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Radnor Library's 'Big Book Sale' This Weekend

Proceeds from the sale go to the library.

One of Radnor Library's biggest fundraisers takes place this weekend.

The Friends of the Radnor Library's Big Book sale is where you'll find 20,000 books, DVDs, CDs, LPs, videos, software, puzzles and games.

All sale items are half-price on Sunday.

MEMBERS’ ONLY PREVIEW: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 5PM – 9PM

OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 9AM – 5PM;

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 12PM – 5PM

For two decades Radnor resident Judy Clifford has been largely responsible for the twice yearly “big book sale.” In those 20 years, the Friends’ group — through those sales — has raised about $603,500.

Clifford, a native of New York City, said that she has spent about 40 years of her life in basements sorting books — the 1970s for her Vassar alumni group in Washington DC, later for the Good Will in Norfolk, Virginia, and lastly for the Owl Bookshop in Bryn Mawr.

The two things she loves about what she does is working with books and knowing that the money raised is going to help somebody, Clifford said.

In 2011 the Friends group donated $60,000 to operating needs of the library, and that purchased DVDs, books and child and adult programs.

As a special gift, not from the book sale earnings, the group also gave $60,000 for new lighting in the children’s section, lobby and corners, two new computers in the children’s section and reupholstered chairs.

Read more about Clifford and the popular book sale.

Want To Help?

Clifford is turning 80 soon and said she continue running the sale as long as she is able.

But she is looking for more volunteers to help her:

  •  People willing to do some heavy lifting
  •  People knows books
  •   Anybody “who is willing to hold a pencil and mark a book,” she said.

The day of the sales, Clifford said she is also looking for volunteers to be cashiers and lift heavy boxes.

For more information, call the Friends of the Radnor Memorial Library at 610-687-1124 or e-mail friends@radnorlibrary.org.

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