What's New

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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Kite-Making Workshop

MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, DROP IN BETWEEN 10:00 AM AND NOON
RADNOR TOWNSHIP BUILDING
Professional kite-makers from the South Jersey Kite Flyers’ Association will guide participants in assembling and personalizing their own kite.  Age 3 and up.  Registration required here starting August 25.

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TechGirlz Workshop: Creating Your Own Games Using GameMaker

MONDAY, OCTOBER 3 FROM 6:00 PM TO 9:00 PM
RADNOR TOWNSHIP BUILDING
Students will learn how to use GameMaker Studio, an intuitive program for the creation of electronic games. They will learn to create a basic running and jumping game, and how to customize the game. They will also learn where to download game creation software and find tutorials to create other games they can imagine! Intermediate computer skills will be required.
TechGirlz is a nonprofit organization that puts all types of tech in the hands of middle school girls through free, project-based workshops.  Participants are required to provide their own laptop for the workshop.  For girls in grades 6 & up.  Register for this event HERE.

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Once Upon a Garden at Chanticleer

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 AT 10:30 AM
CHANTICLEER, A PLEASURE GARDEN

Nature-themed storytime and craft for preschoolers.  Held at Chanticleer, a Pleasure Garden.  No registration required.   $5 admission fee with Radnor Library card or free with season pass.  Kids 12 and under free.  To map this location, please click here.

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The Inklings: A Group for Writers

TUESDAYS AT 7:30 PM : OCTOBER 18, NOVEMBER 15, AND DECEMBER 6
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.

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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.

October 19: Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
November 16: Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
December 21: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

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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.