WCLS in Whatcom County Presents Library Stories!

Welcome to our podcast!

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This twice-monthly show will feature conversations and interviews all about your public libraries and the people who populate them. Tune in to laugh a little and learn a little about the communities, the staff, the events, the backrooms, the happenings, and, of course, the books!

It’s a half hour of happiness delivered to your earbuds every two weeks!

Open your eyes to all the ways your local libraries matter.

Listen to the podcast here or subscribe on your favorite Podcast platform.

Let us know what you would like to hear. Email the host at neil.mckay@wcls.org

You can also listen to the show on Mondays at 6:00 pm and Fridays at 10:00 am on KVAX 102.5 FM in East Whatcom County and on Saturdays at 11:00 am on KMRE 102.3 FM in Bellingham


Episode 31

The Waters are Rising: Stories of Inspiration and Hope from the Sumas, Washington Flood of November 2021

Sumas Library Doors
staff loading books at the Sumas Library
Joy McGrath and books
Christine Quist
Christine Perkins and Cayla Samms
Sumas Staff
Sumas booking crew

Episode 30

Remembering Joan Airoldi

Joan Airoldi

WCLS’s former Executive Director Joan Airoldi passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 3, 2022.

Joan led the county library system from 2002 to 2013.  She will be remembered as a Library Champion on a multitude of counts: establishing the Whatcom READS program in collaboration with partners at Whatcom Community College, advocating for new libraries in Ferndale, North Fork, South Whatcom, Island and Point Roberts and encouraging all of us to “Be Curious” and to “Listen, Learn & Lead.”  Joan’s courage in defending patrons’ rights to privacy earned her a national recognition with a PEN/Newman Award.  She generously donated the prize money to start the Whatcom County Library Foundation.

We asked WCLS staff and friends who knew Joan if they wanted to share stories and we offer a sampling of the many stories that were recorded. Heartfelt thanks to the friends and coworkers of Joan who allowed us the privilege of capturing their stories.

  • Frances Barbagallo 
  • Tina Bixby 
  • Mariya Farmagay 
  • Jeanne Fondrie 
  • Lisa Gresham
  • Lois Holub   
  • Amy Jones  
  • Sarah Koehler
  • Linda Lambert 
  • Tammy LaPlante 
  • Laura Larson-Kollmar 
  • Dick Little 
  • Di Marrs-Smith 
  • Theresa Morrison 
  • Lisa Neulicht 
  • Carol Oberton  
  • Amory Peck
  • Christine Perkins  
  • Cindy Pfeiffer-Hoyt 
  • Russ Pfeiffer-Hoyt 
  • Jenn Rick 
  • Lizz Roberts 
  • Erin Suda 

 

All of us at the Whatcom County Library System extend our sympathy to Joan’s family and to everyone who loved and admired her. We miss her deeply and honor her spirit in the work we do on behalf on library patrons.

Joan Airoldi
Joan Airoldi
Button saying "Fiesty Little Stink Bug"
Joan Airoldi
Joan Airoldi
Joan Airoldi
Joan Airoldi
Joan Airoldi
Socks
Hard Times Require Furious Dancing. New Poems by Alice Walker
Whatcom County Library Foundation logo

Donations to the Whatcom County Library Foundation can be made in Joan’s honor here.

Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: New Poems by Alice Walker

 

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Episode 28

Thanks to Shari Sievers for the photos of just some of the 142 book carts at our Administrative Offices

Book carts at the WCLS Administrative Offices
Book carts at the WCLS Administrative Offices
Book carts at the WCLS Administrative Offices
Book carts at the WCLS Administrative Offices
Book carts at the WCLS Administrative Offices
Book carts at the WCLS Administrative Offices

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Episode 26 Notes

“Listening children know stories are there. When their elders sit and begin, children are just waiting and hoping for one to come out, like a mouse from its hole.” 
Eudora Welty

Episode 25 Notes

“A library is vibrant,
And vital,
And chatty,
And interesting,
And colorful.”
– Jenn Rick

“You can’t turn back the clock,
but you can wind it up again”
– Bonnie Prudden 

Episode 24 Notes

Think Black by Clyde Ford

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Vern Yadon and Ann Marie Impero at North Fork Library
Vern Yadon and Ann Marie Impero at North Fork Library
WCLS staff clown around at North Fork Library
WCLS staff entertaining at the North Fork Library 11th Anniversary Party
Raising a wall of the North Fork Library in 2010

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Cayla standing in Sumas Library during flood repairs
Sumas Library undergoing repairs

Donate to Sumas Library Recovery Fund

Blaine Library Events

Sumas Events

Jonathan’s recommendations

Marie and Emma podcasting
Marie and Emma talking YA Lit

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“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things,
trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself,
changing yourself, changing your world.
You’re doing things you’ve never done before,
and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.”

Neil Gaiman
(Books and items written by Neil Gaiman)

Episode 14 Notes

Hopeful Book Recommendation


KING 5 News aerial footage of flooding in Sumas, Ferndale, Everson and State Route 9 near Cedarville
Mike Scholten of Scholten Equipment drives a tractor to Sumas to help with rescue efforts
Paul Fullner kayaking across floodwaters to Sumas Library
Paul Fullner kayaking across floodwaters to Sumas Library
image of sumas library underwater. Image by Alison Boudle
Photo of Sumas Library in flood waters courtesy of Alison Boudle
WCLS Collection Services Manager Lisa Gresham recovering books from the Sumas Library after the November 2021 flood
WCLS Collection Services Manager Lisa Gresham recovering books from the Sumas Library
PSA Laurie Dawson recovering books from the Sumas Library November 2021 flood
WCLS Public Services Assistant Laurie Dawson recovering books from the Sumas Library
WCLS Deputy Director Michael Cox salvaging books from the Sumas Library after the November 2021 flood
WCLS Deputy Director Michael Cox salvaging books from the Sumas Library

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2020 Library Card Sign-up Month Video

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View of Deming Library from inside the Willow Dome

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