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Summer Reading Programs for 2021 are June 1 – Sept 1

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!  

Watch our Summer Reading video by BTV to learn more!

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

Bellingham Public Library is eager to reconnect with our community. For summer 2021 we’re going outdoors and hosting 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, Summer Reading Superstar yard/window signs, and games. It will be fun for children of all ages. Face coverings required for everyone over age 2 who is unvaccinated. Our thanks to the Friends of Bellingham Public Library for participating and providing books.

Dates, Times, Locations

June 30, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Cordata Park (rain or shine)

July 14, 10 a.m. – noon, Lee Memorial Park/Library Lawn (cancelled if raining)

July 28, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Squalicum Park (rain or shine)

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