Libraries say farewell to overdue fines

Public libraries in Bellingham and throughout Whatcom County are saying farewell to overdue fines. On January 2, Bellingham Public Library (BPL) and Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) will join libraries across the country that have eliminated the practice of charging people for returning library materials after the due date. This change is designed to help … Read moreLibraries say farewell to overdue fines

WCLS honors 75 Library Champions

Photo of Miss Linda Hellyer, WCLS's first director.

As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) selected 75 Library Champions who have made significant contributions to the library system. These organizations and individuals were honored at a Nov. 9 event at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center in Ferndale. Meet the Champions and read their profiles in the commemorative … Read moreWCLS honors 75 Library Champions

Join the celebration at one – or all! – of our 75th anniversary parties

On Nov. 7, 1944, the citizens of Whatcom County said yes to the power of stories by voting to form what is today the Whatcom County Library System (WCLS). In celebration of this 75th anniversary, all county libraries will host special activities on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. Drop by any WCLS branch – or branches … Read moreJoin the celebration at one – or all! – of our 75th anniversary parties

Meet local author and mountaineer Leif Whittaker at WCLS 75th anniversary Read & Share events

Photo of Leif Whittaker, author of My Old Man and the Mountain, Read & Share featured title.

To celebrate 75 years of sharing stories, Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) created Read & Share, a countywide book group, and invited community members to read the featured title, Leif Whittaker’s gripping memoir, My Old Man and the Mountain. Now, as WCLS closes in on the final months of its anniversary celebration, it’s time to hear … Read moreMeet local author and mountaineer Leif Whittaker at WCLS 75th anniversary Read & Share events

WCLS cardholders now have online access to Value Line investment research database

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Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) now offers online access to the Value Line investment research database. Value Line helps users do smart research for smarter investing and all that is needed is a WCLS library card and internet connection. Value Line is best known for publishing “The Value Line Investment Survey,” a stock analysis newsletter … Read moreWCLS cardholders now have online access to Value Line investment research database

APPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR UPCOMING VACANCY

The WCLS Board of Trustees is currently seeking applicants to fill a trustee position that will become vacant 2/1/20 when the current trustee’s term ends.  The Board is particularly interested in applicants with the following skills, experience, and interests: Professional background in budgeting, finance, accounting, or data analysis Ability to attend monthly Board and committee … Read moreAPPLICANTS SOUGHT FOR UPCOMING VACANCY

Local libraries advocate for readers’ rights after publishers decide to limit ebook access

By Christine Perkins, executive director, Whatcom County Library System, and Rebecca Judd, director, Bellingham Public Library Troubling limits imposed by publishers on public library purchases of electronic books and audiobooks are inspiring a strong response from libraries across the country. We are raising awareness about this issue because pricing and access barriers make it difficult … Read moreLocal libraries advocate for readers’ rights after publishers decide to limit ebook access

Library opens exhibit of local mixed-media artist’s paintings

Image of painting by Rae Ellen Lee: Beargrass and Dragonfly

DEMING, WASH. – Whatcom County artist Rae Ellen Lee has lived many places and had many adventures in her life, but she always seems to find a home at the library. She says, “When I visit the library, it’s like I’m visiting a friend.” This connection makes the Deming Library the perfect place to host … Read moreLibrary opens exhibit of local mixed-media artist’s paintings

B-I-N-G-O spells summer reading fun beginning June 1

Teen version Summer Reading Bingo Card 2019

Summer reading programs for everyone — kids, teens and adults — begin June 1 throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County. Visit your local library online or in person to find out more! Public libraries in Bellingham and throughout Whatcom County have teamed up to provide summer reading challenges for all ages, featuring a popular bingo-card format. … Read moreB-I-N-G-O spells summer reading fun beginning June 1

State budget includes $2 million for Birch Bay Vogt Community Library

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The 2020-2021 state capital budget approved April 27 by the Washington State Legislature includes $2 million in funding for the Birch Bay Vogt Community Library. Now, Friends of the Birch Bay Library and the Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) Foundation will launch a major fundraising campaign to raise the remaining approximately $2.7 million needed to … Read moreState budget includes $2 million for Birch Bay Vogt Community Library