About Whatcom READS!

Whatcom READS! is a community-wide reading and discussion program intended to encourage all Whatcom County residents to read the same book and create a county-wide book club experience.

Whatcom READS! is modeled after the highly successful Seattle Reads program which began in 1998 and became a national phenomenon. Communities across the country, large and small, from New York to San Francisco to Spokane, have been hosting similar programs to wide acclaim.

In 2008, Whatcom County Library System and Whatcom Community College were each awarded federal grants administered by the Washington State Library to help establish the Whatcom READS! program. These libraries quickly brought in other libraries as partners as well as local businesses and other community organizations.

Together, these organizations share a vision of creating an annual literary happening that will have neighbors talking with neighbors about great literature.


With your $200 tax-deductible donation, we can purchase 20 copies of The Boys in the Boat to share with Whatcom County residents as part of our Free Range Books program. Thank you!

Click on the link above or mail your check to: Whatcom County Library Foundation - 5205 Northwest Drive - Bellingham, WA 98226 - Memo note: Whatcom READS! 2014 R&R books