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Changemakers-Women in History playlist

Nevertheless, she persisted! These accounts of strong women who dared to defy the status quo show the power of change in action.

Changemakers: Women in History booklist

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Book Buzz: The Swimmers

The Swimmers by Julie Otsuka It takes a minute to dive below the surface of Julie Otsuka’s third novel, “The Swimmers,” because its style and point of view, told initially from the first person omniscient, is disorienting. We know we’re in a pool, underground, where many people come to swim laps. Collectively, the swimmers are … Read more

Book Buzz: 111 Places in Seattle That You Must Not Miss

111 Places in Seattle That You Must Not Miss by Harriet Baskas February and March can be challenging months here in the Pacific Northwest. Snow is on the ground as I write this, the temperature is freezing and it will be dark in a few hours. It’s a time when PNWers fantasize about trips to … 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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Whatcom READS welcomes author Jess Walter

Whatcom READS welcomes award-winning author Jess Walter to Bellingham and Whatcom County for March 2-4 events at venues throughout the county. Walter is the author of this year’s Whatcom READS’ selection, The Cold Millions, as well as six other novels, two books of short stories and a nonfiction book. Visit to learn more about The … Read more


Sumas Library reopens with Feb. 15 ribbon cutting celebration

On Nov. 16, 2021, the Nooksack River flooded, devastating communities across Whatcom County. Now, nearly 15 months to the day it closed, the Sumas Community Center, which includes the Sumas Public Library and Senior Center, will reopen with a 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15 ribbon cutting celebration.  Following the brief ceremony, guests may tour the … Read more

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WCLS considers next steps for Birch Bay Library

At its Jan. 17 meeting, the Whatcom County Library System’s Board of Trustees learned the Washington State Department of Commerce has declined a scope change request related to state funding for the Birch Bay Library. The previously approved $2 million state grant remains available, but it cannot be used for the proposal that would have … Read more

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