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Submitted photo Among the volunteers who helped get The Way Station bookstore open on Veterans Day weekend was the Woods family of Chester: mom Kaytlen, dad Andrew, daughter Hope and son Andrew.

EAST LIVERPOOL – An exciting new chapter is being written to delight local book readers. History must be remade. The lack of a local used bookstore will be a lost secret. A love story will blossom, a classic tale that true page-turners can’t put down. It is sure to be a top seller.

The Way Station has announced that it is opening a used bookstore next door to its 125 W. Fifth St. store. thrift in East Liverpool. The bookstore’s opening is slated for Veterans Day weekend. Customers will get a chance for free books if they come up with the winning name of the new bookstore. (Please 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 former Turquoise Tables storefront into a cozy book nook. For the convenience of fans, the most popular fiction writers are grouped into separate categories, while other fiction is in the alpha directory by author. Categories include non-fiction, biography, history, sports, fantasy, Christian fiction, Christian non-fiction, fashion, classics, comedy, languages, art, music, print, poetry, politics, science, cookbooks, Christmas, animals , coffee table books, children’s books, vintage magazines and more.

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The prices are moderate, with hardbacks on sale for $1, softbacks 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 resume 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 a.m. to noon. The first Saturday hours of the month will be December 3rd.

Gift books can be brought to the bookstore or dropped off at the regular store.

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

Tammy Blackburn, director of The Way Station’s East Liverpool operations, said the thrift store had a problem with books because it received more donations than it had staff to organize or display space. Miller has been working with staff on a plan to hold regular book sales in the back storage area.

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This plan changed recently when Ed Sferra, a Columbiana, minister and entrepreneur, sold The Way Station a building that he had been letting for several years rent-free, paying only for utilities. Sferra once used this place to do a “street church” the task of serving and addressing the needs of the town’s residents.

“Pastor Ed was very generous in working with us on loans to buy the building,” Blackburn said. “He has a heart for the people of this city. It’s just an angel.”

Another piece that fell into place, Blackburn said, was a recent addition to The Way Station’s residential building across the street. The proceeds 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 a used bookstore was once the home of the Turquoise Tables store.

“Turquoise Tables: Friday’s gathering place, a small store with a big heart for our community, recently decided to close so that we can focus more on helping those in need in our community through their ministry at the House of Grace,” said Chaney Nezbeth, executive director of The Way Station Inc. “We are sad to see them go, but we know we will continue to work together to make a difference here in East Liverpool.”

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Blackburn noticed that “Before all of this happened, Caren Miller said to me, wouldn’t it be great if we had our own 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 defined as “a non-profit organization that exists as a community center for families and people in need, while showing the love of Jesus in practical ways.”

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

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

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