Book Buzz: The Glass Hotel

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel Sometimes a novel comes along that is atmospheric and beautiful and so enigmatic it begs discussion. The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel is that book: frustrating, elusive, open to interpretation. What does it all mean? Readers who enjoy literary analysis will turn the last pages and immediately … Read more

Book Buzz: Crying in H Mart

Crying in H Mart: A Memoir by Michelle Zauner Michelle Zauner, the indie rock sensation who records as Japanese Breakfast, was only 25 years old when she lost her mother to cancer. Her mother, Chongmi, was 56 when she died. “It was the year her life ended and mine fell apart,” Zauner states. In the … Read more

WCLS’ Carmi Parker honored as national library leader

Photo of Carmi Parker

Whatcom County Library System employee Carmi Parker has been selected as one of 46 national library leaders in Library Journal’s 19th annual Movers & Shakers awards. The prestigious honor shines a light on individuals who are advancing the library field. Parker, who administers the library system’s catalog and patron database, was recognized as an advocate … Read more

Anthology features poems by 74 Whatcom County teenagers

A Forest of Words cover art shows a collage of faces by teen artist Siena Stiles.

The Youth Services department of the Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) is celebrating the publication of A Forest of Words: 2021 Whatcom County Teen Poetry Anthology. A Forest of Words is an annual publication that includes poems from Whatcom County teens in 6th through 12th grades. WCLS invites students to submit their poetry to their … Read more

Libraries kick off annual Summer Reading program

The annual Summer Reading program for kids, teens and adults is underway at local public libraries. Pick up a Summer Reading card at Bellingham Public Library or Whatcom County Library System branches or download a card at the library systems’ websites, bellinghampubliclibrary.com/summer-reading or wcls.org/summer-reading. Cards are available in English, Punjabi, Russian and Spanish languages. The library … Read more