EAST LIVERPOOL – A happy new chapter is being written to delight local book readers. History has to be remade. The lack of a local used bookstore will end up being a mystery. A love story will blossom, a wonderful story that true page-turners can’t beat. It is sure to be a best seller.
The Way Station has announced that it is opening a used bookstore next door at its 125 W. Fifth St. location. Thrift store in East Liverpool. The opening of the yet-to-be-named bookstore is scheduled for Veterans Day weekend. Patrons will have a chance to win a free book if they come up with 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 Table storefront into a cozy book nook. For patrons’ convenience, popular fiction authors are grouped separately, while other fiction authors are in alphabetical order. 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, softbacks for 50 cents, and children’s books for 25 cents.
The opening sale is scheduled 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 noon.
After opening, the store will resume regular hours schedule three days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; to 6 p.m. Thursday; and the first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon. The first Saturday of the month will be December 3rd.
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 Karen Miller, who recently organized a large used book sale at Northside Community Church four years ago, raising $16,000 to support the Christian Mission Hospital in Kenya.
Tommy Blackburn, The Way Station’s director of East Liverpool operations, said the thrift store had a problem with books because it received more donations than it had the staff to manage or the space to display. Miller was working with staff to come up with the idea of holding periodic book sales in the back storage area.
That plan recently changed when Ed Sefra, a Colombian minister and businessman, sold the building to The Way Station, which he had let for several years as a renter, paying only the utilities. Sferra had already used a “street church” Primarily a mission to address and resolve the needs of the city’s residents.
“Pastor Ed was very generous in working out the terms of the loan with us 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 a residential home across the street from Way Station. The money from the property sale helped the organization reach 75 percent of its fundraising goal for the purchase of the building.
The storefront that now houses the used bookstore was formerly home to the Turquoise Table Store.
“The Turquoise Tables: The Gathering Place on Fifth, a small shop with a big heart for our community, recently made the decision to close to focus more on helping those in need in our community through their ministry at The House. of grace,” said Chaney Nizbeth, executive director of The Way Station Inc. “We are sad to see them go but know we will continue to partner together to make a difference here in East Liverpool.”
Blackburn noted that “Before all of this happened, Karen Miller said to me, wouldn’t it be nice 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, carrying several heavy carts of books, placing them on shelves and tables.
Described as a way station “A non-profit organization that exists as a community resource for families and individuals in need, while demonstrating 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 shop during business hours.
In keeping with the theme of the book, Nezbeth said to remind those who are going through difficult times to keep the faith. “This is just a chapter in the book of your life. It’s not titled, “ he said.