WWU library puts Northwest books into one basket


Western Washington University plans to hold a public celebration Nov. 1, complete with cake, that will appeal to people who love Northwest history.

The event marks the official opening of the Northwest Collection in Wilson Library. Basically, library staff moved books about the region, its history and its significant authors into one space, the beautiful, high-ceilinged central reading room on the library's second floor.

"It's a way for us to showcase the wonderful region in which we all live," said Elizabeth Joffrion, director of heritage resources at Western. "It's not filled to the brim yet, but you'd be surprised how much we have in the collection."

The celebration also marks Western Libraries' 50th anniversary as a federal documents depository.

To mark the occasion, people can enjoy cake at 1 p.m. in the library skybridge, followed by a panel discussion about government documents at 2 p.m. in the library presentation room.

Later, a 4 p.m. reception and a 5 p.m. presentation by Northwest aerial photographer John Scurlock are planned, both in the Northwest Collection room.

Reach Dean Kahn at 360-715-2291 or dean.kahn@bellinghamherald.com.

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