The Birch Bay Vogt Community Library

Community Approved Architect Design

At the Birch Bay Library
You'll Be Able To:

An adult reading a picture book to a child

Attend story times, events, historian presentations or your book club

Cozy up to the fireplace reminiscent of the one in the historical Vogt home.

Relax on the outside reading porch or inside near the expansive windows with a view of Birch Bay

Borrow or browse books, audiobooks, movies, music, or periodicals and even toys

Use public meeting spaces for job training, community meetings & events

Access computers, databases, the Internet and WIFI throughout the property

FOBBL Happenings

 – 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.

Membership Drive – This is ongoing. We welcome anyone who has time, talents, skills, elbow grease, a gift to share. Please check out our Membership page. 

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

Mission

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.

Vision

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.

Values

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.

 

FOBBL Marketplace

Face Mask

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.

FUND PROGRESS

Each Dollar Gets Us Closer to Building Our Library!

$2.1M

$0M

$4.7M

$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.”

Topics Worthy of Discussion!

Trivia Night

Trivia Night

‘Are you Smarter than a Librarian?’Friends of Birch Bay Library is joining with Blaine – Birch Bay Parks and Recreation to host our first Trivia Night on Saturday, January 30th at 6:30 pm via Zoom.

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We are Instagraming!

We know that people like to communicate their own way. Since we want to reach everyone with the news of our future library we have added Instagram to our social network. You can find us

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Equipment and people on lawn

2020 July – Geotech is Testing!

Written by: Di Marrs-Smith & Connie Taylor Geotech testing is getting started at our Birch Bay library site. Drayton Archaeology is on-site to monitor. Work is happening! What they are looking for is how much

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2020 Begins New Planning

Written by: Di Marrs-Smith As we begin the new year, we are laying out plans for new community events to help us in our fundraising goals and to keep our community informed on Birch Bay

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Birch Bay Library Book Club

In normal times, our book club meets the third Wednesday of each month, from 4 – 5:30 p.m., at the house on the library site. Contact: Harieklia Bryant (klia1@mac.com). All are welcome! Sadly, these are

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