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About Us & Our Store


 
Black River Books began as a hobby that grew into a passion, then a small, part-time internet business, and finally a used bookstore with an actual storefront.

Dick and Pam Haferman
, the owners, started with collecting modern fiction first editions. As their interest and their collection grew, although they each had full-time professions, they dreamed of one day owning a store. Toward that end, they have for years collected books in as many genres as possible.


Prior to opening Black River Books on Memorial Weekend of 2007, the Hafermans had over 27,000 books in their small home and another several thousand in storage. Bookshelves filled their garage. Most of the books were boxed and labeled and waiting for the right location. The Hafermans supported their book-buying habit by selling select titles online.

The goal, however, was always to have a brick and mortar store. Although used bookstores are becoming “dinosaurs,” the Hafermans believe there are still book lovers who want to see and touch and smell the books they buy rather than to order them online.

In addition to the warm and friendly service the Hafermans offer, customers can expect a warm and friendly greeting from Booker & Dewey, the couple’s two Labradoodles. “The Boys” are hypoallergenic, so they won’t cause sneezes. They will go to their places if folks don’t like dogs or just don’t want to be bothered.

Booker & Dewey's Corner

 

Something to Chew On.The Boys give their picks for the best kids books.

Booker & Dewey Page

Creating a Space

 

We wanted to create a space that would be inviting and comfortable—a place to enjoy not only books, but the company of folks who love books and music and art and conversation, and laughing and learning—not only from what we read, but also from each other.

Sometimes Black River Books is just a place to relax and share a good book with the kids.

 

Or read your own book, but share a quiet space with someone else doing the same.

 

Or breathe the used-book-store air that is just so soothing, so relaxing, that one can't keep from nodding off for a short snooze!

 

Or  share some impromptu conversation with another local talent; sculptor, storyteller, author and consultant to attorneys, South Haven's own, John Mooy.

 

Sometimes Black River Books is a place for folks to get a "dog fix" when they are away from their own dogs. Booker and Dewey certainly don't mind at all.

 

Sometimes there are Book Signings ...

 

Sometimes an Author
speaks
...

 

Or shares some secrets to getting a book published ...

 

Or a Writers Group meets

But always, Black River Books is a place to

Browse.

 

Relax.

 

Enjoy.

 

 

 

Always - Black River Books is a place to

Browse.

Relax.

Enjoy.

 

 

 

Customer Comments

 

“You actually had the exact book I was looking for!  My cousin bought it new for $18, and I found it here for $8. I always find at least one book here every year.”

- Austin, TX

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

“Great Store!”

- Davison, MI - Vincennes, IN -  Marshall, MI – Sag Harbor, NY – Chicago, IL



 

 

 



 

 

 

 

“I needed The Bear by Faulkner and couldn't find it anywhere. The bookmobile didn't have it and the library didn't have it, but I found it at Black River Books! Thanks!

Pennsylvania

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

“We saw the book, The Voice of My Grandfather, a Native American children's book. My husband is half Native American, and we want our daughter to know about and be proud of her heritage. We got goose bumps when we saw the book and had to buy it!” 

– South Haven, MI

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

“Great place with so many books I’ve never seen/read!”

- Beijing

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

“What a fantastic book store!”

- Brantford, ON, Canada

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

“Thank You!”

- Sidney, NY – (In Chinese characters)

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

“I wish we could buy all the books!”

- Muhomet, IL 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

“Your bookstore is an academic’s dream & a thinker’s delight!”

- Chicago, IL

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

“Great books!  Great dogs!  Awesome deals!  Thank you!”

- Brooklyn, NY

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

“I found the book I had as a little girl – and had lost!”

- Marshall, MI

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

“You made my day – I have looked for 5 years for a good-quality hard cover of Nixon’s Six Crises.”

- Manteno, IL

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

“Thank you for the hospitality.”

- Dayton, OH

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

“We love your store.  Congrats for 5 years!”

- Ann Arbor, MI