Upcoming Events and Programs

Fall Cleanup– Enjoy a few hours with your friends, in the autumn air, preparing our beautiful library grounds for winter! It’s time to rake leaves, do some light pruning and weeding, and put in new plants. October 20th 12:00-3:00, bring gloves and tools.

Greetings, Goodwill, & Giving– Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate the season, greet your friends, and pick up some wonderful gifts at the annual Friends of Island Library’s holiday season silent auction. This gala event will be on Dec. 8th from 4:00 – 6:00 PM at the Grange Hall. There will be refreshments and entertainment. All items are donated by Island friends and artists.

Upcoming Programs/Events

Island Library Book Group – is a book group for adults. Engage in stimulating conversation about books, exchange perspectives about characters and plot, and get to know your neighbors. November’s book is “To the Bright Edge of the World” by Eowyn Ivey. Check with the library staff for a copy of this book. This group is open to all adults. Monday, November 4th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM.

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., Nov. 2nd , 10:30-11:00 AM.

Mask Making– Calling all masters of disguise in grades K-5. Come to the library, hear Lily’s Cat Mask, and make a mask of your own. Tues., Oct. 22nd, 2:30 – 3:30 PM

WCLS’s 75th Anniversary Celebration – On November 7, 1944, the citizens of Whatcom County said yes to the power of stories by voting to form what is today the Whatcom County Library System. In celebration of this 75th anniversary, all county libraries will host special activities. Celebrate the past and join us for the next chapter.Celebrate WCLS’s 75th Birthday with a party at the Island Library! Special activities, cake, and beverages all day. Thursday, Nov 7th, 2:00-8:00PM.

Pajama Story Time – An evening story time that combines bedtime stories, songs, and activities. Wear your PJs and bring your stuffies. Ages 2–8,Tues, Nov 12th, 6:30 -7:00 PM.

Programs Sponsored by FOIL

Let It Not Happen Again: Lessons of the Japanese American Exclusion – Clarence Moriwaki shares the story of Bainbridge Island—the origin point of the Japanese American exclusion—to provide a human, historical account of this national tragedy, and to ask the question: Are there parallels to what’s happening in America now? Moriwaki uses historical images, including historical and current propaganda, to explore the fear, racism, and failure of political leadership that led to these unconstitutional actions during World War II, and why we must not let it happen again. Sat. Nov 16th, 7:30 – 8:30 PM.

The Friends of Island Library( FOIL) is a local non-profit that supports the Island Library through fundraising and promoting the purposes and activities of the Island Library and its community. Board meets the second Monday of the month at 7:00 PM Board meetings are open to all.

FOIL Board of Directors – we need you!

FOIL includes everyone on the island who has a library card – you are all Friends of the Island Library! We need people on the FOIL Board who can go the extra mile as Friends to meet once a month to decide on maintenance and improvements to the physical facility and to arrange and organize ongoing library and community educational and enriching events. If you are interested in helping, please come to our monthly meeting at 7 pm the second Monday of any month in the Hansen Community Room, or call Joan Keiper at 758-7735 for more information