Monthly Highlights-Dec 2023

Friends of the South Whatcom Library Board Meeting


Please join us to learn about library events and services.

Date:    Monday, December 18, 2023

Time:   630-730 pm

Where:  South Whatcom Fire Station

Our mission is to enhance library services through support and advocacy,

raising awareness of the library’s value in our community.


1. Call to Order

2. Quorum Call

BOD: Deb Wibe, Nancy Wyen, Sandi Mitchell, Maggie Barklind, Diane Devlin,

Amy Buchanan, Gena Evola, Alma Deckert, Catherine Martin



3. Approval of Agenda

4. Approval of November 2023 Minutes

5. Treasurer’s Report

6. Public Comment

7. Committees Reports

a. Resource & Development: Deb Wibe

 Activities report

 Presentation of 2024 Programming and Budget – vote on Board approval

 Fundraisers – large, small, other

 Passive income projects (Fred Meyer Rewards program, iGive, CDs)

 Book sales

b. Membership Committee: Nancy Wyen

 Breakfast with Santa

 Patron Appreciation Day Sweet Potluck

c. Concert Committee: Deb Wibe

8. SW Library – Liz Andre, Manager

9. Old Business

1. Volunteer Coordinator – Sandi Mitchel

2. Additional signer to WECU and PayPal accounts – Gena

 Should a person be identified by position so the responsibility changes whenever

someone new comes into the position or should we just look for a volunteer every


 Deadline for completion?

3. Diversity and Inclusion Statement – Deb

 Review proposal – see 11/20 board minutes.

 Should we reword WCLS’s statement or create our own (i.e. Gena’s draft)?

4. Quarterly CD certificates – Deb/Gena

 Review 11/20/23 motion

 Annual vs bi-annual vs quarterly?

5. Discussion of Friends Adult and Childrens library bags

10. New Business

11. Adjourn



Tuesdays, Dec 12, 19; Jan 2


Design, build, & share at this South Whatcom Library drop-in program for ages 4 and up. We provide the LEGO® bricks; you bring the creativity. What will you create?


Wednesday, Dec 13 from 10:30-11:00am

For ages 2-6, 30 minutes. An open program that includes stories, rhymes, and songs with opportunities for movement and interactive participation. 

Patron Appreciation Day Sweet Potluck

Friday, Dec 29 between 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Join us at the South Whatcom Library for our Patron Appreciation Day sweet potluck! Bring a baked treat to contribute or just enjoy the hot cider and goodies outside of the library; we would love to see you.  This Patron Appreciation Day is hosted by the Friends of the South Whatcom Library in recognition of our wonderful community of engaged readers. 

If you are able to donate a sweet treat (finger food, please), there is a sign up sheet at the library, or let us know at   Thank you!


South Whatcom Play Date

Wednesdays, Jan 3, 10, 17

10:30am – 11:00am

Come to the South Whatcom Library and have fun during this informal playtime. While we take a break from Storytime, get together with other families and enjoy our toys, books, and occasional craft activities on Wednesday mornings. 

Valley Book Club In-Person (Adults)

Join us at the South Whatcom Library on the first Friday of each month to share your current read and hear about great new titles from others. This is a “choose your own” style book club where members will introduce others to their next favorite! Registration is required as space is limited. Register:

Looking for inspiration? Each month you can participate in our optional reading challenge; find and read a title related to the theme below. 

January’s reading challenge: our theme this month is “winter”.

Dates & Times:

2:00pm – 3:00pm, Fri, Jan 5 2024
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Fri, Feb 2 2024
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Fri, Mar 1 2024
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Fri, Apr 5 2024
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Fri, May 3 2024
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Fri, Jun 7 2024
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Fri, Jul 5 2024
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Fri, Aug 2 2024


Me, Myself, and I – Self Care for Kids

Saturday, Feb 10 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Join us at the South Whatcom Library for a program grounded in self-awareness, self-expression, and self-care. Celebrate who you are with mindfulness practices, temporary tattoos, self-portraits, yoga poses and much more. You can be anything and everything by just being yourself. Who do you want to be?

Energy Upgrades for Your Home (In-Person Adults)

Wednesday, Feb 28 from 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Learn about energy efficiency, renewable energy and other improvements for your home with Puget Sound Energy Outreach Manager, Hunter Hassig. Class is geared towards homeowners (although renters are welcome) looking to find ways to reduce their energy consumption through energy efficient upgrades. We will also cover other energy related home projects like producing your own power, offsetting your electric usage with renewable energy or making the switch to an electric vehicle. Energy saving tips will be shared along with programs, services and incentives available to help you on your next energy related home improvement project!

Please pre-register:

Love your library? Support South Whatcom Library in easy ways:

  1. Purchase books at In-Library Book Sale Cart
  2. Donate dollars to FRIENDS OF THE SOUTH WHATCOM LIBRARY by accessing swlfriends .org and clicking on “support” on the toolbar.
  3. Submit member dues in library or at
  4. Use Fred Meyer Rewards
  5. Shop iGive at
  6. Volunteer at library events

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