What's New

Registration is open for the 3rd annual Elves for the Shelves 5K!

The 3rd annual Elves for the Shelves 5K, sponsored by Eagle Village Shops,  will take place on Saturday, December 3.  Sign up between now and October 14 and receive discount registration fees.  Register for the race by clicking HERE.

The Radnor Memorial Library REcollection is now open!

Our temporary location at 110 W. Lancaster Ave, Suite 230 (across the street from Pet Supplies Plus) is now open.  The REcollection has a small browsing collection of books and DVDs for children, teens, and adults, as well as magazines and newspapers, computers and printers for public use, photocopying, and the ability   to place holds on items from any Delaware County library.  To learn more about the REcollection and our renovations, please click here.
Hours of Operation:
Monday/Wednesday/Friday: 9am – 6pm
Tuesday/Thursday: 1pm – 9pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: Closed

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Expansion and Renovation Project Update (posted 8/30/2016)
Many of our patrons and stakeholders have questions regarding the status of the building project. We’ve update the our Frequently Asked Questions. Below are the top questions:

Why has the project been delayed?
The library property at 114 W. Wayne Avenue is owned by Radnor Township. As such, the construction contracts must be publicly bid in accordance with Pennsylvania law. The initial bids were received in early summer and came in drastically over budget, which we believe was due primarily to a temporary spike in the market. These bids were rejected and the process restarted.

What’s being done to ensure the new bids are more favorable?
Kimmel Bogrette has been working diligently on the design and rebid package, in consultation with both the Library and the Township. The approach has been to look at the library/community priorities and craft a new bid package with changes that have minimal impact on the overall goals.  Based on the information available regarding the anticipated construction costs, we believe that the responses to the modified bid package (including contingency) will adhere to our cost and schedule constraints.
 

Are the building plans significantly changed in the new bid package?
The project’s base bid does have major changes to the floor plan, including less expansion to the building’s footprint. The additional square footage expansion (as well as other pieces of the project like finishes and casework) will be bid as “alternates.” This allows us to see precise dollar figures for each item and prioritize spending.  However, it is our hope that all square footage will be added.

Why was the building at 114 W Wayne closed if the contracts weren’t in place?
The logistics of moving such a large and complex facility were extensive and required months of planning. Using the best information available, we worked under the assumption that construction would begin in June, with a very quick turnaround between the award of the contract and ground breaking, and as such moved forward with relocating in May.

For the full FAQ, visit RMLstory.org.

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 The Inklings: A Group for Writers

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6 AT 7:00 PM
GRYPHON CAFE SECOND FLOOR
Share ideas about writing and receive feedback in an informal setting. Class is led by published writer and retired teacher Joe Lynch.

 Book Club

pAge Turners Book Club at Wayne Senior Center

WEDNESDAYS AT 10:30 AM
WAYNE SENIOR CENTER
Join in a lively discussion on the month’s selected book.

December 21: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

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Wreath Decorating Workshop

MONDAY, DECEMBER 5 AT 7:00 PM
WAYNE SENIOR CENTER
Heather Potter, owner of Cottage Flowers in Malvern, returns for the Library’s annual holiday wreath decorating workshop. Heather brings fresh wreaths and an abundance of natural decorations (and more) to decorate your wreath. Class size is limited. $20 materials fee is due at registration at the RML REcollection front desk.  Registration begins November 1.

 Life Sized Bananagrams

Go Bananas!

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9 AT 4:00 PM
RADNOR TOWNSHIP BUILDING
Get out some pre-holiday energy playing Super-Sized Bananagrams, a mixture of Scrabble and Twister.  After playing, settle in for a delicious banana split sundae! For grades 6 & up.  Registration for this event HERE.

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Voices from Mt. Pleasant

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13 AT 7:00 PM
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF WAYNE
Radnor Historical Society, Radnor Memorial Library and the First Baptist Church of Wayne co-sponsor a presentation of selected oral histories of some residents of Mt. Pleasant, Tredyffrin Township, a predominately African American community. Gathered over the years, the oral histories were compiled by Cabrini University students for a class titled, “Democracy and Diversity”, taught by Sharon Schwarze, PhD. Many of Mt. Pleasant’s current residents are descendants of people who settled  here in the early 1900’s as part of the Great Migration.

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Why is Radnor Library Essential to the Community? Provost Patrick Maggitti Shares His Thoughts

Patrick G. Maggitti, PhD, Provost, Villanova University, shares his thoughts on how the Radnor Memorial Library–and all libraries– create a “collision point of different perspectives, information and knowledge” making libraries as essential today as ever. Dr Maggitti served three years as a Radnor Township appointee to the RML Board of Trustees.  Check out the VIDEO here!

 

DID YOU MISS A RECENT LIBRARY PROGRAM? NOW YOU CAN LISTEN OR WATCH ONLINE!

Experience Library programs from the comfort of your home! The Radnor Historical Society, a frequent program partner of the Radnor Memorial Library, has archived many of our recent programs.  Click HERE to view the podcasts.