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Richmond unveils new library cards featuring new logo

By Press Release

Press release:

To coincide with National Library Week, April 3-9, 2022, the Richmond Memorial Library is offering a selection of new library cards featuring classic and contemporary images.  The cards also feature a new library logo, in use since earlier this year.  The new cards will be available beginning Monday, April 4.

Images on the new library cards include a striking photograph of the historic 1889 building in winter, taken by local photographer Jim Burns, and a certified “reading therapy” dog named Tillie reading a very unlikely selection.

 “We are so pleased to officially reveal the logo,” Library Director Bob Conrad said.  “It captures many facets of who we are and how we serve the community.” The logo was the culmination of a brand marketing initiative that solicited stakeholder input and community feedback, according to Conrad. The library worked with Causewave Community Partners in Rochester, an organization that assists non-profits and libraries with marketing, workplace development, board training, and more. A group of employees, trustees, and community members met for several workshops to learn about brand marketing, and then to articulate the library’s many roles and purposes in the community. After a “brand platform” was developed, graphic designer Andrew Soucier of Soucier Design created a bold new logo based on the results.

According to a “logo rationale” provided by Soucier , the “logo mark” represents several ideas. “The essence of a trusted community hub is represented by the ‘hub and spokes’ design. The mark can also been seen as an abstract book spine, with pages radiating around it, or a nod to the prominent architectural feature of the library itself: an arch. It is meant to not explicitly depict any of these, but is left open to the viewer’s interpretation.”

Viewers’ interpretations of the abstract logo have run the gamut, according to Community Outreach Librarian Samantha Basile. One patron interpreted it as “Friends, sitting together at a table.” A library volunteer found the circles reminiscent of a motif in the library Reading Room’s leaded-glass windows.  Still another saw a sunrise.

“The earthy colors of red, yellow, blue, and green … present as a grown-up version of a primary palette,” the logo rationale continues. “This retains an element of playful youth, but keeps the logo in a more usable and sophisticated color space.”  Conrad translates: “It’s kid-friendly.  It’s family-friendly.  But it still has grown-up appeal.”

Just as much consideration was given to the “word mark” portion of the logo.  “The word ‘Richmond’ is set large, based on our experience that ‘Richmond’ is what people actually call us,” Basile explains.  “Like, ‘Mom, I’m going to the Richmond.’ But ‘Batavia, NY’ is included, too, because we’re not known or recognized very far beyond Genesee County – and sometimes, we want to be, for example with our vendors, or within the library industry.”

“The logo communicates a lot, very quickly,” Conrad agrees.  “It tells you exactly who, what, and where we are, and some indication of how we try to be.  Many of the world’s most famous logos don’t do that much.”

To celebrate the new logo, the library will waive the usual $1.00 replacement fee during the month of April 2022. But be careful.  “A new card will have a new number,” Conrad warns, “So if you already have your account number memorized, or if it’s saved in all of your eBook and audio apps, then you might be better off just sticking with what you’ve got, at least until you lose it.”

How to get a library card
A first library card is free for most area residents. To qualify, be a resident of Genesee, Orleans or Niagara County OR work, own property or attend school within the borders of the Batavia City School District and provide proof thereof.  Provide a current, valid form of photo identification with your current address.  If your ID does not have your current address, bring an alternate proof of address like a recently postmarked piece of mail, a utility bill, or car insurance.

For people under 18 years of age, the patron must be able to sign their own name and have photo ID with proof of current address OR their parent or legal guardian must provide the same to establish proof of residency.

Non-residents can also obtain a card for an annual fee of $40.00 (for 12 months), or a quarterly fee of $12.00 (for 3 months).

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library available to little kids in Alexander school district Jan. 1

By Billie Owens

Press release:

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a set of books beginning with the children’s classic "The Little Engine That Could." Each month a new, carefully selected age-appropriate book will be mailed in your child’s name directly to your home. Best of all it is a FREE GIFT!

There is no cost to your child’s family thanks to the Alexander APPLE Committee. The committee has partnered with The Richter Family Foundation to bring the Imagination Library to Alexander’s children.

To be eligible the child must live in the Alexander Central School District and must be between the ages of birth and his/her 5th birthday.

Beginning on Jan. 1, you may register online at www.imaginationlibrary.com by clicking on the box “register my child” and then filling out the required information.

If you do not have access to the internet, you may pick up a Registration Brochure at the elementary school office, and then mail the registration form to: The Richter Family Foundation. The mailing address is included in the brochure.

Alexander’s APPLE Committee knows that you will love Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and encourages you to sign up your child or children beginning on Jan. 1. A family may register all children within the household, as long as they are age 5 or under.

Music and Movement at Woodward Memorial Library

By Angelina Brodie

Discover the wide-world of music through song, movement,
instruments, rhythm and play! Led by Batavia music teacher Katherine Christner.

Ages 0 - 2 years. Parent/caregiver must attend with the child.
Registration is required!

Visit https://woodwardmemoriallibrary.libcal.com/event/5496915 or call (585)768-8300 to register.

 

 

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Books & Beyond

By Kelly MArch

Books and science collide with a story and hands on project! Join ages 5-10yo Saturday, September 23rd @ 10:00am at the Richmond Memorial Library as we discover seashells from the North Carolina seashore. Registration is appreciated: 585.343.9550 ext 4  www.batavialibrary.org

Toddler Time at WML

By Trisha Riggi

A special storytime starting Monday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. for children who are 2 or 3 year olds and a caring adult. Listen to stories that feature themes like shapes and colors, sing songs, dance, color, and play with bubbles. Child must be at least 2 by the first session and must be accompanied by an adult.  This is a 6 week session and runs through Monday, August 10.  Registration is required. Limit of 10 children.

Visit www.woodwardmemoriallibrary.org or call 585-768-8300.

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Summer Reading Kick-Off at WML

By Trisha Riggi

Monday, June 29 at 6:00 p.m.

Come sign up for the Summer Reading Program and visit the Mini Ark Farms Petting Zoo! Play on the inflatable obstacle course! Get a balloon from the balloon twister! Enjoy a free ice cream sundae!

Visit www.woodwardmemoriallibrary.org for more info!

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Corfu Library Reading Invasion

By Michael Plitt

Come and read! Friends and patrons of the Corfu Free Library are invited to come to Darien Lake State Park for an evening of reading. No discussions, no rules, just reading together in public. We will meet on the island just bring your family, friends, a chair/blanket and a book.

https://www.facebook.com/CorfuFreeLibrary?fref=ts

 

 

 

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Tax Assistance at the Richmond Memorial Library

By Leslie DeLooze

Tax season is here. Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia has partnered with volunteer auditors from the New York State Department of Tax and Finance to offer income-eligible citizens (earning up to $60,000) assistance with filing their taxes online.  Auditors are available most Saturday mornings from 9:30-1:30, Mondays from 2:00-7:00 pm, and Wednesday from 12:00-5:00 pm from now through April 13.  To schedule an appointment, call the reference desk at (585) 343-9550 x 3.

Register now for Tahiti Travelogue April 29 at Woodward Memorial Library

By Trisha Riggi

Wednesday, Apr. 29, 6:30 p.m. Travel to Tahiti!!

Escape the bitter cold without spending a cent! Experience the adventure and fun of traveling to the French Polynesian Islands (Moorea, Tahaa, and Bora Bora).  Laura Landers will share photographic highlights and talk about her recent trip.

Registration is Required. Visit online at www.woodwardmemoriallibrary.org or call 585-768-8300.

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WML Movie Night - "Selma"

By Trisha Riggi

Thursday, May 7 starting at 6:00 p.m.

Watch Selma, A chronicle of Martin Luther King's campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. The movie is shown in our community room on our BIG screen with FREE popcorn!

Registration is required!

Visit us online at www.woodwardmemoriallibrary.org or by calling 585-768-8300.

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Fruit Trees- Easy to Grow!

By Trisha Riggi

Tuesday, May 13, 7:00-8-00 p.m. Mary Margaret Ripley will present a program based on her experience growing fruit trees in her backyard.

Registration is required and can be done online at www.woodwardmemoriallibrary.org or by calling 585-768-8300.

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Local Gardeners Give Tips- Part 2, registration required

By Trisha Riggi

Thursday, May 8,  6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Three local gardeners will each talk briefly, based on a suggested list of topics related to their gardening experience, including organic gardeing. Questions and answers with discussion to follow.  Presented by:  Mary Margaret Ripley, Rita Wallace, and Donna Phillips.

Participants may come to Part 1 and/or Part 2. 

Registration is required.  You may reister online at www.woodwardmemoriallibrary.org or by calling 585-768-8300.

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Local Gardeners Give Tips- Part 1, registration required

By Trisha Riggi

Wednesday, May 7,  6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Three local gardeners will each talk briefly, based on a suggested list of topics related to their gardening experience.  Questions and answers with discussion to follow.  Presented by:  Barbara Tinney, Frank Davis, and Sandy Brady.

Participants may come to Part 1 and/or Part 2 (Part 2 is on Thursday, May 8, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.. 

Registration is required. You may register online at www.woodwardmemoriallibrary.org or by calling 585-768-8300.

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Mystery Readers' Mondays Book Discussion

By Leslie DeLooze

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.

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"Dig into Reading" at Richmond Memorial Library

By Leslie DeLooze

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.

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Spring Interactive Mini Album Class

By Leslie DeLooze

Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia will present “Spring Interactive Mini Album Class” on Wednesday, April 24 at 6:00 p.m. Jenn Cascell will teach adults how to make this mini album that opens out in surprising ways. $5.00 is due at the time of registration. Please bring adhesive, paper trimmer or scissors, and a ruler as well as ideas for the theme of your album. More information is available in the library and at www.batavialibrary.org.

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"Snow into Spring" Beaded Necklace Class

By Leslie DeLooze

Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia presents “Snow into Spring” Beaded Necklace Class for adults, taught by Jen Reardon, on Monday, April 8 at 6:00 p.m.  Registration is required, and $10.00 is due at the time of registration.  Class size is limited.    More information is available in the library and at www.batavialibrary.org.

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