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Page turning for HWS bookstore

Liz Dean isn’t a student at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, but the College Store on St. Clair Street is her first stop when she’s looking for a book.

“I’ve been going there for a real long time,” said the Geneva resident.

That’s why she was surprised to learn that on May 31, the College Store — part of the HWS community going back nearly 100 years — will become a Barnes and Noble College operation.

Barnes and Noble College runs college bookstores throughout the country.

“It’s such a shame,” said Dean, who said College Store staff go out of their way to assist her quests for harder-to-find books.

And while she is a patron of places such as Stomping Grounds in downtown Geneva, which has a large variety of new and used books and other merchandise, the College Store is the city’s only true bookstore, she said.

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