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Submitted photo Volunteers helping The Way Station Used Book Store get ready to open on Veterans Day weekend include Chester’s Woods family: mother Kaitlen, father Andrew, daughter Hope and son Andrew.

EAST LIVERPOOL – An exciting new chapter is being written to delight local book readers. History must be made anew. The lack of a local used bookstore will be a mystery. Love Story Blooms is a classic tale that true page-turners can’t resist. It’s sure to be a bestseller.

Way Station in East Liverpool at its 125 W. Fifth St. An unnamed bookstore opens on Veterans Day weekend. Patrons will have a chance to win free books if they find the winning title of the new bookstore. (Note that the new books are available for purchase at The Pear Tree Shop, a new store at 433 Broadway.)

Volunteers have been working for weeks to transform the former Turquoise Embroidery shop into a cozy book corner. For the convenience of patrons, the most popular fiction authors are grouped separately, while other fiction is listed in alpha order by author. Section categories include Fiction, Biography, History, Sports, Fiction, Christian Fiction, Christian Fiction, How To, Classics, Humor, Languages, Art, Music, Large Print, Poetry, Politics, Science, Cookbooks, Christmas, Animals, Coffee Table books, children’s books, vintage magazines and more.

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Prices are modest, with hardbacks selling for $1, paperbacks for 50 cents, and children’s books for 25 cents.

Sale dates are Thursday, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, November 10, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Once open, the store will begin regular business hours three days a week, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m.; and the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon. The first monthly Saturday opening hours will be on December 3rd.

Donated books can be brought to the bookstore or dropped off at a thrift store during regular hours.

The organizer of the new bookstore is Karen Miller, who has coordinated a large used book sale at Northside Community Church for the past four years, raising $16,000 to support a Christian mission hospital in Kenya.

Tammy Blackburn, director of operations at The Way Station in East Liverpool, said the thrift store had a problem with books because it took too much from staff to organize through donations or display space. Miller worked with the staff on the idea of ​​holding periodic sales in the back storage area of ​​the book.

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That plan recently changed when Ed Sferra, a Columbia minister and businessman, sold the building, which he had allowed The Way Station to occupy rent-free for several years, paying only utilities. Sferra used this object as a “street church” mission is primarily to meet and solve the needs of the residents of the city center.

“Pastor Ed was very generous in working with us on loan terms to allow us to purchase the building,” Blackburn said. “He has a heart for the people of this town. He’s just an angel.”

Another piece that fell into place, Blackburn said, was a recent bequest to the residential train station across the street. The money from the sale of the property helped the organization reach 75 percent of its fundraising goal to purchase the building.

The storefront that now houses the used bookstore used to be the home of Turquoise Tles.

“Turquoise Tables: The Gathering Place on Fifth, a small store with a big heart for our community, recently decided to focus more on helping those in need in the community through their ministry at Grace House.” This was announced by Cheney Nesbet, executive director of The Way Station Inc. “We are sad to see them go, but we know we will partner together to make a difference in East Liverpool.”

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Blackburn noted “Before all of this happened, Karen Miller said to me, ‘Wouldn’t it be great if we had a little space for a bookstore?’ – said.

Miller thanked the people who donated books and bookshelves and the volunteers who cleaned, painted and decorated the new store, carrying many heavy boxes of books and placing them on shelves and tables.

Described as a way station “A non-profit organization that serves as a community resource for families and individuals in need, putting the love of Jesus into practice.”

For information about The Way Station’s free programs and volunteer opportunities, people can call Blackburn at 330 383 6497 or stop by the Fifth Street office and store during business hours.

In keeping with the book’s theme, Nesbet said it is a reminder to those going through difficult times to have faith. “This is just a chapter in your life book. This is off topic” he said.

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