WCLS considers next steps for Birch Bay Library

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At its Jan. 17 meeting, the Whatcom County Library System’s Board of Trustees learned the Washington State Department of Commerce has declined a scope change request related to state funding for the Birch Bay Library. The previously approved $2 million state grant remains available, but it cannot be used for the proposal that would have … Read more

Whatcom READS announces 2023 programs

The 2023 Whatcom READS selection is the propulsive historical saga The Cold Millions by Spokane-based author Jess Walter. An intimate exploration of love, family, betrayal and loyalty, The Cold Millions presents a wide range of discussion and event opportunities leading up to the March 2-4, 2023, in-person author events. Visit whatcomreads.org to learn more about … Read more

WCLS celebrates teen artists

Ava Moreau's illustration of her original character, Raccoon, is included in the 2022 Whatcomics anthology.

Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) is celebrating local young artists with the release of its annual teen art anthology, Whatcomics. Community members can view the art and meet the artists at a 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 reception at the Lynden Library. During the event, Whatcom Transportation Authority (WTA) will unveil its new Whatcomics bus, … Read more

WCLS online database has answers

Community Resources for support, help and relief

Preparing for winter weather? Add Whatcom County Library System’s Community Resources for Help, Support and Relief to your seasonal toolkit. The online database at wcls.org/community-resources is a go-to source for help in the event of emergencies or other difficult situations. Click on a category to see a searchable table of resources with contacts and other information. Current … Read more

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 

Wilson Family Sacred Waters Documentary

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

Whatcom County Library System Provides Notice of Data Event

Bellingham, WA – July 21, 2022. Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) provides notice of a data event. What Happened? On June 26, 2022, WCLS identified unusual activity on its computer network. In response, WCLS is investigating the activity to determine its nature and scope. Although the investigation remains ongoing, WCLS identified certain files that were … Read more

WCLS responds to network security event

Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) administrators are investigating a network security event that has compromised the library system’s email and phone servers. Library officials suspect malware, but the investigation is ongoing. Library services are available. However, community members are not currently able to call county library branches, to email staff or to access some digital … Read more