“Mountain Runners” with Ted Warger, May 2, 2015

The Mountain Runners is the story of America’s first mountain endurance/adventure foot race, which took place in Bellingham, Washington. First run in 1911, the grueling 28 to 32 mile race to the glacial summit of Mount Baker and back lasted only three years due to its intrepid dangers. Told in a docudrama style, the film incorporates vintage images, historic film, visual graphics and 3D effects, and recreated dramatizations staring William B. Davis (X-Files, Smoking Man). Presented by Todd Warger, director and producer of this riveting story. Donations to the library always appreciated.

Event Type: Adult Program
Age Group(s): Adults
Date: 5/2/2015
Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Time: 9:00 PM

Winter Ceremonies Along the Northwest Coast

Winter months are some of the busiest and culturally richest times in First Nation villages up and down the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. Join Sharon Eva Grainger for a pictorial celebration of potlatches held during the fall and winter of 2014-2015. Planning, preparation, and the celebration of each potlatch become significant events in each village. Against a backdrop of magnificent natural beauty, it is easy to understand the richness and drama that is deeply woven into the daily lives and culture of all First Nations. Program sponsored by Friends of Island Library, refreshments served and donations welcomed.

Event Type: Family Program
Age Group(s): All Ages/Family
Date: 4/18/2015
Start Time: 7:30 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM

Boys in the Boat

I conjunction with this year’s Whatcom Reads! selection ” Boys in the Boat” ,Curtis Smith and Bob Diehl will share their stories and insights about the physically and psychologically demanding sport of rowing. Curtis Smith rowed with the UW crew in the 1950s.  Bob Diehl was an undefeated collegiate rower at UW from 1958-1960.  He was the head coach of the WWU rowing team and is currently the board chairman of the Whatcom Rowing Association.

Program is for adults.  It will be held Saturday, January 17th,7:30 PM at the Island Library.

Fundraising Goal Reached!

Friends of Island Library (FOIL) is overjoyed to announce we have now met our fundraising goal of $200,000 for the Island Library remodeling project! Funds raised to date are $200,068. We are grateful beyond measure to everyone who has helped support this effort. It has truly been an amazing accomplishment by our entire island community. Thank you!

There is still some physical work to be done when the weather improves to complete the project–grading the driveway, landscaping the grounds, etc.–but FOIL board members are happy to have this fundraising portion of the work completed. The normal annual budget for FOIL is about $3,000, which includes property taxes, insurance, ongoing building maintenance, and support for children and teen library programs.

FOIL, a nonprofit organization, owns and maintains the building and grounds where Island Library is located. Most rural libraries in Whatcom County receive funds from incorporated cities (Ferndale, Lynden, etc.), but FOIL is largely a self-supporting organization. We depend on individual donations from you–the people of the Lummi Island community.

Gala Grand Opening Held Nov. 17, 2013!

A large number of islanders showed up to tour and celebrate the Grand Opening of the newly rebuilt Island Library. Since a photo is worth a thousand words…

Sunset Behind the Library

Sunset Behind the Library
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Thanks to the many donors and volunteers who have contributed to this project. We have now raised $199,100 of our $200,000 goal–we’re almost there!

There is still much to be done next spring to complete the outside parking, drive grading, and landscaping (including the commemorative brick wall), but the interior is basically complete. The Library is once again open for normal hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2-8pm, and Saturdays 10am-4pm.

Photos taken by Lizz Roberts, WCLS Community Relations Coordinator, and Nancy Ging, FOIL Board member.

Brick Orders Closed

A big thanks from FOIL to everyone who purchased bricks for the wall to be built next year as part of a garden on the northwest side of the Library. The bricks have been an important part of our fundraising efforts for the Library remodeling project. Brick ordering is now officially closed so the wall design can be completed. Lis Marshall is developing on an overall design for the garden.

Goodbye Bookmobile!

From Librarian Karly Tucker

Goodbye, Bookmobile! Hello, temporary portable Library!

Thanks to the Whatcom County Library Bookmobile staff we were able to keep providing library service while our building is getting transformed. Now that drydock approaches we’re having to say goodbye to the bookmobile. Visit our new location in a portable office unit that you can reach from the ferry parking lot.

Directions to the Portable Library:
Go through the gate to the Library property by the apple tree in the ferry parking lot, and you’ll find the new portable building (next to the book sale portable).

We will have your requested items there for you to pick up and a small collection of other materials to browse- books, magazines, DVDs, audiobooks and more. The hours will go back to our regular schedule:

Tuesday 2-8 
Thursday 2-8 
Saturday 10-4

Hope you had fun visiting the bookmobile, and hope to see you in our new tiny library. Thanks for your patience while we undergo the library transformation. It’s going to be AWESOME!

Ed. Note: Lummi Island has some of the most intrepid librarians on the planet. They have done an amazing job adapting cheerfully to the difficult challenge of providing summer reading materials to an island full of avid readers without the benefit of an actual building. They’ve not only succeeded, but have made it fun! Be sure to let them know how much you appreciate their efforts.

Progress Photos

We’re so excited! Construction is underway, and contractor Mark Sexton and his crew are making rapid progress. Here are some photos of what’s happening. We’ll be adding new photos frequently, so be sure to visit often.


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Library Closed for Expansion – Bookmobile Fills the Gap

Mark Sexton has been awarded the contract for construction on the Island Library expansion project. County library staff have packed up all the books, furniture has been removed, and work has started. So where will you get your summer reading?

No worries. Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) has made arrangements for the Bookmobile to come to Lummi Island three days a week to make sure islanders have steady access to the books they want. The Bookmobile will be located by the grassy area in the ferry parking lot across from the ferry dock. The book return box is also being moved to that location.

Bookmobile hours from now until the ferry goes into drydock in early September will be:

  • Sundays Noon to 5 pm
  • Mondays 9 am to 1 pm
  • Thursdays 1 pm to 8 pm

During drydock, Friends of Island Library (FOIL) expects to be providing a portable building, and books requested will be brought across on the passenger ferry as usual. More information will be available as drydock time approaches. If you have any questions, please contact Karly Tucker and her staff at the Island Library: 758-7145.