This special event is free to the public. Read our news release here.

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Sunday, November 5 is a book lover’s dream day with author presentations, book talks, and weird and wonderful hands-on book-related experiences at more than 20 booths and stages. Join us at the Ferndale Events Center on Barrett Road from 12 to 5 p.m.

Open Book


Thor Hanson
Thor Hanson will present “The Biology of Climate Change” and will answer your questions.
Rena Priest
Rena Priest opens our event with a welcome and a poetry reading.
Arianne True
Phoebe Wahl
Phoebe Wahl presents her new Young Adult novel, Phoebe’s Diary, followed by book signing


Cozy Food
Hungry? Swing by the Friends of the Birch Bay Library “kitchen” for cozy tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, cookies, and cider and coffee. Take-and-make cookie sets are also available. Proceeds support construction of the Birch Bay Library Express
Pop-Up Bookstores
Village Books and Paper Dreams
Whatcom County’s favorite indie is here with books and fun book swag for purchase.
Comics Place
Serving comic book fans since 1982, Comics Place offers comics, graphic novels, games and nerd ephemera.
Bookish Craft Bazaar
It’s gift giving season! Shop a selection of area crafters’ book-inspired creations.
Bison Bookbinding & Letterpress
Try your hand at letterpress printing courtesy of Bison Bookbinding — for paper people, by paper people.
Book Clubs
Learn about the many different WCLS book clubs, get ideas for your own group.
PRIZE: Register to win a virtual book club discussion with author Ross Gay.
Book Hospital
Stop by to see how WCLS repairs its books and get tips on how to mend your own favorites.
Digital Resources
Be astounded as you explore Whatcom County Library System’s digital resources via 3D holographic imagery.
Dolly’s Imagination Library/United Way
Youth ages birth to five may sign up to recieve free books by mail. The United Way of Whatcom County is the local partner making this program possible for Whatcom County.

Forest of Words Poetry Wall
Stroll and read … the poetry wall showcases talented local teen poets featured in A Forest of Words, WCLS’s annual youth poetry anthology.
Friends of the Library
Support local libraries by joining a Friends of the Library group. Friendly volunteers will help you get started.
PRIZE: Enter to win a Library Sasquatch Bookbag.
Golden Apple Educators
WCLS Youth Services staff will present the Golden Apple Educator Awards to three Ferndale educators who consistently partner with the library system to make a difference in the lives of young people, Sharon Lawler, Eagleridge Elementary, Tim Keigley, Horizon Middle School and Amy Nylen, Vista Middle School.
InterLibrary Loan
Travel the world with WCLS items at the Interlibrary Loan booth. Navigate maps and charts, showcasing the global pathways our items take to reach YOU through literary sharing.
KAFE Radio Remote
Stop by the KAFE 104.1 FM booth to learn about the Village Books’ KAFE Kids Book Club and score some swag.
Grab a seat and some popcorn at our mini movie theater. Relax with a favorite film from Kanopy’s collection. Learn how to access Kanopy movies at home with your library card.

Keith Negley Selfie Station
Pose for a photo at the magical backdrop created for Open Book by Bellingham-based and internationally known illustrator and author Keith Negley.
Friends, Whatcoms, countrymen, lend me your ears. Listen to some of your favorite stories, read to you by world-class narrators. Explore the wonderful world of free audiobooks at the library with Libby.

Library of Things
You can borrow more than books from the library. Explore the “Library of Things” collection, including puzzles, games, dolls, Washington state park passes and Wi-Fi hotspots.

Launched: Whatcom County Poets with new titles in 2023
Join us for a group poetry reading by Rena Priest, Tennison Black, Sati Mookherjee, Hannah Yerington, and Chris Gusta.
Reading Lounge
Relax in our reading lounge and discover treasures and unusual material from WCLS and Western Washington University. Unwind and soak up rare reads in style! Thank you to Wilson Furniture.
WWU Special Collections
Put on the white gloves of an archivist and learn from Western Librarian Sylvia Tag as she guides you through antique pop-up books and rare material that represent WWU’s Special Collections.
Rural Heritage Digital Archives
See and hear local history at the Welcome to Whatcom table. Digital and hardbound resources will be on display, including photo collections, elder interviews, and local history books and journals. Meet local history authors Michael Impero, Candace Wellman and Margaret Hellyer
Puget Sound Book Artists
Explore the non-profit organization’s community of book arts — bookbinders, paper markers, printers, book artists and archivists.
Silent Disco
At the Silent Disco, music from the library’s streaming service (Freegal) will be sent wirelessly to headphones. Adjust volume and style of music as you sway to the secret sounds of our Silent Disco.
Story Snowflakes
Watch artist (and Librarian!) Brooke Pederson create her stunning paper cut story snowflakes.
Tea Tasting
A good read deserves good tea. Taste Puerh Tea, produced in Yunnan Province, China, using microbial fermentation. Featured in The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See. Presented by Charles and Laurie Dawson of Whatcom Tea.
Teen Poetry Open Mic
Whatcom County teens in grades 6-12 read their original poetry at this special open mic program. Teens can sign up to get on the schedule here.
Teen Zines
Learn everything you need to know about the annual Washington State Zine Contest and help to create a collaborative zine about the magic of books.

Washington Braille and Talking Books Library
Making reading accessible! The Washington Talking Book and Braille Library will demonstrate their resources. Interact with braille and talking books.

WCLS Podcast
WCLS has a podcast! Stop by and get your podcast questions answered. Listen to excerpts from our podcast and maybe even get your voice on the air.
Whatcom County Library Foundation
With your financial support, the Foundation powers special library programs, projects and services. Learn how to get involved.
SPECIAL FEATURE: Purchase a broadside featuring an Arianne True poem (signed by the poet) for $5 to support the foundation’s work. (While supplies last.)
Whatcom Literacy Council
Talk with volunteers to discover how the Literacy Council empowers adults to achieve their goals and how you can help.
PRIZE: Enter to win a book chat and customized book list from Nancy Pearl.

Whatcom READS
Engage with northwest Washington’s premier annual literary event, celebrating reading, readers and strong communities through the shared experience of one book.
SPECIAL FEATURE: Enter to win a copy of the 2024 featured title, Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk by Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe.

Everyone loves the bookmobile! Here’s your chance to step aboard and meet the staff who drive the library on wheels.
WTA Whatcomics Bus
View this very special traveling art exhibit of selections from WCLS’s annual teen art book, Whatcomics.