– Note –
2020 has been a difficult year for events and fundraising due to Covid 19 closures and cancellations. We have held as many fundraising and entertaining events as possible, utilizing online programs and applying for grants available.
We look forward to resuming all activities in 2021, when gatherings are safe.
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 are yet to be determined.
Merchandise Sales – We are continuing to add to our merchandise sales. We have tote bags, T-shirts, and FOBBL facemasks! This website page that will make it easier to purchase this merchandise is under construction. Please contact us using the contact us page for more information.
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 are selling 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 newsletters and posts on facebook and our website for more information.
Book Sales – We are active collectors of donations and resellers of used, good condition, books for all ages. We are not currently accepting donations, but will let you know in our publications when we can begin to do so again.
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 or house, or meet online or meet outside we’ll be posting more information here – info page is currently under construction.
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!
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
Each Dollar Gets Us Closer to Building Our Library!
$2 Million state appropriation
“With the state appropriation [of $2 million], we have a deadline to raise [an additional $2 million] by June 30, 2021, or we are at risk of losing the funds. . . .Now is the time for major gifts, and we’re asking for the community’s help.”
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