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October 6, 2021 - 10:39am
posted by Samantha Stryker in Richmond Memorial Library.
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October 16, 2021 - 10:00am
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.
October 6, 2021 - 10:38am
posted by Samantha Stryker in Richmond Memorial Library.
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October 13, 2021 - 9:00am
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.
October 6, 2021 - 10:26am
posted by Samantha Stryker in Richmond Memorial Library.
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October 14, 2021 - 6:00pm
Join us at Richmond Memorial Library on Thursday, October 14 at 6 pm as we screen the documentary The Vanishing of the Bees with a discussion to follow!   This program 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. For more info about other programs and events, visit batavialibrary.org/richmond-reads or call 585-343-9550 x3.
October 6, 2021 - 10:23am
posted by Samantha Stryker in Richmond Memorial Library.
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October 21, 2021 - 7:00am
Join author Eileen Garvin for a virtual visit on Zoom as she discusses her book The Music of Bees! Limited seating is available to view the program at the library for those unable to access Zoom from home. All who register to attend the author visit will be entered to win a copy of the book signed by the author!  Registration is required.
September 1, 2021 - 9:41am

Nioga Library System personnel have gone above and beyond to provide essential services in the face of a global pandemic that continues to rock our way of life.

That’s the message conveyed Monday by four Genesee County library directors and the executive director of the 21-member Nioga Library System, who appeared before the Genesee County Legislature’s Human Services Committee to seek the same level of funding in 2022 as in this year and to articulate how they have responded to the challenges to meet the needs of their clientele.

The committee received a letter from Kimberly Gibson, library manager at Haxton Memorial Library in Oakfield, asking the legislature to sustain the current 2021 level of $41,680 to support the purchase of library materials for county residents.

County funding covers about 13 percent of Genesee’s six public libraries budget for materials and technology, such as computers, books, music, movies and magazines – including downloadable information, Gibson wrote.

“As we work to maintain our levels of service to our patrons during these difficult times, we face rising costs across the board and, for some of our libraries, we are working with a budget that was drastically cut from the prior year,” the letter continued.

During the meeting, Gibson reported that her library’s budget was slashed by 30 percent and the Byron-Bergen Public Library’s budget was cut by 20 percent.

Nioga Executive Director Tom Bindeman said the network, as a whole, has suffered budget cuts over the past several years.

They were joined at the meeting by Robert Conrad of Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia, Josselyn Borowiec of Hollwedel Memorial Library in Pavilion and Diana Reding of Corfu Public Library. The Woodward Memorial Library in Le Roy is the county’s sixth public library (and all are part of the Nioga system).

All of the state’s libraries closed around March 17, 2020, because of COVID-19 and many were closed up to 16 weeks.

Conrad said the six county libraries were able to coordinate their reopenings for limited service around June 1 and it wasn’t until June of this year when they were able to drop most of the other restrictions.

During that “down time,” librarians followed all of the Center for Disease Control guidelines, Gibson said, including social distancing, mask wearing, temperature checks of employees, frequent cleaning, purchase of Personal Protective Equipment, putting up of plexiglass and computer keyboard protection.

“We did whatever we had to do to get to the place where we could reopen,” she said. “Keeping day-to-day safety last year and into this year has been our priority.”

Contacted yesterday, Conrad said that Richmond Memorial Library staff was able to open for browsing and checkout, “but our restrictions included no general seating and, consequently (and ironically), no reading as well as no in-person programs and only essential computer use.”

Libraries conducted programs, such as the Richmond Reads author visit, children’s story times and movie streaming via Wi-Fi, Conrad added.

Broadband connection to the Internet is critical to libraries’ operational success – a point brought up by Bindeman at the committee meeting.

Noting that 40 percent of Genesee County does not have Internet access, he urged lawmakers to do what they can to provide access to its residents. County Manager Matt Landers said they are aware of the gaps in coverage and have a plan to address the situation as money allocated from the American Rescue Plan Act can be used for broadband.

Bindeman also mentioned that many people, young and old, don’t know how to use a computer or smart phone, and he hoped to institute a plan where libraries and municipalities could provide more training in that area.

Libraries have been up and running for several weeks now and are offering their complete range of services.

Gibson said the computers continue to be “social distanced” and face coverings are required for those who have not been vaccinated.

“We’re grateful to learn that when we reopened how much we were actually missed,” Gibson offered, adding that a silver lining was that the Oakfield library was able to build its social media presence during the shutdown.

At Richmond, masks are required as long as the county's rate of transmission is at substantial or higher, and in the Children's Room until a vaccine has been made widely available for school-aged population.

Conrad said that he believes the 2 ½ months or so that all of the libraries were closed in 2020 represent the first time in the state’s history that its people were not served by libraries of any kind.

The Byron-Bergen Public Library and Haxton Memorial Library are looking to forge agreements with the B-B Central School District and Oakfield-Alabama Central School District, respectively, over the next couple years to be able to receive funding from property taxes as voted on by the public.

Hollwedel Memorial Library in Pavilion became a school district-supported facility last year, joining Richmond Memorial, Woodward Memorial and Corfu Public Library.

September 1, 2021 - 9:24am
posted by Samantha Stryker in Richmond Memorial Library.
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December 1, 2021 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Join the Friends of Richmond Memorial Library for their quarterly member's only preview sale on Wednesday, December1 from 5 pm - 7 pm. New members are always welcome! Join at the door and anytime the library is open. Membership starts at $5. Please note: price scanning equipment and software are not permitted at quarterly preview sales.
September 1, 2021 - 9:22am
posted by Samantha Stryker in Richmond Memorial Library.
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December 2, 2021 - 9:00am to 7:00pm
The Friends of the Richmond Memorial Library are pleased to resume their monthly book sales! The sale is located in the Wilber-Fox room, downstairs at Richmond Memorial Library. An elevator is available. Please note that the use of price-scanning devices and software is only permitted during the hours of 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
September 1, 2021 - 9:21am
posted by Samantha Stryker in Richmond Memorial Library.
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November 4, 2021 - 9:00am to 7:00pm
The Friends of the Richmond Memorial Library are pleased to resume their monthly book sales! The sale is located in the Wilber-Fox room, downstairs at Richmond Memorial Library. An elevator is available. Please note that the use of price-scanning devices and software is only permitted during the hours of 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
September 1, 2021 - 9:17am
posted by Samantha Stryker in Richmond Memorial Library.
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October 7, 2021 - 9:00am to 7:00pm
The Friends of the Richmond Memorial Library are pleased to resume their monthly book sales! The sale is located in the Wilber-Fox room, downstairs at Richmond Memorial Library. An elevator is available. Please note that the use of price-scanning devices and software is only permitted during the hours of 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
September 1, 2021 - 9:15am
posted by Samantha Stryker in Richmond Memorial Library.
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September 2, 2021 - 9:00am to 7:00pm
The Friends of the Richmond Memorial Library are pleased to resume their monthly book sales! The sale is located in the Wilber-Fox room, downstairs at Richmond Memorial Library. An elevator is available. Please note that the use of price-scanning devices and software is only permitted during the hours of 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
September 1, 2021 - 9:13am
posted by Samantha Stryker in Richmond Memorial Library.
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September 1, 2021 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Join the Friends of Richmond Memorial Library for their quarterly member's only preview sale on Wednesday, September 1 from 5 pm - 7 pm. New members are always welcome! Join at the door and anytime the library is open. Membership starts at $5. Please note: price scanning equipment and software are not permitted at quarterly preview sales.
August 18, 2021 - 9:42am
posted by Howard B. Owens in Richmond Memorial Library, batavia.
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August 26, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Welcome Back!  Come view the movie and join us for a group discussion afterward.  Yes, you did read that correctly!  On Thursday, August 26th at 6:00 pm, we will be showing the movie is “This Beautiful Fantastic”.  When Bella Brown, a reclusive young woman is threatened with eviction unless she gives her garden a makeover, she sets to work watched by her scornful and curmudgeonly next-door neighbour, Alfie.  For more information, call the library at 343-9550 or log onto www.batavialibrary.org.

 

August 18, 2021 - 8:52am

Press release:

Richmond Memorial Library is excited to announce the return of a hallmark program, Books Sandwiched In, on Wednesdays in September. Books Sandwiched In is a book review program; each week, a speaker will review a book, followed by discussion and Q&A. 

The Books Sandwiched In committee has planned the Fall 2021 series in memory of Bob Knipe, who served on the committee for many years, presenting several times as a reviewer. Bob, a community advocate and friend to many, passed after a brief illness in February 2021. 

“One of our committee members had the idea to develop a series in Bob’s memory and we couldn’t think of a more fitting tribute,” shares Samantha Basile, Community & Adult services librarian and program coordinator. “Bob was an avid reader and a friend to the library and this community in so many ways. We feel humbled to honor him through this program that he dedicated his time and talent to over the years.”

Each session will feature a book about a topic that Bob was passionate about, presented by someone who knew him well. Selections range from a book about puns to highlight Bob’s delight in the English language, to a book about music and the brain, which encompasses his talent as a musician and love of learning.

The programs take place from 12:10 pm – 1 pm every Wednesday in September in the Gallery Room at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St, Batavia. Refreshments will be served. You do not need to read the books in order to attend- all are welcome!

This series will include a 50/50 cash raffle at each session, with proceeds going to Bob’s family to donate to causes of their choosing in his memory.  Enter for a chance to win a door prize at each session- a copy of the 2021 Richmond Reads book, The Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin! 

The line-up: 

Wednesday, September 1: Dr. Greg Van Dussen will review The Pun Also Rises: How the Humble Pun Revolutionized Language, Changed History and Made Wordplay More Than Some Antics by John Pollack. 

Wednesday, September 8: Tammy Hathaway will review Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant. 

Wednesday, September 15: David Blake will review Death is but a Dream: Finding Hope and Meaning at Life’s Endby Dr. Christopher Kerr.

Wednesday, September 22: Barbara Meyer will review Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks.

Wednesday, September 29: Jay Gsell will review Saving America: 7 Steps to Make Government Deliver Great Results by Mark Aesch.

Books Sandwiched In is generously sponsored by the Friends of Richmond Memorial Library.

Richmond Memorial Library is located at 19 Ross St in the City of Batavia. Find us online at batavialibrary.org. 

August 15, 2021 - 8:31am

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Sue Chiddy was honored Saturday as the 2020 Friend of the Year by the Friends of the Richmond Memorial Library and Jerianne Barnes was honored for 2021 in a COVID-delayed celebration at the library.

Chiddy moved to Batavia in 1982 and learned about the Richmond Library by taking her five children there. A retired teacher, she has worked at GCC and has been involved in the planning and organizing of "The Tale of Three Counties," is on the Books Sandwiched in committee, helping bring in speakers, and she is part of the library reading group. She is also a member of the Richmond reads program. She enjoys gardening and has helped in the upkeep of the Library garden.

"I have enjoyed all of the opportunities the library has afforded us. It's been my pleasure to bring books and exciting new programs to the community of Batavia."

Barnes got her first paid library job at Prendergast Public Library in Jamestown, NY in 1956.  Jerianne and her husband Larry along with their young daughter arrived in Batavia in 1968.   In 1975, she received a Masters in Library Science from the University at Buffalo. She served as a school librarian and media specialist. Her volunteer work at Richmond has focused on reference, local history, and genealogy.  She also delivers books for the Library Visits program.

"Working here is a labor of love," Barnes says. "This is the icing on the cake, it's sweet and I am grateful."

Photos and information by Alecia Kaus/Video News Service.

Group photo: Jessica Ecock Rotundo/VP Board of Directors, Bob Conrad/Library Director, Sue Chiddy, Jerianne Barnes, and Kathy Zipkin/Pres. Friends of the Richmond Library

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July 29, 2021 - 4:53pm
posted by Samantha Stryker in Richmond Memorial Library.
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August 3, 2021 - 7:00pm
To ensure the award-winning series debut "Whispers in Black Willow" was as haunting as possible, author James Alan Ross set out to experience what his character,  Dylan Klaypool, would: real ghosts. A string of paranormal investigations, including the world famous Rolling Hills Asylum in East Bethany, New York resulted in the capturing of extraordinary paranormal evidence. James will read from his novel and share audio and visual evidence   gathered on these haunting expeditions. Please register online or by calling the reference desk at 585-343-9550 x3
July 29, 2021 - 4:36pm
posted by Samantha Stryker in Richmond Memorial Library.
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September 13, 2021 - 6:30pm
Join us to discuss Afterlife by Julia Alvarez on Wednesday, September 8 at 9 am or Monday, September 13 at 6:30 pm. If you haven't attended discussion before, please register at batavialibrary.org/calendar.
July 29, 2021 - 4:35pm
posted by Samantha Stryker in Richmond Memorial Library.
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September 8, 2021 - 9:00am
Join us to discuss Afterlife by Julia Alvarez on Wednesday, September 8 at 9 am or Monday, September 13 at 6:30 pm. If you haven't attended discussion before, please register at batavialibrary.org/calendar.
June 24, 2021 - 10:37am

Press release:

Join the Richmond Reads Committee on Thursday, July 8 at 7 p.m. to celebrate the reveal of the 2021 title selection! 

Richmond Reads is a community one book program that began in 2019 at Richmond Memorial Library. Each year, a committee reads dozens of titles and selects a work of fiction to share with the community. Programs and discussions are then created around the selected title.

Prior selections include "Southernmost" by Silas House and "Nothing More Dangerous" by Allen Eskens. 

“This program is already developing into a tradition here at Richmond,” said program coordinator and librarian Samantha Basile. “We’re so encouraged and excited by the support we have from the community.

"The committee is looking forward to revealing the title, which we believe holds the note of hope that everyone is seeking after a long year.” 

The reveal program will take place outside at the library, pending good weather, with a rain location in the Reading Room. The event will include refreshments, the title reveal, and a special guest reader who will read from the first chapter of the book.

Copies of the title will be available for sale for $15, cash or check made out to The Friends of the Richmond Memorial Library, and the library will have plenty of copies to borrow. Copies will also be available to purchase at the library until the virtual author visit in October. 

Registration is requested at: http://batavialibrary.org/richmond-reads

The author will visit virtually on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.!

More programs and book discussions will be announced throughout the summer.

June 15, 2021 - 12:29pm

Press release:

Richmond Memorial Library invites patrons of all ages to take part in Summer Reading! This year’s theme is animals, with the slogan of “Tails and Tales.” Beginning June 25, children and adults can take part in reading challenges for a chance to win prizes.

The Children's Room at the Richmond Memorial Library is excited to continue its annual Summer Reading Program this summer from June 25 to Aug. 14.

New this year will be reading tracking using Beanstack. As a computer website or a mobile app, Beanstack will help readers track their minutes read, remind them of milestone prize pickups, and engage readers with fun activities to earn an additional end prize.

Children’s Room staff will gladly help families register on Beanstack when the program is available starting June 24. Watch the Children’s Room page on the website for updates. 

Summer reading for adults? Yes, please! Summer Reading BINGO will begin on Friday, June 25 and go through Aug. 21. Complete challenges like reading outside, listening to an audiobook and watching a documentary for a chance to win weekly and grand prizes.

Grand Prizes include a Book Lovers’ Basket, an 8gb Kindle Paperwhite and a piece of book art by a local artist! Weekly prizes will include gift cards and goodies from local establishments.

Registration begins in person at the library and online at batavialibrary.org at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 25.

The adult program is open to anyone 17 years of age or older with a valid library card. Complete rules and information will be provided with registration. Those registered for adult summer reading by July 7 will be entered for a chance to win one of ten copies of our 2021 Richmond Reads book (title to be revealed on July 8)!

In-person programming is back! All children’s programs will be held outdoors, including an All Ages Story time, Lunch Bunch, a Middle School Fidget Trading Club, and Family Fun Fridays. Adult programs include the Richmond Reads Title Reveal on July 8, book and film discussions and more!

Please visit the library website to continue to check for upcoming activities as they are available. For more information, visit http://www.batavialibrary.org or call (585) 343-9550.

May 28, 2021 - 3:12pm

Press release:

The Friends of Richmond Memorial Library are pleased to announce the return of the book sale! The Friends will host a special sale on Saturday, June 19 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the library.

This is the first sale since the coronavirus pandemic began, so the Friends are relaunching in a big way with plenty of new items to choose from!

There will be spaces set up in the Gallery Room, the Wilber-Fox Memorial Room and the Reading Room to browse for books.

“It’s been more than a year and we’re very excited to safely resume our sales,” said Friends of the Library Board President Kathy Zipkin. “The Friends sale has become a staple in the community, and we’re grateful for everyone’s support and patience. We know many people have been holding onto their books to donate!”

With the return of the book sale, the Friends gratefully accept your donations of gently used or new books and DVDs, BluRay, and CDs in good condition.

Before bringing your books for donation, the library asks you to consider:

  • Is there significant wear and tear, such as a broken binding, or loose, torn, or missing covers or pages?
  • Is there mold or mildew? Books with mold or mildew often smell musty and are discolored or spotted.
  • Is there water damage or staining?
  • Do the books have a strong odor such as cigarette smoke?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, the library will not be able to make use of your donation.

Other types of materials that are not needed are textbooks and encyclopedias.

Donations are accepted anytime the library is open, Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. - 9 pm, and Friday and Saturday 9 am – 5 pm. For very large donations (more than four boxes at a time) the library asks you to call ahead to (585) 343-9550, ext. 3.

Please place all donations in the bin located in the lobby. The library requests that you do not place donations in the book drop or on the loading dock.

All proceeds from the Friends of the Library sales benefit the Friends, who use the funds for library advocacy and programming. Payments for sale items can be made by cash or check.

Richmond Memorial Library continually provides access to physical and virtual resources and services that meet the educational, informational and recreational needs of its diverse community in a safe and comfortable environment. 

Richmond Memorial Library is located at 19 Ross St in the City of Batavia.

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