Whatcom wins!

June 16, 2017

When you think “library” the next word in your mind probably isn’t “marketing.” But this week a connection was made as the Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) announced that it has won three national library marketing awards, including the very prestigious John Cotton Dana award, which comes with a $10,000 prize.

As the WCLS website explains,

WCLS worked with Red Rokk, a Bellingham-based marketing agency, to launch the “My Modern Library” campaign in the spring of 2016; the digital marketing campaign focused on promoting the library’s digital services in a fun and positive way. At the end of the 9-month campaign, WCLS more than doubled their annual goals for circulation and cardholders, increased digital circulation by 86.5%, and broke the record for most card sign-ups ever in one month by 26%.

We love our libraries and congratulate WCLS and Red Rokk on their big wins… and also thank them for their support of poetry in Whatcom County!

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Pictured from left to right: Sally Crouse, Christina Nelson, WCLS Executive Director Christine Perkins, Sherri Huleatt, Megan Cook, Lizz Roberts, Sarah Hirsch, Red Rokk CEO Tyler Byrd, and Steven Aldous. Photo Credit: 1123 Productions

for Veterans Day…

November 11, 2014

The Poetry of WarLast year, in honor of Veterans Day, the poetry reading series SpeakEasy featured 30 poets reading Poetry of War — their own and that of others. SpeakEasy 12 was recorded by R.A. Hull, A Backup Experience, and the mp3 files are posted on the SpeakEasy page along with the evening’s program of readers. In honor of those who serve, listen in.

SpeakEasy 12 is also available on DVD through the Whatcom County Library System.

open sesame!

October 29, 2014

Ferndale, Washington

Today’s the day! After years in a too-cramped facility and many months of deliberation, planning, fundraising and construction, the brand-new Ferndale Public Library, at 2125 Main Street in Ferndale, Washington, opens its doors TODAY! Designed by SHKS Architects and built by Faber Construction, the 15,000 square foot library includes a Community Room that will accommodate up to 80 people, a conference room for groups of 12 to 14, plus two smaller study rooms.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Saturday, November 15, 2014, at 10:00am. Meanwhile, the library is open regular hours, Monday – Thursday 10am-9pm, Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm and Sunday 1pm-5pm.

Congratulations to the Ferndale community and to everyone who had a hand in making this happen. A new library is a very good thing indeed.

A Forest of WordsIf you live in Whatcom County, Washington, and you’re in the 6th to 12th grade, it’s time to polish up that poem and submit it to A Forest of Words, a contest of the Whatcom County Library System (WCLS).

Submissions open tomorrow, January 6, 2014, and close on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2014.

See the contest guidelines here and visit the Whatcom County Library Teens page on Facebook.

see poems

October 3, 2013

Ferndale Library
Stop by the Ferndale branch of the Whatcom County Library System any time during the month of October to view a set of beautiful Sue Boynton Poetry Contest poetry placards designed by Egress Studio.

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