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Jeff Pool

For now, that’s the unofficial motto of The Friends of the Library Bookstore, a hidden gem tucked away in a nearly 100-year-old building on Chapman Street in the city of Orange.

Bookstore volunteers Elouise Poindexter and Dave Evans both say the bookstore could use more financial donations than print.

“If we had a dollar for every pound we get, we’d be rich,” Evans said during a recent visit.

Donations and funds from book sales support the Orange Library (main).

At this point, Poindexter said the store needs both financial donations and volunteers. The bookstore, located at 120 Chapman Street, is open weekdays from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. It all depends on the availability of volunteers.

Evans said he started volunteering at the shop seven years ago when bookstore founder Philip Cooke suffered from health problems.

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“I used to come here and buy books and one day he said to me, ‘why don’t you volunteer?’ “recalls Evans. “I said, ‘I’ll try’ and here I am.”

To contact the bookstore, dial (540) 672-7880 and leave a message.