The Friends of the Bellingham Public Library (FOBPL) is an all-volunteer nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is supporting and advocating for the library by:
Encouraging community support of the library;
Raising money for library needs, as designated by the staff and board;
Sponsoring educational and enrichment programs for all ages;
Encouraging literacy by making available free reading material at the library and offering reasonably priced books through regular sales.
The Friends are actively recruiting volunteers! Jobs can be as simple as helping 2-3 hours at a book sale or more specialized ongoing tasks to prepare for those sales. If you are interested in knowing more about these opportunities, please contact the Friends at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Book Sales
Book lovers rejoice! Attend the Friends used book sales and support your local library! The Friends of the Bellingham Public Library hold several used book sales each year, with most items priced $1 or less.
Sales scheduled for 2017:
March 2-4, 2017
May 24-27, 2017
September 27-30, 2017
Nearly New and Special Books
Other great deals on books for purchase are found in the Nearly New Books area on the main floor of the Central Library near the building entrance. Special books of local, historical or aesthetic interest also are offered for sale in display cases at the Central Library. Proceeds from these book sales all benefit the Friends, which in turn benefits the library.
Please consider joining us to help support the Bellingham Public Library. Membership has its benefits!
Good Friend ($10/year) member benefit: $1 coupon to use at a book sale.
Family Friend ($20/year for up to two adults and dependent children) member benefit: $2 coupon to use at a book sale.
Devoted Friend ($50/year) member benefit: $3 coupon to use at a book sale, one “I love my library” bumper sticker and one free book bag.
Best Friend ($100/year and up) member benefit: $4 coupon to use at a book sale, one “I love my library” bumper sticker, one free book bag, and public acknowledgement of your membership.
Officers meet regularly on the 3rd Wednesday of every other month (except during the summer) at the Central Library. Please call (360) 778-7250 or email email@example.com for information and updates.
Annual Meeting 2017
Mark your calendar! The next Friends of the Bellingham Public Library Annual Meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 22, 2017 in the Fireplace Room at the Fairhaven Branch Library (map). (Please note: location changed from earlier announcements!)
Books & Other Materials
Please review the guidelines for donations of books and other materials. Items are accepted any time throughout the year. You may bring up to two boxes of books to the Central Library Checkout Desk marked, “For Friends”.
The Friends accept used, still current magazines in good condition for free “recycling” to the general public. Please leave magazine donations at the swap tables, located at the Central Library and Fairhaven Branch.
Memorial Gifts honor the memories of individuals and provide additional materials and/or services to the library. Two options are available:
Your memorial donation will fund a book on a particular subject of your choosing or, if you prefer, library staff will select a book in an area needing materials. A bookplate on the inside cover of the book will memorialize the individual and mention the donor. Letters of acknowledgment and appreciation are sent by the library to the family and donor.
Your memorial donation will fund additional materials and/or services sought by the library. Letters of acknowledgment and appreciation are sent by the library to the family and donor.
Friends of the Bellingham Public Library
210 Central Avenue – CS9710
Bellingham, WA 98227-9710
Donations via Amazon Purchases
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. Why not make that the Friends of the Bellingham Public Library? To do that, shop on AmazonSmile and choose the Friends there; AmazonSmile has the exact same products, prices and features as Amazon.