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Summer Reading Programs for 2022 are June 1 – Aug. 31

Summer reading programs for everyone — kids, teens and adults — begin June 1 throughout Bellingham and Whatcom County.

Reading takes us on boundless journeys. This year we invite you to “chart your path” wherever you want to go, however you want to get there. Bellingham Public Library and Whatcom County Library System will distribute summer reading cards with a stepping stone design to allow readers to record their experiences. The card provides reading ideas and recommendations, but the choices are up to the reader. Anything goes!  

Summer Reading Cards

Print your own Summer Reading cards at home to chart your progress. Choose from the following list:

Kids, Teen, Adult

Library Parties in the Parks

Bring your family (and your own food and beverage) and join us for a variety of fun activities including free books for ages birth – teen, sidewalk chalk, Storywalks, and games. It will be fun for children of all ages. Our thanks to the Friends of Bellingham Public Library and to WECU for participating and providing books.

Dates, Times, Locations

Wednesday, June 22, 5 – 7 p.m. at Squalicum Park

Wednesday, July 13, 2 – 4 p.m. at Cordata Park

Woman with balloons and storywalk sign
Meet Library staff outside this summer at Library Parties in the Parks.

Children’s Craft Fair, July 29

The Library’s Children’s Craft Fair returns in 2022! Booth registration will begin on June 1 and is required to reserve a spot. Registration forms will be available on our Children’s Craft Fair page.

Friday, July 29, 2022
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Central Library Lawn
Youth age 13 and younger may register for a booth.

*Booth pre-registration is required. Booth registration is FULL! Please visit the Children’s Craft Fair page to get on the waitlist.

On the day of the craft fair, enjoy a wide array of crafts and baked goods handmade by children.  All items are priced $5 or less.