Bingo is Back!

Bingo graphic2Don’t miss the upcoming Bingo night in the Dance Barn on Friday, May 13 (don’t worry – this will be a lucky day for some attendees and lots of fun for everyone else!)  Doors open at 6 p.m. and Bingo begins promptly at 7 and ends at 9.  Cash prizes plus cash raffle.  Fun for the kids as well as for the grownups!

Washington Library Association Award

This wonderful news arrived today from Washington Library Association via Brian Hulsey:

“Thank you for submitting the nomination of the Friends of the South Whatcom Library for the WLA Friends/Foundation Merit Award. We had several deserving Friends/Foundation groups nominated and it is with great pleasure that I inform you your group will be the recipient of an Award. Your Friends showed amazing perseverance and dedication as they “worked diligently for three years to raise $365,000” toward a new library building. WLA is proud to honor their “unwavering passion for libraries” and their “positivity and resilience in the face of setbacks”.

We are so honored, and grateful to Brian and all the staff of the Whatcom County Library System for their trust and support!

Award Ceremony

FriendsAward3The Friends of the South Whatcom Library are proud to be honored as the 2015 Friends of the Year at a ceremony at the Whatcom County Library System Board meeting on December 15. The organization received a plaque to honor their commitment to bringing and sustaining library services in south Whatcom County.  Attending the ceremony (and pictured at left) were Christine Perkins, Executive Director of WCLS, FSWL Board Members Patricia Smith, Secretary, Marcia Morrison, Vice President, Mary Haslam, Treasurer and Brian Hulsey, South Whatcom Library Branch Manager, who nominated the group for the award.  Also attending as representatives of the Sudden Valley Community Association Board were Gail Chiarello and Grace Shaffner.

Friends Award

FOSWL Logo with nameFoSWL is proud to announce that our group has received the Outstanding Friends Service award from the Whatcom County Library System. The award was given for our “unwavering passion for public libraries, and for positivity in the face of setbacks”. Thank you to all our members, volunteers and donors. Keep up the positivity!!

Welcome Brian!!

Brian HulseyPlease welcome Brian Hulsey as the new manager for the South Whatcom Library. Brian has been with WCLS for nearly two years and has worked in libraries since 2007. Brian is active within multiple professional organizations with experience leading presentations and attending leadership institutes. More importantly, Brian’s enthusiasm for reading and libraries is sincere and catching. His dedication to the profession and to the South Whatcom community make him a good fit. Please stop by the library and give him a warm welcome!

South Whatcom Library Open

The temporary home of the South Whatcom Library in the Sudden Valley Adult Center opened to the public today, February 24.  Drop by and check it out.  Lots of fiction and non-fiction books, DVD’s, CD’s and magazines are available for browsing.  Children have their own room and teens have a cozy corner.  Open hours are:

Tuesday, Wednesday         10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Friday                 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday                              10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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South Whatcom Library to Reopen in SVCA Adult Center

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South Whatcom Library to Reopen in Sudden Valley Adult Center

After months of operating out of the lobby of the Sudden Valley YMCA, the South Whatcom Library will soon have a new temporary home in the Sudden Valley Adult Center, 10 Barn View Court, Sudden Valley, gate 2. Staff at the Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) are planning to close the temporary location in the YMCA lobby on Thursday, February 19, and re-open at the Adult Center on Tuesday, February 24 for regular library hours.

First opened on March 11, 2014, the South Whatcom Library closed a few months later when structural damage from wood pests was discovered in support pillars above the library. WCLS signed an agreement with the Sudden Valley Community Association (SVCA) in December 2014 allowing the use of the Adult Center while insurance claims proceed.

Library staff are currently adjusting the Adult Center to accommodate the library. The dance studio floor has been carpeted and a false wall covers the mirrors so the room can be returned to that use in the future. At this time it is not known how long the library will occupy the Adult Center.

The reconfigured space will include computers and WiFi, a children’s area, and a teen area.  The small meeting room will be available for public use when the library does not have it reserved. “Although the temporary location is much smaller than the ‘old’ South Whatcom Library, we believe we can squeeze in approximately 80% of the collection for your browsing pleasure,” said Executive Director Christine Perkins.

South Whatcom Library regular hours are Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Book a Librarian

karinNeed help with downloading eBooks? Want to learn more about WCLS databases? Book an hour with a library staff member and receive individual uninterrupted assistance. Beginning May 6, Book a Librarian is available during open hours Tuesdays and Wednesday (10 am – 6 pm) by appointment only.  Email  to schedule an appointment.

Thank You Bookmobile Staff!!

BookmobileIt is will both sadness and gratitude that we say good-bye to the WCLS Bookmobile staff.  They have served Sudden Valley and the South Whatcom area through all sorts of weather with grace, good humor, and helpfulness.  The Bookmobile will continue to serve the South Whatcom area with stops in Wickersham, South Bay and South Lake Samish, but will no longer stop in Sudden Valley since the South Whatcom Library will provide expanded library services in its new facility!