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May 9, 2022 - 4:38pm
posted by Press Release in Richmond Memorial Library, books, Literature, batavia, news.

Press release:

Richmond Memorial Library will welcome back author George “Rollie” Adams to discuss his new work of historical fiction, Found in Pieces. Mr. Adams, president and CEO emeritus of the Strong National Museum of Play, will be at the library for a talk and signing on Wednesday, May 18 at 7 pm.

Found in Pieces was recognized by the Independent Press Awards as the winner of its 2022 Award for Race Relations. Set in fictional Unionville, Arkansas, Found in Pieces unfolds during the second year of turmoil over Governor Orval Faubus’s determination to stop the desegregation of Little Rock Central High School. Found in Pieces, recipient of five previous national and international awards for historical and social issues fiction, explores the tension between business considerations and editorial policy in journalism during the Civil Rights Era in the South.

Copies of the book are available to check out at the library before the program & will be available for sale by the author at the event for $15 (paperback) or $20 (hardcover), cash or check.

This event is free and all are welcome. It is best suited to older teens and adults.

George Rollie Adams is a native of southern Arkansas and a former teacher with graduate degrees in history and education. His previous novel, South of Little Rock, received four independent publishers’ awards for regional and social issues. Adams has served as a writer, editor, and program director for the American Association for State and Local History and as director of the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans. He is president and CEO emeritus of the Strong National Museum of Play. Learn more at georgerollieadamsbooks.com

An additional press release about the Independent Press Awards honor for George Rollie Adams as well as additional background on Found In Pieces after the jump (click here read more):

May 6, 2022 - 11:52pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in mike randall, Mark Twain, Richmond Memorial Library, batavia, news.


Mark Twain was live on Thursday night at the Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia.

Actually, it was Mike Randall, the senior meteorologist for WKBW, and an actor who brought Twain to life for about 80 library patrons. 

Randall has been doing his Twain act for 50 years, with his first performance being while still in college as a teenager.

Buffalo NewsMike Randall celebrates 50 years as Mark Twain

Photo by Howard Owens

May 6, 2022 - 7:00am
posted by Joanne Beck in news, Richmond Memorial Library, batavia, notify.

Nearly 80 percent of Thursday’s voters approved the requested tax levy for the 2022-23 Richmond Memorial Library budget, Director Bob Conrad says.

A tax levy increase of $21,865 — the first such increase in three years — fell under the allowable tax cap at a 1.6 percent increase, he said. Voters approved the proposition for the Batavia Board of Education to increase the annual appropriation from $1,359,604 to $l,381,469 to benefit the library.

“I am pleased to announce that the Richmond Memorial Library's proposed 2022-23 tax levy increase passed with 79.9% of the vote today,” Conrad said in an email Thursday evening. “An increase of up to $61,947 would have been allowed under NY's Tax Cap legislation, but an increase of only $21,865 was sought.”

In his written message to library patrons before the vote, Board President Gregg McAllister said that several initiatives contributed to the “slight increase,” including an expanded team of professional librarians and a new full-time teen librarian, increased hours for a library assistant who focuses on the middle school population, and expanding hours in the Library Visits program.

“We hope to see you at the library to check out the programs or various resources available to our community, or use our online materials or other forms of technology,” McAllister said in the library newsletter. “”We believe the Richmond Memorial Library is a gem for our city and worthy of its reputation as a source of information and assistance, a true community hub.”

Rebecca McGee, who ran unopposed, was elected to a second term on the board of trustees.

Library tidbits …

As of June 2021, there were:

  • 18,722 active library cardholders
  • 316 programs
  • 17,523 reference questions answered
  • 104 meeting room reservations by outside groups
  • 327 people enrolled in the Summer Reading Program

Who was the most popular author for years 2020 and 2021? James Patterson, and a comparison to others was apparently “not even close.”

May 4, 2022 - 2:44pm


Press release:

The Batavia Society of Artists' Member Spring Art Show is in the Richmond Memorial Library's Gallery Room, 19 Ross St., Batavia  till May 26th.  There are 15 artists contributing to the show.  We are showcasing Rick Ellingham as our Featured Artist in this show. There are a total of 60 pieces of art.  The Public is invited to the Free Opening Reception on Tuesday May 10th, 6:30 - 8pm.  The artwork is being Judged by Retired Middle School Art Teacher Kathy Schwank.  Winners will be announced at the opening reception.

We are also having a Silent Auction on a painting donated to the Batavia Society of Artists by Adrian Morris.  He painted this while demonstrating Acrylic Slap & Dash Landscape at our February demo.




April 18, 2022 - 9:05pm
posted by Press Release in Richmond Memorial Library, batavia, mews.

Press release:

Voters who reside within the Batavia City School District, and who are registered to vote with the Genesee County Board of Elections are invited to vote for the 2022 Library Budget Vote and Trustee Election on May 5, 2022 from 9 am to 9 pm at the Richmond Memorial Library.   

Items to be voted:

Public Library Budget: Proposition: Shall the Board of Education of the City School District of Batavia be authorized to raise by tax $21,865 to increase the annual appropriation from $1,359,604 to $1,381,469 for the benefit of the Richmond Memorial Library?

Trustee Election: Rebecca McGee will seek a second 3-year term on the library's Board of Directors

A link to the budget newsletter via our website:

2022-2023 Budget Newsletter & 2020-2021 Annual Report

March 30, 2022 - 1:51pm
posted by Press Release in Richmond Memorial Library, library, batavia, news.



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).

February 25, 2022 - 1:14pm

Press release:

Batavia Community Schools, in partnership with the YWCA of Genesee County and the Richmond Memorial Library, is hosting four nights of one-hour discussions of Michelle Obama’s best-selling autobiography, BECOMING.

The program is being offered to both high school students and adults, with each session focusing on a different aspect of the book examining Obama’s personal and public life as a woman, lawyer, wife, mother, First Lady, and private citizen.

The following are the dates and times for each discussion: 

Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Wednesday, April 6, 2022

9-12th Grade Group

Adult Group

Richmond Memorial Library - Gallery Room

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the YWCA and the Richmond Memorial Library on this program. I’m especially excited to see our community have an opportunity to study and discuss such an influential and inspiring person like Michelle Obama,” said Julia Rogers, Batavia CSD Coordinator of Community Schools

Two community members will join each session as moderators, including Millie Tomidy Pepper, Executive Director, YWCA of Genesee County; Julia Rogers, Batavia CSD Coordinator of Community Schools; Felicia Cecere, Teen Services Librarian at the Richmond Memorial Library; Alayna Tatarka and Lindsey Reed from the YWCA; Shevonne Wroten from ESL; Yasmeen Hunter from the US Postal Service; Sarah Sanchez-Anderson from Navient; and Tracy Lin, a recent UB graduate. 

“I'm excited to be working in partnership with Julia from Batavia Community Schools and Felicia from the Richmond Memorial Library to bring this in-depth book review opportunity to both youth and adults in our community,” said Millie Tomidy Pepper, Executive Director, YWCA of Genesee County. “It is important to highlight this book for a multitude of reasons. It addresses her oppression as a woman of color but more importantly her ability and determination to rise above it and succeed at the highest level.” 

Refreshments will be served. There are limited spots available for each session. Attendees are encouraged to register here: https://rb.gy/kbnflm

Participants can pick up the book in advance at the Richmond Memorial Library in hardcover, larger print, ebook, or audiobook. 

Covid protocols will be in effect for these events as well as social distancing. 

January 27, 2022 - 7:42pm
posted by Olivia Bailey in Event, community, Richmond Memorial Library.
Event Date and Time: 
February 2, 2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Press Release:

Come view the movie and join us for a group discussion afterward. On Wednesday, February 2nd at 6:00 p.m., we will be showing the 1954 version of “Sabrina”.
Chauffeur's daughter Sabrina returns home from two years in Paris and immediately catches the attention of David, one of her father's rich employers. David woos and wins Sabrina, however their romance is threatened by David's older brother. For more information, call the library at 343-9550 or log onto www.batavialibrary.org.

January 21, 2022 - 11:57am
posted by Samantha Stryker in Richmond Memorial Library.
Event Date and Time: 
February 9, 2022 - 9:00am
Join us to discuss The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline on Monday, Feb 7 at 6:30 pm and Wednesday, Feb 9 at 9 am. The only requirement to attend is to read the book! Copies available to borrow at the library. 
January 21, 2022 - 11:56am
posted by Samantha Stryker in Richmond Memorial Library.
Event Date and Time: 
February 7, 2022 - 6:30pm
Join us to discuss The Exiles by Christina Baker Kline on Monday, Feb 7 at 6:30 pm and Wednesday, Feb 9 at 9 am. The only requirement to attend is to read the book! Copies available to borrow at the library. 
January 21, 2022 - 11:54am
posted by Samantha Stryker in Richmond Memorial Library.
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February 16, 2022 - 7:00pm
Join UK travel/relocation consultant and former UK resident Claire Evans for a delightful culinary tour of the UK inspired by “The Great  British Baking Show” television series, aired on PBS and Netflix. Learn about making a proper cup of tea, regional specialties, their origins, and the particular parts of the UK they hail from. She’ll translate the trickiest parts of British recipes for Americans so you can try them in your own kitchen. Pick up useful travel tips as well, just in case you’d like to create your own tour! Watch this virtual program from home or in-person at the library!
January 19, 2022 - 9:58pm
posted by Joanne Beck in news, notify, batavia, Richmond Memorial Library.


After a lack of heat closed Richmond Memorial Library for the first part of this week, it looks like the Ross Street facility will have a warm re-opening on Thursday, Director Robert Conrad says.

“I was just in the office to pick up some things and the furnace seems to be repaired. Everything was toasty warm 70-degrees,” he said to The Batavian Wednesday evening. Although I’m told that they're waiting on some parts for a permanent fix, I’d consider it patched.”

Conrad oversees direct library operations, whereas the actual building and grounds at 19 Ross St., Batavia, are owned and maintained by the city school district. The library has been closed this week due to an aging heating/ventilation/air conditioning system not working properly. A repair that began on Tuesday required additional parts to make the furnace fully functional, Conrad said from what he’d been told by a senior custodian. 

The Batavian emailed questions to City Schools Director of Facilities Jason DeGraff and left a message for comment at the office of the Building and Grounds superintendent Wednesday. This article will be updated with any reply from the school district.

To Conrad’s understanding, city facilities staff was working with contractors and suppliers earlier Wednesday to obtain the necessary parts to fix the problem, he said. 

“I would have to defer any further questions to them, simply because the building/heating are beyond the scope of my training and duties,” he said Wednesday. “I doubt whether there will be an unexpected cost for the school district, as I understand that they budget to replace building infrastructure at the end of its useful life, which our heat system — as I understand — already was.”

Chilly temperatures aside, Conrad has other things on his mind besides a lack of heat. An upcoming Local Authors Fair will be happening in April, he said, with authors from Genesee, Erie and Monroe counties. Other exciting news is the debut of new library cards and a logo, plus a reading therapy dog. Details of both events are to be released in March and April, he said.  A library budget vote and trustee election in May, followed by the Summer Reading Program in June, round out the next five months of activities, he said. 

The library is expected to resume its normal hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

Top photo: Robert Conrad, director of Richmond Memorial Library, is seen in a file photo taken by Howard Owens at the Ross Street library.

January 19, 2022 - 10:48am
posted by Press Release in Richmond Memorial Library, news, batavia.

Press release:

Due to a mechanical failure of the library's heating system, we will remain closed through today, Wednesday, January 19.

January 18, 2022 - 9:22am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Richmond Memorial Library, news, batavia.

Press release:

The Richmond Memorial Library will be closed today (Tuesday, January 18) while the building custodian and facilities personnel try to restore heat to the building, which stopped functioning overnight for unknown reasons.

November 17, 2021 - 11:26am
posted by Samantha Stryker in Richmond Memorial Library.
Event Date and Time: 
December 8, 2021 - 7:00pm
Many folks know that our modern-day Santa Claus had his start as St. Nicholas, but what happened on the journey to make us think of a "jolly old elf," rather than a pious Christian Bishop? Where, exactly, did Santa Claus come from, and why does his popularity remain so high in modern American popular culture? This Illustrated Lecture is well-researched, with details on the journey Bishop Nicholas made to become our current-day Santa Claus. It also includes many recognizable images and poems. Mrs.
October 26, 2021 - 4:57pm
posted by Press Release in Richmond Memorial Library, batavia, news.

Press release:

Join the Richmond Memorial Library in assisting families in need in our community.

The RML Teen Programming Group will sponsor a food drive collection from November 1st-November 19th, 2021 at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St, Batavia.  Below are some suggestions of acceptable items. Please make sure all items are not past expiration and are non-perishables!  A donation bin will be located in the foyer of the library and donations can be dropped off during regular library hours.  Donations will be delivered to the Salvation Army.  Questions can be directed to Teen Services Librarian Felicia Cecere ([email protected]) or at 585-343-9550 ext. 1516 or Library Assistant Ellen Brokaw ([email protected]).

Suggested Items for Donation:

Boxed Stuffing Mix, Instant Mashed Potatoes, Jars of Gravy (or Gravy Mix Packets), Canned Yams, Cranberry Sauce, Canned Vegetables, Cornbread Mix, Canned Pie Fillings, Pie Crust Mix, Box Dessert Mixes, Drink Mixes, Coffee, Tea, Crackers, Foil Baking Pans, Paper Products.

Richmond Memorial Library is located at 19 Ross St in the City of Batavia. The library is open Mon-Thurs 9 am - 9 pm and Fri & Sat 9 am - 5 pm. For more about the library, visit batavialibrary.org

October 7, 2021 - 6:58pm
posted by Press Release in Richmond Memorial Library, batavia, news.

Press release:

Now in its third year, Richmond Reads is the community one-book program for the Richmond Memorial Library community. Meant to bring the community together through a shared reading experience, this year’s selection is The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin.

The 2021 Richmond Reads program is in full swing with a busy schedule of events and discussions centered on this year’s selection. A story of hope, found family and reconciliation, The Music of Bees is Eileen Garvin’s first novel and was published in April of 2021.  When three strangers find themselves thrown together by chance on a honeybee farm, they discover more than they ever expected- in the bees and in each other.

Copies of the book can be borrowed through Richmond Memorial Library or accessed through the library’s OverDrive app as an eBook or audiobook. Copies are also available to purchase at the library for $15, cash or check.

Programs and events:

The Music of Bees Book Discussions- Wednesday, October 13 at 9 am,  Saturday, October 16 at 10 am  or Monday, October 18 at 6:30 pm: Join us for a discussion of The Music of Bees!  The only requirement to attend a book discussion is to read the book! All discussions will take place at the library. No registration required.

Richmond Reads Reel Discussions- Thursday, October 14 at 6 pm:  Join us at the library for a screening of The Vanishing of the Bees (2009), followed by a discussion. This documentary “takes a piercing investigative look at the economic, political and ecological implications of the worldwide disappearance of the honeybee.” (imdb.com) No registration is required.

Virtual Author Visit! Thursday, October 21 at 7 pm: Author Eileen Garvin will visit from Oregon via Zoom. She will present a book talk and answer questions! Those who are unable to access Zoom from home are invited to watch the program at the library. Please register for either viewing option by calling 585-343-9550 x3 or at batavialibrary.org. Three winners will be randomly chosen from registered attendees to win a signed copy of the book! Winners or a representative must be able to pick up their prize from the library. Registration is required.

Richmond Reads Review Contest: Write a review of The Music of Bees for a chance to win a copy of the book signed by the author and $50 to a local restaurant! All rules, information, and the review form can be found at batavialibrary.org/richmond-reads or at the reference desk at the library. Firm submission deadline: Monday, October 18 at 5 pm. Submissions will be reviewed anonymously by the Richmond Reads Committee and two winners will be chosen. Winners or a representative must be able to pick up their prize from the library.

Richmond Reads is sponsored by The Friends of Richmond Memorial Library.  For more, visit batavialibrary.org/richmond-reads. Questions about the program can be directed to Community and Adult Services Librarian and Richmond Reads coordinator Samantha Basile at 585-343-9550 x8.

Richmond Memorial Library is located at 19 Ross St in the city of Batavia. For more events and information, visit batavialibrary.org or find us on Facebook at Richmond Memorial Library or Instagram @batavialibrary.

October 6, 2021 - 10:45am
posted by Samantha Stryker in Richmond Memorial Library.
Event Date and Time: 
October 26, 2021 - 6:30pm
New program at Richmond Memorial Library! Join us to discuss People Who Eat Darkness by Richard Lloyd Parry on Tuesday October, 26 at 6:30pm. More information about the book may be found on our website. True crime books often contain sensitive content that may be upsetting for some readers. Reader discretion is advisedRegistration for this program is not required, but encouraged. As this is the first program of this series, registration will ensure that you receive an email reminder in your inbox. Register at batavialibrary.org or by calling 585-343-9550 x3
October 6, 2021 - 10:42am
posted by Samantha Stryker in Richmond Memorial Library.
Event Date and Time: 
October 6, 2021 - 6:30pm
Join Master Gardener David Russell as we discover the bumble bees and other native bees that might be living and working in your back yard. We’ll talk about the threats they face and what you can do to help the native bees and other pollinators that call your yard home.  We’ll also share some of the native plants you can add to your garden to help support our native bees. Please register at our website! This event is a part of the 2021 Richmond Reads program, an initiative of Richmond Memorial Library that brings the community together through a shared reading experience.
October 6, 2021 - 10:40am
posted by Samantha Stryker in Richmond Memorial Library.
Event Date and Time: 
October 18, 2021 - 6:30am
Join us to discuss the 2021 Richmond Reads title, The Music of Bees on Wednesday, October 13 at 9 am, Saturday, October 16 at 10 am or Monday, October 18 at 6:30 pm at Richmond Memorial Library. A story of hope, found family and reconciliation, The Music of Bees is Eileen Garvin’s first novel and was published in April of 2021.
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