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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Celebrating 125 years, Richmond Library hosts party for children

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It was all fun and games in the children's section of the Richmond Memorial Library this afternoon as staff threw a birthday party for the library.

Batavia's library, founded with a gift from the widow of Dean Richmond, is 125 years old this month.

Today, the children participating in the party made birthday hats and played games.

Monday, August 5, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Museum and library reps make case for continued county funding

It's important to fund both history and reading, members of the County Legislature were told today during a meeting of the Public Service Committee.

Representatives of local libraries as well as the Holland Land Office Museum presented annual reviews that both contained requests to keep county funding for these programs at current levels.

"County support is very important to use in order for us to provide the level of service we do to our guests and to our community," said HLOM Executive Director Jeff Donahue. "We are doing what we can (to increase revenue) though our programs such as Wonderland of Trees and the summer program, but this only brings in a small portion (of our budget)."

Laura Cerri Pastecki, from the Haxon Library in Oakfield, said libraries still play an important role in the community. Seniors on fixed incomes still depend on borrowing books and many come into learn how to use computers, and people who can't afford computers depend on the library for online research and creating resumes.

"You might think the library is a thing of the past with technology these days, but just the opposite is true," Pastecki said. "There's more information out there and more entertainment out there and people use the libraries for information and entertainment."

Debbie Rider, a trustee with the Richmond Memorial Library, said there is typically a 30- to 45-minute wait to use a computer there and that many middle school children use the library as a place to do homework after school.

"There's such a huge number of children who come from school to the library directly," Rider said. "It allows the library to reach a population it might not normally reach and a chance for the children to access resources they might not otherwise get."

Donahue gave a detailed report on HLOM actives, which includes school and group tours, visits to local schools and leading history tours in the local area.

"Our history just isn't in one building," Donahue said. "It's our entire area."

In the past year, 3,000 people have visited the muesum and more than 400 artifacts were added to the collection.

Upcoming events include the 12th Annual Wonderland of Trees, the Batavia Antique Show and Sale, a bus trip to the New York Central Terminal in Buffalo and a lecture series of women's rights in the 19th and 19th centuries.  

In December, the museum will host a traveling exhibition, "Lincoln, the Constitution and the Civil War."

No budget numbers were discussed and legislators offered no comments on what they might support, or not.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Poetry contest is part of Richmond Library's Summer Reading Program, entries due by July 19

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Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia is presenting a “Mine” for Poetry Contest for adults in the "Dig into Reading" Summer Reading Club (free and easy to join).

Dig into a page of text — from a book, a magazine, or a newspaper (Please make a copy, if it is not yours!). Find words to make a poem...and eliminate the rest as artistically as possible. Samples are available at the library.

Entries are due at the library by Friday, July 19 at 5 p.m. and prizes will be awarded. More information is available at the library, by calling 343-9550, ext. 2, and at www.batavialibrary.org.

Monday, June 3, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Richmond Memorial Library to close early Tuesday

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The Richmond Memorial Library will clost at 5 p.m., Tuesday, due to sewer repairs on Ross Street.

The library will reopen at its normal hour, 9 a.m., Wednesday.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Richmond Memorial Library budget vote and trustee election today until 9 p.m.

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Richmond Memorial Library's budget vote and trustee election takes place today, May 7, until 9.m.

Voting takes place in the library's Gallery Room. Any registered voter residing in the Batavia City School District is eligible to vote.

Event Date and Time

May 7, 2013 - 9:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday, July 7, 2012 at 12:10 pm

'Omnipresent Puppet Theater' comes to Batavia's Richmond Library

Kids and parents are invited to Omnipresent Puppet Theater's performance of "Sleeping Beauty" on Friday, July 27 from 2:30 until 3:30 pm. The show is part of the Richmond Memorial Library's Summer Reading Program.

Run by husband and wife team Kamala and Don Kruszka, Omnipresent Puppet Theater has been hailed by many as being among the best source of family entertainment for the Bakersfield, CA area. They will be touring Western New York with their acts from July 23 through Aug. 26, and the Richmond Library is lucky to be one of their stopping places.

Don brings 18 years of puppeteering experience to the table while Kamala adds her theater education training to produce fun shows for puppet fans of all ages.

The performance will be at the library, which is at 19 Ross St. in Batavia. For more information, call the library at 343-9550.

For more information on Omnipresent Puppet Theater, visit www.omnipuppets.org.

Event Date and Time

July 27, 2012 - 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Reel Discussion at Richmond library: 'Hugo'

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Reel Discussions at Richmond Memorial Library

Come view the free movie and join us for a group discussion afterward.

This week's movie is "Hugo." An orphaned boy secretly lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station and looks after the clocks. He gets caught up in a mystery adventure and when he attempts to repair a mechanical man.

For more information, call the library at 343-9550 or log onto www.batavialibrary.org.

The library is located at 19 Ross St. in the City of Batavia.

Event Date and Time

June 28, 2012 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Friends of Richmond library to hold Members Only Preview Sale for books

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The Friends of the Richmond Memorial Library will hold a Members Only Preview Sale for books from 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, in the Wilber Room of the library at 19 Ross St., Batavia.

Friends must show their membership card at the door. Those who aren't members may attend by either purchasing a Friends membership at the door or beforehand at the library circulation desk.

The quarterly drawing will be announced at the Members Only Sale, and the winner will receive a $25 gift certificate for Delavan's Restaurant.

Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Richmond Memorial Library budget passes, Stich reelected to board

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On Tuesday, voters approved the proposed budget for the Richmond Memorial Library in Batavia. This will mean a 3-cent increase in the library tax per $1,000 of assessed property value.

The budget passed by a four-to-one margin:

Yes: 252
No: 63

Also, library Board Member Beth Stich was reelected to another five-year term with 293 votes. She was unopposed.

For more information about the library's services, visit www.batavialibrary.org.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Books Sandwiched In at Richmond library

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“Books Sandwiched In” will be held at 12:10 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25 at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia.

This is the first in the spring series of free lunchtime reviews featuring speakers from the community. Dave Whitcombe will be the first reviewer; the book will be announced. All welcome.

For more information, call the library at 343-9550, ext. 8, or log on to www.batavialibrary.org.

Event Date and Time

April 25, 2012 - 12:10pm - 12:50pm
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