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Lynda Orzen: Since June, we have seen a lot of new customers who have been surprised, thrilled

PMG FILE PHOTO - Friends of the Oregon City Library bookstore closed March 17 due to COVID-19 and reopened in June.The Friends of the Oregon City Public Library Used Bookstore has been open since mid-June, as this newspaper previously reported. The bookstore reopened after making certain all the safety procedures were in place to keep volunteers and the community safe.

The store is now open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays. In 2021, we will be open the second Saturday of each month. It has been a struggle to retain volunteers, but several members of the management team have stepped up along with a handful of new volunteers.

Lynda OrzenSince June, we have seen a lot of returning customers and new faces. New customers have been surprised and thrilled that we are open. The bookstore gives community members the opportunity to browse books while the library is closed. Each month we have new sections on sale, especially children's books. They need the experience of being able to have fun books to interact with.

The bookstore isn't just books, there are also puzzles and games, movies, talking books and music. The puzzles have been a huge seller to help keep the mind active during shut ins. We've also been creating "grab bags" of books for $1. We've made all our tabletop books only $1 and recently added crafting and sewing.

I want to thank our management team and bookstore staff. They have taught me so much about running a bookstore and the cash register. This year I went from running a meeting for the Friends Board to helping to run a bookstore that serves a book-loving community.

Have a wonderful holiday season from the staff of the Friends of the Oregon City Library Used Bookstore.

Lynda Orzen is the board chair and a member of the management team for the Friends of the Oregon City Library Used Book Store, 814 Seventh St., Oregon City. For more information, call 503-594-0261 or visit facebook.com/OCFriends.


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