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 21 Notes

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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