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April Poetry Contest Winners

We congratulate the winners of our April Poetry Contest 2016! Among the many entrants this year these poets were stellar. Thank you, winners and participants, for making this year's contest a great success! We also thank our partners, 5b's Bakery and Skagit River Poetry Foundation. We can't forget our judges, thank you.

1st Place Adult: Adam Lafayette, Shopping Spree
2nd Place Tie Adult: Diane Freethy, Riparian Resort
2nd Place Tie Adult: Danita Smead, Fallen
1st Place Tie Teen: Sydney Bovenkamp, A Poem for Change
1st Place Tie Teen: Tavish Beals, Loves Exodus
1st Place Child: Michael Casey, Sometimes
2nd Place Child: Prudence Star, How Quiet

Honorable Mention: Christine Britsch, Innermost Struggles
Honorable Mention: Brent Logan, Memesman
Honorable Mention: Gary Savela, For Light

Poetry Slam Winner: Damien Guerrero

Cost estimates to develop that new library site and for a basic building have come in much higher than we expected.

Therefore, we are looking at alternatives that could be more economical. These include locating the library on a site already equipped with utilities, re-purposing an existing building, or using alternative building methods such as modular.

Our goal is to build the very best facility that our community can comfortably fund and support.

Your questions and suggestions are welcome. Please contact Brooke Pederson at

Expanded Library Privileges Whatcom County

Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) has officially changed their reciprocal borrowing policy. Upper Skagit Library District residents that have a library card with us can now get a library card with WCLS for free! Click here to view a list of 10 libraries and locations you can now access plus online resources.

Art Design Winners

The winners of the Library Card Art Design contest are Athena Hornsby and Emily Bridge. Their art will be featured on our official library card available this summer. Congratulations, Athena and Emily!

Craft Fridays @ 5b's

May 6, 6pm, FLOWER PLANTER, bring work gloves, pliers, and hammer.

Craft Fridays at 5b's Bakery will occur the first Friday of each month, 6pm. Open to all ages. Sponsored by 5b's Bakery, Upper Skagit Library.

Guitar Lessons @ the Library

Guitar lessons are back at the library every Saturday from 9am to 10am. Bring your own guitar and go at your own pace with a local instructor. Group setting. Get your music on at the library. For questions call, 360.853.7939

Storytime May 7

Storytime is May 7, 11am, Gardening season is here. Let's read about, “Up in the Garden, Down in the Dirt.” Families with young children join us for stories, songs, and a simple craft.

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Fri: 10am - 5pm

Sat: 10am - 3pm

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Building Room to Grow

Upper Skagit Library Board of Trustees Meeting occurs the second Thursday of each month, 5pm, Library.