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Benefits for library and schools in Granby this weekend

GRANBY — Town center will be active this weekend with two community fundraising events.

The town tag sale and craft fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the Granby Town Common on Route 202.

The event will benefit the furnishing fund for the new Granby Public Library being built at 297 East St. Janice McArdle, the youth service librarian, said she expects the library to move there in mid-October.

McArdle said the event has grown from 37 vendors last year to 57 expected Saturday. Residents will be at booths selling tag sale items, and crafters will be selling items such as carved coins, birdhouses, quilts and other creations.

Author Sheila Connolly, who wrote “The Orchard Mysteries” series set in a town based on Granby, will answer questions between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m..

In addition, there will be tag sales at homes throughout town, and a map is available at the town common or public library, 1 Library Lane, for a $1 donation.

Around the corner from the common, the Granby PTO will hold a recycling drive Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the back parking lot at West Street School, 14 West St.

Valley residents are encouraged to clean out their closets and bring any items they no longer use, including clothes, shoes, boots, sneakers, bags, belts, backpacks, purses, curtains, towels, blankets, sheets, coats, and textiles such as throw pillows.

“As Americans, our trash is really someone else’s treasure,” said PTO co-chairwoman Andrea Kennedy. Donations will go to families in need throughout the United States as well as other countries.

The drive is being held for the first time this year as the result of a partnership between PODS Enterprises, a moving and storage company based in Clearwater, Fla., and Community Recycling, a Philadelphia-based company that recycles clothing and textiles. Donated items will be collected in a large white PODS container that holds up to 8,000 pounds of clothing.

“If people are feeling generous, we want to make sure we have a big container out there ready to help them,” said George Spowart, chief marketing officer for PODS.

For every pound of items collected, Community Recycling pays 10 cents to the PTO which will be used to benefit the West Street and East Meadow schools.

Kennedy said she hopes the drive is held every fall and spring as a way to raise money with minimal costs.

“It’s totally green — nobody’s buying anything,” she said. The PTO will receive 100 percent of the funds generated, and its only costs are for fliers advertising the event, she added.

Kennedy said she hopes that at the end of the day Saturday vendors from the community tag sale and craft fair will bring their unsold items to the PODS container.

For more information on the community tag sale and craft fair, contact McArdle at the library at 413-467-3320. For more information on the PTO clothing drive, contact Kennedy at 413-255-0160.

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