Whatcom READS announces 2023 book selection

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The Cold Millions by Spokane-based author Jess Walter is the Whatcom READS 2023 book selection. Michael Christie, author of the 2022 featured title, Greenwood, made the announcement during a March 4 event at the Mount Baker Theatre. Winner of the Washington State Book Award and named to numerous “Best Book of the Year” lists, The Cold … Read more

Register now for Whatcom READS author events

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Registration is now open for March 3-5 Whatcom READS events with Greenwood author Michael Christie. Four in-person and one online event will be held at venues in Bellingham and Whatcom County. Registration is required to manage capacity and to enable Whatcom READS organizers to contact participants if event details change. In response to public health … Read more

Birch Bay Library is Proposition 2 on Feb. 8 special election ballot

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Birch Bay voters will decide if a new library will be built for their community in the Feb. 8, 2022, special election. If Proposition 2 passes, a Birch Bay Library Capital Facility Area (LCFA) will be established, allowing the LCFA board of directors to issue bonds to finance the construction of the library at 7968 … Read more

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

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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