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Wanted In Redding: Mark Twain Library Seeking Volunteers For Big Book Sale

Erin Singleton and her 12-year-old daughter Riley, sort books for the 57th Annual Mark Twain Library Book Fair, held over Labor Day weekend at the Redding Community Center on Lonetown Road.
Erin Singleton and her 12-year-old daughter Riley, sort books for the 57th Annual Mark Twain Library Book Fair, held over Labor Day weekend at the Redding Community Center on Lonetown Road. Photo Credit: Contributed
The youngest volunteers at the Mark Twain Library Book Fair, held over Labor Day weekend at the Redding Community Center: Catherine Vecchiarelli and her two children, Phoebe, then 7 and Finnean, then 4, pitch in last year.
The youngest volunteers at the Mark Twain Library Book Fair, held over Labor Day weekend at the Redding Community Center: Catherine Vecchiarelli and her two children, Phoebe, then 7 and Finnean, then 4, pitch in last year. Photo Credit: Contributed

REDDING, Conn. – The Mark Twain Library’s annual book sale over Labor Day weekend features tens of thousands of items. And it requires the help of hundreds of volunteers.

The library is putting out a call for volunteers for its 57th Annual Book Fair, which will be held over Labor Day weekend at the Redding Community Center, 37 Lonetown Road.

Volunteers are needed in the days leading up to the sale, from Aug. 29 to Aug. 31, during the Book Fair from Sept. 1 to Sept. 4, and afterward, on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

“Since we moved here to Redding, the library is one of my family’s favorite places in town,” said Erin Singleton, who volunteers with her 12-year-old daughter Riley. “The library has given so much to our family, so it’s really nice to have the chance to give something back.”

Sign up is available online, and volunteers can choose shifts that best fit their schedule, and they may also request to work with a teammate.

There are a variety of jobs available: setting up and taking down the fair; working as cashiers, tally/baggers (great for a two-person team), and merchandisers; and organizing and displaying the materials.

Students middle school age and up are welcome to volunteer.

The Book Fair opens Friday, Sept. 1, with a $20 “early buying” admission charge from 9 to 10 a.m. After 10 a.m., admission is free, with each book for sale as marked. On Saturday, Sept. 2, the Book Fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and books will be sold as marked. Sunday, Sept. 3, is half-price day. On Labor Day Monday, Sept. 4, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., customers may purchase a box of books for $10, or pay half price for individual books. Boxes will be provided.

Parking is free and refreshments will be available. All proceeds benefit the Mark Twain Library.

For information, or to sign up to volunteer, go to www.marktwainlibrary.org , visit the library or call 203-938-2545.

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.

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