Paul, Kelly and Sarah pose on the Village Green, just outside the back door of the iconic Fairhaven bookstore. Photo credit: Stacee Sledge.

“The mission of the business is to build community,” says Chuck Robinson of Village Books, the popular Fairhaven bookstore he and wife Dee Robinson opened in 1980.

When Village Books and Paper Dreams founders Chuck and Dee Robinson – who owned and operated the iconic bookstore for 36 years – decided to sell in March 2017, they knew exactly where it should land: with longtime employees and managers Sarah Hutton, Paul Hanson and Kelly Evert.

Adjoining Village Books is Paper Dreams, the greeting card and gift store the Robinsons launched two years after the bookstore opened its doors.

Village Books                                              Village Books – Lynden
1201 11th Street                                          430 Front Street
Bellingham, WA 98225                                  Lynden, WA 98264
800.293.2665

Bellingham Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Lynden Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Local Libraries and Village Books Announce Whatcom READS Events

Submitted by: Village Books Whatcom County’s premier annual literary series – presents its 11th title, The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt & the Fire that Saved...
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Get the Best Business Gifts at Village Books and Paper Dreams

Searching for business gift ideas this holiday season? Village Books and Paper Dreams can help. The independent bookstore and gift shop with locations in Fairhaven and Lynden offers a...
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Village Books and Paper Dreams Solves Holiday Gift Giving

Submitted by: Village Books and Paper Dreams Village Books and Paper Dreams has easy solutions for holiday gift givers this season. Solved: employee gifts! The...

Village Books Welcomes Poet Frances McCue to September 4 Chuckanut Radio Hour

Submitted by: Village Books Village Books will welcome Seattle-based author Frances McCue to the 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 4 Chuckanut Radio Hour to discuss her...

Village Books and Fairhaven Runners & Walkers Welcome Diana Nyad

Submitted by: Village Books Village Books and Fairhaven Runners & Walkers are thrilled to welcome Diana Nyad to the bookstore’s Readings Gallery at 7:00 p.m....

New Evolve Chocolate + Café on the Mezzanine of Village Books Promises a Sensory...

Submitted by: Evolve A new restaurant will open early this summer on the mezzanine of Village Books and Paper Dreams in Fairhaven. Evolve Chocolate +...
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New “Celebrity” Joins Fairhaven Sculpture Scene

Submitted by: Village Books A bronze sculpture of Mark Twain seated on a bench will be unveiled and dedicated 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26 in...
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New Evolve Chocolate + Café on the Mezzanine of Village Books Promises a Sensory...

Submitted by: Village Books A new restaurant will open early this summer on the mezzanine of Village Books and Paper Dreams in Fairhaven. Evolve Chocolate...
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Learn the Story of Winterhouse at Author Ben Guterson’s Literature Live Event at Village Books

Submitted by: Village Books Village Books and the Mount Bakery Cafe welcome author Ben Guterson to town for a special 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 21...
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Village Books and Colophon Café Partner with Local Poet to Revive The Write Riot...

Submitted by: Village Books In honor of National Poetry Month, Village Books and the Colophon Café are teaming up with poet Jessica Lohafer to host...
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The First Two Chuckanut Radio Hours of 2018 Feature Best-Selling Authors of Books that...

Submitted by: Village Books The first two Chuckanut Radio Hours of 2018 feature authors of books that celebrate resilient women. The Thursday, Feb. 1 event...

A Higher Perspective: The Aerial Photography of Tore Ofteness

Prolific local photographer Tore Ofteness, known for his aerial shots of the Pacific Northwest, recently debuted his first bound collection of photographs, A Higher Perspective....

Village Books and Paper Dreams: Bringing Books to Life

Cracking the spine of a new book. Feeling the soft pages under your fingertips. Smelling the sweetness of ink and paper. When was the...
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Village Books’ Round It Up Off to a Strong Start

Submitted by: Village Books and Paper Dreams Thanks to community support, Village Books and Paper Dreams' new Round It Up giving program had a successful...
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Books A’Sail on the Schooner Zodiac

I studied English Literature and Creative Writing in college. I read innumerable books, excerpts, short stories, poems and essays. I participated in twice-weekly writing...

Sherman Alexie’s August 8 Appearance at Mount Baker Theatre Cancelled

Submitted by: Village Books It is with heavy hearts that we announce the cancellation of Sherman Alexie’s appearance at the Mount Baker Theatre scheduled for...

Register for Camp Village Books

Submitted by: Village Books There is still time to register children for Camp Village Books. The week-long, half-day camp for kids ages seven through 10 is...

Round it Up at Village Books and Paper Dreams

I would really like to think of myself as a charitable person. My parents raised me to help those in need and give when...

Lynden Downtown Business Association Launches Friday Films on 4th

Submitted by: Village Books and Paper Dreams Grab your lawn chairs, pick up a snack from a downtown business, and join your neighbors for Friday Films...

Village Books and Paper Dreams Celebrates Milestones

Submitted by: Village Books and Paper Dreams Village Books and Paper Dreams celebrates changes to its 50-person staff this month. Milestones include the retirement of 10-year...

New Owners of Village Books Capably Fill Big Shoes of Founders

When Village Books and Paper Dreams founders Chuck and Dee Robinson – who owned and operated the iconic bookstore for 36 years – decided...
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Peek Inside the Lynden Home of Village Books Founders Chuck & Dee Robinson

Chuck and Dee Robinson moved to Bellingham in 1980, having left their Illinois home and careers in education to explore the country. They traveled...
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Longtime Village Books Owners to Sell Iconic Bookstores to Current Management Team

Village Books and Paper Dreams will change owners, effective January 1, 2017. The new ownership group consists of current employees Kelly Evert, Paul Hanson, and...
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Village Books Opens Second Home in Lynden’s Waples Mercantile Building

Sitting around the book-lined living room of Village Books owners’ Chuck and Dee Robinson’s is the store’s leadership team: Chuck and Dee joined by...
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Village Books’ Chuck and Dee Robinson Show WhatcomTalk Around Their Home Above the Store

Village Books owners, Chuck and Dee Robinson, always wanted to live above the store. “It was actually part of our hopes when we first came...

Longtime Village Books Team Member Looks Back on 19 Years of Growth and Change...

  By Stacee Sledge There’s no question about it: Village Books has been a Bellingham institution since its inception in 1980, alongside sister store Paper Dreams,...
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Village Books: Whatcom County’s Book-Buying Destination Is the Heart of Fairhaven

  By Stacee Sledge “The mission of the business is to build community,” says Chuck Robinson of Village Books, the popular Fairhaven bookstore he and wife...
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