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Village Books Lit Camp!

Children, Summer Camp

Calling all young readers and writers from ages 8-11, this exciting new camp is just for you. Each day of the week has a specific beloved book as its focus and all of that day’s activities will be inspired by its respective book. Registration closes Saturday, July 13th. Space is limited. Go to for more information.


• Mon 7/15/19 - Fri 7/19/19 at 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Party with Waldo! Find Waldo in Fairhaven Celebration

Children, For the Family

Join us at Village Books for a celebration to wrap up our Fairhaven “Find Waldo Local” program. We’ll play games, give out prizes to those who participated in the 25-store search, eat treats, and hunt for Waldos hiding in our store! Come in your red stripes and glasses, and ready to have a good time.


• Wed 7/31/19 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Find Waldo in Fairhaven


Kids, parents and Waldo-lovers of all ages are invited to join us again this year for the month-long scavenger hunt to find the elusive Waldo hidden in local businesses around Fairhaven and in Lynden. Look for the Waldo decal on the windows of participating businesses. You can pick up a "Find Waldo in Fairhaven" or “Find Waldo in Lynden” passport at any of those locations to start your search. Once you've found the six-inch cardboard Waldo hidden within each shop, ask a shop employee to stamp your passport. Bring your stamped passport to Village Books, and passports with at least 10 store stamps will receive a Waldo button, while supplies last. Passports with all the participating store stamps are eligible to be entered in a drawing for various Waldo books and products. The first 100 passports with 10 stamps or more will receive a $1 off coupon for Waldo merchandise.


• Mon 7/1/19 - Wed 7/31/19 at

Camp Village Books!


Village Books is hosting a week-long, half-day summer camp for kids ages 7-10. Join the fun each day with themed activities with hands-on projects, outdoor activities, and field trips around Fairhaven. Snack included. Check out our themes: • Monday - Science Fun. • Tuesday - Marine Life Day with a bus ride to the Marine Life Center. • Wednesday – Food & Farm Day. • Thursday - Art Day. • Friday - Fun in the Sun Day. Camp VB is $150 per child. Registration is for the entire week and is limited to 10 campers. Registration is first-come, first-served (no waiting list). Completed forms and a check to Village Books can be mailed to: Village Books, Camp VB, 1200 11th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225. Registration also accepted at our main counter. No phoned-in registrations accepted. Registrations must be received by Sat., Aug. 3th. Download a registration form (link below) or you can pick up a form at our main counter.


• Mon 8/5/19 - Fri 8/9/19 at 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Group Reading with John & Jeffrey Morgan and Carla Conforto

Signing/Readings, Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

Join us in the readings gallery as this family of poets shares their latest work. John Morgan has published seven books of poetry and four chapbooks, as well as a collection of essays. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, The Alaska Quarterly Review, Poetry Northwest, and many other journals. In addition, his work has been included in more than two dozen anthologies. Morgan has won the Discovery Award of the New York Poetry Center (92nd Street Y) and first prize in the Carolina Quarterly Poetry Contest. In 2009, he served as the first writer-in-residence at Denali National Park. Annie Dillard has written that his poems “are strong and full of carefully controlled feeling. They are tender and precise evocations of the moral and sensory life of man.” Jeffrey Morgan is the author of two poetry collections. In 2017 he was a National Poetry Series finalist. His poems appear in Copper Nickel, The Kenyon Review Online, Poetry Northwest, Rattle, and West Branch, among others. His second poetry collection, The Last Note Becomes Its Listener, won the Minds on Fire poetry contest and was published earlier this year by Conduit Press. Carla Conforto earned her MFA from Penn State University. Her work has been published in Court Green, Fourth Genre, The Columbia Poetry Review and other places. Her chapbook, Popular Piety, has just been published by Dancing Girl Press.


• Tue 8/20/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Excellence NW Workshop with Dawn Harju - Choice


What am I making important? The biggest choice we make is what we choose to make important. How can you tell what you're making important? First we have to understand that we are a choice. Have you ever gotten into a situation where you've agreed to something and later wished you didn't? Or agreed to something you had no interest in actually doing? “Live your life for you not for anyone else. Don’t let the fear of being judged, rejected or disliked stop you from being yourself” ~Sonya Parker Dawn has a contagious way of inviting people to be their best self, and is committed to the fabric of world-wide goodwill. She volunteers with Excellence Northwest, a non-profit organization, and is dedicated to the success of Excellence Seminars International. She has a passion for children, animals, and the environment.


• Thu 8/22/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Summer Reading Challenge 2019

Family/Child (Books)

Join us in celebrating summer with one of our favorite activities—READING! Pick up your Reading Challenge form in either Fairhaven or Lynden (or print out the form from our website), then read your way along the path to receive prizes. There are three prizes to win this year. See for more details. Select your favorite read of the summer and, on the card we provide you, tell us what you liked about it. We'll hang your review up in the store. For the Fourth Year in a Row! We will hold a drawing in early September from the completed forms and if we draw your form, Village Books will donate a $100 gift certificate to your school library. If a homeschooler wins, we will donate to the charity of your choice. Stumped about what to read? Check out the great selections in our Chuckanut Reader or ask any of us at the store for help.


• Sat 6/1/19 - Sat 8/31/19 at 12:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Clyde Ford Think Black Launch Party!


Village Books and Evolve Chocolate + Cafe are pleased to announce this special event celebrating the long-awaited memoir from Bellingham favorite, Clyde Ford. Join us for a presentation by the author and music provided by Skip Williams & Soul Shadows, and Swil Kanim! And the first 75 people to pre-purchase a copy of Think Black will be invited to the pre-event reception in Evolve Chocolate + Cafe from 3 - 4pm, where there will be music and food inspired by the book, created by Chef Christy. Space is limited so order your copy today and get on the list! In this thought-provoking and heartbreaking memoir, award-winning Bellingham author, Clyde W. Ford, tells the story of his father, John Stanley Ford, the first Black software engineer in America. Think Black reveals how racism at IBM insidiously affected his father’s view of himself and their relationship. Clyde W. Ford is an award-winning author of 12 works of fiction and non-fiction. He’s also a psychotherapist, mythologist, and sought-after public speaker. Clyde’s the recipient of the 2006 Zora Neale Hurston-Richard Wright Award in African American Literature. He’s been a featured guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, National Public Radio, and numerous television and radio programs. Clyde lives in Bellingham, Washington.


• Sun 9/15/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

David Guterson - Turn Around Time: A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

Most outdoor enthusiasts understand the phrase “turn around time” as that point in an adventure when you must cease heading out in order to have enough time to safely return to camp or home—regardless of whether you have reached your destination. For award-winning novelist David Guterson, it is also a metaphor for where we find ourselves in the middle of our lives, and his new narrative poem explores this idea through a lyrical journey along a trail, much like those in Washington’s mountain ranges which he hiked while growing up. David Gutersonis the author of Snow Falling on Cedars, which won the PEN/Faulkner and the American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award. It has sold more than four million copies and was adapted as a major motion picture. He is the author of several other novels: East of the Mountains; Our Lady of the Forest, a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer Best Book of the Year; The Other; and Ed King. He is also the author of two story collections, The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind and Problems with People: a poetry collection, Songs for a Summons; and two works of nonfiction, Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense and Descent: A Memoir of Madness. David's book-length poem, Turn Around Time: A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest will be published by Mountaineers Books in September 2019. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he lives on Bainbridge Island near Seattle with his wife Robin. They have five children.


• Thu 9/26/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM