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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 10:12 am

Webber and Yunkers art now on display at Richmond Memorial Library

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Local, award-winning artists Terry Webber and Bernice Yunkers have a joint exhibit at the Richmond Memorial Library now through the end of August.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at 10:06 am

New library director returns to WNY after 22 years in Chicago area

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Richmond Memorial Library patrons and supporters got a chance to meet new director Bob Conrad during a reception Tuesday.

Conrad is originally from Rochester, a 1992 graduate of Eastridge High School. He lived for 22 years in the Chicago area where he earned an undergraduate degree in Radio, TV and Film and a graduate degree in Library and Information Science.

He worked for 10 years in the Chicago library system before he decided he wanted to take his career to the next level. He started looking for jobs in New York and California and when he found the opening in Batavia he said it was "a perfect fit."

As a new director, he's not coming in looking to make a lot of changes. We have something good here in a library, he said, and he wants to keep it that way.

"I want the best library that this community can support and the best library that can support the community," Conrad said, adding, "Right now, I'm just learning the job. I'm delighted that the staff all seem to know what they're doing and that the community really treasures the institution, so my first job is not (to) break it."

Conrad is buying a home in Batavia, but in the meantime, he's staying with family in the Rochester area.

He's very familiar with WNY. His family took annual trips to Letchworth and Watkins Glen and he worked at Seabreeze in high school. But when Conrad started spreading the news that he was taking a job in Batavia, it prompted a little geography lesson for those around him in Illinois. They are far more familiar with another Batavia (their very own).

"I did have to disambiguate to all of my colleagues when telling them where I was going to be library director," Conrad said.

Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 9:59 am

Free presentation 'Get Covered Now!' about health insurance options at Richmond library

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Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia presents “Get Covered Now!”, a free presentation on August 30th, 2014 from 1:00-3:00 PM on how to enroll in affordable health care.  Presenter Linya Lewis is a Navigator certified by New York State who is capable of offering information and enrolling people.  For more information, or to set up an appointment with Linya Lewis, contact her at (585) 343-5450.

Event Date and Time

August 30, 2014 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 11:07 am

Mystery Readers' Mondays Book Discussion

Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia presents Mystery Readers’ Mondays Book Discussion on Monday, July 28 at 7:00 p.m.  Read and be ready to discuss “Tilt a Whirl” by Chris Grabenstein.  Copies of the book are available at the front desk.  More information is available in the library and at www.batavialibrary.org.

Event Date and Time

July 28, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Monday, June 23, 2014 at 4:04 pm

Knit the Fibonacci Sequence

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Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia presents “Knit the Fibonacci Sequence,” a class for adults on Tuesday, July 15 at 6:00 p.m.  Linda Daviau will lead this “stash buster” class for knitters who know how to knit and purl.  Learn some applications of the “golden ratio” found in nature, art & architecture to make a scarf.  Registration begins June 30.  Please bring size 8 or 9 needles and two colors of worsted weight yarn. More information is available in the library and at www.batavialibrary.org.

Event Date and Time

July 15, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 11:19 am

What's with the Weather?

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Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia presents “What’s with the Weather?,” a talk for adults on Monday, July 7 at 7:00 p.m.  Jon Hitchcock, a senior forecaster with the National Weather Service, will talk about weather patterns in Western New York that bring the more interesting weather to our region.  Registration is not required for this free program. More information is available in the library and at www.batavialibrary.org

Event Date and Time

July 7, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 1:43 pm

Improv duo performs at Richmond Memorial Library

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Children who came to the Richmond Memorial Library this morning had a chance to be entertained by and learn about improvisational acting.

Karen L. Eichler and Andrew M. Spragge, of Defiant Monkey Improv, told the children (and parents) about improv and performed skits. 

Above, Eichler, playing Billie Bob Horton, squirts a security guard for Billy Bob Thornton with a water pistol while trying to gain access to the actor's mansion. The scenario and scenes were suggested by the audience.

In the final skit, Eichler and Spragge were assisted by Jean Berry and Gina Bergman. Eichler and Spragge couldn't move their bodies on their own. Berry and Bergman had to manipulate their hands, arms, legs and heads appropriate to the dialogue, or at times initiating movements that drove the dialogue. In this scene Eichler is Spock and Spragge is Capt. Kirk and they've just encountered a one-eyed monster that apparently communicates through clicks.

Friday, May 30, 2014 at 10:19 am

"Library Pocket Album" Class

Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia presents “Library Pocket Album,” a class for adults taught by Jenn Cascell on Wednesday, July 2 at 6:30 p.m.  Learn how to use lots of summery papers to create this mini album.  Registration is required, and $3.00 for materials is due at the time of registration.  More information is available in the library and at www.batavialibrary.org.

Event Date and Time

July 2, 2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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
Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 11:09 am

Sun-Dye Tote Bag class for adults at Richmond library

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Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia presents “Sun-Dye Tote Bag,” a craft class for adults taught by Jen Reardon, on Wednesday, June 25 at 5:30 p.m. Learn how to use a new product which uses a chemical reaction when exposed to sunshine to create a colorful, fabric tote bag. $8.00 for supplies is due at the time of registration. More information is available in the library and at www.batavialibrary.org

Event Date and Time

June 25, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
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