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Here are some of our favorite reads that place women at the front and center as our way to honor and celebrate International Women’s Day.

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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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Book Buzz: This Is the Honey

This Is the Honey: An Anthology of Contemporary Black Poets; edited by Kwame Alexander In 2020, poet Kevin Young, current director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and poetry editor for the New Yorker, published “African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song.” Young’s 1,110-page anthology is a comprehensive array of Black poets from … Read more

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Book Buzz: The Night Parade

The Night Parade: A Speculative Memoir by Jami Nakamura Lin “Maybe this isn’t a story about ghosts, but a story about telling a story about ghosts.”  This genre-defying memoir uses multiple storytelling traditions to make sense of mental illness, motherhood, and grief. Jami Nakamura Lin, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at seventeen, has always … Read more

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Book Buzz: Brutalities

Brutalities:  A Love Story by Margo Steines   Since she was a teenager, Margo Steines has been drawn to risk and self-inflicted suffering. Substance use, an abusive relationship, and careers as a dominatrix and a welder in high-rise buildings are all stops on her lifetime tour of pain—both physical and emotional. Even after she settles into … Read more

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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

RFQ for the Administrative Services Feasibility Study

Whatcom County Library System issues the following Request for Qualifications: WCLS RFQ – Administrative Services (AS) Feasibility Study – 2024. Statements of Qualifications are due no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, May 3rd, 2024. Additional Addenda:

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Whatcom READS announces 2025 book selection

No Two Persons by Port Townsend, Wash.-based author Erica Bauermeister is the Whatcom READS 2025 book selection. Sasha taqʷšəblu Lapointe, author of the 2024 featured title, Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk, made the announcement at the close of the March 15 Whatcom READS author event at the Mount Baker Theatre. Liane Moriarty, … Read more

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