Whatcom County Library Foundation establishes Sumas Library Recovery Fund

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The floods of November 2021 had a devastating impact on communities across Whatcom County, especially Sumas. Among the flood-damaged buildings is the Sumas Library where equipment, furniture, shelving, books and other materials were destroyed. In response to community interest, Whatcom County Library Foundation has established the Sumas Library Recovery Fund, www.wcls.org/sumasrecovery, to pay for the … Read more

WCLS offers HeritageQuest Online for Home Use

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The Whatcom County Library System is adding a new genealogy resource to our collection of digital resources. HeritageQuest Online is a comprehensive collection of genealogical sources for more than 60 countries dating back to as early as the 1700s. HeritageQuest complements our more robust Ancestry resources, which will revert to in-library-use only effective Jan. 1, … Read more

Shop the Friends Online Bookstore to support local libraries and skip supply chain woes

Need gifts for the last few names on your list? Here’s a novel solution: the Friends of the Library Online Bookstore, www.wcls.org/friendsbooks. You’ll find gently used and carefully curated books, CDs and DVDs plus your purchases will support local libraries. Volunteers from the Friends of the Blaine, Deming, Everson, Ferndale and Lynden libraries provide donated … Read more

Blaine Library receives $19,000 donation

The Blaine Library building project has received a significant financial donation from the estate of an avid reader and learner. Earlier this fall, the Ronald Cyr Estate made a $19,100 gift to the Whatcom County Library Foundation’s Blaine Library Endowment Fund. The gift was made via the Whatcom Community Foundation. Cyr’s estate previously donated $10,000 … Read more

Volunteers needed for Birch Bay LCFA committees

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To prepare a Birch Bay Library Capital Facility Area (LCFA) ballot measure for the February 2022 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

Birch Bay Vogt Community Library measure headed for Feb. 8, 2022, special election ballot

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After reviewing the narrow margin of the November general election and with full support of the Friends of Birch Bay Library, the Whatcom County Library System will ask the Whatcom County Council to place the Birch Bay Library Capital Facility Area (LCFA) on the Feb. 8, 2022, special election ballot. In the Nov. 2, 2021, … Read more

WCLS curates searchable list of flood relief resources

Community Resources for Emergencies and Flood Relief

Historic November flooding severely impacted Whatcom County communities. As a service to those who are now involved in flood recovery and cleanup efforts, WCLS staff have curated a searchable, online collection of resources, websites, phone numbers and information to help with flood relief, next steps and future emergencies. Find the collection at wcls.org/community-resources. Browse the … Read more

Whatcom READS announces seasonal programs

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The 2022 Whatcom READS selection is the generational saga Greenwood by Canadian author Michael Christie. With trees as a guiding metaphor, Greenwood charts a family’s rise and fall and the “hopeful, impossible task of growing toward the light.” “We think local readers will enjoy not only author Michael Christie’s writing and the book’s inventive structure but … Read more

WCLS offers voter registration events Sept. 28

September 28 is National Voter Registration Day. Join us. nationalvoterregistrationday.org

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