The Mark Twain Library's 59th Annual Book Fair begins this weekend at The Redding Community Center. Days and times are as follows:
- Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Prices as marked
- Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Prices as marked
- Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Half price day
- Monday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. -- $10 for each box full of books, or half-price for individual books
The Mark Twain Library Book Fair is the oldest – and one of the largest – in New England. The Library was founded by Samuel Clemens – Mark Twain, himself – in 1908. Twain moved to Redding in 1907 and had more books than would fit in his new home. He donated over 1,000 titles to help get the Library started. Upon his death, his daughter Clara donated more for sale to build on his fledgling legacy in Redding. Today, more than 100 years later, the Book Fair is still one of the Library’s principal fundraisers.
- WHO: An army of volunteers led by Co-Chairs Midge Loery, Catherine Riordan and Jeanne Wendschuh
- WHAT: A giant Book Fair with over 65,000 books for sale organized in 75 categories.
- WHEN: Labor Day Weekend, Aug. 30 – Sept. 2
Admission is free, except for $20 Early Buying Charge from 9 to 10 a.m. on Friday. Refreshments are available, and there is plenty of free parking.
For more information on the Mark Twain Library’s 59th Annual Book Fair and to see the fair’s highlights, please visit marktwainlibrary.org or call the Library at (203) 938-2545.
Redding Community Center is located at 37 Lonetown Road (Route 107) in Redding, Conn.