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Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 11:11 am

Photos: Batavia reads Gardner at the Pok-A-Dot

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Members of the John Gardner Society gathered, as they do every October, for a reading of selections from the work of Batavia's own John Gardner.

Top photo: Bill Kauffman reading a portion of an essay about Gardner by Susan Thornton, who was Gardner's fiancée at time of his death.

Byron Hoot, who began attending the readings a few years ago, driving to Batavia annually from his home in Pennsylvania. 

Jim Gardner, John's brother

Leona Pastore and Terry Abrams

Bill Kauffman

Brian Paris reading

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 6:40 pm

A Tale for Three Counties Announcement Party

post by Leslie DeLooze in books, community reads, libraries, one book project

“A Tale for Three Counties,” the area-wide community-reads program for Genesee, Orleans, and Wyoming Counties, will host an Announcement Party on Thursday, November 20 at 12:30 pm to reveal the author and book for 2015.  The free event will include door prizes, books for sale, and related refreshments.  This will be held simultaneously in four locations: Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia; Genesee Community College, One College Rd., Batavia; Yates Community Library, 15 North Main St., Lyndonville; and Perry Public Library, 70 North Main St., Perry.  All are invited to attend.  For more information, please call (585) 343-9550 ext. 8 or visit www.taleforthreecounties.org.

 

Event Date and Time

November 20, 2014 - 12:30pm - 1:00pm
Friday, October 3, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Evening Adult Book Discussion

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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.

Event Date and Time

November 19, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Friday, October 3, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Adult Book Discussion

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The Adult Book Discussion Group will meet at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross Street, Batavia on Wednesday, November 12 at 7:45 a.m. to discuss “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou.  Books are available at the library’s front desk.  The Evening Discussion Group will talk about this book on Wednesday, November 19 at 6:00 p.m. For more information, call the library at 343-9550, ext. 8 or visit www.batavialibrary.org.

Event Date and Time

November 12, 2014 - 7:45am - 9:00am
Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 3:33 pm

Little free library blooms on Washington and Lewis, Batavia

post by Howard B. Owens in arts, batavia, books, Literature

Jen Reardon loves books and wants to encourage people to read more, so she set up a little free library in front of her house on the corner of Washington Avenue and Lewis Avenue.

She got the idea after learning about a web site called LittleFreeLibrary.org. In fact, she bought her brightly colored box from the web site. The site also tracks locations of little free libraries, and hers is the first one registered in Genesee County.

"I knew of nothing in area, at least on the map, so why not do this?" Reardon said. "I love books. I seem to always have lots of readers around me with lots of books and they're like, 'what can I do these,' so I thought we'll put them out and let people take a book, leave a book."

That's the whole concept of the little free library right there -- there's no fee, no library card to sign up for, you take a book and leave a book. Return what you take whenever you like, nor never return it if you like it that much. Just put something else in its place.

Yesterday was the first day for Reardon's little free library and quite a few people stopped and took books. Not too many have been added to the collection yet.

"Yesterday was a busy day at the little free library," Reardon said. "There was definitely more borrowing than trading, but since it's the first day, I don't think people really knew what to make of it."

Reardon already has one of the most colorful front yards in Batavia, with a cornucopia of flowers growing all spring, summer and fall. Her green, orange and purple box fits right in.

Her neighborhood is perfect for something like this, Reardon believes.

"We have all income levels within like a three block area," she said.

"I think people don't read enough and some people might not have access to books. You can always go to the library, but if you have books in your home, you're more likely to pick it up and read it, kids especially.

Friday, September 12, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Evening Adult Book Discussion

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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.

Event Date and Time

October 15, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Friday, September 12, 2014 at 3:02 pm

Books Sandwiched In

post by Leslie DeLooze in book reviews, books, libraries, talks

“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.

Event Date and Time

October 15, 2014 - 12:10pm - 1:00pm
Friday, September 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Books Sandwiched In

post by Leslie DeLooze in book reviews, books, libraries, talks

 “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.

Event Date and Time

October 8, 2014 - 12:10pm - 1:00pm
Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 11:13 am

"Fizz, Boom, READ!" Summer Reading Club for Adults begins, runs thru Aug. 8

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.

Other library events related to “Fizz, Boom, READ!” include a “What’s with the Weather?” talk, The Science of Bread demonstration, special movie showings, and an “Upcycle That!” Contest. More information is available at the library, by calling 343-9550, ext. 2, and at www.batavialibrary.org.

Event Date and Time

June 23, 2014 - 9:00am - 9:00pm
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