WCLS offers voter registration events Sept. 28

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As part of National Voter Registration Day, Whatcom County Library System is partnering with the League of Women Voters to host voter registration events from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28 at the Deming, Everson, North Fork (Kendall) and South Whatcom (Sudden Valley) libraries. Volunteers with Friends of the Library groups will also support the events. First celebrated in … Read more

WCLS hosts Birch Bay Library information sessions

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Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) Executive Director Christine Perkins will host four online community meetings to share information and to answer questions about the proposed Birch Bay Vogt Community Library. Voters who live within the boundaries of the proposed Library Capital Facility Area (LCFA) will vote Nov. 2 to determine if they will fund construction … Read more

WCLS welcomes author Erica Bauermeister for third annual Read & Share

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Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) staff selected the book for their third annual Read & Share program during the COVID-19 pandemic when they were working from home offices. Home and family were top-of-mind when they chose author Erica Bauermeister’s memoir, House Lessons: Renovating a Life. Now, library staff invite the community to join a countywide … Read more

WCLS wins prestigious library marketing award

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The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) is one of eight winners of the 2021 John Cotton Dana Award, which honors outstanding library public relations campaigns. Managed by the American Library Association, the prestigious professional honor includes a $10,000 grant from the H.W. Wilson Foundation. WCLS won for its 2020 Library Card Sign-Up Month campaign, a … Read more

WCLS’ Carmi Parker honored as national library leader

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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

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