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Submitted photo Among the volunteer workers who have helped get The Way Station used bookstore ready to open on Veterans Day weekend is the Woods family from Chester: mom Kaytlen, dad Andrew, daughter Hope and son Andrew.

EAST LIVERPOOL – A happy new chapter is being written to delight local book readers. History is to be made anew. The lack of a local used bookstore will be debunked as a mystery. A love story will blossom, a classic story that true page-turners can’t put down. It is sure to be a best seller.

The Way Station announced that it is opening a used bookstore next door to its thrift store at 125 W. Fifth St. in East Liverpool. The yet-to-be-named bookstore is set to open on Veterans Day weekend. Patrons will have the chance to get free books if they come up with a winning name for the new bookshop. (Note that new books can be purchased at The Pear Tree Shop, a new store at 433 Broadway.)

Volunteers have been working for several weeks to transform the Turquoise Tables shopfront into a cozy nook of books. For patrons’ convenience, the most popular fiction authors are grouped separately, while other fiction is in alpha order by author. Section categories include nonfiction, biography, history, sports, fantasy, Christian fiction, Christian nonfiction, how-to, classics, humor, languages, art, music, fine print, poetry, politics, science, cookbooks, Christmas, animals , coffee table books, children’s books, vintage magazines and others.

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

Opening sales days are set for Thursday, November 9, 9 am to 5 pm; Friday, November 10, 9 am to 6 pm; and Saturday, November 11, 9 a.m. to noon.

After the opening, the store will begin a schedule of regular hours from 10 am to 2 pm three days a week, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; noon to 6 pm Thursday; and the first Saturday of each month from 9 to noon. The first monthly Saturday hours will be December 3.

Donated books can be brought to the bookshop or dropped off at the thrift shop during normal hours.

The organizer of the new bookstore is Caren Miller, who coordinated major used book sales over a recent four-year period at Northside Community Church, 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 received far more by donation than it had the staff to organize or the space to display. Miller had been working with the staff towards the idea of ​​holding a periodical book sale in a back storage area.

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That plan changed recently when Ed Sferra, a pastor and businessman from Columbiana, sold The Way Station the building he had allowed it to occupy for several years rent-free, paying only utilities. Sferra had previously used the facility for a “street church” mission to minister to and address the needs of city center residents in particular.

“Pastor Ed was very generous working with us on loan terms to make the purchase of the building possible,” 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 Way Station from a residential house across the street. Money from the sale of that property helped the organization reach 75 percent of the fundraising goal for the purchase of the building.

The shop front which now houses the second-hand bookshop was once home to the Turquoise Tables shop.

“The Turquoise Tables: A Gathering Place on Fifth, the small shop that has a big heart for our community, recently decided to close to focus even more on helping those in need in our community through their ministry at The House of Grace,” Chaney Nezbeth, executive director of The Way Station Inc. “We were sad to see them go but we know we will continue to partner together to make a difference here in East Liverpool.”

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Blackburn noted that “Just before this all came about, Caren Miller said to me, wouldn’t it be great if we had our own little place for a bookstore?”

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

The Way Station is described as “a non-profit organization that exists as a community resource for families and individuals in need, while reflecting the love of Jesus in practical ways.”

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

In keeping with the theme of the book, Nezbeth said to remind those who are going through difficult times to have faith. “This is just a chapter in the book of your life. That’s not the title,” she said.

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