Book donations accepted until July 31


REDDING, CT, July 7, 2018–Mark Twain once said, “In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” Find wisdom and good company during the Mark Twain Library’s 58th Annual Book Fair — one of the oldest and largest in New England, and one of the Library’s most celebrated fundraisers.

For four days over Labor Day weekend, from Friday, August 31 to Monday, September 3, the Redding Community Center on Lonetown Road is transformed by an army of volunteers into a “storehouse” of more than 65,000 bargain priced books and items, organized and categorized for convenient shopping.

“Thanks to some amazing donations from the Mark Twain Library’s friends and neighbors, the Book Fair during Labor Day weekend is more like a bookstore than a few library discards priced for sale,” said Book Fair co-Chair Midge Loery. “We’ve got 75 categories of books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl albums, sheet music, games and puzzles—something for everyone.” The last day to donate books to the Library for the Book Fair is July 31.

Opening day is Friday, August 31, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the first hour, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., there is a $20 admission charge and tickets for that hour will be available starting at 8 a.m. Book dealers start lining up the night before for a chance at first dibs! There will be a children’s after school event from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., with an ice cream truck from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, September 1, the Fair will operate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 2 will be “Half-Price Day” and the Fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Monday, September 3, the Fair will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday will be “Boxing Day” and items will be sold for $10 a box or half-price.

Refreshments will be available for sale, there is plenty of free parking, and credit cards are accepted. All proceeds benefit the Mark Twain Library.
“The Mark Twain Library Book Fair is one of the jewels of Redding,” said co-Chair Catherine Riordan.  “It’s an opportunity to recycle our books for others to enjoy, a reminder of our devotion to thoughtful discourse, a chance to connect with neighbors new and old — and the perfect way to support the Library while buying more books!”

The Mark Twain Library is owned by the Mark Twain Library Association.  It was founded in 1908 by Samuel Clemens – Mark Twain himself – one of Redding’s most celebrated residents. Visit, for more information.

Photo by Sandi O’ Reilly.
The Back Room Volunteers are, from left to right,
Jane McCaffrey; Co-Chair Midge Loery; Rita Stirling; Suzanne Gordon; Ruth Wolsch; Eileen Honey; and Co-Chair Jeanne Wendschuh (not pictured: Co-Chair Catherine Riordan).