EAST LIVERPOOL – A happy new chapter is being written to delight local book readers. History has to be redone. The lack of a local used book store will be a mystery solved. A love story will blossom, a classic tale that true page-turners can’t let go. It’s sure to be a bestseller.
The Way Station has announced the opening of a second-hand bookshop next to its 125 W. Fifth St. thrift store in East Liverpool. The as-yet-unnamed bookstore is scheduled to open for Veterans Day weekend. Customers will have the chance to get free books if they find a winning name for 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 old storefront of Turquoise Tables into a cozy reading nook. For the convenience of customers, the most popular fiction authors are grouped separately, while other fiction is listed alphabetically by author. Section categories include Non-Fiction, Biography, History, Sports, Fantasy, Christian Fiction, Christian Non-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.
Prices are modest, with hardbacks selling for $1, paperbacks for 50 cents, and children’s books for 25 cents.
The opening days of the sale are set for Thursday, November 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, November 11 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
After opening, the store will begin a regular hours schedule from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. three days a week, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays; noon to 6 p.m. Thursday; and the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The first monthly Saturday hours will be December 3.
Donated books can be brought to the bookstore or dropped off at the thrift store during regular hours.
The organizer of the new bookstore is Caren Miller, who coordinated major second-hand book sales during a recent four-year stint at Northside Community Church, raising $16,000 to support a Christian missionary hospital in Kenya. .
Tammy Blackburn, operations manager of The Way Station in East Liverpool, said the thrift shop had a problem with books as it received far more by donation than it had staff to organize or space to display. Miller had been working with the staff on the idea of holding periodical book sales in a rear storage area.
That plan changed recently when Ed Sferra, a Columbiana, minister, and businessman, sold The Way Station the building he had allowed it to occupy for several years rent-free, paying only for utilities. Sferra had previously used the facility for a “street church” mission to serve and meet the needs of residents mainly downtown.
“Pastor Ed has been very generous in working with us on the loan terms to make the purchase of the building possible,” said Blackburn. “He has a heart for the people of this town. He’s just an angel. »
Another element that fell into place, Blackburn said, was the recent bequest to The Way Station of a residential home across the street. The money from the sale of this property helped the organization reach 75% of the fundraising goal for the purchase of the building.
The storefront that now houses the second-hand bookstore once housed the Turquoise Tables store.
“The Turquoise Tables: A Gathering Place on Fifth, the little shop with 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”, said Chaney Nezbeth, executive director of The Way Station Inc. “We were sad to see them go, but know that we will continue to team up to make a difference here at East Liverpool.”
Blackburn noted that “Just before all of this happened, Caren Miller told me, wouldn’t it be great if we had our own little space for a bookstore?”
Miller thanked people who donated books and bookshelves, as well as the volunteers who cleaned, painted and decorated the new store, carried many heavy boxes of books, and arranged them on bookshelves 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 a practical way.”
For more information about The Way Station’s free programs and volunteer opportunities, people can contact Blackburn on 330 383 6497 or stop by the Fifth Street office and thrift store during opening hours.
In keeping with the theme of the book, Nezbeth said to remind those going through difficult times to have faith. “It’s just a chapter in your book of life. It’s not the title. she says.