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WCLS Staff Favorites 2021

2021 is winding down and it’s a great time to look back on our year of reading. We polled WCLS staff to see what their favorite reads of the year were, and they responded with a great mix of genres, topics and themes. Build your reading list with us!

Staff Picks 2021 booklist

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Here for It by R. Eric Thomas

eRead of the Month: HERE FOR IT: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America

This year’s final eRead of the Month is HERE FOR IT: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America by R. Eric Thomas. R. Eric Thomas is a humor writer, pop culture critic, and self-described “person on the Internet.” HERE FOR IT is his memoir about finding a place in the world after a lifetime … Read more

Celebrate local with these holiday gift ideas

Cascadia Revealed: A Guide to the Plants, Animals & Geology of the Pacific Northwest Mountains by Daniel MathewsOld Barns of Whatcom County: Photos and Poems by Jeff BarclayInside My Sea of Dreams: The Adventures of Kami and Suz by Susan Conrad If gift-giving is part of your holiday tradition, think about keeping it local with … Read more

Book Buzz: The Last Thing He Told Me

The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave Sometimes when the world is heavy, a book that’s not too complicated and not too dark can be just the thing for a rainy or windy weekend. The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave fits the bill. It’s not quite a thriller, not quite a mystery, … Read more

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Birch Bay Library is Proposition 2 on Feb. 8 special election ballot

Birch Bay voters will decide if a new library will be built for their community in the Feb. 8, 2022, general election. If Proposition 2 passes, a Birch Bay Library Capital Facility Area (LCFA) will be established, allowing the LCFA board of directors to issue bonds to finance the construction of the library at 7968 … Read more

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Whatcom County Library Foundation establishes Sumas Library Recovery Fund

The floods of November 2021 had a devastating impact on communities across Whatcom County, especially Sumas. Among the flood-damaged buildings is the Sumas Library where equipment, furniture, shelving, books and other materials were destroyed. In response to community interest, Whatcom County Library Foundation has established the Sumas Library Recovery Fund,, to pay for the … Read more

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WCLS offers HeritageQuest Online for Home Use

The Whatcom County Library System is adding a new genealogy resource to our collection of digital resources. HeritageQuest Online is a comprehensive collection of genealogical sources for more than 60 countries dating back to as early as the 1700s. HeritageQuest complements our more robust Ancestry resources, which will revert to in-library-use only effective Jan. 1, … Read more

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