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Pride Parade: Fun with an important message

people marching with library banner in Pride Parade

Thank you to everyone who joined Bellingham Public Library staff, friends and supporters marching in the Bellingham Pride Parade on Sunday, July 9. It was a fun day with an important message: You belong at your library! Here are a few photos of the library group before and during the parade showing their support for equity, … Read more

Roof Project Underway at Central Library

Crews contracted by the City of Bellingham are hard at work on a re-roofing project at the Central Library. The project is expected to last through the summer, though most impacts to library operations are expected during July. Our apologies for any parking, access and noise disruptions! Equipment and materials for the project are stored … Read more

March with Bellingham Public Library in Pride Parade

Graphic that says You Belong at Your Library

Show your support for equity, diversity and inclusion — march with the Bellingham Public Library in the 2017 Bellingham Pride parade on Sunday, July 9. Meet us on the Central Library lawn at 11:30 a.m., look for us in the parade line up at Ohio and Cornwall just before Noon, or jump in anywhere along … Read more

Street project improves safety near Fairhaven Branch Library

construction activity at Fairhaven Branch library

Safety improvements underway on the streets near the Fairhaven Branch Library may cause minor travel disruptions in the weeks ahead. There may be temporary lane revisions, street closures and on-street parking restrictions in the area throughout the project. The street construction is at 12th Street and Mill Avenue. The project includes removal of a portion of … Read more

B-I-N-G-O spells summer reading fun for kids, teens & adults beginning June 1

graphic with sunglasses and 2017

Summer reading programs for everyone — kids, teens and adults — begin June 1 throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County. Visit your local library online or in person to find out more! Public libraries in Bellingham and throughout Whatcom County have teamed up to provide summer reading challenges for all ages, featuring a popular bingo card … Read more

Library hosts poets for National Poetry Month

Poet Gary Wade speaks into microphone

It’s National Poetry Month, and we’re excited to be working with our partners at poetrynight to host poets at the Central Library throughout the month of April! Local poets featured in SkillShare Join us to hear from several talented local poets, hear about their work and learn what inspires them: 2 p.m. April 11: Carla … Read more

Award-winning author & teacher Jewell Parker Rhodes visits Bellingham April 19 & 20

Award-winning youth and adult author and teacher Jewell Parker Rhodes will discuss her powerful novels Towers Falling and Ninth Ward at two free presentations April 19 and 20 in Bellingham. Hear Rhodes discuss her powerful, insightful novels and learn more about navigating difficult concepts, events, and conversations through story. Rhodes’ books and presentations are recommended for … Read more

Library Board welcomes two new trustees

Library lawn and back of building at dusk

Bellingham residents Rebecca Craven and Jim McCabe were appointed to the Bellingham Public Library governing board last week by the Bellingham City Council and participated in their first monthly board meeting today. They join J. Robert Gordon, Rachel Myers and Rick Osen on the five-member library governing and policy-setting board. Rebecca Craven is currently a program … Read more

Tuesday, February 28 weather-related schedule changes

View of snow-covered library lawn from inside Central Library

All locations of the Bellingham Public Library are expected to be open for business per usual schedules on Tuesday, February 28, 2017. The status of other activities is noted below: All children’s activities continuing as scheduled. Tax-Aide Tax Filing Assistance (AARP Tax-Aide Foundation) at Central Library: Expected to be provided as scheduled. Bellingham Reads Book Discussion … Read more

Information literacy, fake news and the role of libraries in deciphering it all

Whether you call it fake news, alternative facts or something else, pervasive misinformation and need for more careful examination and verification of information today is a hot topic. Despite the bright spotlight being shined on “information literacy” (a phrase coined in the 1970s), however, it is not a new area of discussion especially for libraries. … Read more