Reading Recommendations


Armed Forces Day honors all people currently serving in the U.S. Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Air Force. Below are selections of books for kids and teens that honor the experiences of those serving in the Armed Forces.

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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

Cover image for The French Ingredient: Making a Life in Paris One Lesson at a Time by Jane Bertch

Book Buzz: The French Ingredient

The French Ingredient: Making a Life in Paris One Lesson at a Time by Jane Bertch  Midwesterner Jane Bertch wasn’t much of a world traveler when her job in finance took her overseas. But after spending several years in London, she felt ready to sign on to life in Paris. It wasn’t long before she … Read more

Cover image of The Kamogawa Food Detectives by Hisashi Kashiwai 

Book Buzz: The Kamogawa Food Detectives

The Kamogawa Food Detectives by Hisashi Kashiwai  From childhood favorites to special meals with friends or family, few things bring us back to the past as immediately as the smell or taste of a particular dish. But sometimes foods become lost to time and circumstance, and that’s where Nagare and Koishi Kamogawa come in. From … Read more

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Book Buzz: Daughters of Riga

Daughters of Riga by Marian Exall Bellingham author Marian Exall trades mysteries for historical fiction with her newest title, “Daughters of Riga,” which follows the lives of several women whose lives crossed paths in Latvia during World War II. While so much has been written about the Blitz in Britain and the occupation of France and … Read more

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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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WCLS offers sensory kits

April is Autism Acceptance Month, and the Whatcom County Library System is taking part by rolling out sensory kits at all county library locations. The kits include essential items to support the sensory needs of autistic children and adults during library visits. Items in the sensory kits are recommended by the University of Washington iSchool … Read more

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