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Understanding Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness month. Whether you’re looking to better understand your own experiences or that of a friend or loved one, these memoirs and guides can help.

Mental Health Awareness Month booklist

Book Buzz

Book cover image for "Finding Elevation: ear and Courage on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain" by Lisa Thompson

Book Buzz: Finding Elevation

Finding Elevation: Fear and Courage on the World’s Most Dangerous Mountain by Lisa Thompson Washington state is home to many notable big-mountain climbers past and present. Names such as Whittaker (Jim, Lou and Leif, who now lives in Bellingham) and Wickwire, Ridgeway, Roskelly, Beckey, Molenaar, Schoening — and more recently Steve House, Dave Hahn, Garrett … Read more

Book cover of "Soul Boom: Why We Need a Spiritual Revolution" by Rainn Wilson

Book Buzz: Soul Boom

Soul Boom: Why We Need a Spiritual Revolution by Rainn Wilson Viewers of the sitcom The Office may wonder why the guy who played the “beet-farming, paper-selling, tangentially Amish man-baby with the giant forehead and short-sleeved mustard shirts” is writing a book about spirituality and how it can save humanity from all that threatens to … Read more

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Summer Reading program begins June 1

Whatcom County Library System’s annual Summer Reading program for kids, teens and adults begins June 1. This summer, the county library system is partnering with WECU, Whatcom County Library Foundation and Whatcom Million Trees Project to encourage readers to achieve a shared goal of planting 200 trees in Whatcom County. Beginning June 1, learn more … Read more


WCLS staff win Washington Library Association award for their service to migrant farmworker community

Whatcom County Library System staff members Diana Antaño, Evie Harman and Amelia Martinez won a Washington Library Association Merit Award for Outstanding Service at the state organization’s spring 2023 conference. The trio was honored for an innovative partnership that provided library services to Lynden and Everson’s migrant farmworker community.  In summer 2022, Antaño, Harman and … Read more

Birch Bay Library project moves forward as a library express following approval of state grant scope change 

Thanks to successful advocacy efforts by Birch Bay residents and Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) staff, the Washington State Legislature has approved the reallocation of a $2 million state grant to largely fund the renovation of the Vogt home at 7948 Birch Bay Drive as the Birch Bay Vogt Library Express. The state’s decision follows … Read more

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Whatcom READS announces 2024 selection

Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk by Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe is the Whatcom READS 2024 book selection. Jess Walter, author of the 2023 featured title, The Cold Millions, announced the book and author during the March 3 author event at the Mount Baker Theatre. Winner of a 2023 Pacific Northwest Booksellers … Read more

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