Everson Library

Patrons and former staff of the Everson Library mingle March 31 during that branch’s turn to share personal memories of the 75-year-old Whatcom County Library System, which celebrates the milestone later this year. (Elisa Claassen/Lynden Tribune)

History Harvest comes to Lynden this Saturday

WHATCOM — It’s time to go through the drawers, closets or recesses of the brain to share items or memories with the staff of the Whatcom County Library System.

In 1944 residents living in unincorporated Whatcom County passed a measure by more than 70 percent to create a rural library system. WCLS’s humble origins were a six-person staff in the basement of the Bellingham Public Library. It is now the thriving WCLS with 11 branches.

In preparation for the Nov. 7, 2019 celebration of the 75th anniversary of the countywide library system, staff will be on hand from 2 to 5 p.m. this Saturday, April 13, at the Lynden Library, 216 Fourth St.

That routine is repeated on Saturday afternoon, May 18, at the Ferndale Library, 2125 Main St. It already happened at the Everson Library on March 31.

WCLS is inviting items related to its history — either to the branches, the administration, or the beloved Bookmobile and other mobile services. Photos are the primary type of item that will be scanned, but any kind of two-dimensional article or memorabilia with significance to library people, events or locations, especially old library cards, are of interest.

It’s called History Harvest.

People who bring in their personal photos will retain copyright. Library staff will ask permission to scan, upload and share these items for historical and educational purposes. All articles collected during the History Harvest events will be added to a digital collection hosted on the Washington Rural Heritage