Alix Prior is the new Ferndale Library manager

Alix Prior is the new manager of the Ferndale Library. She succeeds Sarah Koehler who retired earlier this summer after 25 years with the Whatcom County Library System. As manager of the 15,000-square-foot, city-owned library building, Prior works with a team of 24 staff members to deliver library services to the Ferndale community. “Alix’s professional … Read more

Read & Share features Bellingham author Clyde Ford’s acclaimed memoir, Think Black

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WCLS’s fourth annual Read & Share features Bellingham author Clyde W. Ford’s award-winning memoir, Think Black. It is a vivid portrayal of the intersection between technology and race and the tension between a trailblazing father and rebellious son. Borrow the book or eAudiobook from the library. Then register for Oct. 8-Nov. 10 online author events, including … Read more

WCLS hosts screenings of Nooksack River documentary with filmmaker Althea Wilson of Lummi Nation 

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Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) is honored to feature two screenings of the film “Revitalizing Cultural Knowledge and Honoring Sacred Waters: The Documented Oral History of Life on the Nooksack River” with Tli’nuk’dzwidzi/Althea Wilson, Lummi tribal member and documentary filmmaker. The events are 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Deming Library and 5-8 p.m. … Read more

Everson Library celebrates remodel at June 27 event

Community members are invited to celebrate and tour the newly remodeled Everson McBeath Community Library at a Monday, June 27 event. Following brief remarks by community leaders at 9:45 a.m. and a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting, guests may tour the library and participate in Summer Reading kickoff activities. The event ends when the library closes … Read more

It’s time for Summer Reading

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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 systems’ Summer Reading … Read more

WCLS offers free at-home COVID-19 tests

Are you in need of a COVID-19 home test? All Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) branches are offering free COVID-19 antigen home tests to patrons while supplies last. The tests come two per box; the library is offering up to five boxes per family, if needed. To pick up tests, visit WCLS branches in Blaine, Deming, … Read more

Apply to serve on WCLS Board of Trustees

Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) seeks a Whatcom County resident who loves libraries to fill a partial term on the WCLS Board of Trustees. This term will expire Jan. 31, 2025. The application deadline is Friday, June 10. Library trustees’ responsibilities include:  Being an advocate for the library system and the community it serves.  Establishing a mission, … Read more

WCLS responds to Birch Bay Library article

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By Christine Perkins, Executive Director, Whatcom County Library System Note: This post was updated Sunday, April 3, 2022, in response to a question about WCLS’s ability to sell the house. As reported in the March 31 issue of The Northern Light, following recent elections, the Birch Bay Library project is currently on hold while the … Read more

National Library Week 2022: Connect with Your Library

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Molly Shannon, multiple Emmy-nominated and Spirit Award-winning actress, comedian, and legendary Saturday Night Live cast member, will help celebrate our nation’s libraries as the honorary chair of National Library Week, April 3–9, 2022. Shannon will highlight the numerous ways libraries serve to connect communities to books, resources, programs, and, of course, each other.   “I am … Read more