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Name: Cheryl Haubner

Occupation: Owner of the Old Book Barn in Forsyth

Where she lives: Decatur 

What's new at the Old Book Barn, Cheryl?

Mostly the same old thing. We're trying to come up with some new ideas, and people can check on our Facebook page to know what that is and when it is. We'll have days where maybe we'll have 10 percent off or 20 percent off. We're very much a used book store, but we have some new books as well. We try to make sure that we have the young adult novels, which are very popular, and we do have some non-book items. 

What are some of the most common books people ask for when they visit the store?

They read a lot of fiction, science fiction, mystery and general fiction. They come up to us with their cell phones and ask "Do you have this book?" and we see where it is located. Helping the customers is our main goal, because if you're not willing to help them, you're in the wrong business. 

Do you have a lot of regular customers stopping by often?

If we know them by name, we will call them by name. We've got a nice rapport with all of our customers and they're all very friendly. We don't want to ignore any of our customers, because they're fun. 

As the owner of a used book store, do you feel that it's important for people to try and preserve older books as best as they can?

Yes, it's important. We have a lot of used books that you probably won't find anywhere else. The thing of it is, some books become obsolete, but just because it's old doesn't mean it's not going to sell. Things like non-fiction stuff, and history and literature. Literature is definitely something you want to keep no matter how old it is. They're classical. 

It'll be 20 years since you took over the Old Book Barn in October. What's your favorite thing about operating a bookstore?

I think it's the people. People who read and like to share what they read. I've been reading for years, and I like to be able to share a story and to recommend an author with people. That's the fun part, sharing all of that with a customer.

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