New, used book sales support literacy efforts in Whatcom County

Several new and used book sales are featured in December, most of them sponsored by nonprofit library organizations.

These volunteer groups foster community support for their local libraries, raising money to fill city and county funding gaps, sponsoring educational and enrichment programs, and encouraging literacy.

Their used book sales feature low-priced fiction and nonfiction selections in various genres for readers of all ages. Good used books make great stocking stuffers and are an inexpensive way to build your home book collection.


Friends of the Bellingham Public Library

Winter Book Sale is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 3-5; and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Bellingham Public Library,

210 Central Ave

. The public will have full access to both library entrances and the Lecture Room for the book sale during the library closure from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5.

New selections are added daily during the sale. Most items are priced at $1. Friday is half-price day. Saturday is $4 a bag day.

For more information, call 360-778-7250 or email friendslibrary3@gmail.com.

Western Libraries has its annual children’s and young adult literature sale, featuring hundreds of new books priced at $5 for hardcover and $2 for paperbacks.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, on the sixth floor of the Wilson Library at Western Washington University. Proceeds support student scholarships to the university’s annual Children’s Literature Conference featuring top writers and illustrators in the genre.


Blaine Friends

Holiday Book Sale coincides with Blaine’s Holiday Harbor Lights festival.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, in the Meeting Room of the Blaine Public Library, 610 Third St.

Adult books are priced at $2 for hardcover or two books for $3, and $1 for paperback or three books for $2. Teen’s and children’s titles are 50 cents for hardcover and 25 cents for paperback. DVDs are $2. For more information, contact Debby Farmer at 360-305-3600.


Friends of the Ferndale Library

will hold its annual Holiday Open House and Great Buys Sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at the new Ferndale Public Library,

2125 Main St

. near Fourth Avenue. Prices range from 25 cents to $2 for newer hardcover books. Children’s books are mostly 50 cents to $1.

For more information, contact Sarah Koehler at 360-305-3600.


Friends of the Everson Library

has a used book sale from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at the Everson McBeath Community Library,

104 Kirsch Drive

, behind Peoples Bank.

Adult books are priced at $1 for hardcover and paperback. Children’s titles are 50 cents for hardcover and 25 cents for paperback. Magazines are priced at 15 cents, CDs are $1, and DVDs are $2.