About Village Books and Paper Dreams

Village Books and Paper Dreams is a community-based, independent bookstore and giftshop located in the Historic Fairhaven Village in Bellingham and on Front Street in Lynden, Washington. Since 1980, we have been "building community one book at a time." Village Books and Paper Dreams is a place to meet your friends, talk books, or just while away an hour or two among our shelves or at Evolve Chocolate + Cafe on the mezzaine of Village Books. If you're in the neighborhood come on in to explore!

Paul Hanson, Kelly Evert, & Sarah HuttonVillage Books and Paper Dreams co-owners Kelly Evert, Paul Hanson and Sarah Hutton are proud stewards of the bookstore, which Chuck and Dee Robinson opened on June 20, 1980. At the time, Fairhaven was a far cry from today’s bustling community center. “Fairhaven was a rather sorry looking place in 1979,” Brian Griffin writes in his book Fairhaven, A History. By opening their now-legendary independent bookstore on 11th Street and, soon after, its sister gift store Paper Dreams, the couple ushered in an era of recovery and creativity in the Victorian-era village. In 2004, the Robinsons built a new three-story home for the Fairhaven store … just steps away from the original location.

In 2015, Village Books and Paper Dreams second location opened in the landmark Waples Mercantile Building on Front Street in Lynden. The building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, burned in 2008, and was later purchased by Bellingham architect Jeff McClure and his wife Debra.  The McClures, along with Teri and Matt Treat, renovated the building and added the 35-room Inn at Lynden.  The Inn, our beauitful 3,000-square-foot store, and adjacent businesses -- Avenue Bread and Drizzle (both neighboring businesses in Fairhaven), Bellingham Baby Company, and Overflow Taps -- make the Waples Building a perfect place to spend the day (or the night!). 

When the Robinsons sold the store in 2017 to Kelly, Paul and Sarah, they entrusted it to a highly experienced team. The trio had been managing day-to-day operations for several years. Sarah had been with the store for more than a decade. Kelly and Paul arrived in 2011, both with extensive experience in retail, specifically bookstores and bookstore management. The new owners carry on traditions such as book groups, community partnerships, Reader Rewards, the Devoted Dreamer program, outstanding service, children’s story times, and a Holiday Open House, to name a few. But they’re also making their mark with new programs.

We carry new, used and bargain books, as well as sell ebooks on our website. The books on our shelves are carefully curated by Village Books' buyers right here in Bellingham. Years of experience with local customers and knowledge of local interests helps us carefully select the books you love. The books you see on our shelves are not automatically sent by publishers, nor are these titles chosen by someone in some remote office. If you don't see books on a topic of interest to you please let us know. Thanks to you, Village Books is able to continue keeping local readers in mind.
We are thrilled to be part of IndieBound, a national organization of independent booksellers started by the American Booksellers Association. Take a moment to visit their website to learn more about this energetic and passionate group of book lovers. 

Donation Program

Village Books offers a donation program for area organizations. To learn more or submit an application, click here
Consignment Program
Village Books is proud of our long history of supporting local authors, and our consignment program for local self-published authors. To find out more, check out our consignment page or contact our Consignment Coordinator, Lauren, at Consignment@villagebooks.com.
We host more than 300 in-store and off-site events each year, including author readings, book and writing groups, workshops, story times, kids' programs and community partnership events. Click here to learn how you can book an event with us!
Ticket Sales for Offsite Events
We offer the service of selling tickets for offsite events. Please contact Fairhaven events - (360) 671-2626 / tickets@villagebooks.com - and Dorie in Lynden - (360) 526-2133 / dorie@villagebooks.com - for details and prior confirmation. Download the appropriate Ticket Agreement form below.