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Richmond Memorial Library

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Books, e-books, movies, audio books, magazines, story times, book discussions, reel discussion, Summer Reading Programs, genealogy, art exhibits

Mission Statement

The mission of the Richmond Memorial Library is to continually assure access to resources and services that meet the educational, informational and recreational needs of its community in a safe and comfortable environment.

History of the library

In 1872 the Batavia Library and Reading Room made its appearance on the scene. Talked about for many years, it became a reality when four local citizens each donated $500 to the cause. Spurred on by these generous donations, other citizens added their names to the subscription roll. The library subscribed to a variety of newspapers and periodicals and housed over 1,000 volumes on its shelves when it first opened its doors. Membership in the Library Association cost $2 for individuals, $3 for families. On November 13, 1872, Mrs. M. E. Sheffield was appointed the first librarian. Mr. William Howard served as the second librarian. In the 1880s the Library Association fell on hard times and in 1884 was dissolved. The books were taken to the high school library, which was open one hour a week for the public to draw books. The principal of the school acted as the librarian.

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Details and Specs

Hours of Operation:
Mon9:00 AM9:00 PM
Tue9:00 AM9:00 PM
Wed9:00 AM9:00 PM
Thr9:00 AM9:00 PM
Fri9:00 AM5:00 PM
Sat9:00 AM5:00 PM
Notes: None Listed


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