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It's only open two days a week at present, but Woodstock has a used-book store that many folks value

ELIZABETH USSHER GROFF - Book Nook organizer and Woodstock resident Sonja Miller, standing in the new fiction room of the expanded Book Nook used bookstore. Its in All Saints Episcopal Church, at S.E. 41st Avenue and Woodstock Boulevard.When a handful of Woodstock activists wrote their own Neighborhood Plan thirty years ago, one kind of business they identified as needed in their neighborhood was a bookstore.

Since then, a small used paperback store has come and gone, but – aside from books at the Goodwill Store, and in the nearby Reed College bookstore – that Neighborhood Plan objective has not been met. Until now…

In the last few months the small "Book Nook" shop, in All Saints Episcopal Church at S.E. 41st and Woodstock Boulevard, has expanded into two more rooms of the Mustard Seed Thrift Store in the basement. (The door is on the west side, downstairs.)

One entire room of the Book Nook has shelves lined with mysteries, many of them hardbacks, for $3 each. Another room has fiction, and another room has romance novels and a miscellaneous selection of non-fiction. Paperbacks are $2, and trade paperbacks 50 cents.

The supply of books in the nonprofit shop always seems to be growing, and the back storage room has more volumes ready to be shelved when display space for them is cleared. Donations of books are always welcome.

Book Nook volunteer organizer, and Woodstock resident, Sonja Miller seems to thoroughly enjoy making the bookstore of used books more enticing and attractive as the months go by. "I think the new arrangement is lighter and brighter," she tells THE BEE.

Proceeds from the Mustard Seed Thrift Store and Book Nook support the church's outreach ministries: The Medical Teams International Dental Van; the St. Francis closet, in the Mustard Seed; hot meals on Saturdays at All Saints; and a shower and washing machine mobile unit in the church parking lot. Both Mustard Seed and Book Nook hours are limited to two days a week only – Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – so plan your visit for those days and hours.

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