Weekly Birch Bay Buzz
August 25, 2021 | Week 34
Welcome New Members!
Thanks to Sharman for producing our amazing Berm History signs that dotted the Birch Bay Promenade during our Berm Celebration Event this past weekend! The quality was exceptional and she turned them out quickly in time for our event.
If you missed them, we will bring them back again! It was fun to walk the berm and learn the history of the project.
This year, Minuteman Press has been our go-to for all of our high-quality printing needs when it comes to our event posters, flyers, and more! They are very friendly and amazing to work with!
Berm Celebration Recap:
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Berm Ribbon Cutting Ceremony this past Saturday. For any project, it is important to come together and celebrate! This project has been in the works for over 40 years, and we were so thankful to be part of such a memorable ceremony to celebrate our wonderful new Promenade!
Photo above courtesy of The Northern Light
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - Rescheduled!
We have decided to end the summer event season with a BANG!
As we had to cancel our last showing of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story due to smoke.
We have decided we will show it following Back to the Future on September 17th!

Gates will open at 5:45 PM
Sunset is at 7:20 PM

Back to the Future:
Will start at about 7:35 PM ending at about 9:30 PM
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story:
Will start at about 9:45 PM following about a 10-minute intermission. The second movie should end at about midnight!
Register for Run with the Chums Now!
Birch Bay residents will vote on library ballot measure Nov. 2nd:
Aug. 9, 2021 (Whatcom County, WA)
Birch Bay voters will decide if a new library will be built for their community in the Nov. 2, 2021, general election. If Proposition 14 passes, a Birch Bay Library Capital Facility Area (LCFA) will be established, allowing the LCFA board of directors to issue bonds to finance the construction of the library at 7968 Birch Bay Drive. The Whatcom County Council approved the ballot measure at its July 27, 2021, meeting. 
 
An LCFA is the method state law provides for funding a public library capital improvement project through property taxes. If the measure passes, property owners within the LCFA boundary will pay taxes of approximately 11 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. For example, the owner of a Birch Bay property assessed at $350,000 would pay approximately $38 annually – the equivalent of $3.20 per month – in property taxes to fund the library. If the ballot measure passes, construction could begin in 2022. The new library could open as early as 2023. 
 
As they do at their other 10 branches and bookmobile, Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) will provide staff, equipment, library materials and other services.
 
Currently, WCLS serves Birch Bay with weekly bookmobile service and WiFi. After community surveys revealed broad public support for a library building in the community, WCLS purchased the property at 7968 Birch Bay Drive in 2017 and began working closely with library supporters tasked with raising the necessary funds. The new library will be named the Birch Bay Vogt Community Library to honor the Vogt family, who had lived on the property since 1871. To ensure the design reflects the interests of the community, WCLS and Zervas Architects hosted public input sessions and met with key constituents. Visit wcls.org/birch-bay to see a fly-through animation of the proposed library and design schematics as well as a project overview. 
 
Birch Bay is one of the fastest-growing corners of the county. Year-round population is projected to increase 50% to nearly 13,000 people in the next 20 years. The unincorporated community does not have an indoor public gathering place. In addition to access to technology and the library’s collection of books, magazines, newspapers and DVDs, community members have expressed interest in library services such as job training and after-school, evening, weekend and summer programs – especially for
children and seniors. 

About WCLS:
Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) connects people with information, ideas and community. WCLS circulates more than 2 million items annually through 10 branches, the bookmobile and a Library Express location on Northwest Drive. Residents have access to WCLS’s rich collection, including books in print and digital formats, music and movies and online digital services. Library system staff plan and host inspiring events for every age. Experience “The Power of Sharing” by visiting in person or online at WCLS.org.