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Do you have a child in your life? Parents, grandparents and other caregivers are a child's first and best teachers, and we're here to help with resources to support parenting and caregiving for youth of all ages, from babies to tweens.

Storytimes led by experienced educators, videos emphasizing early literacy practices for parents to try out at home, parent education workshops, and more: we have all kinds of resources for the big people who are so important in our little people's lives!

Our goal is to help strengthen family bonds through sharing stories, songs, movement and crafts. These are interactive experiences for parents/caregivers and children, and adult participation is key to their success. And they are fun for everyone!

Visit our Children's Library webpages to learn more!
Want to cozy up with a good book or audiobook? You came to the right place! We regularly refresh our online lists of recommended reads for all ages, with advice about popular fiction, award-winners and nominees, non-fiction, staff favorites and more.

Check out all our lists here: Reading Lists. Recently added lists include:


Best of the Bellingham Public Library 2017: Favorite titles recommended by staff and patrons, by age group and genre. Printed copies also available at all our locations.

100 Most Popular Library Books of 2017: The most popular, most requested and most checked-out books this year at the Bellingham Public Library.

The New York Times' Notable Books of 2017: Last year's notable fiction, poetry and non-fiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.

Need more information or recommendations? Ask Us
Whatcom READS presents our 10th title this year, and it's a timely, provocative debut novel sure to spark interest and discussion!  Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa is the Whatcom READS selection for 2018. It's a fast-paced, raw, and absorbing story set amid the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle. 

Yapa's novel is available in book, eBook and audiobook formats at all public libraries in Bellingham and Whatcom County, and from Village Books.

Whatcom READS partners are hosting events and activities county-wide now through March.  Following the themes in the novel, upcoming events include book discussions and performances by local musicians Tracy Spring, Jimmy Brite and Hank & Claire, featuring songs of protest, social justice, compassion, and hope.  Other events include readings by local authors who submitted entries for Whatcom WRITES, and a chance for people who were at the 1999 WTO protest to share their stories. The Whatcom READS Art Challenge invites local artists to display art pieces inspired by Yapa's book. 

Details about these and more can be found at All events and activities are free-of-charge. No tickets are required and seating is first-come, first-served. 

The series culminates with author Sunil Yapa visiting our area March 8-10, presenting at five free-of-charge events in Bellingham and Whatcom County, including a keynote presentation March 9 on the Main Stage at the Mount Baker Theatre.

Check the Whatcom READS website for more details and complete schedule of events. Find us on social media, too: Whatcom READS Facebook page.
Got a new device during the holidays? Check out our technology tips, coaching sessions and more to make the most of it! Whether you want to enjoy eBooks or eAudiobooksrelax with eMagazines, or advance your computing skills, we can help! 

No matter what device - smartphones, tablets, laptops and others - we provide all kinds of ways to enjoy technology and improve your skills, including free coaching sessions and free online classes for all levels, and thousands of eBooks, eAudiobooks and more.

Visit us online or in person to learn more about all the ways your library can help you get the most from technology!