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

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

Friends of the Blaine, Ferndale and South Whatcom libraries present free jazz series

Image shows the Whatcom Grooves poster illustration of a person playing a saxophone against a deep blue background. Copy announces the jazz series.

Celebrate summer, jazz and libraries at three free concerts hosted by Friends of South Whatcom, Ferndale and Blaine libraries in support of the Whatcom County Library System. At each event, neighbors will gather for a joyous hour of live music and to discover what’s new at local libraries. Reservations are encouraged at wcls.org/jazz.   The three … Read more

Summer Reading program begins June 1

Whatcom County Library System’s annual Summer Reading program for kids, teens and adults begins June 1. This summer, the county library system is partnering with WECU, Whatcom County Library Foundation and Whatcom Million Trees Project to encourage readers to achieve a shared goal of planting 200 trees in Whatcom County. Beginning June 1, learn more … Read more

WCLS staff win Washington Library Association award for their service to migrant farmworker community

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Whatcom County Library System staff members Diana Antaño, Evie Harman and Amelia Martinez won a Washington Library Association Merit Award for Outstanding Service at the state organization’s spring 2023 conference. The trio was honored for an innovative partnership that provided library services to Lynden and Everson’s migrant farmworker community.  In summer 2022, Antaño, Harman and … Read more

Birch Bay Library project moves forward as a library express following approval of state grant scope change 

Thanks to successful advocacy efforts by Birch Bay residents and Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) staff, the Washington State Legislature has approved the reallocation of a $2 million state grant to largely fund the renovation of the Vogt home at 7948 Birch Bay Drive as the Birch Bay Vogt Library Express. The state’s decision follows … Read more

Whatcom READS announces 2024 selection

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Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk by Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe is the Whatcom READS 2024 book selection. Jess Walter, author of the 2023 featured title, The Cold Millions, announced the book and author during the March 3 author event at the Mount Baker Theatre. Winner of a 2023 Pacific Northwest Booksellers … Read more

Whatcom READS welcomes author Jess Walter

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Whatcom READS welcomes award-winning author Jess Walter to Bellingham and Whatcom County for March 2-4 events at venues throughout the county. Walter is the author of this year’s Whatcom READS’ selection, The Cold Millions, as well as six other novels, two books of short stories and a nonfiction book. Visit whatcomreads.org to learn more about The … Read more