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    Reading Recommendations

    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

    Book Buzz: The Truffle Underground

    The Truffle Underground: A Tale of Mystery, Mayhem, and Manipulation in the Shadowy Market of the World’s Most Expensive Fungus by Ryan McMahon Jacobs Authors and publishers have learned that if you add a lengthy, intriguing subtitle to your book, you increase the chances of someone picking it up. Investigative journalist Ryan Jacobs put this … Read more Book Buzz: The Truffle Underground

    Book Buzz: Greenwood

    Greenwood by Michael Christie Like the rings of a mighty tree, Michael Christie’s recent novel Greenwood spans generations, telling the story of a family whose lives are inextricably connected with trees and who are often at odds with each other—among them a lumber tycoon father, his eco-activist daughter, and her carpenter son. It’s 2038, and Jacinda “Jake” … Read more Book Buzz: Greenwood

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    WCLS prepares for phased return to service

    On June 2, Gov. Jay Inslee announced that public libraries may begin offering limited services in Phase 2 of Washington’s Safe Start plan. When Whatcom County moves to Phase 2, Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) staff will be ready to go with a safe phased approach to services. Reopening will happen in stages to protect … Read more WCLS prepares for phased return to service

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    Libraries launch annual summer reading program

    A summer reading program for kids, teens and adults launches June 1 at local public libraries. Because library buildings currently remain closed due to COVID-19 public health guidance, there are a few changes this year, but the annual program’s focus on discovery remains the same. The Bellingham Public Library and Whatcom County Library System team up each year to provide … Read more Libraries launch annual summer reading program

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