Libraries Are for Everyone: Diversity and Inclusion

WCLS staff create booklists and events, write book reviews, and share resources that center diverse voices and experiences because we believe the library belongs to everyone and everyone belongs at the library. We affirm our organizational commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion as described in our Diversity Statement and reiterate the library’s role as a space for conversation, growth and understanding. We believe that centering the voices of communities that have traditionally been marginalized furthers our commitment. We invite you to use these resources to learn more and to celebrate our neighbors living in Whatcom County, the nation and the world. 

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Historical Fiction from Black Authors

Historical Fiction from Black Authors

Full of interesting settings and characters, these works of historical fiction from Black authors transport readers to the past for an immersive reading experience.

Native Author or Contributor

Native Author or Contributor

There’s a lot of material available about Native American/Indigenous People, but not all of it is by Native People. In this list you’ll find material made by people from across Native America.

Fiction From the Equator

Fiction From the Equator

Keep on the sunny side with fiction from equatorial countries. These novels are written by authors from South America, Africa, and island nations in between.

Native American Heritage Month - Titles for Young People

Native American Heritage Month: Titles for Young People

These books and DVDs for young people provide many perspectives on the Native American experience. Read on to explore fiction, memoir, history and more.

Native American Heritage Month - Titles for Adults

Native American Heritage Month: Titles for Adults

These books and DVDs provide many perspectives on the Native American experience. Read on to explore memoir, history, poetry and more.

Understanding Mental Health

Understanding Mental Health

Whether you’re looking to better understand your own experiences or that of a friend or loved one, these memoirs and guides can help.

Lambda Literary Awards 2023

Lambda Literary Awards 2023

The Lambda Literary Awards (also known as the “Lammys”) are awarded yearly by Lambda Literary and celebrate outstanding LGBTQ+ storytelling from a given year. Read on for a selection of 2023 winners!

2023 Washington State Book Awards - Adult Winners & Finalists

2023 Washington State Book Awards – Adult Winners & Finalists

Selected by the Washington Center for the Book and The Seattle Public Library, the WSBAs honor books published by Washington authors in 2022. A winner in each category was announced on Sept. 26.

Hispanic Heritage Month - Films

Hispanic Heritage Month: Films

Celebrate the achievements of Hispanic/Latinx actors and directors with this wide-ranging selection of films.

Pride Month: Books for Allies

Pride Month: Books for Allies

Whether you’re looking to become a stronger ally to family and friends or to better understand the varied experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community, these resources offer perspective, insight and support.

Booklist for Juneteenth holiday

Juneteenth: Resources for Adults

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is an American holiday celebrated annually on June 19th. Learn more about slavery, emancipation, and Juneteenth with these Black History resources.

Native American Heritage Month booklist

Must-Read Fiction by Native Authors

From thrillers to fantasy to literary fiction and more, these novels by Native American and First Nations authors explore a range of topics and provide plenty of page-turning reading.

LGBTQIA+ - Books for Teens

LGBTQIA+ – Books for Teens

Read the Rainbow! The LGBTQIA+ experience is far from monolithic, and these books explore the depth, instersectionality, and glory of being queer, including gay, bi, lesbian, trans, and nonbinary stories.

Racism and Antiracism booklist

Racism and Antiracism: Learn More Now

Reading is a place to start. To help build a deeper understanding of racism and its effects across the country and in our communities, we are increasing the number of anti-racism books in our collection.

Disability Pride Month booklist

Disability Pride Month

Disability Pride Month is celebrated each year in July. Disability Pride has been observed since 1990, the year that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was signed into law. This month provides an opportunity for disabled people to share their stories and come together as a community, and for others to learn more about the experience of living with a disability. Check out these fiction and nonfiction works to learn more.

Black Authors of the Pacific Northwest booklist

Black Authors of the Pacific Northwest

Explore the fiction and nonfiction work of Black authors from our region.

Asian American Memoirs booklist

Asian American Memoirs

These writers explore the experience of the Asian American diaspora, generational trauma, and`the complexities of living between two (or more!) cultures.

Asian American Families in Fiction booklist

Asian American Families in Fiction

Feeling homesick? Try one of these family-centric novels by Asian American authors about family businesses, family dynamics, and intergenerational tensions.

LIBRARY EVENTS

George Adams

A Conversation on Language with George Adams and Joshua Olsen

Saturday, March 9, 2024, 3:00 p.m. Everson Library 104 Kirsch Drive Everson, WA 98247 Join us for a discussion between a Nooksack tribal elder and his apprentice as they talk about their individual journeys to becoming preservers of the Nooksack Language, Lhéchalosem.

Where the Language Lives by Janet Yoder

Janet Yoder presents Where the Language Lives: Vi Hilbert and the Gift of Lushootseed at the Nooksack Community Building

Saturday, March 2, 2024, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Nooksack Community Building Mí sq’ eq’ ó 2515 Sulwhanon Dr, Everson (map) Join us at Mí sq’ eq’ ó, the Nooksack Tribal Community Building for a special appearance by Janet Yoder where she will present her book, Where the Language Lives: Vi Hilbert and the Gift of Lushootseed. Nominated for … Read more

hands weaving cedar braids

Cedar Weaving

These are In-Person events and registration is required. REGISTER FOR Saturday, February 24, 2024, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Sumas Library REGISTER FOR Saturday, March 2, 2024, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Lynden Library Learn about cedar weaving from Lummi artists Lee Plaster and Toshi Simmonds. In this class, you will weave a … Read more

Hora de Cuentos Bilingüe

Hora de Cuentos Bilingüe

See Dates below. Register at https://wcls.libcal.com/event/11456196 This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email. Las familias o adultos al cuidado de niños pequeños disfrutarán una gran variedad de historias, canciones, rimas, y actividades corporales mientras desarrollan habilidades que preparan a los niños para la lectura en inglés y español. Families … Read more

Storytime in English Russian and Ukranian

Время рассказов на трех языках и Час Общения / Час iсторiй на трьох мовах і Година Спілкування / Trilingual Storytime and Social Hour

Thursday, February 15, 2024, Thursday, March 21, 2024, Thursday, April 18, 2024 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. North Fork Library 7506 Kendall Road Maple Falls, WA 98266 Для семей с маленькими детьми: истории, песни, стихи и игры для развития чтения на английском, русском, украинском. После, всех приглашаєм на чай и общение. Для сiмей з маленькими дiтьми … Read more

BOOK REVIEWS

Cover image of "Hula" by Jasmin 'Iolani Hakes

Book Buzz: Hula

Hula by Jasmin ‘Iolani Hakes Now that winter has finally arrived in Whatcom County, readers might enjoy a literary escape to warmer climes, and “Hula: a Novel” by Jasmin ‘Iolani Hakes is the ticket.  Set primarily in Hilo, Hawai’i, “Hula” conjures the glittering ocean, the sizzling sun and misty rain, and the fragrant and colorful … Read more

Cover image of "Roaming" by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki

Book Buzz: Roaming

Roaming by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki  High school best friends Zee and Dani have always dreamed of visiting New York City together. In Roaming, they reunite in Manhattan for spring break after their freshman year at separate colleges. Tagging along is Fiona, a glamorous new friend from Dani’s dorm who would rather see the … Read more

Book cover of "Accountable: The True Story of a Racist Social Media Account and the Teenagers Whose Lives It Changed" by Dashka Slater

Book Buzz: Accountable

Accountable: The True Story of a Racist Social Media Account and the Teenagers Whose Lives It Changed by Dashka Slater  It began with a meme. A single image that an Albany High junior saw as edgy, intended to court his friends’ dark sense of humor. Soon that meme was a private Instagram account. The content … Read more

Cover image for "Congratulations, the Best is Over! Essays" by R. Eric Thomas

Book Buzz: Congratulations, the Best Is Over!

Congratulations, the Best Is Over!: Essays by R. Eric Thomas In this new collection of laugh-out-loud funny essays, R. Eric Thomas picks up where his last memoir (Here For It, 2020) left off. Newly married and enjoying professional success, Thomas’ life is upended when his husband, a Presbyterian pastor, takes a job in Thomas’ hometown … Read more

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