WCLS partners with Law Advocates to offer free legal help for county residents

The Whatcom County Library System is partnering with Law Advocates to connect Whatcom County residents with free legal help regarding civil law questions. Residents may schedule virtual consultations with lawyers from their homes or at select county library buildings. Virtual appointments are currently available at Deming, Ferndale, Lynden and South Whatcom libraries 1-4 p.m. on alternate … Read more

Volunteers needed to serve on Birch Bay Library Capital Facility Area committees

To prepare a Birch Bay Library Capital Facility Area (LCFA) ballot measure for the November 2021 election, Whatcom County Library System seeks volunteers to be appointed to two committees as required by law.  If approved, the LCFA will support the construction of a library in Birch Bay. One committee, to be known as the “For” … Read more

Teen artists featured in annual publication

Whatcomics 2021 cover art

The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) is celebrating talented young artists in the community with the release of its 15th annual teen art anthology, Whatcomics. Teens submit artwork in many styles including pen and ink, colored pencil, paint, and digital art. The program is coordinated by WCLS Teen Services Coordinator Tamar Clarke and promoted county-wide. … Read more

Friends of the Library open online bookstore

When Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) buildings closed to the public last year due to COVID-19 public safety guidelines, Friends of the Library volunteers began thinking about how they could continue their popular sales of donated books and DVDs. Their answer: an online bookstore, wcls.org/friendsbooks. “During COVID closures, we heard from many people who missed … Read more

Whatcom READS announces 2022 selection

Photo of author Michael Christie and cover of 2022 Whatcom READS selection Greenwood

The novel Greenwood by Canadian author Michael Christie is the Whatcom READS 2022 book selection. The announcement was made at the close of a March 4 event featuring Esi Edugyan, author of the 2021 featured title, Washington Black. Publisher Penguin Random House describes Greenwood as a magnificent generational saga and a “shining, intricate clock-work of … Read more

WCLS buildings reopen March 1

Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) buildings will reopen to the public Monday, March 1, 2021. The county libraries will have modified services, limited hours, and entry requirements for in-person visits in accordance with Gov. Jay Inslee’s Healthy Washington plan. Curbside pickup of library materials will continue. Visit wcls.org/info or call a county library for branch-specific … Read more

Whatcom READS invites you to read the book, join the conversation at free online events

Washington Black ad featuring octopus

Whatcom READS, Bellingham and Whatcom County’s annual countywide book club, kicks off 2021 with a thought-provoking slate of programs inspired by this year’s featured title, Washington Black by award winning author Esi Edugyan. The online events are free and open to the public; pre-registration is required. See whatcomreads.org for more information. “Inspired by the book, … Read more

WCLS closes library buildings

UPDATE February 12, 2021 Library buildings remain closed at this time. We will be reopening with limited capacity and services at a date to be determined by library system administrators. Check wcls.org/info for updates. Curbside and online services are available now. Effective Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) buildings will be closed … Read more

WCLS responds to Gov. Jay Inslee’s modified opening plan

Oct. 7, 2020 – BELLINGHAM, WA –- Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) administrators are reviewing Gov. Jay Inslee’s Oct. 6 announcement (https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-announces-updates-safe-start-reopening-plan)  that library buildings may re-open at 25 percent capacity during Phase 2 of Washington’s Safe Start plan. Opening dates for Whatcom County library buildings have not been set. Whatcom County health guidelines as … Read more

Read “Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home” and attend virtual events with thru-hiking legend Heather “Anish” Anderson

Photo of author Heather Anderson reading her book, "Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home"

Looking for inspiration during this time at home? Whatcom County Library System’s Read & Share has the solution. For their second annual countywide reading program, WCLS staff selected thru-hiking legend Heather “Anish” Anderson’s memoir of adventure and discovery, Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home. Check out the book at local libraries. It’s also available as a … Read more