Notice: Lynden Library is getting new carpeting! Over the next few months, we will be installing carpeting while the library remains open to the public. Phase 1 of this project will be the staff workroom from Wednesday, Feb. 14 through Saturday, Feb. 24. We will need to temporarily move some items to the magazine quiet reading area. Please excuse the inconvenience. Sensitive to noise and smell? Curbside pickup is available. Schedule a pickup at or call the Lynden branch at 360-354-4883.

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Full of interesting settings and characters, these works of historical fiction from Black authors transport readers to the past for an immersive reading experience.

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Cover image of "Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World" by Henry Grabar

Book Buzz: Paved Paradise

Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World by Henry Grabar Why are so many places expensive, unsafe, and unwalkable? In Paved Paradise: How Parking Explains the World, journalist Henry Grabar argues that in most American towns, the answer is parking.   In chapters that read like podcast episodes (think 99% Invisible or Planet Money), this book … Read more

Cover image of "Still Life with Bones: Genocide, Forensics, and What Remains" by Alexa Hagerty

Still Life with Bones

Still Life with Bones: Genocide, Forensics, and What Remains by Alexa Hagerty In this unique memoir, anthropologist Alexa Hagerty brings us behind the scenes of her time working with globally renowned forensic anthropology teams in Guatemala and Argentina. Together, they exhume and identify bodies from the mass graves left behind by dictatorial violence. Decades later, … Read more

Cover image for "Love & Saffron: A Novel of Friendship, Food & Love" by Kim Fay

Book Buzz: Love & Saffron

Love & Saffron: A Novel of Friendship, Food, and Love by Kim Fay Love & Saffron is a heartfelt epistolatory novel of long-distance friendship. Through beautifully crafted letter exchanges, Kim Fay develops a story of historical fiction in compelling and delightful ways, spanning an evolving 1960s America. The story begins when aspiring writer Joan sends a … Read more

Cover image of "Hula" by Jasmin 'Iolani Hakes

Book Buzz: Hula

Hula by Jasmin ‘Iolani Hakes Now that winter has finally arrived in Whatcom County, readers might enjoy a literary escape to warmer climes, and “Hula: a Novel” by Jasmin ‘Iolani Hakes is the ticket.  Set primarily in Hilo, Hawai’i, “Hula” conjures the glittering ocean, the sizzling sun and misty rain, and the fragrant and colorful … Read more

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WCLS RFQ – Administrative Services Parking Lot Update – 2024.

Whatcom County Library System issues the following Request for Qualifications: WCLS RFQ – Administrative Services Parking Lot Update – 2024. Statements of Qualifications are due no later than 5:00 pm on Thursday, March 14th, 2024.

Whatcom READS announces 2024 programs

Library staff and booksellers who organize and present Whatcom READS have announced the literary program’s 2024 schedule of community and author events, celebrating Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk by Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe. Winner of the Washington State Book Award for creative nonfiction, Red Paint traces LaPointe’s personal story of trauma, healing and the search … Read more

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Whatcom County Council allocates $315,000 in ARPA funding to support Birch Bay Vogt Library Express

Following successful outreach by Friends of the Birch Bay Library volunteers, the Whatcom County Council has allocated $315,000 to support construction of the Birch Bay Vogt Library Express. The funding was included in County Executive Satpal Sidhu’s recommendations for the county’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) expenditures and agreed to by the council. The ARPA … Read more

Kanopy ticket alert notice

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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