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December 3, 2013 - 11:55am
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, Richmond Memorial Libary, chess.

Batavia resident and avid chess player Kevin Larsen has had some free time on his hands lately, so he decided to start a chess club in Batavia.

This comes just as the game of chess seems to be making a comeback. According to a recent article in The New York Times, the game lags in popularity in spite of a record number of players worldwide -- possibly due to the absence of an appealing personality to represent it.

A promising candidate is 22-year-old Norwegian player Magnus Carlsen, who is the top-ranked chess player worldwide. Larsen has not followed Carlsen too closely, but he agrees that an appealing personality as the "face of chess" might, in part, be what the game needs.

"If people see someone young and cool playing chess," he said, "they might be more interested."

Furnished with United States Chess Federation regulation boards, clocks, and scorebooks, the "Batavia Community Chess Club" is for novices and chess buffs alike. 

"As long as people have fun with it, it's fine with me," Larsen said. "But I do hope to get people who are interested in coming every week and want to get better at chess by studying and competing."

He would like people to use clocks so that competitors have equal playing time, as well as scorebooks so they can keep track of their progress in the game and discover what they need to work on.

So far, 13 people have said they will come to the first meeting this Thursday from 6 until 8:30 p.m. at the Richmond Memorial Library, at 19 Ross St. in Batavia.

Club meetings will take place every Thursday during that time frame. All ages are welcome, but young children should be accompanied by their parents.

Larsen said it will be easier if everyone who is interested comes at the same time, since otherwise people might have to wait 30 minutes to an hour for someone to play against. But people are welcome to walk in at any time between 6 and 8:30.

Because "Batavia Community Chess Club" is being run with the support of the library, it is open to the public at no cost. However, Larsen said he will accept any donations to pay for equipment upgrades, clocks, and funding for the NIOGA Library System so they can purchase more chess-related books.

Chess has been touted as a tool for helping people to sharpen their concentration, build patience and perseverance, develop critical and analytical thinking, and improve planning and management skills.

Larsen rejects the stereotype that you have to have a high IQ in order to do well at chess.

"It helps," he said, "but if you have a good teacher and are willing to study, you'll do fine. I've read scientific literature about people who had below-average IQs but were high-ranking chess players."

Right now, Larsen has only a couple of volunteers helping with the club. When he gets more, he would like to have people available to teach the game.

For more information and to contact Larsen, visit www.bataviachess.org.

May 1, 2012 - 11:22am
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, events, Richmond Memorial Libary, budget vote.
Event Date and Time: 
May 1, 2012 -
9:00am to 9:00pm

This is a press release from the Richmond Memorial Library:

The Richmond Memorial Library vote takes place on Tuesday, May 1 from
9 a.m. until 9 p.m. in the Gallery Room of the Richmond Library, at 19 Ross St. in Batavia.

Any registered voter residing in the Batavia City School District is eligible to vote.

April 30, 2012 - 4:05pm

This is a press release from the Richmond Memorial Library:

The Richmond Memorial Library vote takes place on Tuesday, May 1 from
9 a.m. until 9 p.m. in the Gallery Room of the Richmond Library, at 19 Ross St. in Batavia.

Any registered voter residing in the Batavia City School District is eligible to vote.

April 14, 2012 - 9:56am

Members of the "Tale for Three Counties" committee were presented with the Richmond Memorial Library's 2012 "Friend of the Year" award today at a public reception in the library's Gallery Room.

This award is given each year in recognition of a person or group that has gone above and beyond in support of the Richmond library. According to Paula Haven, Teen Services librarian and staff liaison to the Friends of the Library, "A Tale for Three Counties" met the criteria.

"This is their 10th anniversary," Haven said. "Not all library programs enjoy such longevity."

"A Tale for Three Counties" began when a group of public librarians from Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties got together and proposed an idea for an area-wide book discussion program. Over the years, they have garnered the support of such organizations as Genesee Community College, GoArt!, the Genesee Valley BOCES School Library System, Wal-Mart and Time Warner.

Each year, participants read and discuss books that meet the following guidelines (taken from the program's website): 

  • It must be a work of fiction
  • It must appeal to both adult and teen readers
  • It must have literary merit as evidenced by professional reviews or awards
  • It must present the theme of rural family life or local history
  • It must have issues or topics to discuss
  • It must introduce a new or relatively unknown author to readers

Another perk of this program is that the authors come to the area to give talks every year (click to read an article on the Garth Stein visit in 2010).

Here are some quotes from authors who have visited Genesee County for this program:

"Call: My agent on the phone telling me that my book 'The Call' had been chosen as the one book for 'A Tale for Three Counties.'

"Action: Cheered and then gladly accepted.

"Result: Was greeted so warmly by all involved with the Tale I considered that the place was possibly enchanted and I had crossed over into a better world."

-Yannick Murphy, author of "The Call"

"I really had the sense, during the three days I participated in the Tale for Three Counties, that the program was reaching all sorts of people who otherwise would not be reading literature, opening their minds to its possibilities and encouraging future explorations of books while also uniting the community. It was a great honor to participate in such a worthy program."

- Hillary Jordan, author of "Mudbound

February 2, 2012 - 2:55pm
posted by Martha Lorshbaugh in arts, Quilts, Richmond Memorial Libary, Museum Quilt Guild.
Event Date and Time: 
February 2, 2012 - 9:00am to February 28, 2012 - 6:00pm

 

Members of the Museum Quilt Guild were invited to the "Carnival" for this year's challenge.   Twenty-three quilts by twenty-one members were presented at the January 21 meeting, and will be on display at the Richmond Memorial Library during regular hours during the month of February.  A variety of techniques and colors were used to create quilts depicting carousel horses and other rides, Mardi Gras themed quilts, and fond memories.

May 13, 2011 - 11:40am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Mike Ranzenhofer, Richmond Memorial Libary.

Press release:

New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that Richmond Memorial Library will receive $3,500 in funding from the Public Library Construction Grant Program for a replacement window in the Children’s Room. 

“This grant will serve as a reinvestment in Richmond Memorial Library in the City of Batavia and will ultimately allow existing patrons and future generations to enjoy all the services the library has to offer,” Senator Ranzenhofer said.

The grant funds are from $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2010 State Budget. Grants can pay up to a maximum of 50 percent of total eligible project costs and libraries must provide funds to pay for the remaining costs of the project. 

New York’s public libraries are in need of renovation and upgrading. A recent survey showed a documented need for public library construction and renovation projects totaling more than $2.5 billion. More than 40 percent of the public library buildings in communities across New York are over 60 years old. Many of New York’s local public libraries are unable to accommodate users with disabilities, are energy inefficient, cannot provide internet and computer and other electronic technologies to users because of outdated and inadequate electrical wiring. 

Project activities and expenditures eligible for grants from the $14 million Public Library Construction Grant Program include the renovation and/or rehabilitation of existing space, including roof replacement, purchase and installation of alternative energy resources and new HVAC systems, windows, doors, and lighting systems, electrical upgrades, and construction of new or replacement of old walkways and parking lots.

May 2, 2011 - 8:58pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, events, Richmond Memorial Libary, budget vote.
Event Date and Time: 
May 3, 2011 -
12:00pm to 9:00pm

The Richmond Memorial Library, at 19 Ross St. in Batavia, will hold its budget vote and Board of Trustees election today from noon until 9 p.m.

All residents of the Batavia City School District are eligible to vote. Voting will take place in the library's Gallery Room.

Call the library at 343-9550 for more information.

May 2, 2011 - 6:52pm

The Richmond Memorial Library, at 19 Ross St. in Batavia, will hold its budget vote and Board of Trustees election tomorrow from noon until 9 p.m.

All residents of the Batavia City School District are eligible to vote. Voting will take place in the library's Gallery Room.

The results of the election will be posted tomorrow. Call the library at 343-9550 for more information.

April 16, 2011 - 1:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Richmond Memorial Libary.

On Friday afternoon, Nancy Mortellaro was honored at the Richmond Memorial Library as the 2011 Friend of the Library.

Mortellaro praised her fellow friends and called them her "virtual Facebook," noting that unlike the real Facebook, she gets to see her friends face-to-face every day.

Mortellaro was honored for her diligent and long-standing support of the library.

July 26, 2010 - 7:33pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, events, Richmond Memorial Libary, e-readers.
Event Date and Time: 
August 19, 2010 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

All adults in Genesee County are invited to attend "E-readers: A First Look" at the Richmond Memorial Library, at 19 Ross St. in Batavia, from 2 until 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19.

July 19, 2010 - 4:27pm
Event Date and Time: 
July 23, 2010 -
2:30pm to 3:30pm

Like reptiles? Come get a look at a variety of them on Friday at the Richmond Memorial Library, at 19 Ross St. in Batavia!

This opportunity to see these creatures is being offered as part of the "Nickel City Reptiles" -- part of the library's 2010 Summer Reading Program.

Admission is free and does not require pre-registration. The fun starts at 2:30 p.m.

For more info, call the library at 343-9550, ext. 4.

July 16, 2010 - 4:36pm

"Sand Between Your Fingers" was the third program for teens in the Richmond Memorial Library's Summer Reading Program.

They got to try their hand at sand art, mixing a variety of colored sands to make "sand pens," which they could then take home and use for writing and drawing.

The library's Teen Program is open to students entering grades six through 12. The program extends through Aug. 4, so sign up soon if you haven't done so already!

Visit the library, at 19 Ross St. in Batavia, or call 343-9550 for more details.

July 8, 2010 - 6:59pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, events, Facebook, Richmond Memorial Libary.
Event Date and Time: 
July 13, 2010 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Want to learn how to get "Facehooked?" Then come on over to the Richmond Memorial Library, at 19 Ross St. in Batavia, for an hour-long session on how to use the popular website, Facebook!

On Tuesday, July 13, Lisa Gricius will show you how to set up an account, how to use and manage it, and games to play (or not). The program will begin at 7 p.m. and is open to all adults in the Batavia area. Registration is not required.

Please call the library at 343-9550 for more information.

July 2, 2010 - 3:17pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in events, teens, Richmond Memorial Libary.
Event Date and Time: 
July 29, 2010 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm

Teen library-goers will have a chance to compete for prizes in a "Battleship Tournament" at the Richmond Memorial Library, at 19 Ross St. in Batavia.

This will last from 2:30 until 4 p.m., Thursday, July 29. Snacks will be provided.

For more information, call the library at 343-9550.

June 25, 2010 - 1:15pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in retirement, Richmond Memorial Libary, sandy gillard.

Sandy Gillard, center, hasn't not worked in 38 years.

She has worked at Batavia's Richmond Memorial Library since 1972, went back to school for her bachelor's and MLS (Master of Library Science) degrees while raising three sons about 20 years ago, and has worked very hard to make the library a fun and welcoming place for kids and their families. 

Gillard is retiring this year, and Tuesday of next week will be her last day as children's librarian at Richmond.

On Wednesday, families and friends gathered at a reception -- held in the library's Children's Room -- to express their appreciation for her years of service.

May 7, 2010 - 1:19pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, events, family, children, Richmond Memorial Libary.
Event Date and Time: 
May 13, 2010 -
6:30pm to 7:00pm

Family Primetime Story Hour is for all ages and is held from 6:30 to 7 p.m. nearly every Thursday at the Richmond Memorial Library.

This event includes stories, music and finger plays. Children are welcome to wear pajamas if they wish.

Please contact the library at 343-9550 for further details.

May 5, 2010 - 3:14pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in Announcements, Richmond Memorial Libary.

Yesterday's trustee election at the Richmond Memorial Library garnered 167 votes for Rosemary Surowka, who has been re-elected to the Board of Trustees.

Library Director Diana Wyrwa submitted this information to The Batavian.

May 4, 2010 - 1:18pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in Announcements, Richmond Memorial Libary.

The Richmond Memorial Library's trustee election will continue until 9 tonight in the library's Gallery Room, 19 Ross St. in Batavia. Anyone who lives in the Batavia City School District and is registered to vote may participate.

NOTES

  • Rosemary Surowka is seeking re-election as a trustee
  • Due to the absence of a proposed tax increase for the library this year, there is no budget proposition
April 23, 2010 - 2:04pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, events, movies, Richmond Memorial Libary.
Event Date and Time: 
May 27, 2010 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

The May "Reel Discussion" will take place from 6 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 27 at the Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St. in Batavia. This month, the library will be showing a family film for all ages.

April 23, 2010 - 1:48pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, events, Richmond Memorial Libary, book sale.
Event Date and Time: 
May 6, 2010 -
9:00am to 7:00pm

The Friends of the Library will hold their monthly book sale at the Richmond Library, 19 Ross St. in Batavia, on Thursday, May 6.

Adult, teen and children's books will be for sale. Book prices will range from $0.25 to $5, depending on how recently the book was published.

The book sale begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m.

For more information, please contact the library at 343-9550.

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