Eventually, the organizers added a Winter Reader’s Sale each November. To reduce the workload for volunteers, only paperbacks, cookbooks and children’s books were offered at the winter sales. As the book sales became more and more successful, more volunteers were needed, and the Freeport community stepped up. Husbands of volunteers pitched in and put strong backs into lifting boxes of heavy tomes. Scout troops worked to make the sales successful, and Honeywell and local banks credited volunteer hours to their employees as if they were hours spent on the job.
The book sale proceeds were eventually earmarked for the YWCA’s new program to fight domestic violence, VOICES, launched in 1982. And the sale kept growing. By 1998, the YWCA was offering nearly 100,000 books for sale.
For a time, the book sales were moved to the Jane Addams Community Center in Cedarville, but there was a vision for a permanent location and regular operating hours. A bookstore could do more to raise funds to fight domestic violence. In June 2009, the VOICES Book Nook opened in the Freeport Lincoln Mall, serving customers six days a week. In the spring of 2016, the Book Nook moved its 65,000 item inventory to a new, larger location, still inside the Lincoln Mall.