Karin Schulhauser to Manage South Whatcom Library Print
South Whatcom Library

When the tenth branch of the Whatcom County Library System opens in March, it will be managed by someone who grew up on Bainbridge Island and spent her summers at Birch Bay. Karin Schulhauser, the current manager at the Sumas Library, will now manage the South Whatcom Library in Sudden Valley.

Karin’s family has a long history in Whatcom County.  Her great grandparents built the Birch Bay cabin where she spent her summers and her grandmother was born in Bellingham.

Karin SchulhauserAt Washington State University in Pullman, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Hotel Management, Karin met and married her husband. They have two teenagers, 13 and 16 years old. Although Karin knew Whatcom County in terms of the cabin at Birch Bay, her husband loved the area from visits with friends at Western Washington University. The more she traveled, the more Karin came to realize Whatcom County was the ideal place to live.

While reading is important to Karin, she has an additional reason for working for the library. “I love customer service! It’s a passion - helping people and connecting them with what they need.” Karin explains the importance of libraries this way, “Libraries level the playing field and are a portal to the world, whatever you want to learn.”

Karin is eager to begin working at the new South Whatcom Library and is currently hiring staff for the building. When asked what excites her most about the new library, Karin replied, “The unlimited potential!  We’re expanding from 5 hours per week of bookmobile time to 43 hours per week in 6,000 square feet with a meeting room, spaces for children and teens, programing, the works!”

The new South Whatcom Library, which is being funded and built by the all-volunteer Friends of the Sudden Valley Library, is located in the Community Center barn in Sudden Valley. Opening is currently scheduled for the middle of March.