All WCLS library buildings are open. Masks are required for unvaccinated patrons. Library staff will continue to wear masks. Check for hours, services and entry requirements. Curbside pickup is available. For more information about this update, read our news release here.

Reading Recommendations

Racism and Antiracism: Resources for Learning

Asian American & Pacific Islander Voices

 WCLS staff have developed several booklists focused on racism and the experiences and voices of our BIPOC (Black, Indigeneous and People of Color) communities. To promote understanding, we’ve recently added more reading recommendations featuring Asian American and Pacific Islander authors and experiences. We affirm our organizational commitment to anti-racism and to public libraries’ role as a space for conversation, growth and understanding. These resources from our collection are a place to start.

Asian American and Pacific Islander resources

Book Buzz

Crying at H Mart by Michelle Zauner

eRead of the Month: CRYING IN H MART

CRYING IN H MART by Michelle Zauner Kick off your Summer Reading with our June eRead of the Month. Michelle is 25, living on the East Coast and trying to make it as a musician. When her mother is diagnosed with cancer, Michelle flies back to Oregon for her treatment. Her hope: to reconnect over … Read more

Book Buzz: Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s

Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s by Tiffany Midge Tiffany Midge may be the snarkiest, funniest writer to pass through Whatcom County in recent memory. Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s is a collection of satirical essays, observations and poems that look at the absurdity of contemporary culture, particularly as it pertains to Native Americans. … Read more

Book Buzz: The Sum of Us

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee As the former president of the progressive think tank, Demos, Heather McGhee spent 20 years looking for solutions to economic inequality and other big social problems before realizing she was hitting the same wall. That wall came to … Read more

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WCLS updates requirements in response to CDC announcement

In response to COVID public health guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Gov. Jay Inslee’s office, as of Friday, May 14, 2021, masks are no longer required at Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) branches for visitors who have been fully vaccinated. Masks continue to be required for anyone over the … Read more

WCLS partners with Law Advocates to offer free legal help for county residents

The Whatcom County Library System is partnering with Law Advocates to connect Whatcom County residents with free legal help regarding civil law questions. Residents may schedule virtual consultations with lawyers from their homes or at select county library buildings. Virtual appointments are currently available at Deming, Ferndale, Lynden and South Whatcom libraries 1-4 p.m. on alternate … Read more

Volunteers needed to serve on Birch Bay Library Capital Facility Area committees

To prepare a Birch Bay Library Capital Facility Area (LCFA) ballot measure for the November 2021 election, Whatcom County Library System seeks volunteers to be appointed to two committees as required by law.  If approved, the LCFA will support the construction of a library in Birch Bay. One committee, to be known as the “For” … Read more

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