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A Fly Fisher's Passions

Posted on: June 8, 2018

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Art Lingren to Present “A Fly Fisher’s Passions” July 11 

Fly fishing enthusiast and historian Art Lingren will give a talk entitled “A Fly Fisher’s Passions” on July 11 at 2:00 in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor). The event is free and open to the public.

Western Libraries Heritage Resources’ 2018 Summer Fly Fishing Speaker Art Lingren will share photographs and stories about his passions for fly fishing activities, including his antique tackle collection, fly tying, fly fishing books and the lovely fly fishing spots in which he practices his craft. Lingren has fly fished in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and throughout his home province of British Columbia.

Throughout most of his adult life, Lingren has been actively involved in the fly fishing community. He is a member and past president of the Totem Fly Fishers, British Columbia’s oldest fly fishing club, and is an honorary member of the Loons Fly Fishing Club. He has served three years as president of the British Columbia Federation of Fly Fishers and stands as their unofficial BC fly fishing historian. He has additionally served as director of the Steelhead Society of BC for many years.

In 1995, Lingren was awarded the BCFFF’s Angul Award which is granted to British Columbian fly fishers who show an appreciation for the ancestry of fly fishing heritage and the excellence surrounding its development as both an Art and Science. In 1999, the Federation of Fly Fishers selected him as the 6th recipient of their prestigious Roderick Haig-Brown award.

For more information about this event, please contact Tamara Belts, Special Collections Manager, at (360) 650-3193 or

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Place Matters: Understanding Sense of Place for Communities, Policy, & Planning

Posted on: June 7, 2018

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David J. Trimbach to Present “Place Matters” June 28 

The recipient of the 2018 James W. Scott Research Fellowship, Dr. David J. Trimbach, will give a talk entitled “Place Matters: Understanding Sense of Place for Communities, Policy, and Planning,” at Western Washington University from noon-1:00pm on Thursday, June 28 in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor). The presentation is free and open to the public.

Do you feel attached to your hometown or to your grandparents’ country of origin? What characteristics come to mind when you think about your favorite city or your ideal natural landscape? Does your neighborhood pride influence your likelihood to move or engage in stewardship? These questions, among others, reflect what scholars call “sense of place,” which refers to identification, attachment, belonging, and meaning associated with place, as developed through embodiment, discourse, experience, and engagement. Sense of place provides the ability to assess shared understandings, and the potential to predict perceptions and behaviors. As such, sense of place offers a creative language and approach to unravel an individual’s relationship with their environment.

In his talk, Dr. David J. Trimbach will discuss sense of place and how it relates to communities, policy, and planning. He will highlight examples pulled from various pertinent case studies and his research on minority Russian speakers in post-Soviet Estonia, and his current collaborative regional ecosystem recovery work with the Puget Sound Partnership, particularly the agency’s use of sense of place as a social measure or metric of human wellbeing in the Puget Sound region.

Trimbach is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. He received his PhD in Geography from the University of Kansas in 2016. He is currently housed at and works in close collaboration with the Puget Sound Partnership in Washington State. His work focuses on sense of place, identity, governance, citizenship, human-environment interactions, and public policy. As a community-engaged, place-based, and policy-driven scholar, he seeks to better understand and create more equitable and vibrant communities.

The James W. Scott Regional Research Fellowship is offered annually to scholars who conduct significant research using archival holdings at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies (a unit of Western Libraries Heritage Resources). Funds are awarded in honor of the late Dr. James W. Scott, a noted scholar of the Pacific Northwest region, and a founder and first director of CPNWS.

This talk is offered as part of the Heritage Resources Distinguished Speakers program at Western Libraries. For more information about this event, please contact Ruth Steele, CPNWS Archivist,, (360) 650-7747.

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Canines & Cats on Campus Return!

Posted on: June 4, 2018

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Canines & Cats on Campus Return to WWU, June 5 - 13

Group of three students with a human and a dog volunteer during a visit from the Canines and Cats program. Western Libraries will once again be joined by members of the “Canines & Cats on Campus” registered therapy animal program from Tuesday, June 4th through Wednesday, June 13th. 

Teams of humans and animals will be located in the gallery space at the end of the Mann Family Skybridge on the Wilson side of the library off and on between the hours of 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. during this period.

For the duration of these visits, this space will be reserved exclusively for the registered Canines & Cats on Campus therapy animal program, and animals who are not official volunteers with this program are not permitted in this area. 

Additionally, Western Libraries would like to remind everyone that while ADA service animals are welcome in the library, pets may not be brought into library facilities at any time.

For more information about the upcoming Canines & Cats on Campus visit, a schedule which includes the names of the volunteers, photos of the animals, and the times when they will be available for visiting, will be posted on an easel in the designated gallery area beginning Tuesday, June 4th. 

Remember to stop by the library to say hi or de-stress when you are in need of a break from studying for finals, working on projects, or writing those last few papers!  

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Masters of Asian Cinema: "Yi Yi"

Posted on: June 1, 2018

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Next Masters of Asian Cinema Fim: "Yi Yi" June 5  

The next Masters of Asian Cinema film is Edward Yang’s Yi Yi, which screens at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at the Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay Street).

Yi Yi is the last of the three Edward Yang films screened this season, and was Yang’s last film overall.  It was the first film of his to gain wide distribution in the west, and it’s also the film for which he is best known. 

The film story follows a family over the course of the year as they each navigate their own crises.  Yang's leisurely pace and richly detailed characters make this a story of great depth and emotional resonance.  Thematically, it recalls aspects of several of his films.  It stars Wu Nien-jen, who was one of the founders of the New Cinema in Taiwan, and who acted in some of Yang’s films previously.  Elaine Jin, another star of the film, had also acted for Yang before. 

“The film has a kind of autumnal feel about it with even the younger characters engaged in reflection and stock-taking,” explained series curator and librarian Jeff Purdue. “The result is an immensely moving and satisfying film that has deservedly received many awards, including a Best Director prize at Cannes in 2000 for Yang.”

Co-sponsored by Western Libraries and the Pickford Film Center, the Masters of Asian Cinema series continues the rich tradition that began with the Masters of Japanese Cinema series, one of the Pickford's longest running and most popular series.

Each film in the Masters of Asian Cinema series begins with an introduction from select speakers including local professors, artists, and educators. Yi Yi will be introduced by Sam Ho.  Based in Bellingham and Hong Kong, Sam is a curator, researcher, teacher, writer, and critic.  He specializes in the study of Hong Kong Cinema, but has also written extensively and curated programs around the world on various aspects of film.  He served on the jury for the prestigious Golden Horse Awards in Taiwan in 2016.

For more information about this series, please contact

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Building Community One Book at a Time

Posted on: May 14, 2018

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Chuck and Dee Robinson to Present 'Building Community One Book at a Time' May 24

Longtime community members and local business owners Chuck and Dee Robinson will give a talk entitled “It Takes a Village Books: Building Community, One Book at a Time,” at Western Washington University from 4:00-5:00pm on Thursday, May 24 in Special Collections (Wilson Library 6th floor). The event is free and open to the public.

Since it opened in 1980, Village Books has grown from a small “mom and pop” store to a two-location enterprise employing fifty people. Even as it expanded, the business remained a fixture in Whatcom County with strong ties to the local community. The store’s founders, Chuck and Dee Robinson, will speak about their experiences running a successful, locally-owned bookstore for nearly four decades during a time of rapid change in the book industry. They will also discuss their decision to leave the historical records of the business to the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, where the collection will be available for research by students, scholars and the public.

Originally both educators, Chuck and Dee Robinson fulfilled their dream of becoming bookstore owners in 1980. Since then, they have both been active in several book industry organizations and numerous local non-profits. The Bellingham Whatcom Chamber of Commerce named Chuck and Dee “Man of the Year” and “Woman of the Year” in 2016, and in 2017 they were honored with the Jack D. Rittenhouse award for outstanding contributions to the community of the book in the West.

This talk is offered as part of the Heritage Resources Distinguished Speakers program at Western Libraries. For more information about the event, please contact Ruth Steele, CPNWS Archivist,, (360) 650-7747.