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What We Did, 2006-2016.

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…)


 

BTP Wishes to thank…

To all of our past, present and future Volunteers and Supporters of Bellingham Books to Prisoners,

It was a busy end of 2016, working to wrap up the affairs of Bellingham BTP. Despite our best efforts, we had to move out of our office space and cease operations.  Books, shelves and other remnants of our fifteen year run have been sent back into the community to help others.

There are so many people to thank, but to keep it brief:

To all who have volunteered to answer letters, wrap packages, organize our bookshelves, participate in fundraisers, take packages to the post office, worked on publicity for our events and taken care of various administrivia: Thank You.
To all who have donated books, money and provided logistical support in many ways: Thank you.
To fellow non-profit organizations and businesses who helped by providing space to publicize our work, donations for fundraisers and other means of support: Thank You.

Now our sister BTP groups in Seattle, Olympia and Portland will pick up the slack in our absence. Thank you to you, too. As to the future? Check our follow-up announcement.

The End of an Era

After ten years of service, Bellingham BTP lost its lease and was not able to find a new workspace suitable for continuing our work. Sadly, we had no choice but to end our operations as we know it. After sending high demand books to our sister BTP chapters in Seattle and Olympia, we donated the remaining books and shelving to a number of local organizations. As a result, we are putting a freeze on book donations, as we no longer have a “library.” (If you have only high-demand books, contact us on how to get those to other BTP chapters.)

We sincerely thank you for your support of money for shipping, books for sending, hours of volunteering, and spreading the word about what we do. We could not have done all that we did without you, a supportive community.
Although we are sad to end this work, we are heartened that the Seattle, Olympia and Portland chapters of BTP will be able to step up and respond to the letters that we would have been answering, so that work continues. From now to mid-January, we are pondering how to reinvent ourselves so as to continue work in a similar vein. It won’t be with tons of books or shipping packages all over the country, but there may be other ways to help incarcerated people, including those closer to home.  Stay tuned; we’ll broadcast details as they emerge.

Bargain Book Blowout!

You’ve read all your old books and now you need new ones. You have a ton of people on your holiday list! Reading too much online makes your eyes wobbly! What to do????
Problem solved!  BTP BOOK SALE! Saturday, December 10,  10-3 at our cheerful office space at 228 East Champion Street,  Most books just a dollar. (A few large, glorious art and gift books will be specially priced.)

This is the time to knock off lots of your Christmas/December Birthday/Chanukkah/Solstice/Kwanzaa/Boxing Day/New Years gift items.

We recognize that December 10 is also the last day of the Friends of the Library sale at the Downtown B’ham Library. (Hey, we love ’em, too; a few of our volunteers may run over to pick up some good titles and topics.) Their sale ends at 1:00. OURS GOES UNTIL 3:00! And the last hour, we will have some hellacious bargain blow-out deals! (That is, if earlier crowds don’t clean us out first!) So, be there on December 10!

Update: BTP STILL Needs new home!!!

Dear Supporters: Bellingham BTP must find a new office space by the end of the year. We have lost our “lease,” so we now dive into an accelerated search for new digs. Currently we have 720 square feet of usable space at the low, low rent of $40/month. We’d like to match that part as much as possible.
If you have ideas or leads for potential work space, drop us a line at: info@bellinghambtp.org

Book Sale – Saturday, September 24, 2016

BOOK SALE! All new books for sale!
Come on down to the Bellingham Farmers Market this Saturday 9.24.16. Bellingham BTP will have a booth down the street near La Fiamma Pizza with a new crop of books.
They are still a dollar each (2 for 1 for young reader books!) Bring some bags, boxes and book-lovin’ friends!

1100 block Railroad Avenue – Saturday, September 24 – 10am to 3 am.

All proceeds go toward mailing books to incarcerated men and women across the country. We’ll see you there!

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.