Look ahead and back at your library

Saturday, January 5, 2013 
Special to The Daily News
By Leslie DeLooze,

BATAVIA — January is a good time to take stock of the past year and look ahead to the new at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St..

For the past few years, the library has been publishing a list of “Staff Favorites,” which includes books and movies that library employees have especially enjoyed during the past year. This is a beautifully diverse collection of titles, and it often leads to some great “discoveries” and new personal favorites.

The library will be publishing this again, and in addition to print copies in the library, look for a Pinterest board of these titles at the library’s Pinterest page: pinterest.com/batavialibrary.

A new series of talks coordinated with the 2013 “A Tale for Three Counties” community reading project will highlight some interesting historical topics. The book for this annual area-wide book discussion is Peter Troy’s “May the Road Rise Up to Meet You,” which covers the time period in American history from the 1840s to post-Civil War.

Talks at the library will include a look back at:

  • “Lincoln, Gettysburg & the Civil War” at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 features Gregory Kinal discussing the President during the Civil War era and his assassination, which is one of the great mysteries of American history. Kinal is a social studies teacher at Pembroke High School and has led more than 40 annual student trips to Gettysburg and Washington, D.C.
  • “Photographic Techniques Used During the American Civil War,” scheduled for 2 p.m. Jan. 26, is a presentation by Mark Osterman, photographic process historian at George Eastman House, Rohcester. He will include slides and a 19th century camera along with the talk.
  • “The Underground Railroad” at 7 p.m. Feb. 4 will see Lynne Belluscio, curator of the LeRoy Historical Society, talking about the active but secretive underground movement in Genesee County that helped escaping slaves make their way to freedom in Canada.

These programs are all free, and registration is not required.

Keep on reading! If you received an eReader for Christmas — or already had one — the library has eBooks are available on our website, www.batavialibrary.org.

Choose either “Download audio and eBooks” from OverDrive or choose the new option called “Freading.” Both these sites give options for books to borrow and download to your eReader. Please stop in the library if you need assistance.

Remember that you can read books on your smart phone and your tablet as well. Books from the library are free and automatically return, so there are never overdue fines.

New story times for children start the week of Jan. 14. Register online or by calling the Children’s Room at 343-9550 ext. 4.

A new Saturday Family Matinee program runs on Jan. 5 and 19 at 1 p.m. on the big screen in the Gallery Room. A feature movie will also include refreshments and a make-and-take craft.

Library hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays to Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The library will be closed Jan. 21 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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