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Library and Pickford Present The Library That Dolly Built

poster for the film The Library That Dolly Built

Bellingham Public Library is proud to join the Pickford Film Center in co-presenting The Library That Dolly Built, a behind-the-scenes look at the international non-profit program, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. The film is available now through January 2021 at the Pickford Film Center’s online virtual screening room: The Library That Dolly Built – Pickford Film … Read more

Washington State Extends COVID-19 Restrictions to Jan. 4, 2021

Current WA State Covid restrictions extended until January 4th

Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee has announced a three-week extension of the state’s current COVID-19 restrictions which will now be in place until January 4, 2021. Inslee also announced additional economic supports for workers and businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The three-week extension of statewide restrictions come as the state’s healthcare system nears dangerous … Read more

Washington State New COVID-19 Restrictions Nov. 16 – Dec. 14

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has announced a four-week statewide set of restrictions in response to the recent rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus in Washington and across the country. The restrictions are statewide and will take effect Monday, November 16 at 11:59 p.m. They will remain in effect until Monday, December 14. Modified restrictions … Read more

Library seeks candidates for Board of Trustees position

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The Bellingham Public Library Board of Trustees seeks candidates to fill an upcoming vacancy on the board. The position will be open on January 1, 2021, and a first review of applications will begin October 2, 2020. The Board of Trustees is the governing and policy-making board for the Bellingham Public Library. Board positions are … Read more

Library supports U.S. Census completion

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It is still not too late to complete your 2020 Census Questionnaire today!  Here is the latest news from the Census Bureau: Census takers are now visiting homes that have not completed the 2020 Census Questionnaire. Staff will wear masks and follow local public health guidelines when visiting your home. If you do not want … Read more

Bellingham Public Library closed to the public starting Monday, March 16 until further notice

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For more information, see our coronavirus (COVID-19) information page. All Bellingham Public Library locations will be closed to the public, starting Monday, March 16 until further notice, in an effort to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This closure follows Whatcom County Health Department recommendations and direction from the City of Bellingham. “The health … Read more

Library collaborating with local efforts addressing coronavirus

Illustration of COV​ID-19

Community partners throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County – including the library – are unified in preparing for and addressing coronavirus (COVID-19). When it comes to protecting the public’s health, we are all in this together. The Whatcom County Health Department is the lead response agency for all of Whatcom County, including Bellingham. Although this is … Read more

Libraries say farewell to overdue fines

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Public libraries in Bellingham and throughout Whatcom County are saying farewell to overdue fines. On January 2, Bellingham Public Library (BPL) and Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) joined libraries across the country that have eliminated the practice of charging people for returning library materials after the due date. This change is designed to help make … Read more

Read full newspapers online, including The Bellingham Herald

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Read The Bellingham Herald online, in full-page format, the same day it is published, free-of-charge with your library card. We are pleased to provide free, timely, full-image online access to several Washington newspapers – including The Bellingham Herald – thanks to the Washington State Library. The Washington State Library has a trial underway for public … Read more

Libraries say farewell to overdue fines

Public libraries in Bellingham and throughout Whatcom County are saying farewell to overdue fines. On January 2, Bellingham Public Library (BPL) and Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) will join libraries across the country that have eliminated the practice of charging people for returning library materials after the due date. This change is designed to help … Read more