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Keith Grey, Sr has been shopping at The Blue Door Bookstore since he moved to Lancaster 10 years ago. But once he finds the books he is looking for on Friday, he won’t be able to come back for anymore.

“This being the last day, I thought I’d take one more pass through these almost baron shelves,” said Grey.

The non-profit store, part of the Carolinas Literacy Network, is closing its doors on Friday after years of free books.

“We really tried to make it a community service,” said Carolinas Literacy Network Executive Director Kathy Wilds.

At one time, the store had over 15,000 books; all donated from people in the community to help promote literacy in a town where manufacturing jobs were lost and people quickly needed to become more literate.

People could borrow books or take them home to keep – it didn’t matter.

“Some would bring books and just go,” said Wilds. “Others would bring books, take books… it was really kind of an exchange.”

The Literacy Network, once financed by the J. Marion Sims Foundation, has run out of money and must close its doors.

So even though it’s a sad day for The Blue Door Book Store, they close this chapter knowing they helped thousands of people become literate.

“It’s sad, but we’ve done good work and lots of people in the community have been helped.”

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