homes or at select county library buildings. Virtual appointments are currently available at Deming, Ferndale, Lynden and South Whatcom libraries 1-4 p.m. on alternate … Read more
To prepare a Birch Bay Library Capital Facility Area (LCFA) ballot measure for the November 2021 election, Whatcom County Library System seeks volunteers to be appointed to two committees as required by law. If approved, the LCFA will support the construction of a library in Birch Bay. One committee, to be known as the “For” … Read more