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Friday, July 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Spark a Reaction! Recycled Craft: Wallet

Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia presents “Spark a Reaction! Recycled Craft: Wallet,” a program for teens on July 31st at 2:30 PM.  Some of the best crafts are made from every day things that everyone has around their house.  Ms. Jen Reardon will show you how easy it is to turn something ordinary into something extraordinary by teaching you to whip up a fun and eye-catching wallet out of a half-gallon juice carton.  It’s sure to spark lots of interesting conversations with anyone who sees it! Register in person, or online at www.batavialibrary.org.

Event Date and Time

July 31, 2014 - 2:30pm - 3:30pm
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
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 10:38 pm

Voters pass Richmond Memorial Library budget

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Voters today approved the Richmond Memorial Library budget by a vote of 238 to 42.

Norm Argulsky was elected to the Library Board of Trustees with 265 votes.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Film crew in Batavia for documentary on the 'Queen of Modern Libraries in China'

Unless you're a serious local history buff, the name Miss Mary Elizabeth Wood may be unfamiliar.

In China, however, especially among those who appreciate the country's public library system, Miss Wood is revered.

Her fame has brought a Chinese film crew to Batavia this week as part of their effort to create a documentary chronicling the life of the "Queen of Modern Libraries in China."

Born in Elba in 1861, Wood became the first librarian of the Richmond Memorial Library in 1889, a position she held for 10 years. The only daughter of Edward Farmer Wood and Mary Jane (Humphrey) Wood, who had seven boys, Miss Wood took a trip to China to visit her youngest brother Robert in 1899.

On that trip, she learned there was no public education system and residents had little access to all the wisdom contained in the world's books, even ones in their own language.

Wood decided to stay in Wuchang, where she eventually made 3,000 books available for borrowing at the building known as the Octagonal Pavilion.

Soon, she traveled back to the U.S. for a year of study, her first actual courses in library science, having gotten as far as she did before then on her strength as "a great reader."

While on the trip, she raised funds and secured book donations that enabled her to open in 1910 the Boone Library in Wuchang.

By the 1920s, Wood was lobbying Congress for funds to advance library science in China and through the grants received and with the help of two of her Chinese prodigies, Wood established the first school for library science in China.

Following her death of an illness in China in 1931, her body was returned to Batavia and she is buried in the Batavia Cemetery.

These pictures were taken while the film crew prepared to interview Kathy Facer, Richmond's reference and technology librarian.

Here's the Wikipedia entry on Mary Elizabeth Wood, which contains greater detail on her life and work.

Cheng Huanwen, professor and university librarian, School of Information Management, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China.

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