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June 8, 2015 - 3:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Richmond Memorial Library, batavia.

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Leslie DeLooze, Community Services Librarian

Now you can carry a whole library of magazine titles in your hand, wherever you or wherever you go, for free.

In a program set up for the Richmond Memorial Library by the Nioga Library System and the digital magazine clearinghouse Zinio, your library card gives you free digital access to all 65 magazine titles in the reading room of the library.

You just don't have to go to the reading room at library to read the magazines.

You can read your favorite magazines from the collection on your desktop or through the Zinio app on your mobile device.

Zinio also offers paid subscriptions to hundreds of other titles.

To sign up, go to batavialibrary.org Click on the Zinio logo at the bottom of the page and click "create account" in the upper right and complete the registration. Then go to zinio.com and complete the registration there. After you download the app (if you haven't already), all you need to do is log in. You need your library member number at the time of registration.

Here's a list of titles available for free to library members:

100 Best Cookies
100 Decorating Ideas
30 Minute Dinners
Allrecipes
ARTNews
The Atlantic
Better Homes & Gardens
Billboard Magazine
Brides
Car & Driver
Container Gardening
Country Living
Digital Camera World
Do It Yourself
Easy Meals
Eating Light
Eating Well
ESPN
Essential Slowcooker
Everyday with Rachel Ray
Family Fun
Family Handyman
Food Network Magazine
Good Housekeeping
Handcrafted Jewelry
Health & Fitness-Tone Up in 10 Minutes
Health & Fitness Woman’s Guide to Running
HGTV
Hockey News
House Beautiful
Interweave Crochet
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance
Kitchen & Bath Scene
Knit Scene

 

Ladies’ Home Journal
Marie Claire
Martha Stewart Living
Men’s Health
Mother Earth News
Mother Jones
National Geographic
National Geographic Traveler
Newsweek
O: Oprah Magazine
OK Magazine
Old House Journal
Outside
Parents
PC World
Popular Photography
Popular Science
Prevention
Quilter’s Companion
Reader’s Digest
Redbook
Rolling Stone
Runner’s World
Scholastic Parent & Child
Seventeen
Slow Cooker
Taste of Home
Taste of Home Holiday
Time
US Weekly
Vanity Fair
Vegetarian Times
Weight Watchers
Woman’s Day
Wood Magazine

May 6, 2015 - 1:55pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Richmond Memorial Library, batavia.

A total of 285 votes turned out for Tuesday's Richmond Memorial Library budget vote, passing the spending plan by a wide margin.

In all, 246 yes votes were recorded.

The budget increases spending by $25,870.

The lone candidate for a trustee's position, Michael Rivers, was elected with 266 votes.

Residents in the Batavia City School District are eligible to vote. There are 10,532 registered voters in the district.

May 6, 2015 - 1:49pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in music, arts, batavia, Richmond Memorial Library.

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Alec R. Sass, a sophomore at Clarence High School, performed a 45-minute bagpipe show at the Richmond Memorial Library last night. In all, 50 people attended the performance, which included the songs "Scots Wha Hae and "Amazing Grace."

Photos submitted by Craig Gillard.

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October 9, 2014 - 7:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Richmond Memorial Library, batavia chess club.

The Batavia Chess Club has attracted 45 members since Kevin Larsen started it about a year ago, but onyl a handful show up any given night of matches, Larson said.

The club meets at the Richmond Memorial Library every Thursday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. and new members are always welcome. They'll even teach you how to play chess if you don't know how.

Larsen (on the right, second photo) funded the game boards and time clocks out of his own pocket. There are  no dues for membership in the club.

For more about the club, visit bataviachess.org.

Previously: Batavia man and library present 'Batavia Community Chess Club'

August 13, 2014 - 10:12am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Richmond Memorial Library, art.

Local, award-winning artists Terry Webber and Bernice Yunkers have a joint exhibit at the Richmond Memorial Library now through the end of August.

August 13, 2014 - 10:06am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Richmond Memorial Library.

Richmond Memorial Library patrons and supporters got a chance to meet new director Bob Conrad during a reception Tuesday.

Conrad is originally from Rochester, a 1992 graduate of Eastridge High School. He lived for 22 years in the Chicago area where he earned an undergraduate degree in Radio, TV and Film and a graduate degree in Library and Information Science.

He worked for 10 years in the Chicago library system before he decided he wanted to take his career to the next level. He started looking for jobs in New York and California and when he found the opening in Batavia he said it was "a perfect fit."

As a new director, he's not coming in looking to make a lot of changes. We have something good here in a library, he said, and he wants to keep it that way.

"I want the best library that this community can support and the best library that can support the community," Conrad said, adding, "Right now, I'm just learning the job. I'm delighted that the staff all seem to know what they're doing and that the community really treasures the institution, so my first job is not (to) break it."

Conrad is buying a home in Batavia, but in the meantime, he's staying with family in the Rochester area.

He's very familiar with WNY. His family took annual trips to Letchworth and Watkins Glen and he worked at Seabreeze in high school. But when Conrad started spreading the news that he was taking a job in Batavia, it prompted a little geography lesson for those around him in Illinois. They are far more familiar with another Batavia (their very own).

"I did have to disambiguate to all of my colleagues when telling them where I was going to be library director," Conrad said.

August 9, 2014 - 9:59am
posted by Leslie DeLooze in Richmond Memorial Library, health insurance.
Event Date and Time: 
August 30, 2014 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia presents “Get Covered Now!”, a free presentation on August 30th, 2014 from 1:00-3:00 PM on how to enroll in affordable health care.  Presenter Linya Lewis is a Navigator certified by New York State who is capable of offering information and enrolling people.  For more information, or to set up an appointment with Linya Lewis, contact her at (585) 343-5450.

July 10, 2014 - 11:07am
posted by Leslie DeLooze in Richmond Memorial Library, libraries, book discussion.
Event Date and Time: 
July 28, 2014 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia presents Mystery Readers’ Mondays Book Discussion on Monday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m.  Read and be ready to discuss “Tilt a Whirl” by Chris Grabenstein.  Copies of the book are available at the front desk.  More information is available in the library and at www.batavialibrary.org.

June 23, 2014 - 4:04pm
posted by Leslie DeLooze in Richmond Memorial Library, classes, libraries, knitting.
Event Date and Time: 
July 15, 2014 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia presents “Knit the Fibonacci Sequence,” a class for adults on Tuesday, July 15 at 6:00 p.m.  Linda Daviau will lead this “stash buster” class for knitters who know how to knit and purl.  Learn some applications of the “golden ratio” found in nature, art & architecture to make a scarf.  Registration begins June 30.  Please bring size 8 or 9 needles and two colors of worsted weight yarn. More information is available in the library and at www.batavialibrary.org.

June 4, 2014 - 11:19am
posted by Leslie DeLooze in Richmond Memorial Library, weather, libraries, talks.
Event Date and Time: 
July 7, 2014 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia presents “What’s with the Weather?,” a talk for adults on Monday, July 7 at 7:00 p.m.  Jon Hitchcock, a senior forecaster with the National Weather Service, will talk about weather patterns in Western New York that bring the more interesting weather to our region.  Registration is not required for this free program. More information is available in the library and at www.batavialibrary.org

May 31, 2014 - 1:43pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, arts, Richmond Memorial Library.

Children who came to the Richmond Memorial Library this morning had a chance to be entertained by and learn about improvisational acting.

Karen L. Eichler and Andrew M. Spragge, of Defiant Monkey Improv, told the children (and parents) about improv and performed skits. 

Above, Eichler, playing Billie Bob Horton, squirts a security guard for Billy Bob Thornton with a water pistol while trying to gain access to the actor's mansion. The scenario and scenes were suggested by the audience.

In the final skit, Eichler and Spragge were assisted by Jean Berry and Gina Bergman. Eichler and Spragge couldn't move their bodies on their own. Berry and Bergman had to manipulate their hands, arms, legs and heads appropriate to the dialogue, or at times initiating movements that drove the dialogue. In this scene Eichler is Spock and Spragge is Capt. Kirk and they've just encountered a one-eyed monster that apparently communicates through clicks.

May 30, 2014 - 10:19am
posted by Leslie DeLooze in Richmond Memorial Library, scrapbooking, craft classes.
Event Date and Time: 
July 2, 2014 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia presents “Library Pocket Album,” a class for adults taught by Jenn Cascell on Wednesday, July 2 at 6:30 p.m.  Learn how to use lots of summery papers to create this mini album.  Registration is required, and $3.00 for materials is due at the time of registration.  More information is available in the library and at www.batavialibrary.org.

May 29, 2014 - 11:13am
posted by Leslie DeLooze in Richmond Memorial Library, books, reading, summer book club.
Event Date and Time: 
June 23, 2014 -
9:00am to 9:00pm

Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia is presenting “Fizz, Boom, READ!,” a Summer Reading Club for Adults from June 23 through Aug. 8. Participants are encouraged to read through the summer, and a small gift is awarded for finishing six books.

In addition, participants receive entry forms for a chance to win some theme-related grand prizes, including laboratory beaker mugs and gift certificates to the library’s café, kitchen science kits, and gift cards.

May 29, 2014 - 11:09am
posted by Leslie DeLooze in Richmond Memorial Library, classes, crafts.
Event Date and Time: 
June 25, 2014 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm

Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia presents “Sun-Dye Tote Bag,” a craft class for adults taught by Jen Reardon, on Wednesday, June 25 at 5:30 p.m. Learn how to use a new product which uses a chemical reaction when exposed to sunshine to create a colorful, fabric tote bag. $8.00 for supplies is due at the time of registration. More information is available in the library and at www.batavialibrary.org

May 6, 2014 - 10:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Richmond Memorial Library.

Voters today approved the Richmond Memorial Library budget by a vote of 238 to 42.

Norm Argulsky was elected to the Library Board of Trustees with 265 votes.

April 30, 2014 - 6:27pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Richmond Memorial Library, Mary Elizabeth Wood.

Unless you're a serious local history buff, the name Miss Mary Elizabeth Wood may be unfamiliar.

In China, however, especially among those who appreciate the country's public library system, Miss Wood is revered.

Her fame has brought a Chinese film crew to Batavia this week as part of their effort to create a documentary chronicling the life of the "Queen of Modern Libraries in China."

Born in Elba in 1861, Wood became the first librarian of the Richmond Memorial Library in 1889, a position she held for 10 years. The only daughter of Edward Farmer Wood and Mary Jane (Humphrey) Wood, who had seven boys, Miss Wood took a trip to China to visit her youngest brother Robert in 1899.

On that trip, she learned there was no public education system and residents had little access to all the wisdom contained in the world's books, even ones in their own language.

Wood decided to stay in Wuchang, where she eventually made 3,000 books available for borrowing at the building known as the Octagonal Pavilion.

Soon, she traveled back to the U.S. for a year of study, her first actual courses in library science, having gotten as far as she did before then on her strength as "a great reader."

While on the trip, she raised funds and secured book donations that enabled her to open in 1910 the Boone Library in Wuchang.

By the 1920s, Wood was lobbying Congress for funds to advance library science in China and through the grants received and with the help of two of her Chinese prodigies, Wood established the first school for library science in China.

Following her death of an illness in China in 1931, her body was returned to Batavia and she is buried in the Batavia Cemetery.

These pictures were taken while the film crew prepared to interview Kathy Facer, Richmond's reference and technology librarian.

Here's the Wikipedia entry on Mary Elizabeth Wood, which contains greater detail on her life and work.

Cheng Huanwen, professor and university librarian, School of Information Management, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China.

April 15, 2014 - 5:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Richmond Memorial Library.

It was all fun and games in the children's section of the Richmond Memorial Library this afternoon as staff threw a birthday party for the library.

Batavia's library, founded with a gift from the widow of Dean Richmond, is 125 years old this month.

Today, the children participating in the party made birthday hats and played games.

August 5, 2013 - 8:01pm

It's important to fund both history and reading, members of the County Legislature were told today during a meeting of the Public Service Committee.

Representatives of local libraries as well as the Holland Land Office Museum presented annual reviews that both contained requests to keep county funding for these programs at current levels.

"County support is very important to use in order for us to provide the level of service we do to our guests and to our community," said HLOM Executive Director Jeff Donahue. "We are doing what we can (to increase revenue) though our programs such as Wonderland of Trees and the summer program, but this only brings in a small portion (of our budget)."

Laura Cerri Pastecki, from the Haxon Library in Oakfield, said libraries still play an important role in the community. Seniors on fixed incomes still depend on borrowing books and many come into learn how to use computers, and people who can't afford computers depend on the library for online research and creating resumes.

"You might think the library is a thing of the past with technology these days, but just the opposite is true," Pastecki said. "There's more information out there and more entertainment out there and people use the libraries for information and entertainment."

Debbie Rider, a trustee with the Richmond Memorial Library, said there is typically a 30- to 45-minute wait to use a computer there and that many middle school children use the library as a place to do homework after school.

"There's such a huge number of children who come from school to the library directly," Rider said. "It allows the library to reach a population it might not normally reach and a chance for the children to access resources they might not otherwise get."

Donahue gave a detailed report on HLOM actives, which includes school and group tours, visits to local schools and leading history tours in the local area.

"Our history just isn't in one building," Donahue said. "It's our entire area."

In the past year, 3,000 people have visited the muesum and more than 400 artifacts were added to the collection.

Upcoming events include the 12th Annual Wonderland of Trees, the Batavia Antique Show and Sale, a bus trip to the New York Central Terminal in Buffalo and a lecture series of women's rights in the 19th and 19th centuries.  

In December, the museum will host a traveling exhibition, "Lincoln, the Constitution and the Civil War."

No budget numbers were discussed and legislators offered no comments on what they might support, or not.

June 26, 2013 - 4:29pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, Richmond Memorial Library.

Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia is presenting a “Mine” for Poetry Contest for adults in the "Dig into Reading" Summer Reading Club (free and easy to join).

Dig into a page of text — from a book, a magazine, or a newspaper (Please make a copy, if it is not yours!). Find words to make a poem...and eliminate the rest as artistically as possible. Samples are available at the library.

Entries are due at the library by Friday, July 19 at 5 p.m. and prizes will be awarded. More information is available at the library, by calling 343-9550, ext. 2, and at www.batavialibrary.org.

June 3, 2013 - 3:41pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Richmond Memorial Library.

The Richmond Memorial Library will clost at 5 p.m., Tuesday, due to sewer repairs on Ross Street.

The library will reopen at its normal hour, 9 a.m., Wednesday.

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