UPDATE 3/10/2020 COVID-19 information and resources, library event cancellations

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to current guidance from public health officials, Whatcom County Library System is cancelling all branch programs, events, meeting room bookings, and outreach activities during the month of March. At this time, all branch locations continue to operate with normal hours. Find out more about our response to COVID-19 and how to access … Read more

Whatcom READS presents author Eowyn Ivey at free public events March 5-7, 2020

Image of raven with Whatcom READS logo, author event dates March 5-7, 2020, and url, whatcomreads.org

For its 12th annual season, Whatcom READS, Bellingham and Whatcom County’s countywide book club, welcomes author Eowyn Ivey to town March 5-7 to discuss her book To the Bright Edge of the World. The events at five venues in Ferndale, Bellingham and Lynden are free; no reservations or tickets are required. Arrive early to secure … Read more

Libraries say farewell to overdue fines

Woman holding stack of books with farewell to overdue fines message

Jan. 2, 2020 (Bellingham, WA) – Public libraries in Bellingham and throughout Whatcom County are saying farewell to overdue fines. On January 2, Bellingham Public Library (BPL) and Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) joined libraries across the country that have eliminated the practice of charging people for returning library materials after the due date. This … Read more

Whatcomics features talented teen artists

Whatcomics cover art by Payton Elefson

The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) will celebrate talented young artists in our community during a reception for the Whatcomics exhibit and publication. Everyone is invited to attend the reception, which will take place Saturday, January 11, 2020, from 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the Lynden Library, 216 4th Street.  The annual program began … Read more

Libraries say farewell to overdue fines

Public libraries in Bellingham and throughout Whatcom County are saying farewell to overdue fines. On January 2, Bellingham Public Library (BPL) and Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) will join libraries across the country that have eliminated the practice of charging people for returning library materials after the due date. This change is designed to help … Read more

WCLS honors 75 Library Champions

Photo of Miss Linda Hellyer, WCLS's first director.

As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) selected 75 Library Champions who have made significant contributions to the library system. These organizations and individuals were honored at a Nov. 9 event at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center in Ferndale. Meet the Champions and read their profiles in the commemorative … Read more

Meet local author and mountaineer Leif Whittaker at WCLS 75th anniversary Read & Share events

Photo of Leif Whittaker, author of My Old Man and the Mountain, Read & Share featured title.

To celebrate 75 years of sharing stories, Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) created Read & Share, a countywide book group, and invited community members to read the featured title, Leif Whittaker’s gripping memoir, My Old Man and the Mountain. Now, as WCLS closes in on the final months of its anniversary celebration, it’s time to hear … Read more

Project 562 Artist Matika Wilbur Visits Whatcom County October 3–5, Free Community Presentations “Changing the Way We See Native America”

WHATCOM COUNTY, WASHINGTON — In partnership with the Nooksack Tribe and Northwest Indian College, the Whatcom County Library System is honored to host one of the nation’s leading photographers, Matika Wilbur, from the Swinomish and Tulalip peoples. Wilbur will be in Whatcom County October 3–5, 2019, for four free community presentations of her ground-breaking work, … Read more