Upcoming & Ongoing Library Events

Whatcom READS! Book Discussion: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – Join the discussion of this year’s Whatcom READS! Book, led by the FOIL Book Group. Monday, Feb 15th at 7:30.Tea and snacks provided by Friends of Island Library.

Festival of Costume – Take your ethnic, or memorable clothing out of mothballs! Show it off and celebrate the world of costume. Model your apparel or bring to display. We’ll share stories and pictures of the amazing things people have created for adornment around the world. Sun, Jan 31st, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Lego Lab – Create! Build! Join us on Saturday mornings to build with LEGO, DUPLO, and other constructions sets. Building sets will be provided. Grades K-8, 11:00 AM every Sat.

Let’s Make Valentines – Come and making amazing valentines for your friends and family. Ages 4 – 11, Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 3:00 – 4:00 PM , Island Library.

Play Reading Group – Calling all thespian or “wantabes”. Get together with others who enjoy reading plays aloud. Amateurs and first-timers are always welcome. On the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Next meeting is Feb. 9th, 6:30 – 8:00 PM in the Hanson Meeting Room..

Island Writer’s Group – Are you an aspiring writer? Join others for support in improving your writing techniques, get feedback on your writing, and gain information on how to get your work published. All writing styles welcome. We meet once a month on the 2nd Thursday. Can’t make it every month? No problem — come when you are able! The next meeting is Feb. 11th, 6:30- 8:30 PM in the Hanson Meeting Room.

Tech Training– Want to learn how to use your electronic device more effectively, take advantage of library online resources, and get help in navigating this increasingly digital world? Receive free one-on-one tech encouragement and support. Schedule a half-hour appointment at Island Library. Tuesdays, 3-6 PM, by appointment. (360) 758-7259.

Chess Club – Play and learn the ancient game of kings. After school from 2:15 to 4:15 on Tuesdays. Grades K-5, Hanson Meeting, Island Library

Island Preschool Storytime– themed stories and more for ages 3 – 7. Monthly on Tuesday, Next one is Feb. 2, 6:30 – 7:00 PM in the Hanson Meeting Room.

Scrabble in the Afternoon- Continues in the Hanson Meeting Room every Thursdays at 3:00 PM.

Events Sponsored by FOIL

‘Noisy Water; Poetry from Whatcom County Washington’- Luther Allen, editor and author of ‘The View From Lummi Island’, will join authors of ‘Noisy Water’ to read from their new anthology of 101 poets. For all ages. Feb. 20th, 7:30 – 9:00 PM, Island Library. Tea and snacks served.

Sea Shanty Sing-a-Long – All are invited to come join in for some lively singing with Randy Benson and friends. No experience required, and instrument players welcomed, Sun, Feb. 7th, 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Library.

The Friends of Island Library (FOIL) Board meets the second Monday of the month at the library. FOIL owns and maintains the library building, and sponsor events and reading programs at Island Library. Next meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 8th, , 7:00 – 8:30 PM. Hanson Meeting Room. FOIL’s 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

The Island Library is finished outside and inside!

Friends of Island Library (FOIL) have continued to work hard finishing the major update of the library. They are just concluding hours and hours of volunteer digging, planting, weeding, mulching, and watering over the past 12 months. The expanded parking area, storm water retention rain garden, landscaping, patio and inscribed wall, and Zold memorial fountain installation are all the result of volunteer effort and donations. We so very much appreciate the many individuals who have offered their skills and muscles to the library to get this done! A special thanks to FOIL Board members Colleen MacGilchrist who has shepherded the entire site improvement project and to David Thorn who gets everything installed and repaired and to volunteer Mike Skehan who built the inscribed walls and got the fountain installed and running again