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Whatcom READS

Read the Book, Join the Conversation

Whatcom READS is our community’s annual literary series of events that encourage everyone in our area to read and discuss the same book. It is organized by all the public and academic libraries in Bellingham and Whatcom County and our community partner, Village Books.

Working together for more than a decade, these organizations are achieving the vision of hosting an annual literary happening that will have neighbors talking with neighbors about great literature and the joy of reading and sharing these experiences. This project thrives thanks to significant funding from Friends of the Bellingham Public Library and the Whatcom County Library Foundation, and support from other businesses and organizations.

How it works
Each year, a new book is selected by Whatcom READS organizers. Community members are encouraged to read or listen to the book, share it with family and friends, and participate in programs and special events that follow the themes in the book.

Each series culminates with a visit by the author of the selected book, who makes numerous free-of-charge presentations at locations throughout the county.

Whatcom READS operates through a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a governing board that includes a representative from each partner organization, including the Bellingham Public Library.

More Information

  • More information about Whatcom READS, including a schedule of events, videos of past event, and much more, available on the Whatcom READS website.