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Underground Reading “What No One Ever Tells You” Book Reading & Signing

Thursday, February 22nd @ 6 p.m. (Resource Room)

The Mount Vernon Public Library invites you to a Book Reading/Signing for What No One Ever Tells You. Released in January 2018, the book is the first anthology of student work from Mount Vernon's own Underground Writing. The evening will include a chance to hear students read their writing, have your purchased books signed by student authors, and learn about the Underground Writing program. We hope you'll consider joining us for this special event.

Presented by: 

  • Underground Writing is a literature-based creative writing program serving migrant, incarcerated, recovery, and other at-risk communities in Northern Washington through literary engagement and personal restoration.

Skagit BAG BANd Wagon

Monday, February 26th @ 6:30 p.m. (Resource Room)

Have you wondered if your life is too “plastic?” What happens to the bags you bring home from the store? Where is “away?” And what do those “chasing arrows” and recycling numbers mean?

Presented by:

  • Carol Sullivan, a local recycling educator will answer these and other questions.

Understanding and Managing Flood Risk with Ken Brettmann, US Army Corps of Engineers

Tuesday, February 27th @ 6:30 p.m. (Resource Room)

This presentation will cover flood risk in the Skagit River basin, focusing on the natural factors that cause flooding and how reservoirs are managed to reduce flood risk. The presenter is U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, Senior Water Manager Ken Brettmann.

Presented by:

  • Brettmann serves as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District Senior Water Manager for Western Washington. Responsible for operation of the Seattle District's Reservoir Control Center.

Audubon Society: Birds of the Salish Sea

Thursday, March 8 | 6:30 p.m. | Resource Room

The Skagit Audubon Society will delve into the history of the Salish Sea, examine its geology and biodiversity, explore the hows and whys of migration, and take a look at the common birds of the sea.


How to Eat Your Lawn

Monday, March 12 | 6:30 p.m. | Resource Room

MVCL staff member Alisa Kester raises chicken, quail, rabbits, and tends an organic no-till garden including 24 fruit trees. All of this is accomplished on an average City lot. Learn from Alisa how to transform your lawn into food.

Discover Your Wild Backyard with Craig Romano

Tuesday, March 13 | 6:30 p.m. | Resource Room

Join us for a slideshow trail tour around Bellingham, Western Whatcom County, the Skagit Valley, and Fidalgo Island with award winning guidebook author Craig Romano.

The Buzz on Blueberry Pollination

Monday, March 19 | 6:30 p.m. | Resource Room

Honey bees are the primary pollinator for blueberries in Western Washington, but weather conditions and the unique flower morphology of blueberry limits their ability to effectively pollinate this important crop. Lisa DeVetter of WSU’s NWREC will present her research and findings on this subject.

Mount Vernon Parks Foundation & Little Mountain Park

Tuesday, March 20  | 6:30 p.m. | Resource Room

Parks Foundation Vice President Pete Wheeler will give you the scoop on the latest developments at Little Mountain Park, including the newly-funded Heart of the Park Project, the Youth Educational Hiking Program, and a new initiative at Edgewater Park. 



Book Club


Dead wake

The Burgess Boys
by Elizabeth Strout

Thursday, March 8 | 6:30 p.m. | Director's Office


Summary: Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives. Bob, a Legal Aid attorney, idolizes Jim and has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan, urgently calls them home.

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