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Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 11:55 am

Batavia man and library present 'Batavia Community Chess Club'

post by Daniel Crofts in batavia, chess, Richmond Memorial Libary

Batavia resident and avid chess player Kevin Larsen has had some free time on his hands lately, so he decided to start a chess club in Batavia.

This comes just as the game of chess seems to be making a comeback. According to a recent article in The New York Times, the game lags in popularity in spite of a record number of players worldwide -- possibly due to the absence of an appealing personality to represent it.

A promising candidate is 22-year-old Norwegian player Magnus Carlsen, who is the top-ranked chess player worldwide. Larsen has not followed Carlsen too closely, but he agrees that an appealing personality as the "face of chess" might, in part, be what the game needs.

"If people see someone young and cool playing chess," he said, "they might be more interested."

Furnished with United States Chess Federation regulation boards, clocks, and scorebooks, the "Batavia Community Chess Club" is for novices and chess buffs alike. 

"As long as people have fun with it, it's fine with me," Larsen said. "But I do hope to get people who are interested in coming every week and want to get better at chess by studying and competing."

He would like people to use clocks so that competitors have equal playing time, as well as scorebooks so they can keep track of their progress in the game and discover what they need to work on.

So far, 13 people have said they will come to the first meeting this Thursday from 6 until 8:30 p.m. at the Richmond Memorial Library, at 19 Ross St. in Batavia.

Club meetings will take place every Thursday during that time frame. All ages are welcome, but young children should be accompanied by their parents.

Larsen said it will be easier if everyone who is interested comes at the same time, since otherwise people might have to wait 30 minutes to an hour for someone to play against. But people are welcome to walk in at any time between 6 and 8:30.

Because "Batavia Community Chess Club" is being run with the support of the library, it is open to the public at no cost. However, Larsen said he will accept any donations to pay for equipment upgrades, clocks, and funding for the NIOGA Library System so they can purchase more chess-related books.

Chess has been touted as a tool for helping people to sharpen their concentration, build patience and perseverance, develop critical and analytical thinking, and improve planning and management skills.

Larsen rejects the stereotype that you have to have a high IQ in order to do well at chess.

"It helps," he said, "but if you have a good teacher and are willing to study, you'll do fine. I've read scientific literature about people who had below-average IQs but were high-ranking chess players."

Right now, Larsen has only a couple of volunteers helping with the club. When he gets more, he would like to have people available to teach the game.

For more information and to contact Larsen, visit www.bataviachess.org.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 10:22 am

Richmond Library vote is today

post by Daniel Crofts in batavia, budget vote, events, Richmond Memorial Libary

This is a press release from the Richmond Memorial Library:

The Richmond Memorial Library vote takes place on Tuesday, May 1 from
9 a.m. until 9 p.m. in the Gallery Room of the Richmond Library, at 19 Ross St. in Batavia.

Any registered voter residing in the Batavia City School District is eligible to vote.

Monday, April 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Richmond Library vote is today

This is a press release from the Richmond Memorial Library:

The Richmond Memorial Library vote takes place on Tuesday, May 1 from
9 a.m. until 9 p.m. in the Gallery Room of the Richmond Library, at 19 Ross St. in Batavia.

Any registered voter residing in the Batavia City School District is eligible to vote.

Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 8:56 am

Batavia's Richmond Library gives 'Friend of the Year' award to tri-county book discussion group

Members of the "Tale for Three Counties" committee were presented with the Richmond Memorial Library's 2012 "Friend of the Year" award today at a public reception in the library's Gallery Room.

This award is given each year in recognition of a person or group that has gone above and beyond in support of the Richmond library. According to Paula Haven, Teen Services librarian and staff liaison to the Friends of the Library, "A Tale for Three Counties" met the criteria.

"This is their 10th anniversary," Haven said. "Not all library programs enjoy such longevity."

"A Tale for Three Counties" began when a group of public librarians from Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming counties got together and proposed an idea for an area-wide book discussion program. Over the years, they have garnered the support of such organizations as Genesee Community College, GoArt!, the Genesee Valley BOCES School Library System, Wal-Mart and Time Warner.

Each year, participants read and discuss books that meet the following guidelines (taken from the program's website): 

  • It must be a work of fiction
  • It must appeal to both adult and teen readers
  • It must have literary merit as evidenced by professional reviews or awards
  • It must present the theme of rural family life or local history
  • It must have issues or topics to discuss
  • It must introduce a new or relatively unknown author to readers

Another perk of this program is that the authors come to the area to give talks every year (click to read an article on the Garth Stein visit in 2010).

Here are some quotes from authors who have visited Genesee County for this program:

"Call: My agent on the phone telling me that my book 'The Call' had been chosen as the one book for 'A Tale for Three Counties.'

"Action: Cheered and then gladly accepted.

"Result: Was greeted so warmly by all involved with the Tale I considered that the place was possibly enchanted and I had crossed over into a better world."

-Yannick Murphy, author of "The Call"

"I really had the sense, during the three days I participated in the Tale for Three Counties, that the program was reaching all sorts of people who otherwise would not be reading literature, opening their minds to its possibilities and encouraging future explorations of books while also uniting the community. It was a great honor to participate in such a worthy program."

- Hillary Jordan, author of "Mudbound

Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Museum Quilt Guild Annual Display of "Challenge" quilts

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Members of the Museum Quilt Guild were invited to the "Carnival" for this year's challenge.   Twenty-three quilts by twenty-one members were presented at the January 21 meeting, and will be on display at the Richmond Memorial Library during regular hours during the month of February.  A variety of techniques and colors were used to create quilts depicting carousel horses and other rides, Mardi Gras themed quilts, and fond memories.

Visitors to the show are invited to cast their vote for a "Viewer's Choice" award.

For more information, contact Martha Lorshbaugh: [email protected]

Friday, May 13, 2011 at 10:40 am

Ranzenhofer announces grant for Richmond Memorial Library

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Press release:

New York State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced that Richmond Memorial Library will receive $3,500 in funding from the Public Library Construction Grant Program for a replacement window in the Children’s Room. 

“This grant will serve as a reinvestment in Richmond Memorial Library in the City of Batavia and will ultimately allow existing patrons and future generations to enjoy all the services the library has to offer,” Senator Ranzenhofer said.

The grant funds are from $14 million in capital funds for public library construction provided in the 2010 State Budget. Grants can pay up to a maximum of 50 percent of total eligible project costs and libraries must provide funds to pay for the remaining costs of the project. 

New York’s public libraries are in need of renovation and upgrading. A recent survey showed a documented need for public library construction and renovation projects totaling more than $2.5 billion. More than 40 percent of the public library buildings in communities across New York are over 60 years old. Many of New York’s local public libraries are unable to accommodate users with disabilities, are energy inefficient, cannot provide internet and computer and other electronic technologies to users because of outdated and inadequate electrical wiring. 

Project activities and expenditures eligible for grants from the $14 million Public Library Construction Grant Program include the renovation and/or rehabilitation of existing space, including roof replacement, purchase and installation of alternative energy resources and new HVAC systems, windows, doors, and lighting systems, electrical upgrades, and construction of new or replacement of old walkways and parking lots.

Monday, May 2, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Richmond Library budget vote and trustee election

post by Daniel Crofts in batavia, budget vote, events, Richmond Memorial Libary

The Richmond Memorial Library, at 19 Ross St. in Batavia, will hold its budget vote and Board of Trustees election today from noon until 9 p.m.

All residents of the Batavia City School District are eligible to vote. Voting will take place in the library's Gallery Room.

Call the library at 343-9550 for more information.

Monday, May 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Richmond Memorial Library budget vote and trustee election is tomorrow

The Richmond Memorial Library, at 19 Ross St. in Batavia, will hold its budget vote and Board of Trustees election tomorrow from noon until 9 p.m.

All residents of the Batavia City School District are eligible to vote. Voting will take place in the library's Gallery Room.

The results of the election will be posted tomorrow. Call the library at 343-9550 for more information.

Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Photo: Nancy Mortellaro, 2011 'Friend of the Library'

post by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Richmond Memorial Libary

On Friday afternoon, Nancy Mortellaro was honored at the Richmond Memorial Library as the 2011 Friend of the Library.

Mortellaro praised her fellow friends and called them her "virtual Facebook," noting that unlike the real Facebook, she gets to see her friends face-to-face every day.

Mortellaro was honored for her diligent and long-standing support of the library.

Monday, July 26, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Richmond Memorial Library hosts 'E-readers: A First Look'

post by Daniel Crofts in batavia, e-readers, events, Richmond Memorial Libary

All adults in Genesee County are invited to attend "E-readers: A First Look" at the Richmond Memorial Library, at 19 Ross St. in Batavia, from 2 until 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19.

This presentation, led by Susan Bartle, will include basic information about e-readers, which are used for reading books and other purposes. For those who are interested in hands-on learning, the Nook, Kindle and SONY Reader will be available to look at.

Registration is not required. For more information, please call the library at 343-9550.

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