CHAMPAIGN — Illinois Radio Reader's largest fundraiser, the annual Vintage Vinyl sale, will take place Saturday at a new location: 40 E. University Ave., C, at the northeast corner of University and Market Street.
"We have a great selection of not only outstanding LPs but CDs and music equipment this year," Deane Geiken, event organizer and director of Illinois Public Media's Illinois Radio Reader program, said in a news release.
The sale will open with a $5 admission fee from 8 to 11 a.m. There's no admission fee from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The doors then close from 3 to 4 p.m. to prepare for the half-price sale from 4 to 6.
The event offers at bargain prices thousands of used LP records, CDs, DVDs, 45s, cassettes and audio equipment.
The proceeds from the sale allow Illinois Radio Reader services to reach more visually impaired people to allow them to remain self-sufficient by providing recorded readings of local newspapers and other print media, including sales fliers.
Illinois Radio Reader has more than 500 patrons who receive services for free.
"However, there are more than 2,520 individuals in the Champaign-Urbana area alone who qualify for this service," Geiken said. "Unfortunately, due to lack of funding, they don't have access to the radios needed to receive the Illinois Radio Reader service."
The users include people who can't comfortably read standard print or hold a book or turn pages, including people who are blind or have macular degeneration or muscular dystrophy.
"It is a very easy thing for a sighted person to get the latest news and information from the newspaper or Internet or to browse the obituaries or grocery store ads," Geiken said. "But print-impaired people can't open up the newspaper or easily search the Internet from their cell phone to find out what's happening in their community and the world."
For more information about the Vintage Vinyl sale, visit the "Vintage Vinyl 2013" Facebook page.