Book Buzz: Teaching in the Rain: The Story of North Cascades Institute

Teaching in the Rain: The Story of North Cascades Institute by John C. Miles The North Cascades inspire dreamers. Count among them a group of five friends who, beginning in the early 1980s, turned a shared vision into the North Cascades Institute.  The nationally respected environmental education nonprofit organization marked its 35th anniversary in 2021. … Read more

Oct. 7 tree planting ceremony at Deming Library honors Summer Reading achievement

For Summer Reading 2023, Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) patrons read for the trees. Summer Reading activities added up to trees that will be planted in Whatcom County in partnership with Whatcom Million Trees Project (WMTP). Thanks to local readers and to funding from the Whatcom County Library Foundation, WCLS and WMTP will plant 500 … Read more

Book Buzz: Phoebe’s Diary

Phoebe’s Diary by Phoebe Wahl Welcome to Bellingham. The year is 2006. Teenagers smoke weed, play pool at Kendrick’s and rent movies from Trek Video. Flirting happens via flip phone and Myspace. Irony and ballet flats are in.  Phoebe is a sophomore who wears DIY skinny jeans, listens to the best indie bands and attends … Read more

Book Buzz: No Two Persons

No Two Persons by Erica Bauermeister Some people mark summer by road trips and barbecues. Book lovers track the season by the pages we’ve read. Like Jenga pieces, we pull hardbacks from our teetering “to be read” piles, scan media for trending titles, and turn to library and bookstore staff for the next great book … Read more

Libraries are cooling stations

A heat advisory has been issued for parts of Western Washington, including Whatcom County, through Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023. All WCLS libraries are equipped with air conditioning and can be useful as a cooling station for community members. Please exercise caution and spread the word to any neighbors who might need to cool down. Find … Read more

Whatcom READS announces Oct. 15 submission deadline for annual writing challenge

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Whatcom READS invites writers of all ages and experience levels to submit original work for its annual writing challenge, Whatcom WRITES. This year’s prompt is legacies, which is inspired by Whatcom READS 2024 featured title, Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk by Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe. Submission deadline is Oct. 15. To … Read more

Book Buzz: The Least of Us

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The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth by Sam Quinones The Least of Us takes us into the lives of people involved with and impacted by fentanyl and super-meth.  Sam Quinones, a former award-winning investigative reporter and now author, has extensive contacts in Mexico and … Read more