Summer 2021: We’ll be back!
2020 was a very difficult year for events and fundraising due to COVID-19 closures and cancellations. We held as many fundraising and entertaining events as possible utilizing online programs, and applying for available grants .
We look forward to resuming activities mid-2021 as soon as gatherings are again deemed safe. First up: Friends of Birch Bay Library are hanging our Hotdog and Book Sale Fundraiser on to the Birch Bay Chamber Kites For Kids Day on June 19th!
Annual Large Fundraiser Event – In June we will have a summer BBQ as before complete with great food, music and fun activities for the whole family. In October, we will hold our second dinner with dancing that will include a silent auction. Specific dates to be determined.
Merchandise Sales – We are continuing to add to our merchandise offerings. We have tote bags, T-shirts, and FOBBL facemasks! This page is frequently under construction to make it easier for you to purchase our merchandise. For more information, please use our contact us page.
Events, Meetings and Endeavors
Fundraising Fun – In September 2020 we joined the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce in hosting a drive-in movie. Ticket and concessions sales contributed to our construction project. We participated in the Community Thrives fundraising activity and we succeeded with the help of our donors, to raise over $7,000.
In December 0f 2020 we sold calendars full of beautiful pictures donated by our community members along with our new FOBBL facemasks. Each quarter we plan to have a unique fundraising drive to inspire giving. Watch for our newsletter, FOBBL Flyer, posts on facebook and this website for more information.
Book Sales – We are active collectors of donations and resellers of used, good condition, books for all ages. We are accepting donations of in good shape sellable books. Read more about this in our FOBBL Flyer.
FOBBL Booths – We enjoy participating in community events, especially the Birch Bay events by representing our organization and mission with booths at as many events as we can cover. We look forward to participating again in 2021. Many events in Birch Bay are sponcered by our Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce. You can learn more on their website – Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce.
Annual General Meeting – Annually we have a large meeting inviting all who are interested in our project. This meeting is usually held in the summer. In 2020 this meeting was held via Zoom. There is much to do and we welcome your input and talents in making the Birch Bay Vogt Community Library a reality, if you would like to join us now, please check out our membership page here.
Birch Bay Library Book Club – Normally, our book club meets the third Wednesday of each month, from 4 – 5:30 p.m., on the library site. Until we are able to re-open our house, or meet online or outside we’ll be posting more information in our FOBBL Flyers.
A Library for the Birch Bay Community
As illustrated in this concept video, our library is modeled after the historic Vogt home, located at 7968 Birch Bay Drive. With bay views and lots of natural light, our library space will be filled with books, equipped with technology, and serve as a community gathering place.
Mission, Vision and Value Statements
Friends of Birch Bay Library is a volunteer group dedicated to bringing a full-service library to the Birch Bay community. Initially, we will raise funds to build a library as part of the Whatcom County Library System. Once completed, we will provide funding to support library programs that encourage lifelong learning, stimulate creativity, and strengthen community.
Our library will serve as a lifelong learning hub in the heart of our community where all are welcome to be curious, learn, and connect.
To accomplish our Mission and Vision, Friends of Birch Bay Library will:
- Advocate for full library services with Whatcom County Library System; working together to complete our building project.
- Garner support through community meetings, presentations, and information sharing.
- Create fundraising efforts that include, but is not limited to, book sales, bake sales, grant submissions, quarterly fundraising campaigns, and involvement in community events.
- Engage community members in Library events.
- Maintain awareness of our building project through quarterly newsletters, promotions, presentations, and open Friends meetings.
- Embrace the spirit of equality and equity for all.
- Actively participate in and support other community events as a permanent community anchor.
2020 FOBBL Face Masks
New for this year we designed and offer for purchase our face mask with our Friends of Birch Bay Logo. These masks are for sale to help raise money and protect the community for $10.
FOBBL Birch Bay Calendar
We have received donations of many beautiful photos taken by community members and placed them in this full color 12 month calendar. We hope to sell out of our limited number of copies with a sales price of $20.
FOBBL logo Tote Bags
Help reduce the use of plastic bags and show off our wonderful Friends of Birch Bay logo. This canvas tote is selling for $
Friends of Birch Bay Library
Raising Funds to Build Birch Bay Vogt Community Library
Online Fundraising is a success! Thank you community for helping us reach our goal!
We participated in the Community Thrives fundraising challenge and exceeded our goal, raising $7,026! This success will help us as we continue striving to raise funds for our library building project. We also participated in the Giving Tuesday fundraising drive, results have not been finalized.
Many FOBBL members reached out to friends and the broader community, and you really came through for us! We appreciate you all so much. Watch for our next exciting fundraiser.
Help Us Build Our Library!
Donations for the Birch Bay Vogt Community Library Project are being collected by the Whatcom County Library Foundation.
OR DONATE BY CHECK
Make your check payable to the Whatcom County Library Foundation.
In the check’s memo line, please be sure to specify “Birch Bay”, so your donation will be directed to our library’s building fund!
Mail Checks To:
Whatcom County Library Foundation
Attn: Jennifer Rick
5205 Northwest Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226
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