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Submitted photo Among the volunteers who helped get the Wait Station Used Bookstore ready to open on Veterans Day weekend are the Woods family of Chester: mother Caitlin, father Andrew, daughter Hope and son Andrew

EAST LIVERPOOL – A happy new chapter is being written to delight local book readers. History must be remade. The lack of a local used bookstore would be a mystery. A love story will unfold, a classic story that true page-turners can’t beat. It is sure to be a bestseller.

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

Volunteers have been working for weeks to transform the store’s former turquoise tables into cozy bookshelves. For patrons’ convenience, the most popular fiction authors are grouped separately, while other fiction is in alpha order by author. Section Categories Nonfiction, Biography, History, Sports, Fantasy, Christian Fiction, Christian Nonfiction, How To, Classics, Humor, Languages, Art, Music, Large Print, Poetry, Politics, Science, Cookbooks, Christmas, Animals , coffee table books, children’s books, old magazines and more.

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

The opening days of the sale are scheduled for Thursday, November 9 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Friday, November 10, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Saturday, November 11, from 9 a.m. to noon.

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

Donated books can be brought to the bookstore or dropped off at the junkyard 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.

Tommy Blackburn, director of operations at V Station East Liverpool, said the thrift store had a problem with books because it received more through donations than staff or display space to organize. Miller worked with employees to hold periodic book sales in the back storage area.

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That plan changed recently when Colombian minister and businessman Ed Sefiera sold the V-Station building, allowing him to occupy it rent-free for several years, paying only utilities. Sefra already used the facility for this “Street Church” The mission of the ministry and addressing the needs of the residents of the original city.

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

Another piece that fell into place, Blackburn said, was the last testament to the way station of a residential house across the street. Proceeds from the sale of this property helped the organization reach 75 percent of its fundraising goal to purchase the building.

The storefront that now houses the used bookstore was formerly home to the Turquoise Table Store.

“Turquoise Tables: The Gathering Place on 5th, a small store with a big heart for our community, recently decided to focus more on helping those in need in our community through their ministry. Do it in the Palace of Grace.” Cheney Nizbit, CEO of V Station Inc. said. “We are sad to see them go but know we will continue to partner together to make a difference in East Liverpool.”

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Blackburn noted that “Before all of this, Karen Miller said to me, wouldn’t it be great if we had our own little space for a bookstore?”

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

Described as a way station “A nonprofit 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 no-cost programs and volunteer opportunities, the public 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 book’s theme, Nazbit said it reminds those who are going through difficult times to have faith. “This is just a chapter in the book of your life. It’s not a title,” she said

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