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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.
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
Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu Charles Yu’s book Interior Chinatown is a karate chop 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
The results of a Google keyword search for “watch Academy Award movies” are full of invitations to stream and watch online using various paid-subscription platforms. In past years, the Oscars—a celebration of stories that are considered exceptional, at least by the 8,469 eligible Oscar voters—were accessible to anyone who could afford the price of a … 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
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
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