Monthly Highlights-June 2024

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Please join us to learn about library events and services.

Date:    Monday, June 17, 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 May 20, 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, June 11, 18, 25; July  2, 9


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?

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!  And BOOK SALE! 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 are able to volunteer during this event, please let the South Whatcom Librarians know.


Wednesdays, July 3 and 10


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

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.  July’s reading challenge: our theme this month is “Guilty Pleasure”.

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


Teen Art Camp

Thursdays, July 11, 18 and 25

From 2:30pm – 4:00pm

Make art and make connections at the South Whatcom Library. Each day features a different project designed to stretch our creative muscles and help us see the world in new ways. Grades 6-12.

Wander and Wonder – Exploring Our Natural World

Friday, July 12 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm

From birds in the air to roots underground, the natural world is full of amazement. Join us to explore the wonder of the wild around Lake Louise! Meet library staff and our nature guide at the Sudden Valley Welcome Center, right at the Gate 2 entrance.

All supplies provided. Grades K-5.

Make a Wind Chime!

Friday, July 19 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Join us at the South Whatcom Library as we decorate a wooden wind chime that will let us HEAR the wind moving around us and make a pinwheel that will spin and let you SEE the wind.  We will read a story and do some painting so be sure and wear clothes you can paint in.   All supplies provided.  Grades K-5.  Wind | Whatcom County Library System | BiblioCommons

Whatcom Grooves Summer Music Series: Tumbao in Glenhaven (Families In-Person)

Saturday, July 20, 5:30-7:30 PM (doors open at 4:30PM)
Glenhaven Clubhouse
2997 Glenhaven Drive, Glenhaven, WA

Celebrate summer, music and libraries at free concerts hosted across the Whatcom County Library System. At each event, discover what’s new at local libraries and join neighbors in a joyous afternoon or evening of live music. 

The South Whatcom branch and the Friends of the South Whatcom Library invite you to join them at the Glenhaven Clubhouse (2997 Glenhaven Drive, Glenhaven, WA) with Tumbao. An Afro Cuban band based in Seattle, Tumbao features 3x Latin Grammy-winning singer Carlos Cascante (of the Spanish Harlem Orchestra) as well as pianist/musical director extraordinaire Julio Jauregui from Mexico City. This band plays an uplifting mix of salsa dance classics as well as originals by pianist Jauregui. Peruvian conguero Edsson Otero, Palouse drummer Jeff Busch and Seattle bassist Dean Schmidt round out the sound.  A great group, not to be missed … be sure to bring your dancing shoes!

The Whatcom Grooves Summer Jazz Series is generously supported by the Whatcom County Library Foundation and the Friends of the South Whatcom Library. The Jazz Center of Bellingham makes this free event possible with special thanks to Jerry Steinhilber. Additional thanks to sponsor Trader Joe’s.  Financial donations to support local libraries are gratefully accepted at the concerts.

The music begins at 5:30 but the festivities begin at 4:30. Come early and enter prize drawings, browse our pop-up library, and enjoy selections from participating food trucks! 

Reserve your spot for free now. Bring your blankets and camp chairs, no alcohol please. Carpooling is suggested as parking is limited. Free registration at:

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

Junior Groove: Jazz for Kids

Saturday, July 27 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Join local jazz drummer Jerry Steinhilber for this interactive program at the South Whatcom Library. Learn about where jazz comes from and how it works, and even try your hand at making some music of your own. For kids in grades K-5.

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

Find out how you can support your South Whatcom Library!  Ask your Librarian today!

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