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medicine logoAccording to the Washington State Department of Health, over 250 new cases of whooping cough were reported in the state during one week as recently as August 25, so the epidemic isn’t over yet. Vaccines are recommended for kids and adults.  In Whatcom County, there are free or reduced-cost shots for qualifying adults and kids. 
 
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Elvis Presley passed away on August 16, 1977, 35 years ago, but Graceland, his home in Memphis, draws more than 600,000 visitors a year, and is a National Historical Landmark. “Vanity Fair” reported that Elvis has sold more than one billion records; his estate earns around $50 million per year making him the most highly paid dead celebrity.  You can find more than 50 books about him in the library catalog, along with his music and movies.
 
Learn a new language with Powerspeak Print Email

Learn a new language with Powerspeak¡Hola! Bonjour! Hallo! Whatcom County Library announces a new language learning resource. Whether you want to learn a language for travel, business, or personal enrichment, Powerspeak Languages is an entertaining and effective way to learn Spanish, French, German, Mandarin and English as a second language (ESL). Grab your WCLS library card and start having fun!

 
Car Repair Manuals Print Email

Get Car repair manuals With more older cars on the road and a tight economy, more people are doing car and truck repairs themselves to save money. Imagine the benefits you can deliver with the most trusted name in car repair — Chilton's — in digital format.

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Watching the Wind Print Email

Wind MapWind Map is an animated map that shows near real-time wind conditions for the continental United States. By clicking on the map you can zoom in to reveal finer details. The brightness of the lines and rate of movement both indicate wind speed.

The map was created by two Google employees, Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg, research scientists who specialize in data visualization.  It is based on data generated by a National Weather Service short term forecast model and is updated once an hour.  If you look at it over the course of a day, a week, or a month you will see changes in the direction, speed and overall pattern of the wind.

 
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