Monthly Highlights – May 2023

The Friends of the South Whatcom Library monthly board meeting is Monday, May 15.

Please join us to discover library events and services.

When:    Monday, May 15, 2023

Time:      630 p.m. to 730 p.m.

Where:  Sudden Valley Fire Station Community Room


  1. CALL TO ORDER – Deb Wibe, President

BOD:   Amy Buchanan, Debra Wibe, Diane Devlin, Maggie Barklind, Nancy Wyen, Sandi Mitchell, Brett Greene, Annika Sheck, Katherine Brossard

  • APPROVAL OF MINUTES for April 17, 2023
  • TREASURER’S REPORT – Amy Buchanan
    • Resource & Development – Christy Helvajian, Chair
      • Membership Dues begin in June.
        • Advertise restructured dues?
      Jazz/Concert Committee – Brett Greene, Chair / Nancy Wyen
      • July 15, 2:00-3:00PM at Glenhaven Club House, 2997 Glenhaven Dr.Distributing posters via John Neighbors.Volunteers needed to help set up and take down: time to arrive.Jr. Jazz from 1:30-2:30 on Friday, June 30 at the library
    Membership Committee – Nancy Wyen, Chair
    • SWL Manager- Liz Andre
    • FoSWL Webpage–Deb Wibe
      • Website Status
    • Book Sale coming up: day and time – Nancy Wyen
    Google drive account research results – Brett Greene
    • Time – 6:30 PM South Whatcom Fire Station (unless noted)
    Date –June 19, July 17, August 21
South Whatcom Library upcoming events
  South Whatcom Storytime Wednesdays from 10:30am – 11:00am May 10 and 17. Come to the South Whatcom Library to enjoy an open program for ages 2-6 that includes stories, rhymes, and songs with opportunities for movement and interactive participation.

Friends of the South Whatcom Library Book Sale Saturday, May 20 from 9 AM to 1 PM Swing by the Friends of the South Whatcom Library’s book sale, part of the Sudden Valley Community Garage Sale event, for your next treasure! Early open at 9am will get your day off to a great start.  Cash Donation or Check to Friends of the South Whatcom Library please.  Don’t forget to pick up a $10 canvas library tote! All proceeds support your South Whatcom Library.    

Save the Dates!
Intelligent Trees Documentary Screening Friday, June 16,  2023 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm During our Summer Reading partnership with the Whatcom Million Trees Project, we hope that you will join us for a special screening and discussion of Intelligent Trees.  Trees talk, know family ties, and care for their young? Is this too fantastic to be true? German forester Peter Wohlleben (author of The Hidden Life of Trees) and scientist Suzanne Simard (The University of British Columbia, Canada) have been observing and investigating the communication between trees over decades. And their findings are most astounding. Catch the documentary at home on Kanopy or join the conversation in person this June. This is a free event; however, please pre-register at:

Summer Reading Kickoff Wednesday, June 28, 2023 from 10:00am – 8:00pm
Join us at the South Whatcom Library for this exclusive, all-day kickoff celebration! We will be distributing Summer Reading books to all youth, offering fun crafts for the whole family, and promoting our exciting slate of in-person programs happening this Summer. Can’t make it to your branch’s kickoff day? No sweat. Check out the other kickoff events happening across the county throughout the whole week. Drop in for a quick hello or stay awhile, we can’t wait to see you there. 

Junior Groove: Jazz for Kids Friday, June 30, 2023 from 1:30 to 2:30pm Join local jazz drummer Jerry Steinhilber at the South Whatcom Library for this interactive program. Learn about where jazz comes from, how it works, even try your hand at making some music of your own. For kids in grades K-5

Whatcom Grooves: Friends of the Library Summer Jazz Series Saturday, July 15, 2023 Doors: 1:30pm. Concert: 2:00 to 3:00pm Celebrate summer, jazz and libraries at three free concerts hosted by Friends of South Whatcom, Ferndale and Blaine libraries in support of the Whatcom County Library System. At each event, discover what’s new at local libraries and join neighbors in a joyous hour of live music. The jazz series kicks off at the Glenhaven Clubhouse (2997 Glenhaven Drive, Glenhaven, WA) with Bellingham-based Bilongo. A Bantu word meaning spell or potion — medicine for the soul — Bilongo is a seven-piece Latin jazz group featuring vocalist Sabrina Gomez. Fall under the spell of original compositions as well as songs from Buena Vista Social Club and more. This is music that makes you want to dance. Be sure to come early to browse music-related library books and to meet other community members. Carpooling is suggested as parking is limited. Reserve free seats now at:   Tickets are limited & required. Thank you to community partners whose financial & in-kind contributions made free events possible. Financial donations to support libraries gratefully accepted at events.  Volunteer at the Jazz concert events:

  Accepting candidate applications for FoSWL Board of Directors for September 2023 The Friends of the South Whatcom Library exists to enhance the South Whatcom Library services through support and advocacy, raising awareness of the library’s value in our community.   Help us plan monthly educational and fun-filled activities for adults and kids. For example, get on board with the creation of nature events geared to little ones and can be enjoyed by all ages. Learning events and parties for the whole family at South Whatcom Library.  “Whatcom Grooves” Summer Jazz concerts are coming this summer! Want to assist? Let us know:   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:  email or  mail to FoSWL, 8 Barn View Ct, Bellingham, WA  98229.  

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