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September 12, 2014 - 3:26pm
posted by Leslie DeLooze in books, libraries, book discussion.
Event Date and Time: 
October 15, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

The Evening Adult Book Discussion Group will meet at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross Street, Batavia on Wednesday, October 15 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss “Letters from Skye” by Jessica Brockmole.  Books are available at the library’s front desk.  For more information, call the library at 343-9550, ext. 8 or visit www.batavialibrary.org.

September 12, 2014 - 3:02pm
posted by Leslie DeLooze in books, libraries, talks, book reviews.
Event Date and Time: 
October 15, 2014 - 12:10pm to 1:00pm

“Books Sandwiched In” will be held on Wednesday, October 15 at 12:10 p.m. at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross Street, Batavia.  Pat Burk will review “Fosse”  by Sam Wasson.  Bring your own sandwich; coffee, tea and cookies served.  All are welcome to this talk.  For more information, call the library at (585) 343-9550, ext. 8 or log on to www.batavialibrary.org.

September 12, 2014 - 3:00pm
posted by Leslie DeLooze in books, libraries, talks, book reviews.
Event Date and Time: 
October 8, 2014 - 12:10pm to 1:00pm

 “Books Sandwiched In” will be held on Wednesday, October 8 at 12:10 p.m. at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross Street, Batavia.  John Holder will review “One Summer: America, 1927”  by Bill Bryson.  Bring your own sandwich; coffee, tea and cookies served.  All are welcome to this talk.  For more information, call the library at (585) 343-9550, ext. 8 or log on to 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.

April 14, 2014 - 10:50am
posted by Leslie DeLooze in books, libraries, book discussion.
Event Date and Time: 
May 21, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Evening Adult Book Discussion Group will meet at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross Street, Batavia on Wednesday, April 16 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss “The Golem and the Jinni” by Helene Wecker. Books are available at the library’s front desk. For more information, call the library at 343-9550, ext. 8 or visit www.batavialibrary.org.
February 21, 2014 - 3:33pm
posted by Leslie DeLooze in books, libraries, A Tale for Three Counties, science fiction.
Event Date and Time: 
March 10, 2014 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia presents “Tale Talk with Norm Gayford” on Monday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m.  Science fiction, speculative fiction...do these genres make you scratch your head and wonder what they are all about?  Sci-fi scholar and enthusiast Norman Gayford (Professor of English at GCC) will talk about these in relation to this year’s Tale for Three Counties book, The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker.  All are invited to this free program.   More information is available in the library and at www.talef

January 21, 2014 - 5:29pm
posted by Leslie DeLooze in books, libraries, book discussions, A Tale for Three Counties.
Event Date and Time: 
March 19, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

The Evening Adult Book Discussion Group will meet at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross Street, Batavia on Wednesday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss THE AGE OF MIRACLES by Karen Thompson Walker.  This is the 2014 selection for “A Tale for Three Counties,” the 12th annual one-book program covering Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties.  Books are available at the library’s front desk to borrow or to purchase. Refreshments served.  For more information on this program and other area book discussions, call the library at 343-9550, ext.

January 21, 2014 - 5:25pm
posted by Leslie DeLooze in books, libraries, book discussions, A Tale for Three Counties.
Event Date and Time: 
March 5, 2014 - 7:45am to 9:00am

The Adult Book Discussion Group will meet at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross Street, Batavia on Wednesday, March 5 at 7:45 a.m. to discuss THE AGE OF MIRACLES by Karen Thompson Walker.  This is the 2014 selection for “A Tale for Three Counties,” the 12th-annual one-book program covering Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties.  Books are available at the library’s front desk to borrow or to purchase. Refreshments served.  For more information on this program and other area book discussions, call the library at 343-9550, ext.

January 15, 2014 - 1:02pm
posted by Leslie DeLooze in books, libraries, book discussions.
Event Date and Time: 
February 19, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

The Evening Adult Book Discussion Group will meet at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross Street, Batavia on Wednesday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss AND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED by Khaled Hosseini.  Books are available at the library’s front desk.  For more information, call the library at 343-9550, ext. 8 or visit www.batavialibrary.org.

December 28, 2013 - 11:04am
posted by Leslie DeLooze in books, book discussions.
Event Date and Time: 
January 27, 2014 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

The Mystery Readers’ Mondays Discussion Group will meet at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross Street, Batavia on Monday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by Maria Semple.  Books are available at the front desk.

For more information, call the library at 343-9550, ext. 8 or log onto www.batavialibrary.org.

December 28, 2013 - 10:55am
posted by Leslie DeLooze in books, reading, book discussions.

The Adult Book Discussion Group will meet at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross Street, Batavia on Wednesday, January 8 at 7:45 a.m. to discuss THE BARTENDER’S TALE by Ivan Doig.  Books are available at the library’s front desk.  The Evening Discussion Group will talk about this book on Wednesday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m. For more information, call the library at 343-9550, ext. 8 or visit www.batavialibrary.org.

December 28, 2013 - 10:53am
posted by Leslie DeLooze in books, reading, book discussions.
Event Date and Time: 
January 15, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

The Evening Adult Book Discussion Group will meet at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross Street, Batavia on Wednesday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss THE BARTENDER’S TALE by Ivan Doig.  Books are available at the library’s front desk.  For more information, call the library at 343-9550, ext. 8 or visit www.batavialibrary.org.

December 9, 2013 - 3:54pm
posted by Leslie DeLooze in movies, books, talks, film directors.
Event Date and Time: 
January 11, 2014 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

A Tale for Three Counties, the community-reads project for Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties, is presenting “Northern Borders Movie Screening ” on Saturday, January 11 at 2:00 p.m. at the Stuart Steiner Theatre at Genesee Community College, One College Road, Batavia.  This movie will include a talk with award-winning director/producer Jay Craven.  The movie is based on the novel by Howard Frank Mosher, which was the featured book for A Tale for Three Counties in 2004.  Tickets are $15.00 and may be purchased at local public libraries, at the GCC library and at the door.

November 13, 2013 - 2:05pm
posted by Leslie DeLooze in books, libraries, book discussion.
Event Date and Time: 
December 18, 2013 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

The Evening Adult Book Discussion Group will meet at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross Street, Batavia on Wednesday, December 18 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY by Rachel Joyce.  Books are available at the library’s front desk.  For more information, call the library at 343-9550, ext. 8 or visit www.batavialibrary.org.

November 13, 2013 - 2:03pm
posted by Leslie DeLooze in books, libraries, book discussion.
Event Date and Time: 
December 11, 2013 - 7:45am to 9:00am

The Adult Book Discussion Group will meet at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross Street, Batavia on Wednesday, December 11 at 7:45 a.m. to discuss THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY by Rachel Joyce.  Books are available at the library’s front desk.  Refreshments served.  The Evening Discussion Group will talk about this book on Wednesday, December 18 at 6:00 p.m. For more information, call the library at 343-9550, ext. 8 or visit www.batavialibrary.org.

October 10, 2013 - 3:21pm
posted by Leslie DeLooze in books, reading, book discussion.
Event Date and Time: 
November 20, 2013 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

The Evening Adult Book Discussion Group will meet at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross Street, Batavia on Wednesday, November 20 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss THE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB by Will Schwalbe.  Books are available at the library’s front desk.  For more information, call the library at 343-9550, ext. 8 or visit www.batavialibrary.org.

June 24, 2013 - 3:12pm
posted by Leslie DeLooze in library, books, discussion, book discussion, reading group.
Event Date and Time: 
July 22, 2013 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Mystery Readers’ Mondays Discussion Group will meet at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross Street, Batavia, on Monday, July 22nd at 7:00 p.m. to discuss Beneath The Abbey Wall by A. D. Scott. Beneath The Abbey Wall is a murder mystery taking place in the Scottish Highlands of the 1950s.  A local newspaper’s dependable secretary has been mysteriously killed.  Her colleagues must come to grips with her death against the backdrop of social change and transition of 1950s Scotland. Books are available at the front desk.

June 10, 2013 - 11:54am
posted by Leslie DeLooze in library, books, events for adults.
Event Date and Time: 
June 24, 2013 (All day) to July 26, 2013 (All day)

Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia is presenting “Dig into Reading,” a Summer Reading Club for Adults from June 24 through August 9.  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 a variety of “groundbreaking” grand prizes, including gift certificates to the library’s café and to Present Tense Books, an eReader and other items.  Adults may sign up at any time in the library until July 26.

April 20, 2013 - 6:33pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, books, Tom Rivers, present tense books and gifts.

Author and journalist Tom Rivers was at Present Tense books and gifts on Washington Avenue, Batavia, today to sign copies of his newest book, "All Ears."

The book is a collection of some of Rivers' best pieces about community life during his 15 years at the Batavia Daily News.

Rivers is now editor of OrleansHub, an online news source serving Orleans County.

"All Ears" is available at Present Tense.

Pictured with Rivers, his 7-year-old daughter, Lucy.

April 16, 2013 - 11:14am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, GCC, books, Literature, John Gardner.

This item was submitted by Byron Hoot, from Wexford, Pa., who has made a couple of trips to Batavia in the past year in connection with his appreciation of John Gardner, including this past Saturday's John Gardner Conference at GCC.

“The letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.” So began the first presenter for the 15th Annual John Gardner Conference hosted by Genesee Community College organized by Tracey Ford and Charley Boyd of GCC, coordinated by Sandy Hortdahl of Northeast State, Tennessee. 

It was “the spirit (that) giveth life” throughout the conference. The spirit of Gardner was alive and well among the conference attendees, who came from across New York state, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. 

Presenters spoke on a wide range of topics, from Paul Johnston’s “Taggart Hodge, Antinomian” to John and Helen Maier’s reading of “The Miller’s Tale” in Chaucer’s Middle English, to Denise Divins’ probing look at the archetypical world of Grendel. In addition, there was Bette Smith’s excellent performance of Gardner’s one-act play, Days of Vengeance, and Jennifer Duncan’s talk of Gardner’s influence on her own writing. 

Attendees had a chance to examine some of the original Gardner materials housed at GCC and overseen by librarian Phyllis Andrews. Finally, as a visual coda, there was a screening of "The Sunlight Man," a documentary made by Gardner’s son, Joel. As important as the ideas and insights, the presence of Gardner’s brother Jim and his wife, Wanda, added the personal touch of stories from family members who loved and love Gardner still.

A pilgrimage to the Pok-a-Dot for lunch gave conference attendees added time to socialize. A hidden gem, Genesee Community College deserves much credit for keeping alive the spirit of an important American writer. This is a pilgrimage well worth making.

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