Public Service Announcements


Sixth annual Bellingham Anime Convention May 16 is bigger than ever!


Celebrate your love for anime and cosplay at the sixth annual BA~CON --- Bellingham Anime Convention --- Bellingham's all-day, all-ages fandom extravaganza, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 16 at Whatcom Community College.

BA~CON 2015 events include cosplay creation and game industry panels, Reset Games' game room and Wii U Super Smash Bros. Brawl tournament, a cosplay pageant, a timed art contest, meet-ups, Artist Alley, karaoke, special guests and more! A dance party ends the evening.

"If you're a fan of any popular culture phenomenon, this is the place for you!" said Jennifer Lovchik, BA~CON Convention Director and Bellingham Public Library Teen Services Librarian.  "The enthusiasm and happiness experienced when you get a group of fans together is amazing, even if they are celebrating different fandoms."

Lovchik, who established BA~CON and has nurtured its growth locally, said this annual event and smaller programs throughout the year serve a growing and dedicated group of people who are interested in anime and cosplay. She said cosplay is creative self-expression through costuming, with cosplayers often dressing as characters from fandoms they enjoy. Popular fandoms include anime titles, Dr. Who, video game characters, Disney movies and many others.

"I'm so psyched for BA~CON to continue growing and offering a place to celebrate anime and cosplay in our community!" she said.

The annual convention has drawn a capacity crowd of 250 people each year for the last three years, outgrowing its space at the Bellingham Public Library, Lovchik said. This year BA~CON is being held at a larger venue: the Syre Center at Whatcom Community College.

Doors open at 11 a.m. with opening ceremonies starting at 11:30 a.m.  After a day full of activities, BA~CON 2015 culminates with a dance party from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. All ages are welcome; attendees under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Costumes (cosplay) are encouraged, but not required, and should be appropriate for all ages.

For more information, detailed schedule and pre-registration for events, please visit  Event sponsors include Bellingham Public Library, Whatcom County Library System, Whatcom Community College's Animation & Anime Club, Reset Games, Funimation, Dakota Arts and many others.

Libraries offer instant online access to free movies, music and more

The Bellingham Public Library and Whatcom County Library System now offer thousands of movies, television shows, music albums and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new service provided by hoopla digital.

This new service is available free of charge to all library cardholders. Key features include:

  • Instant access: no waiting, no holds
  • Always available
  • Automatic returns

Area library card holders can download the free hoopla digital mobile app on their Android or IOS devices, or visit on a computer, to begin enjoying thousands of artists and titles – from major Hollywood studios, record companies and publishers – available to borrow 24/7, for instant streaming or temporary downloading to their smartphones, tablets, computers and Apple TV.

More hoopla information, links and user tip sheets can be found on both library websites: and

Bellingham and Whatcom County libraries are among about a dozen library systems in the state of Washington to offer hoopla digital to their patrons, including Seattle Public Library, Tacoma Public Library, Spokane County Library, Pierce County Library System and others.

"We're pleased to expand our collection by offering this remarkable library service," Bellingham Public Library Director Pam Kiesner said.


Book Sale

The Friends of the Bellingham Public Library are having a Ski to Sea Book Sale. It will begin on Wednesday, May 20th and runs through Saturday, May 23rd.

As usual there is a large selection of books and media for all ages. Most items are only $1 and tables are re-stocked continually.

The hours are:
Wednesday and Thursday, May 20 and 21: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Friday, May 22: 10:00am - 6:00pm – Half Price Sale!
The $4 for a bag sale will be Saturday, May 23: 10:00am - 1:00pm.

It is held downstairs in the Main Library at 210 Central Avenue. All proceeds benefit the library.
For more information contact: