Monthly Highlights-July 2024

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Date:    Monday, July 15, 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 June 17, 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

d. Marketing Committee: Jes Stugelmayer

8. WCLS update: – Christine Perkins, WCLS Executive Director

9. SW Library – Liz Andre, Manager

10. Old Business

11. New Business

a. Approval of 2024 BOD Ballot

12. Adjourn

DEADLINE for FoSWL Board of Directors candidate applications Thursday, August 1

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, 10 Barn View Ct, Bellingham, WA  98229.



Tuesdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30; August 6


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, July 10, 17, 24, 31


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

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.   South Whatcom Library and Friends of the South Whatcom Library Saturday, July 13 from 10am-3pm Come see us at the Sudden Valley Fair, Recreation corridor, Gate 2! We’ll tell you about events, membership, volunteer opportunities. Children who open a first-time library card receive a library tote!   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.   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  a dynamic Cuban singer who gets the crowd engaged, 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 sponsors Trader Joe’s, Village Books and Paper Dreams, LouBerry’s Handcrafted Soaps and Creams, and Costco.   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 a participating food truck! Make your selections from the Book Sale; proceeds support South Whatcom Library programs.

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 & are able to volunteer during this event, please let South Whatcom Librarians know.

The Kindness of Cedars

Friday, July 26 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Cedar trees play an important role in Coast Salish culture. Join us at South Whatcom Library to learn about how cedars are integral to our lives and collaborate to weave a cedar bark mat for each library. Materials for individual paper mats will be provided. Grades K-5.

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 & are able to volunteer during this event, please let South Whatcom Librarians know.

Valley Book Club In-Person (Adults)

Friday, August 2 from 2-3pm

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.  August’s reading challenge: our theme this month is “Travel”.

Forest Walk with Jane Billinghurst (In-Person)

Saturday, August 3 from 10:00am – 11:30am

Join Jane Billinghurst for a forest walk at Stimpson Family Nature Reserve to delve into the forest ecosystem, find clues about the trees’ history, and track down seasonal treasures. You will leave with a new appreciation for what is to be found under the trees, even on hikes you thought you knew well, and with ways to engage children in the adventure.

Jane Billinghurst is a nature lover, master gardener, editor, translator, and author of six books, including Forest Walking which she co-wrote with Peter Wohlleben. She has translated and edited several books by Peter Wohlleben, including the New York Times bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees. She lives in Anacortes, Washington, next to 2,800 acres of community forest lands.

This program is co-sponsored by our Summer Reading Challenge partner, Whatcom Million Trees Project.  Please pre-register at:

Participation is limited to 16. Once you have registered, you will receive information on the specific location of the hike.  Suitable for ages 8+

South Whatcom Play Date

Wednesday, August 7 from 10:30am – 11:00am

Families with young children play and create at this informal social time. Toys and materials will be provided. Meets every Wednesday in August at the South Whatcom Library.

 Summer Reading Craft Fair (In-Person)

Friday, August 9 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Kids ages 5-13 are invited to sell their homemade art, crafts, and treats at the South Whatcom Library. Sign up to reserve a table. Everyone is welcome to shop.  All items will be $5 or less. Pre-register at:


Ice Cream Social

Friday, August 16 from 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Beat the heat with our annual Friends of the South Whatcom Library Ice Cream Social! Join us to build your own sundae, blow giant bubbles and get creative with sidewalk chalk drawing. Be sure to stop by the book sale to find your next read. 

All ages are welcome. Dairy-free ice cream options will be provided. Thank you to the Friends of the South Whatcom Library for their enthusiastic support of libraries and for making free events like this available to our community.   If you would like and are able to volunteer during this event, please let the South Whatcom Librarians know.

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