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September 10, 2018 - 2:52pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in libraries, michael ranzenhofer, news.

Press release:

New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has secured $72,000 in state funding for public libraries throughout Genesee County.

“Our local libraries enrich our communities with invaluable services, and this critical funding will assist libraries across Genesee County with providing more programming to their patrons,” Ranzenhofer said. "As your State Senator, I am proud to be a strong supporter of Genesee County’s libraries."

The total funding will be distributed among Genesee County’s six public libraries:

• Byron-Bergen Library, $12,000;

• Corfu Free Library, $12,000;

• Haxton Memorial Library; $12,000;

• Hollwedel Memorial Library, $12,000;

• Richmond Memorial Library, $12,000; and

• Woodward Memorial Library, $12,000.

The funding can be used for a variety of purposes, including capital improvements, new books, learning materials, software, programming and computers. The funding is part of the 2018-19 State Budget. The funding is administered by the New York State Education Department.

August 2, 2018 - 5:27pm

Local library directors are asking Genesee County to provide $48,000 in funding in its 2019 budget, which would restore the county's share of funding to 2011 levels.

Without committing, either way, several members of county's Human Services Committee on Monday questioned why towns in the county that don't have libraries aren't doing more to assist funding libraries since their residents certainly use libraries, whether it's the Richmond, Haxton, Corfu, Woodward, or Hollwedel libraries.

"You need to make a presentation to GAM (Genesee Association of Municipalities) because there are still significant portions of the county that are not contributing to the libraries," said Robert Bausch, chairman of the County Legislature. "I hate to say that certain people in certain towns are dumber than other people so, therefore, they don’t need libraries. I don’t think that’s true but the bottom line is, this has gone on now since approximately 1986, so this has gone on for 30 years and these other towns have not stepped up."

Suzanne Schauf, director of the Hollwedel Memorial Library in Pavilion, suggested that because of towns without libraries -- such as Bethany, Alabama, Alexander, and Elba -- aren't legally obligated to pay for libraries, any funding that comes from the towns could be precarious and subject to political whim.

Bethany, she said, used to make a contribution to the Pavilion library, but then somebody said the wrong thing to somebody, somebody else got mad, she said, and the funding was cut.

To secure more funding from these towns, libraries would need to recharter to incorporate these towns either in a library district or as part of an appropriate school budget.

That can be a lengthy process, though the Corfu Free Library rechartered as a school district library and became the Corfu Public Library in 2016.

Bausch was actually part of the committee 30 years ago that came up with the formula for the county to provide financial support to all of the libraries. The original plan was for the county share to be $60,000, or $1 per resident.

Over time, that share was reduced and is now less than $48,000, though the county's population is 58,000.

More than half the money goes to the Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia and though that is the largest piece of the funding pie, said Director Robert Conrad, it is the smallest portion of the library's revenue stream.

The county share is generally used for the purchase and upkeep of technology and purchasing new books.

The Legislature is asking that the topic be placed on the next GAM agenda.

June 26, 2017 - 1:38pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in libraries, news, Mike Ranzenhofer.

Press release:

State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today $54,000 in state funding for public libraries throughout Genesee County.  

“From summer reading programs to job searching tools, public libraries enrich our communities by providing invaluable services to residents. Local libraries operate with a limited budget, and this state funding will help to offer more services to their patrons,” Ranzenhofer said.

The total funding will be distributed among Genesee County’s six public libraries:

• Byron-Bergen Library, $9,000;
• Corfu Free Library, $9,000;
• Haxton Memorial Library; $9,000;
• Hollwedel Memorial Library, $9,000;
• Richmond Memorial Library, $9,000; and
• Woodward Memorial Library, $9,000.

The funding can be used for a variety of purposes, including capital improvements, new books, learning materials, software, programming and computers. The funding is part of the 2017-18 State Budget. The funding is administered by the New York State Education Department.

September 21, 2016 - 12:00pm
posted by Billie Owens in Sen. Mike Ranzenhofer, libraries, news.
Press release:
 
State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced $60,000 in state funding for public libraries throughout Genesee County.  
 
“I am pleased to report that I have been able to obtain state funding for six libraries in Genesee County. Whether it is educational programs or information, our public libraries provide important services to residents. This funding will help to enhance those services, while ensuring our local libraries continue to be invaluable assets to our community,” Ranzenhofer said.
 
The total funding will be distributed among Genesee County’s six public libraries:
• Byron-Bergen Library, $10,000;
• Corfu Free Library, $10,000;
• Haxton Memorial Library (Oakfield); $10,000;
• Hollwedel Memorial Library (Pavilion), $10,000;
• Richmond Memorial Library (Batavia), $10,000; 
• Woodward Memorial Library (Le Roy), $10,000.
 
The funding will help Woodward Memorial Library renovate its Children’s Room in 2017.
 
“This funding will help us transform our Children’s Room, from a large, open space to an inviting atmosphere for all ages. Now, children will be able to enjoy stacks of books, a puppet theater and a variety of experience-based learning materials to stimulate their young minds. Senator Ranzenhofer has been so helpful in improving our services,” said Woodward Memorial Library Director Sue Border.
Haxton Memorial Library will use the funds for additional programming for children, teenagers and adults, as well as to purchase new technology.
 
“Due to Senator Ranzenhofer’s efforts, Haxton Memorial Library is able to provide more programming and purchase new computers and printers. These funds help the library support the needs of our community, and all of our patrons will benefit,” said Haxton Memorial Library Director Kimberly Gibson.
 
Corfu Free Library will replace old computers and purchase new children's programming and furniture in the meeting area and teen area with the funding.  
 
"The library is extremely pleased to receive $10,000 in state funding and would like to thank Senator Ranzenhofer for his continued support of local libraries. We are appreciative of his efforts on behalf of libraries and the additional funding will allow the library to enhance our services to the community,” said Corfu Free Library Director Diana Reding.
 
Richmond Memorial Library will use the funding for capital improvements, computer technology upgrades and microfilming.
 
“Richmond Memorial Library is so fortunate to be receiving this important funding from Senator Ranzenhofer. His continued support is exactly why we recognized him as a friend of the library two years ago,” said Richmond Memorial Library Director Robert Conrad.
 
The state grant will allow Hollwedel Memorial Library (formerly known as the Pavilion Public Library) to purchase new materials, including story time interactive kits, language software and STEM products.
 
“We are able to add new materials for our wonderful children’s room because of Senator Ranzenhofer’s continued support. With a very limited budget, these funds are vital to provide current materials that will continue to enrich our patrons,” said Hollwedel Memorial Library Manager Suzanne Schauf.
 
Byron-Bergen Public Library will use the funds to purchase new technology and programming.
 
“The Byron-Bergen Public Library is excited to update our computer hardware and software, purchase a new laptop and two tablets and increase children’s programming. Each one of these upgrades will be put to good use by our patrons,” said Byron-Bergen Public Library Manager Nancy Bailey.
 
The funding is part of the 2016-17 State Budget. The funding is administered by the New York State Education Department.
August 4, 2015 - 12:21pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Richmond Memorial Library, batavia, libraries.

If county funding of the local library system had kept pace with inflation, the Legislature would be looking at a budget expenditure of about $80,000 annually, instead of the $45,000 used to help support the service this year.

With that in mind, Robert Conrad, director of the Richmond Memorial Library, made the case to the Human Service Committee on Monday that in the upcoming budget, the Legislature should consider a modest increase in funding of about $4,500.

Chairman Frank Ferrando indicated he thought that was a reasonable request.

"I can't speak for the entire Legislature, but for myself absolutely, I think it's really important that we have good, updated libraries available for our citizens with all the modern technology we now have available to garner information," Ferrando said.

He's interested in hearing what other members of the Legislature have to say about it.

"We're probably going to have some interesting discussion come budget time, but they're asking for $4,500 above last time, which would be the total up to around $50,000, which is still less than $1 per citizen in the county," Ferrando said.

The county funding for the library system flows through the Richmond Memorial Library and Conrad said a few years ago the county provided the library with a little more than $63,000.

While based in Batavia, the Richmond serves the entire county, especially those towns and villages in the county, such as Elba, Alexander, Bethany and Darien, without their own libraries.

Primary funding for Richmond comes from its own district, which is contiguous with the Batavia City Schools' district.

"About one-third of our cardholders live outside of the district," Conrad said. "The same is true for the other libraries in the county. We're the defacto public library of the county because we have the most available in our local history collection. We receive the grant for homebound services for senior citizens throughout the county, along with other services we provide to the entire county."

The local library service area is unique, Conrad said, in that it ensures even those people who live outside of the district receive library services. That isn't always true in other parts of the nation. For example, in Chicago, where Conrad worked for many years, citizens who didn't live in a library district received no library services.

Conrad is optimistic the funding request will be approved.

He characterized the reception he received from the committee as warm, with a discussion full of penetrating questions.

"I think the legislators generally look favorably upon libraries," he said.

July 16, 2015 - 2:47pm
posted by Leslie DeLooze in talks, travelogues, libraries.
Event Date and Time: 
August 11, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Robert Warhus will give a talk, “Escape the Ordinary: A Visit to Pompeii” at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia on Tuesday, August 11 at 7:00 pm.  This free presentation for adults will include information on the eruption of Vesuvius, tour of the current excavations at this historic site, slides of Pompeii, and travel tips for Pompeii and Italy.  More information is available in the library, by calling the library at 343-9550 ext. 2, and at www.batavialibrary.org
June 6, 2015 - 3:07pm
posted by Leslie DeLooze in classes, digital magazines, libraries.
Event Date and Time: 
July 15, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross Street, Batavia is presenting the class for adults “Zinio: Magazines on your mobile device” on Wednesday, July 15 at 6:00 p.m. Learn how to download full-color, interactive magazines from the library to read and to keep.  This demo will get you started; bring your mobile device with you.  Please register for this class at 343-9550, ext. 2.
June 3, 2015 - 4:51pm
posted by Leslie DeLooze in books, libraries, book discussions.
Event Date and Time: 
July 8, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
The Evening Adult Book Discussion Group will meet at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross Street, Batavia on Wednesday, July 8 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi.  Copies of the book are available at the front desk.  For more information, call the library at 343-9550, ext. 8 or visit www.batavialibrary.org.
April 22, 2015 - 3:33pm
posted by Leslie DeLooze in books, libraries, talks, book reviews.
Event Date and Time: 
June 3, 2015 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia is hosting a talk on Wednesday, June 3 at 7:00 pm called “A Jewish, Christian, Muslim Call for Peace.”  Roula Alkhouri, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Batavia and a native of Damascus, Syria will discuss two books in relation to current events.  These books are The Faith Club: A Muslim, a Christian, a Jew—Three Women Search for Understanding by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver, and Priscilla Warner and Fields of Blood by Karen Armstrong.  More information is available in the library, by calling the library at 343-9550

January 20, 2015 - 5:45pm
posted by Leslie DeLooze in books, libraries, book discussion.
Event Date and Time: 
February 18, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

The Evening Adult Book Discussion Group will meet at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross Street, Batavia on Wednesday, February 18 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss “The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin.  The book appeared on several “best lists” of 2014.  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 30, 2014 - 5:54pm
posted by Leslie DeLooze in books, libraries, book discussions.
Event Date and Time: 
January 21, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

The Evening Adult Book Discussion Group will meet at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross Street, Batavia on Wednesday, January 21 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss “Life after Life” by Kate Atkinson.  The book appeared on several “best lists” of 2013 and features a woman who lives her life again and again.  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 3, 2014 - 4:35pm
posted by Leslie DeLooze in books, libraries, book discussion.
Event Date and Time: 
December 17, 2014 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

The Evening Adult Book Discussion Group will meet at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross Street, Batavia on Wednesday, December 17 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss “Conversion” by Katherine Howe.  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.

 

October 24, 2014 - 11:15am
posted by Leslie DeLooze in classes, crafts, libraries, Christmas crafts, card making.
Event Date and Time: 
November 17, 2014 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia presents Christmas Card Classes for adults on Monday, November 17 at 6:00 pm and Tuesday, November 18 at 6:00 pm.  (Choose one session.)  Jenn Cascell is teaching the class. Registration is required, and $7.00 is due at the time of registration.  Please stop by the library to register.  www.batavialibrary.org  

October 3, 2014 - 12:04pm
posted by Leslie DeLooze in books, libraries, book discussions.
Event Date and Time: 
November 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, November 19 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou.  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 - 3:26pm
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.

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

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