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Bellingham Public Library 2022 Highlights

Reaching the end of the year is often bittersweet – it’s hard to believe the time has passed, but it’s wonderful to reflect on all of the year’s adventures and accomplishments. Please join us for a look back at Bellingham Public Library 2022 Highlights, from services to Top 10 materials checked out. 2022 Library Service … Read more

Bellingham Public Library Celebrates Native American Heritage Month in November

November is recognized nationally as Native American Heritage Month. As it does every month, Bellingham Public Library honors the heritage and sovereignty of all Indigenous peoples, throughout our community, our continent and our world. We acknowledge that we gather on territory that has been the traditional and ancestral homeland to the Lhaq’temish (the Lummi people), … Read more

Library and Police Partner For Literacy

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In August 2022, the Bellingham Police Department (BPD) and the Bellingham Public Library began a new collaborative partnership. The goal is to increase literacy, foster a positive relationship between children and law enforcement in the Bellingham, WA community, and connect kids with the public library system.  Known as the BPD Literacy Initiative, the partnership kicked-off … Read more

Bellingham Public Library Celebrates Dog Days in August

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The Dog Days of Summer are upon us, and we couldn’t be happier to celebrate our canine friends! If you love dogs, you’ll love this month’s recommendations and photos from Bellingham Public Library staff! And hopefully the heat of the sun will be just right for lounging with a furry friend, a good book and … Read more

Patron data downloaded without authorization

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A recent data breach at Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) that affected some library services also resulted in the unauthorized downloading of Bellingham Public Library patron data. The investigation into this incident is ongoing. At this time, 735 Bellingham Public Library patrons are affected. Our library and city teams, in collaboration with WCLS, are working … Read more

Bellingham Public Library Celebrates Triviamania! in July

The Bellingham Public Library celebrates Triviamania! in July. Do you love trivia or books about pop culture, history, geography, sports, science and more? As always, our staff have great recommendations to get you started. Books for Adults Who? Where? When? Why? What? How? Folks who love trivia want to know the answers to these questions … Read more

Summer Storytimes at Bellingham Central Library and Bellis Fair Mall


Bellingham Public Library will host a series of summer Storytimes for children ages birth – 8 years starting June 27 and running five weeks through July 28, 2022. Programs will be held in-person at the Central Library on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and at Bellis Fair Mall on Wednesdays. All Library programs are free of … Read more

Libraries Kick Off 2022 Summer Reading Program

June 7, 2022 – Bellingham/Whatcom County, WA – The annual Summer Reading program for kids, teens and adults is underway at local public libraries. Pick up a Summer Reading card at Bellingham Public Library or Whatcom County Library System branches or download a card at the library systems’ websites, bellinghampubliclibrary.com/summer-reading or wcls.org/summer-reading. Cards are available in English, Punjabi, Russian … Read more

Bellingham Public Library Celebrates Pride Month in June

The Bellingham Public Library celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride in June. As always, our staff have great recommendations to get you started. Books for Adults From biographies and memoirs to fiction written by LGBTQ authors or featuring LGBTQ characters, you can look forward to some great reading this month! Library staff are happy to help you find … Read more