Bellingham, Whatcom County libraries expand digital collections

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 29, 2013 

The public library's digital collection is rich with new selections and local librarians want to spread the word that it's a great time to visit the library online.

The Washington State Library gave $125,000 in federal Library Services and Technology Act funds to the Washington Anytime Library consortium to add additional eBook and digital audiobook titles to the consortium's collection.

Librarians at Whatcom County Library System and the Bellingham Public Library were chosen to select the additional titles for the consortium.

If you don't have a library card, you can apply online at, then stop in to get your card at Bellingham Public Library's Central Library, Fairhaven or Barkley branch libraries, or any of the nine Whatcom County Library System community libraries and Bookmobile.


The members of 110-year-old Zion Lutheran Church in Ferndale hosted 28 Whatcom County ministers Sept. 19 at the ordination and installation of Zion's new pastor, Becky Langholz.

Earl Erickson of Blaine writes that many older Lutherans had never witnessed both ceremonies in their lifetimes. He added it was special for the pastor as well, because her grandfather baptized her and gave her the name of Rebecca on the same date.

Bishop Kirby Unti of the Northwest Washington Synod of Seattle conducted both the ordination and the installation services. The new pastor's family members from California attended.

The new pastor graduated from Archbishop Mitty High School, then from Boston College with degrees in history and women's studies. She graduated in 2011 from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, Calif. She served her internship at Augustana Lutheran Church in St. James, Minn. Pastor Becky is married to Rev. Joel Langholz, pastor of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Bellingham, and is the mother of two young sons - Alex and Rory.


Bellingham Harborview Lions Club will induct six new members Oct. 9: Irene Lash, Gayle Larson, Kenny Roos, Vickie Harnden, Mickie Kirkendall and Annette Richardson.

Past club projects include the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Moving Wall, Bellingham Theatre Guild, and the Lions Health Screening Van. Proceeds from past fundraising events have gone to Days for Girls, Womencare Shelter, Whatcom County Humane Society, Northwest Youth Services and Hospice. The club is currently working on the upcoming Theatre Guild casino night and the Pumpkins for Pajamas projects.

The club, chartered in 1990, has 46 members and Sue Watjen is its current president. It meets on the second Wednesday of each month at noon at The Willows. To get involved with the club, contact Shirlee Dickerson at 360-384-4944 or find them on Facebook.


The Ferndale Public Market hosted a community barbeque on Sept. 14 during extended market hours. Laura Edwards said people stopped by to enjoy hotdogs and donated roughly 50 pounds of food and $107 to the Ferndale Food Bank.

"In addition to hot dogs, anyone who donated, received an ice cream from Sugar Shack," said Eric Kelton, a board member of the Ferndale Public Market. "I want to thank everyone who came out and donated to this very important cause."

Eric and volunteers served up 70 hot dogs and Sugar Shack handed out 60 ice creams.

The Ferndale Public Market is open every Saturday through Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Centennial Riverwalk Park alongside the Nooksack River, off Main Street in Ferndale. For more information, go online to


Those little bars of soap we never quite use up during a hotel stay are helping save some of the 2.4 million children who die each year from hygiene- and sanitation-related illnesses, according to a press release from Providence Hospitality Partners, which manages Bellingham's Best Western Plus Lakeway Inn and Conference Center.

The hotel recently started recycling partially used and discarded soap through the Global Soap Project.

New soap bars are created out of recycled bars, then shipped around the world. The Global Soap Project works with organizations that have existing operations to make sure the soap is distributed to those in need and to ensure that proper hygiene education is provided in addition to the soap.

"I was stunned to learn that 1.4 million deaths can be prevented each year by handwashing with soap," said Larry MacDonald, general manager of the Lakeway Inn. "We are helping families around the world through the Global Soap Project, a rewarding program that our guests and staff are happy to support."

More than 1,100 hotels throughout North America participate in the Global Soap Project, founded in 2009.

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