Library buildings are closed to further reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Curbside pickup and online resources are available. In-branch services are suspended until further notice. Read more here.

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    Racism and Diversity: 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 

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    Book Buzz: Wintering

    Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times by Katherine May Life is full of times when events may cause us to drop out of the flow for a time. These fallow periods, often unexpected, can contribute to feeling isolated, frozen and cut off from others. Sounds a lot like 2020, doesn’t it? … Read more

    Book Buzz: Finding Dorothy

    Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts Before the ubiquity of DVDs and Netflix, families wishing to share a little movie magic by watching the annual rebroadcast of MGM’s The Wizard of Oz had to keep a keen eye on the TV listings. It often ran in winter, and was a must-see before the holidays. Millions tuned in to … Read more

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    Whatcom READS invites you to read the book, join the conversation at free online events

    Whatcom READS, Bellingham and Whatcom County’s annual countywide book club, kicks off 2021 with a thought-provoking slate of programs inspired by this year’s featured title, Washington Black by award winning author Esi Edugyan. The online events are free and open to the public; pre-registration is required. See for more information. “Inspired by the book, … Read more

    WCLS closes library buildings

    Effective Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) buildings will be closed to the public. WCLS staff made the decision to close library buildings after consulting with Whatcom County Health Department officials, who encouraged the change in response to increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in Whatcom County and to further reduce the spread … Read more

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