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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‘52 Women of Whatcom’ Celebrates Local Changemakers Throughout the Century

52 Women of Whatcom celebrates the work of 52 local women who dedicated, and continue to dedicate, their lives and work to positive...

Village Books and Paper Dreams: Building Community One Book at a Time

Building community one book at a time is the mission of Whatcom County’s largest independent bookstore, Village Books and Paper Dreams. Anyone...

You’re Invited to the Largest Literary Celebration in the World: National Poetry Month

If you think you have no connection to poetry, think of the lyrics to your favorite song. When you first heard them, did...
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March Author Events at Village Books – POSTPONED THROUGH MARCH 22

Submitted by: Village Books Thursday, March 5, 2pmNikki McClureWhat Will These Hands Make?                    Kids Event! We...

Meet Janet Oakley: Acclaimed Bellingham Novelist and History Devotee

In the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere, history lives through both textbook and novel means. That’s what award-winning Bellingham author Janet Oakley strives to communicate.
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January Author Events at Village Books

Submitted by: Village Books Friday, January 3, noon-1pm in BellinghamNoon-Time Mindfulness Workshop with Tim BurnettJoin local mindfulness practitioner Tim...

Beyond the Algorithm: Take the Literary Road Less Traveled With Village Books Book Groups

Barbara Kingsolver once said, “The first line of a novel is a promise the writer makes to the reader.” Once the reader turned...

Books and Bites: Evolve Café and Village Books Create Literary and Culinary Art

The air at Evolve Chocolate + Café is full of excited whispers, the smell of roasted tomatoes, and the sound of...
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Village Books Launches New Book Group: VB Reads…Community Conversations

Submitted by: Village Books Village Books announces a special, limited-run book group inspired by Unity Village, the HomesNOW!...

Village Books Takes in the Big Apple’s Book Expo

Have you ever wondered how Village Books brings so many great authors to Whatcom County, or how they create so many impressive literary...

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day at Village Books and Paper Dreams

The local bookstore is a place people visit to be inspired and seek connections: with language, with themselves, and with their community. For...

Village Books and Colophon Cafe Present the Write Riot Slam in Honor of National...

Submitted by: Village Books In honor of National Poetry Month, Village Books and Colophon Cafe are teaming up...

April Author Events at Village Books

Submitted by: Village Books Tuesday, April 2, 7:00 p.m.Anders Carlson-Wee, The Low Passions Join us as we kick off Poetry...
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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...
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