Monthly Highlights-May 2024

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Please join us to learn about library events and services.

Date:    Monday, May 20, 2024

Time:    630-730 pm

Where:   Geneva South Whatcom Fire Station #21

   4518 Cable Street, Bellingham, WA 98229

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 Alexander, Catherine Martin



3. Approval of Agenda

4. Approval of April 15, 2024, Minutes

5. Treasurer’s Report – Gena Evola

6. Public Comment

7. Committees Reports

a. Resource & Development: Deb Wibe

b. Concert Committee: Deb Wibe

c. Membership Committee: Nancy Wyen

8. SW Library – Liz Andre, Manager

9. Old Business

a. Executive Committee report – 2024 Elections – Deb Wibe

10. New Business

11. Adjourn

Accepting candidate applications for FoSWL Board of Directors

The mission of Friends of the South Whatcom Library is to enhance the South Whatcom Library services through support and advocacy, raising awareness of the library’s value in our community.

Help us make decisions and plan monthly educational and fun-filled activities for adults and kids. For example, Summer Reading Kickoff  in June, WCLS Summer Concert  Series, Ice Cream Social in August, free bulbs at Daffy Day in October, Patron Appreciation Sweet Potluck in December.  Want to assist in planning and/or events? Let us know:

We love our library and want to provide the support so that ALL community members can enjoy library services and events for ages to come. To read about current Board of Directors, go to and drop down on “About.”  Support your library by becoming involved with the Friends of the South Whatcom Library Board of Directors.   Please provide a brief Bio and your contact information in an email to: or  mail to: Friends of the South Whatcom Library Board of Directors, 8 Barn View Ct, Bellingham, WA  98229.



Tuesdays, May 14, 21, 28; June 4, 11


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?


Wednesdays, May 15


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


Fri, May 17. Doors “open” at 5:30pm. Features start at 6:30pm.

At the Sudden Valley Dance Barn

Visit the South Whatcom Library Table of Information

Come join us for a community documentary screening. Whatcom Million Trees Project is hosting a double feature documentary screening of  Intelligent Trees followed by Love Thy Nature. 

Prior to the screening, attendees can visit nature focused informational tables in the Recreation Center. Stop by the South Whatcom Library table to selectlibrary materials for check out and sign up for new library cards.  

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.  June’s reading challenge: our theme this month is “pride”.

Dates & Times:
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Fri, Jun 7 2024
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Fri, Jul 5 2024
2:00pm – 3:00pm, Fri, Aug 2 2024

Dog Day Afternoons

Tuesdays, May 7 and 14

4:00pm – 6:00pm

Cuddle up with a good book at South Whatcom Library and read to a canine friend from the Whatcom Humane Society. Choose your half-hour between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. and read once a week for two weeks. Must be able to read with minimal help.   All dogs have completed basic obedience and/or participated in WHS education programs.  Space is limited; registration is required. To register, call the South Whatcom Library at (360) 305-3632. 

South Whatcom A Salmon’s Journey

Saturday, May 18 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Celebrate the return of the Chinook salmon to the Nooksack River at South Whatcom Library as we read a Tlingit version of the story Shanyaak’utlaax̲/Salmon Boy illustrated by 2021 Caldecott winner and Tlingit/Haida artist Michaela Goade. After the story, we will color and cut out the 5 local species of salmon to make a collage or mobile. We look forward to learning and creating with you! All materials provided. For grades K–5.


Elemental: Reimagine Wildfire Documentary Film Screening (Adults In-Person)

Thursday, June 6  from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Join us at the library for an after-hours screening of this important film. After the movie concludes, we will hear from representatives of the Whatcom Conservation District’s Wildfire Preparedness team and the Whatcom Million Trees Project about ways to protect our homes in the event of an approaching wildfire.

Elemental takes viewers on a journey with the top experts in the nation to better understand fire. We follow the harrowing escape from Paradise as the town ignited from wind-driven embers and burned within a few hours of the fire’s start. We learn from Native Americans as they employ fire to benefit nature and increase community safety as they have for thousands of years. We follow researchers who work to understand the effects of climate on forests and the crucial role that natural forests play in storing vast amounts of carbon.  Catch the documentary at home on Kanopy or join the conversation in person this June.  Please pre-register at:

Summer Reading Kickoff

Wednesday, June 26 from 10:00am – 6:00pm

Join us all week long at the South Whatcom Library as we celebrate the beginning of our Summer Reading program. Collect your Summer Reading card, learn about summer programs, and connect with other readers. All youth under 18 will receive a free book that they can pick out and keep forever. 

South Whatcom Library’s Kickoff also includes a variety of activity stations for kids: blow giant bubbles, get creative with sidewalk chalk drawing, stop by our craft table, and find the hidden lobster for an otter pop prize! Thank you to the Friends of the South Whatcom Library for their enthusiastic support of libraries and for making activities like these available to our community. 

If you would like and able to volunteer during this event, please let the South Whatcom Librarians know.

How you can support your South Whatcom Library!


  1. Shop the Book Sale cart inside the South Whatcom Library

A colored dot system is used to price the books $1 and up. Other books start at 25 cents, price listed on those books.  Drop the amount into the Honor Box at the Book Sale cart. The Friends of the South Whatcom Libraryuse book sale proceeds for funding South Whatcom Library monthly children’s craft kits. Thank you for participating!

2. Shop Fred Meyer Community Rewards

You can raise funds for the Friends of the South Whatcom Library through Fred Meyer Community Rewards. Go to your online account to link your Fred Meyer Rewards card to Friends of the South Whatcom Libraryfor 0.5 % donations from your purchase price to the Friends, at NO cost to you!

  • 3. Shop through iGive members can choose Friends of the South Whatcom Library gto make donations from purchases made at favorite online retailers. iGive membership is free!

  • 4. Join Friends of the South Whatcom Library

Go to and click on the “Membership” tab. Or, ask your awesome Librarian how to join.

Thank you for your support of our South Whatcom Library!

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