By Debby Farmer
Exciting news for the month – the Blaine Library now has air conditioning.
Since the building was first opened in 1988, summers in the stacks were stifling! Now thanks to a cooperative effort by the city of Blaine, the Friends of the Blaine Library and the Whatcom County Library System, the patrons and staff will “keep their cool” year-round.
The other major news of interest – we’ve doubled the number of public internet stations from two to four. The same internet management system is in place, so a library card is still required for access. Visitors to the area may request a guest pass.
Our first cultural event of 2005, sponsored by the friends played to a packed house, as Sophie Dominik Echeverria danced and delighted attendees with her Flamenco flair. The next Friends event on Friday, June 17, will feature a lecture on Middle East affairs by 25-year Foreign Service veteran, Gordon Pierson. Future events include an author visit and various travel lectures.
We’re gearing up for Summer Reading Club, with the medieval themes, “Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds,” for the kids and “Joust Read” for our teen readers. As in past programs, we will offer fine forgiveness up to $5 for club participants who sign up between June 8 and June 30. Our monthly summer afternoon programs will include making coats of arms, dragon eggs and finger puppets.
The Thanksgiving 2004 book sale was such a success that the Friends are planning another one on July 1, 2, and 4. Books donations are currently being accepted, (please no textbooks or Readers Digest Condensed books).
If you would like to help with this event or others, stop by the library and pick up a membership form, so that you too can be a Blaine Library friend!
Staff at the Whatcom County Library System have announced the Children’s Summer Reading Club – Dragons, Dreams & Daring Deeds. Kids throughout the county are invited to participate from June 8 – August 31 at their local library.
The Whatcom County Library System and Bellingham Public Library are hosting a joint Teen Summer Reading program Joust Read! Teen can participate at their local library from June 8 – August 19 by reading, writing reviews and submitting their names to win weekly prize drawings.
Medieval themed events will be taking place at libraries in Whatcom County, including the city of Blaine, throughout the summer. Contact your local branch for more information or check www.wcls.org.