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Bellingham Police and Public Library Host Literacy Event and Collaboration

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The Bellingham Police Department (BPD) Literacy Initiative will kick-off at a free event at Lee Memorial Park (the Central Library Lawn) on Saturday, Aug. 27, from 10 am to noon. Children five-years-old and under will receive a free book and the opportunity to interact with BPD officers and their vehicles, do a craft, play and … 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

Bellingham Public Library Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month

The Bellingham Public Library celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with books, films and more, that feature AAPI authors, characters, and experiences. Library staff have great recommendations and lists to get you started! Asian American and Pacific Islander Books for Adults Looking for an AAPI focused cookbook? We’ve got those, as well as … Read more

Ryan Dowd Training May 20, 2022

Register now for an in-person training opportunity with nationally-recognized speaker Ryan Dowd featuring “Skills for Interacting Confidently and Compassionately with Individuals in Crisis.” Dowd will present two, free training sessions on Friday, May 20 at Mount Baker Theatre Mainstage in Bellingham. Participants can choose either a morning session 8 am – noon or an afternoon … Read more