EAST LIVERPOOL — An exciting chapter is being written to delight local book readers. History will repeat itself. The lack of a used bookstore becomes a mystery. A love story unfolds, a classic story that true page-turners can’t put down. It is a very good seller.
The Way Station has announced it is opening a used bookstore next door to its 125 W. Fifth St. store. thrift in East Liverpool. The yet-to-be-named bookstore’s grand opening is scheduled for Veterans Day weekend. Patrons will get a chance for free books if they have 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 weeks to transform the former Turquoise Tables store into a cozy bookstore. For the convenience of consumers, the most popular novels are grouped separately, and other novels are in alpha format by author. Genres include non-fiction, fiction, sports, fantasy, Christian fiction, non-Christian fiction, how-to, poetry, humor, quotes, poetry, mainstream, music, the politics, science, cookbooks, Christmas, animals, coffee table books, children’s books, old magazines and more.
Prices are low, with hardbacks selling for $1, paperbacks for 50 cents, and children’s books for 25 cents.
Sales start on Friday, Nov. 9, 9 am to 5 pm; Friday, Nov. 10, 9 am to 6 pm; and Saturday, Nov. 11, 9 a.m. to noon.
After 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 of the month is Dec.
Donated books can be taken to the bookstore or dropped off at the cafeteria during regular hours.
The new bookstore is organized by Caren Miller, who has organized large used book sales for the past four years at Northside Community Church, raising $16,000 to support a Christian mission hospital in Kenya.
Tammy Blackburn, manager of The Way Station’s East Liverpool operations, said the thrift store was struggling with bookings because it had more items on hand than it could staff. to set up or a place to show. Miller worked with staff on the idea of keeping book sales in a back storage area.
That plan changed again when Ed Sferra, a Columbiana, minister and businessman, sold The Way Station house that he had agreed to live in for several years without paying, with payment of personal benefits. Sferra previously used the building for a location “street church” business to serve and address the needs of the residents of the town.
“Pastor Ed was very kind in working with us on loan terms to make it possible to buy a house,” According to Blackburn. “He had a heart for the people of this town. He is just an angel.
Another area that fell into place, Blackburn said, was the new legacy to The Way Station of a residential building across the street. The money from the sale of that property helped the organization reach 75 percent of its fundraising goal for the home purchase.
The building that houses the used bookstore is now home to the Turquoise Tables store.
“The Turquoise Tables: A Gathering Place on Fifth, the small store with a big heart for our community, has recently decided to close to focus more on helping those in need in our community through their business 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 in East Liverpool.”
Blackburn knows that “Before all of this happened, Caren Miller said to me, wouldn’t it be great if we had a little space for a bookstore?”
Miller thanked the people who donated books and bookshelves, as well as the volunteers who cleaned, painted and decorated the new store, took the many boxes of books, and arranged them in the boards and boards.
The Pathway is defined “a non-profit organization that exists as a community resource for families and people in need, while showing the love of Jesus in various ways.”
For information about The Way Station’s volunteer programs and volunteer opportunities, people can call Blackburn at 330 383 6497 or stop by the Fifth Street office and cafeteria at working hours.
As the book suggests, Nezbeth said to remind those who are going through difficult times to have faith. “This is just a chapter in your book of life. It’s not the title,” he said.