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These books and DVDs provide many perspectives on the Native American experience. Read on to explore fiction, memoir, history and more.

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Book Buzz: Where the Language Lives: Vi Hilbert and the Gift of Lushootseed

Where the Language Lives by Janet Yoder Vi taqʷšɘblu Hilbert was 49 years old when she got a phone call that changed the course of her life.  Thom Hess, a linguist at the University of Washington, called Hilbert and asked her to review an audio recording of one of her mother’s traditional Coast Salish stories … Read more

Open Book: A Festival for Readers. Sunday November 5, noon to 5 p.m.

Book Buzz: Launched: Whatcom County Poets with New Titles in 2023

Former Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest will host a night of diverse poetry as part of an inaugural festival. “Launched: Whatcom County Poets with New Titles in 2023” will be presented as part of Whatcom County Library System’s Open Book festival on Sunday, Nov. 5 at the Ferndale Events Center. Each of the highlighted … Read more

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Book Buzz: O Lady, Speak Again

O Lady, Speak Again by Danya Patterson Let’s face it, I’m not at all qualified to review this powerful book of poems on the themes of feminism, Mormon culture and the women of Shakespeare’s plays.  I’m in over my head, yet I’ve been drawn in by both wordplay and intimacy as Bellingham poet Dayna Patterson … Read more

Book Buzz: Teaching in the Rain: The Story of North Cascades Institute

Teaching in the Rain: The Story of North Cascades Institute by John C. Miles The North Cascades inspire dreamers. Count among them a group of five friends who, beginning in the early 1980s, turned a shared vision into the North Cascades Institute.  The nationally respected environmental education nonprofit organization marked its 35th anniversary in 2021. … Read more

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RFQ for Architectural Design Services for Birch Bay Vogt Community Library

Whatcom County Library System issues the following Request for Qualifications: WCLS RFQ – Birch Bay Vogt Community Library – 2023. Proposals are due no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 To learn more about this project please visit our Birch Bay Vogt Library Express webpage.

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Changes in Kanopy Streaming Video Take Effect Nov. 1

On Nov. 1, 2023, Kanopy changed from a “credit” system to a “ticket” system. Each month, patrons will receive 30 tickets instead of 10 movie credits. (Note: Kanopy Kids still does not require credits or tickets. You can watch unlimited Kanopy Kids videos as before.)  Movies and series will require tickets (often just two tickets … Read more

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WCLS presents Golden Apple Educator Awards to three Ferndale School District educators and leaders

Three Ferndale School District educators and leaders who successfully advocate for reading and public libraries to further student success will be honored with Whatcom County Library System’s Golden Apple Educator Award at a 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 5 ceremony at the Ferndale Events Center, 5715 Barrett Road, Ferndale. The celebration is part of the library … Read more

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Apply to serve on WCLS Board of Trustees

Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) seeks a Whatcom County resident who loves libraries to fill a term on the WCLS Board of Trustees. This five-year term will expire Jan. 31, 2029. The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 3, 2023. Library trustees’ responsibilities include:  Candidates should live in Whatcom County, outside the city limits of Bellingham. Those with … Read more

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