Important Update

Due to current guidance from public health officials, Whatcom County Library System has cancelled all branch programs, events, meeting room bookings, and outreach activities during the month of March. At this time Island Library will be open normal hours.

If you prefer not going to the library, your library card allows you to download books or audio books onto your computer or eReader. Instructions are on WCLS.ORG or the library staff can tell you how to do this.

Upcoming Programs/Events

Events Sponsored by The Library

Island Story Time – A 30 minute open program that includes stories, rhymes, and songs. For ages 2-6. Meets the first Saturday of the month. Sat., Mar. 7th , 10:30-11:00 AM.

The Art of the Book, Part 1: Making Unusual Books – Local artist and art teacher, Karen Weber, will share samples of the unusual books she has made, and teach some basic skills that students can then apply to their own creations.This is the first in our series of workshops on book art, and all materials are provided. Tues, Mar 24th, 2:30 – 4:30 PM

Come Together: Earth DayCreate art from recycled materials, and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We’ll begin with a story by Andrea Tsurumi then work with a team on a collaborative, county-wide art piece. Or create your own amazing work of art to take home. This program is made possible by the RE Store, Sustainable Schools, and AmeriCorps. The completed piece will travel the county, beginning at the Ferndale Library where we’ll have an open reception of Earth day. For kids and teens. Tues., Mar 31st, 2:30 – 3:30 PM.

Island Library Book Club – meets the first Monday of the month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM at the library. Our book for March is “Little Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng. Open to all. The selection for April is “ Talking to Strangers” by Malcolm Gladwell. Next meeting is Mar. 2, 7:00 – 8:15 PM.

Programs Sponsored by FOIL

Let’s Talk About Race Racism thrives in silence. It’s when we stop talking to one another about our beliefs that prejudices go unchallenged, and the gap between us widens. Yet race is one of the most difficult topics to discuss in American society. If we are to heal many of our country’s social, economic, and political divides, we can’t afford to avoid the conversation. With warmth and openness, renowned author and professor Clyde Ford leads a discussion on race in modern-day America with a heavy emphasis on audience participation. Meant for people of all races, participants will come away with tools for engaging in conversations about race in an honest, transparent, and meaningful way. Though ambitious, this talk aims to make a difference in bridging and healing the racial divide. Program sponsored by Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau and Friends of Island Library. Sat. Mar 14th, 7:00 – 8:45 PM.

An Afternoon with Island Author Susan Welch – You are invited to hear Lummi Island author Susan Welch read from her novel “A Thread So Fine” in a circle of chairs around the fireplace at the library. Join us for tea, cookies, and lots of discussion about family, writing, adoption, and creativity. Sunday, Mar. 15th, 3:00 – 5:00 PM.

The Friends of Island Library( FOIL) is a local non-profit organization that supports the Island Library through fundraising and promoting the purposes and activities of the Island Library and its community.

Last month I inadvertently left Ginny Winfield off the list of FOIL Directors. My Bad!

The next Board Meeting will be Monday, Mar. 9th 7:00-8:30 PM. Board meetings are open to the public.