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What We Do

Bellingham Books To Prisoners is a 100% volunteer staffed, non-profit group that sends free books upon request to prisoners throughout the U.S.  We are partnered with Seattle Books To Prisoners (www.bookstoprisoners.net), one of the oldest BTP programs in the country.  Letters from prisoners are sent to Seattle, then forwarded to us – we are responsible for getting donated books, finding volunteers, and raising money for postage and supplies.  Last year, Seattle BTP, along with chapters in Portland, Olympia, and Bellingham answered a combined 14,900 letters.  Bellingham BTP sent out over 1,000 books.

The following short video helps demonstrate the importance of the work we do: (more…)


 

July 30: Saturday Book Sale @ B’ham Farmers Market

Bellingham BTP is hosting a book sale
* Saturday, July 30 from 10-3
* On Railroad Avenue near La Fiamma Pizza Restaurant near the Bellingham Farmers Market.
* Hundreds of books, most just one dollar each.
* (We will try to bring the world’s largest cat book, which will be a bit more than a dollar. But most everything else will be a dollar suggested donation.)
* All proceeds go toward the cost of mailing packages to incarcerated people around the country.
Inform your family and friends so they can be part of the fun, too!

4th of July: NO packing meeting

Bellingham BTP consistently meets Monday evenings from 6-9 to answer letters and pack books for shipment. However, the 4th of July falls on a Monday this year, so we will not hold a meeting that day. Regular meetings resume Monday, July 11, 2016.

May 28 Book Sale on Champion Street!

Time for our Annual Ski-to-Sea Parade Book Sale, one of our big fund raisers for the year!

  • Who: Bellingham Books to Prisoners
  • What: 4th Annual Really Large Book Sale Fundraiser
  • When: Saturday, May 28, 10-3
  • Where: 228 E. Champion St., Bellingham (toward the end of the parade route between State Street and the Downtown Transit Center.)
  • Why?: Even at media rate, postage for shipping books all over the U.S. adds up quickly.

Mark your calendars, mark your friends’ calendars, tell everyone you know that this is a chance to load up on some mighty fine books, most  just $1 each!  See you there!

Big sale for BTP and Unity Spiritual Center Sat. 4/16!

Unity Spiritual Center of Bellingham is having its annual “New To You” Sale this Saturday, April 16th, 10-2 (BTP supporters have been given the green light to get there as early as 9am.)

Come on down to Unity to find some great bargains, including several tables featuring books from Bellingham Books to Prisoners. This is how we continue to raise vital funds to keep on shipping books to incarcerated people all over the nation.

You’ll find the sale at Unity Church, 1095 Telegraph Rd., Bellingham Locate Unity Spiritual Center

Big Book Sale on Saturday, 12/12/15 9-3!

Book Bazaar 2015!

Saturday, December 12, 2015, from 9-3, join us for our second annual Holiday Book Sale!  We have TONS of books available! Most books are just $1 each, plus door prizes and raffles. It’s located at our offices at 228 East Champion Street. The entrance is on the basement level, off the alley that faces the WTA bus station. Just look for the colorful balloons.

Stock up on reading material for friends, family and yourself. Many books will make great Christmas and New Years gifts. (Don’t forget Winter birthday presents, too!) – all while helping out a worthy cause.  100% of proceeds go toward postage to send free books to incarcerated people all over the United States.

Fund Drive with Matching Challenge!

March 23, 2015

Are we a “victim” of our own success? Bellingham Books to Prisoners has been so successful at filling, wrapping and mailing packages this Winter that we are quickly running out of money for mailing. Post Office bills for just the last two weeks represent $150 in the debit column. Thus, one more busy packing meeting and we’ll have to place a temporary hold on wrapping packages. There is still plenty for volunteers to do at the office, such as sorting out books and sweeping the floors, but our PRIMARY purpose (“raison d’etre,” as our friends in Quebec would say) is getting book requests out to incarcerated Americans. So, we need your financial support.

Your donations to BTP will make a difference NOW. Even better, between now and Tax Day, April 15, an anonymous supporter has pledged to match your donations, dollar for dollar. Your $25 donation? *poof!* Now it’s a $50 donation! Just like that. You can deliver this support via check, cash, or gold bullion by mail:

Bellingham Books To Prisoners
PO Box 1254,    Bellingham, WA 98227

Or stop by our office space in the basement of 228 E. Champion Street during our packing meetings every Monday night from 6-9.

From all of us Bellingham BTP volunteers: Thank You for keeping us going!

2014 Holiday Book Sale

2014 Holiday Book Sale

We will be having a giant book sale on Saturday, December 13 from 10am to 3pm at our home base at 228 East Champion street.  Entrance is on the basement level, off of the alley that faces the WTA bus station.

Not only will we be selling our usual selection of thousands of books for only $1 each, but we will be opening up our entire collection for sale, on a case-by-case basis – typically cheaper than a used book store.  In all, there will be over 15,000 books for sale, plus raffles and door prizes.

Come on by and stock up on reading material for yourself, and get great Christmas gifts for your friends and family – all while helping out a worthy cause.  100% of proceeds go toward postage to send free books to prisoners throughout the country.

 

HUGE Book Sale!

We will be having a massive book sale on Saturday, May 25th from 9-3 on the corner of State and Champion Streets.  Books will be $1 each, or 8 for $5!

Please come out and support us and get a great deal on reading material, we have a large selection of books donated over the winter to move out.  100% of proceeds go to postage to send free books to people in prison.

Benefit Concert

Robert Sarazin Blake & The Heligoats. Thursday, November 29th, 9 pm at the Green Frog, 1015 N State St.  $10 suggested donation at the door, 21 and older.

Whatcom Realators’ Give-a-thon

Come join us Thursday, November 29th, from 11 am to 6 pm at the Elks Lodge, 710 Samish Way.  We will have our usual holiday goods for sale along with raffles.  Another good opportunity to do some holiday shopping while helping out worthy non-profit organizations.

5th Annual Multifaith Alternative Holiday Market

We will be participating in the Multifaith Alternative Holiday market again this year.  The date is Saturday, November 17, from 10 am-1 pm at the Assumption Church gymnasium, 2116 Cornwall Avenue.  Please come out and support us and help us raise some badly needed funds.  Hope to see you there!

Garlic Braids Available

Get a 13 bulb, organically grown garlic braid with the donation of $25.  It’s a food, it’s a spice, it’s medicine – grown by BTP volunteers.  While supplies last – email us to order, or for more information.

Book Sale!

This Saturday, July 14, from 8-3 we will be in front of the Farmers Market on Railroad Ave.  We have a large selection of books with many new titles since our last sale.  Come on down and stock up on summer reading material.  All money earned goes toward postage costs – we hope to see you there.

Rummage Sale!

We will be having a rummage sale on Saturday, June 2, at 2310 E Street – hours are 8 am to 3 pm.  There will be literally thousands of books for sale, as well as a wide selection of household items and other miscellaneous good stuff.  Come check it out, find a great deal, and help us meet our considerable postage bills.

If you have items to donate for the sale, please bring them by our workspace, or contact us to arrange for pick up.