January 5, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Youth Services Dept., Batavia Public Library, 630-879-1393, ext. 500

 

Library hosts second annual Science & Art Fair

 

Families are invited to the Batavia Public Library’s second annual Science & Art Fair, Saturday, January 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the library, 10 S. Batavia Ave.

 

During the fair, children can view exhibits and participate in a number of activities sponsored by DuPage Children’s Museum, Fox Valley Wildlife Center, the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust, Kane County Forest Preserve, Scitech Hands On Museum, Water Street Studios, and veterinarian Dr. Mondrian Contreras.

 

Families can learn about stained glass, wild animals in the Fox Valley, and pet care; try out a harmonograph; take a bird sketching lesson; and more. Activities and exhibits are suitable for children preschool age and older.

 

Registration is not required for the fair; however, registration is required for the 20-minute bird sketching lesson provided by Water Street Studios. Timed tickets for lessons will be available at the Youth Services desk the day of the fair. This activity is limited to children ages 7–14.

 

The Science & Art Fair is sponsored by the Friends of the Batavia Public Library. For more information call 630-879-1393, ext. 500.

 

 


 

January 4, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Lee Blakley, (630) 879-1393, ext. 200; lblakley@bataviapubliclibrary.org

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January “Sundays on Stage” to feature Flapper Flora

 

“Chicago, True Stories,” will be presented at 2 p.m. on January 29, at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave.

 

Sizzle, sequins, murder, and mayhem! The 1920s was a delirious decade. What made this time so remarkable? Was the film Chicago really inspired from a true story? Actress Martina Mathisen portrays a flapper named Flora, straight out of the twenties, who tells the story. 

 

Registration is required for this Sundays on Stage program; register online at www.BataviaPublicLibrary.org or by calling the library Reference Desk, (630) 879-1393, ext. 200. The Sundays on Stage 2017 season is sponsored by the Batavia Public Library Foundation. 

 


 

December 28, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Stacey Peterson, speterson@bataviapubliclibrary.org, (630) 879-1393, ext. 250

 

Library lecture to feature Lincoln, history labs

 

“Lincoln and the Spirit of Improvement,” is the next program in the Batavia Public Library’s New Lyceum Lecture Series. The lecture will be presented at 7 p.m., January 18, at the library, 10 S. Batavia Ave.  

 

Following in the footsteps of his heroes—John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay—Lincoln loved innovation and promoted the spirit of improvement personally and nationally. Guest speaker Matt Holm, Batavia High School American history teacher, will discuss Lincoln’s drive for self-development and support for government programs providing opportunity to "Young America."

 

Holm also will explain how current innovative history classes allow for personal improvement in student skills through the use of history labs.

 

Matt Holm is a lifelong Batavia resident and has taught in Batavia schools since 1991.

  

The lecture is free; however, registration is required. Register online at www.BataviaPublicLibrary.org or call the library Reference Desk, (630) 879-1393, ext. 200.

 

The New Lyceum Lecture Series 2016–2017 season is sponsored by the Batavia Public Library Foundation.

 

 


 

November 1, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: George H. Scheetz, Director, Batavia Public Library, (630) 879-1393, ext. 350; gscheetz@bataviapubliclibrary.org

 

Library trustee nomination packets available

 

Terms of office expire for five Batavia Public Library trustee positions next year. Library district voters will be electing four trustees for 4-year terms and one trustee for a 2-year term in the April 4, 2017, consolidated election.

 

Residents of the library district interested in running for the Board of Library Trustees can pick up an election packet at the library check out desk. The 2017 Candidate’s Guide, including nomination forms, is also available online at www.elections.il.gov.

 

Completed election packets, which include a statement of candidacy, a statement of economic interest, and a petition signed by 50 library district voters, must be filed at the library’s Business Office between 9 a.m. on December 12 and 5 p.m. on December 19.

 

For more information regarding the role and responsibilities of a Library trustee, please call Library Director George H. Scheetz, (630) 879-1393, ext. 350.

 

 


October 11, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Stacey Peterson, speterson@bataviapubliclibrary.org, (630) 879-1393, ext. 250

 

Library lecture to feature the Fox Valley osprey

 

The next program in the library’s New Lyceum Lecture Series features nature columnist Pam Otto. Otto will offer an overview of osprey life and behaviors in the Fox Valley during “Osprey Ways.” The lecture will be presented at 7 p.m., November 1, at the library, 10 S. Batavia Ave.  

 

The osprey is listed as endangered in Illinois. Yet ospreys have been nesting at Fermilab since 2009 and during the summer months can be seen soaring over the Fox River in search of fish.

 

Otto is the manager of nature programs and interpretive services at the Hickory Knolls Discovery Center, a St. Charles Park District facility.

 

The presentation also will feature photography by St. Charles resident Dave Soderstrom. Soderstrom photographs local wildlife—the usual and unusual species—and has devoted considerable time to chronicling the growing presence of osprey in this area.

 

The lecture is free; however, registration is required. Register online at www.BataviaPublicLibrary.org or call the library Reference Desk, (630) 879-1393, ext. 200.

 

The New Lyceum Lecture Series 2016–2017 season is sponsored by the Batavia Public Library Foundation.

 

 


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 15, 2016

CONTACT: Lee Blakley, (630) 879-1393, ext. 200; lblakley@bataviapubliclibrary.org

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Library lecture to feature 9/11 survivor

 

The first lecture in the Batavia Public Library’s New Lyceum Lecture Series 2016-17 season will be presented at 7 p.m., September 6, at the library, 10 S. Batavia Ave.

 

During “Surviving 9/11,” Ryan Yantis, Lt. Col., U.S. Army, Ret., a decorated survivor of the September 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon, will share his personal account of duty, providence, and overcoming challenges that day and during the weeks and months that followed. His multimedia presentation encourages questions and discussion related to events, policies, and history leading up to the 9/11 attacks.

 

Since retiring from the Army in 2006, Yantis has led two successful non-profits, served as spokesman for the Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs, and now is the principal of SilverLeaf Leadership Communication, a public relations and leadership firm in Crystal Lake.

 

The program is the 36th in the lecture series which began in 2008. The series is sponsored by the Batavia Public Library Foundation and this program is co-sponsored by Rotary Club of Batavia. Registration is required.

 

The lecture is free; however, registration is required. Register online at www.BataviaPublicLibrary.org or call the library Reference Desk, (630) 879-1393, ext. 200.

 

 


 

June 13, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Stacey Peterson, Adult Services Manager, Batavia Public Library, (630) 879-1393, ext. 250;

speterson@BataviaPublicLibrary.org

 

Batavia Civil War letters digitized and available for public use

 

In its continuing effort to preserve local history, Batavia Public Library recently completed a Civil War Letters and Diaries Digitization Project. The project included the transcription and digitization of letters and diaries written by Batavia soldiers, chronicling their experiences from 1861 to 1865, as well as letters from family and friends to the soldiers, which provide perspectives from the home front.

 

The collection contains numerous letters between Captain Don Carlos Newton (52nd Illinois) and his wife, Mary M. Newton, providing an intimate look at their lives. There are also letters between the Newtons and others during the War. Newton’s regiment was involved in the Battle of Shiloh, Sherman’s March to the Sea, and many other engagements. The collection also contains the letters and diary of G. W. Young (124th Illinois), and three diaries by Fred Morris (124th Illinois). Young’s diary reports his experiences during the historically significant Vicksburg Campaign. Morris’s diary covers 1864–1865, during which time his regiment saw action in Mississippi and Alabama.

 

Excerpt from a letter from Capt. D. C. Newton to his wife, Mary M. Newton:

 

On Steamer Tecumseh 30 miles to St Louis

12 o clock Thursday 20th Feb 1862

Dear Mary

I have got along first rate guarding

my prisoners They behave well and I have had no

trouble But have kept all the time on the alert I have

only slept about 4 hours in the past 3 nights

I keep them very strict but don't misuse them

Col Brown one of my prisoners is a brother of Gov

Brown of Tennessee … I have 54 Rebel Officers

aboard and 700 privates quite a family. The officers

feel very bad about having to go north they

fear the cold so much …

 

Digitization provides 24/7 access to the letters and diaries—which are in fragile condition—to Batavians, Civil War researchers, and people interested in the actions of Illinois regiments. Over 150 years after the Civil War’s end, interest in the topic remains high among the general public. The letters and diaries are full-text searchable.

 

The project is a collaboration of the Library, the Batavia Depot Museum, and the Batavia Historical Society; the latter organization owns the letters and diaries. It was supported in part by an award from the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board, through funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), National Archives and Records Administration.

 

The labor-intensive proofreading of 1,195 pages of material was completed by a number of volunteers from the Board of Library Trustees, Friends of the Batavia Public Library, the Batavia Public Library Foundation, and the Batavia Historical Society. 

 

The letters and diaries also were microfilmed, for the purposes of preservation.

 

To take a look at these personal and historical documents, visit BataviaHistory.org > Local History > Batavia’s Civil War History.

 

Excerpt from a letter from D. C. Newton to Mary Newton:


 

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June 10, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Michele Martzel, mmartzel@bataviapubliclibrary.org; 630-879-2559.

 

Jo Ann Smith Appointed to Serve on Batavia Public Library Board

 

Jo Ann Smith was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Board of Library Trustees of the Batavia Public Library. Smith began her one-year term of office in May. She is serving on the board’s Facilities and Outreach Committees.

 

Smith retired in January from a 10-year career as a technology consultant in higher education. Prior to that, Smith was a professor of computer science at the University of St. Francis, Joliet; College of DuPage; and Harper College. She worked nine years for AT&T Bell Laboratories, and was a junior high school teacher. Smith earned a B.S. in Education at the University of Dayton and an M.S. degree at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

 

Smith and her husband Ray have lived in Batavia for 16 years and have been active members of the Friends of the Batavia Pubic Library for 14 years. Smith has served as the Friends’ president, vice president, and publicity chairperson.

 

Smith was appointed to fill the vacancy left by trustee Francine McGuire-Popeck, who resigned earlier this year.

 

 



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 26, 2016

CONTACT: Michele Martzel, (630) 879-2559;

mmartzel@bataviapubliclibrary.org

 

Library lecture to feature historic blues recording sessions

 

“The Leland Bluebird Recording Sessions,” a New Lyceum Lecture Series program, will be presented at 7 p.m., June 14, at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave.

 

Over a 15-month period during the 1930s, more than 300 songs were recorded by blues artists Sonny Boy Williamson, Big Joe Williams, Washboard Sam, and others in downtown Aurora’s Leland Hotel Sky Club. During these recording sessions, a new approach to making records was created and embraced by record labels representing blues, R&B, and rock ’n’ roll artists.

 

Guest speakers Steve Warrenfeltz, owner of Kiss the Sky in Batavia, and professional musician Scott Tipping will reveal the “new approach” and how it influenced the music industry. Warrenfeltz is executive director of the Fox Valley Music Foundation, which is a co-sponsor of the program along with the Batavia Public Library Foundation. He and Tipping are active participants in the many music events taking place in the Fox Valley this summer.

 

The lecture is free; however, registration is required. Register online at www.BataviaPublicLibrary.org or call the library Reference Desk, (630) 879-1393, ext. 200.

 

 

 


 

 

April 28, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Tim Renaud, (630) 278-9327; Michele Martzel, (630) 879-2559;

mmartzel@bataviapubliclibrary.org

 

 

Watch the transit of Mercury from Library parking lot May 9

 

 

The planet Mercury is expected to transit the Sun between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on May 9 and Batavia resident Tim Renaud is offering folks the opportunity to witness this rare event.

 

Renaud plans to set up his 8-inch reflector telescope on the sidewalk in front of the Batavia Public Library at 7:30 a.m. that morning. He expects to see Mercury appear as a perfectly round black dot moving from left to right in a descending line across the sun—which will appear as a white disk through his telescope. Anyone stopping by between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. can use Renaud’s telescope to witness the celestial event.

 

“People can expect to see a few dark sun spots as they look for Mercury. The spots will not be moving and will not be round like Mercury,” explained Renaud. “And of course, witnessing the transit depends on the weather. If it’s raining or cloudy, then we won’t see Mercury or the Sun.”

 

Renaud is a retired civil engineer who grew up in Batavia and returned a few years ago after a long career in Baltimore.

 

He has taken several/a few/ a number of continuing education classes at Waubonsee Community College, including an astronomy class (only one?), which led to the purchase of his telescope. He’s had fun watching the sky for about 3 years.

 

Children, teens, and adults are welcome to stop by the Library parking lot to view Mercury’s 2016 transit across the Sun. The next two Mercury transits will take place November 11, 2019, and November 13, 2032.

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

April 26, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: George H. Scheetz,

PechaKucha Batavia City Organizer, (630) 879-1393, ext. 350;

gscheetz@bataviapubliclibrary.org

 

Next PechaKucha Night May 12

 

PechaKucha Night Batavia, Volume 3, will take place at 7 p.m., May 12, at Island View Banquets, 645 S. River St. (Route 25). Island View Banquets is owned and operated by Batavia’s VFW Post 1197.

 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person (cash only). Food and drink will be available for an additional charge (cash only).

 

PechaKucha Night is an evening of engaging presentations by a number of speakers in a fun, social environment. Each speaker talks about a topic while 20 images (slides) are displayed for 20 seconds each. An emcee introduces each speaker and there is an intermission—called a Beer Break—when the audience can partake in any beverage, alcoholic or not, and food.

 

PechaKucha Volume 3 is presenting a “Smȍrgåsbord”—in this instance an idea-buffet offering a variety of perspectives. Jaime Gutierrez, DJ, Seriously Fun Events, and facilities manager, Water Street Studios, is the evening’s emcee.

 

Smȍrgåsbord presenters include Bill McGrath, Batavia’s city administrator; Michael Foster, senior creative designer, Lighthouse Marketing Services, Inc.; Kathy Freedlund, Batavia Park District fitness instructor; Dani Hollis, executive director, Water Street Studios; Don Lincoln, Fermilab physicist; Melissa Monno, owner, River’s Edge Bar & Grill; Betsy Zinser, executive director, Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry & Clothes Closet; and Ellen Huxtable, owner, Advantage Business Concepts. Their presentations promise to be diverse—and diverting.

 

The idea of PechaKucha Night (or PKN)  originated in Tokyo in 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. The fun, lively events now take place in 900 cities around the world. Batavia’s inaugural PKN was held last October. Batavia’s PKN Volume 2 in February attracted 200 people from the Fox River Valley area and beyond.

 

The premier sponsor for PechaKucha Batavia Volume 3 is BEI Properties. Other sponsors are Batavia Public Library, Hix Bros. Music, Lighthouse Marketing, Neighbors Magazines, Island View Banquets, and 25N Coworking.

 

To view presentations from PechaKucha Night Batavia, Volumes 1 and 2, visit PechaKucha.org/cities/Batavia. To find out more about PechaKucha Night Batavia, visit Facebook.com/PechaKuchaBataviaIllinois.

 

 


 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 14, 2016

CONTACT: Lee Blakley, (630) 879-1393, ext. 200;

lblakley@bataviapubliclibrary.org

 

Library lecture to relive Beatlemania

 

“The Beatles: Band of the Sixties,” will be presented at 7 p.m., May 5, at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. The guest speaker is Aaron Krerowicz.

 

During the lecture, Krerowicz will explore the music of the Beatles beginning with the band's seminal visits to Hamburg, continuing through Beatlemania, and concluding with the production of Abbey Road. The presentation includes audio clips of the Beatles’ music and excerpts from interviews with the band members.

 

Krerowicz has written three books about the Beatles: The Beatles & the Avant-Garde; The Beatles: Band of the Sixties; and From the Shadow of JFK: The Rise of Beatlemania in America. In addition to his sharing his knowledge of Beatles history in the United States, Krerowicz has lectured in London and Liverpool. He holds a Master’s degree in music from Boston University.

 

The lecture is free; however, registration is required. Register online at www.BataviaPublicLibrary.org or call the library Reference Desk, (630) 879-1393, ext. 200. The New Lyceum Lecture Series is sponsored by the Batavia Public Library Foundation.

 


 

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 31, 2016

CONTACT: Michele Martzel, Batavia Public Library

Promotional Services Manager, 630-879-2559 

 

Library hosts fair to celebrate National Library Week, April 10

 

The Batavia Public Library will host a Library Fair from 1 to 4 p.m., April 10, to kickoff National Library Week, April 10 – 16.  

 

The fair will feature displays, demonstrations, and a video blast from the past. Attendees will have a chance to win small prizes by answering trivia questions. Employees from all of the library departments will be on hand, as well as members of the Library, Friends, and Foundation boards.  

 

Individual library departments will be featured during National Library Week.  On Monday, Adult Services will find and print tax forms for free (some restrictions apply). Tuesday is Youth Services Day—there will be a drop-in craft and scavenger hunt on the lower level from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Meet the Library director and take a behind-the-scenes Library tour on Wednesday (10–11 a.m., 2–3 p.m., and 7–8 p.m.). On Thursday, Circulation Services, the hub of the library, will be featured. Free refreshments will be offered on Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the conference room. 

 

For more information call Michele Martzel, Promotional Services manager, (630) 879-2559.

 


 

 

February 22, 2016F

OR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: George H. Scheetz, Director, Batavia Public Library

gscheetz@bataviapubliclibrary.org 

(630) 879-1393, ext. 350 

 

Batavia Library Board Seeks to Fill Vacancy

 

Self-nominations to fill an open seat on the Batavia Public Library’s Board of Library Trustees are now being accepted through March 29.  

The open position is the result of a vacancy left by the resignation of former trustee Francine C. McGuire-Popeck.  

 

 

Persons interested in serving on the board must reside in the Batavia Public Library District. A map of the district is available on the Library website, www.bataviapubliclibrary.org > About the Library. The term of office runs through May 2017. 

 

The Board of Library Trustees meets on the third Tuesday of every month. Trustees are assigned to serve on one or more committees, which meet periodically throughout the year.  The Board is composed of seven residents of the Library District. It establishes Library policy, appoints the Library Director, and oversees the Library’s budget ($3.46 million). Trustees are elected at large at the Consolidated Election (in odd-numbered years). 

 

Letters of nomination should include name, address, email address, telephone number (most convenient; please specify home, work, or mobile), a statement of interest (reasons for wanting to serve on the board), and a statement of experience. Letters should be sent to Open Seat, Board of Library Trustees, Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia, IL, 60510-2793; or trustees@bataviapubliclibrary.org. 

 

Interviews will be conducted in closed session on Tuesday, April 19, as part of the regular board meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. 

 

For more information about the office of Library Trustee, contact George H. Scheetz, director, (630) 879-1393, ext. 350.

 


September 3, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: George H. Scheetz, (630) 879-1393, ext. 350;

gscheetz@bataviapubliclibrary.org 

 

PechaKucha comes to Batavia! 

 

What does Batavia have in common with Beijing, Buenos Aires, Montreal, and Moscow?  

 

Each city is an official host of a PechaKucha Night. 

 

PechaKucha is Japanese for chitchat and PechaKucha 20x20 is a simple, chatty presentation format that includes 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically as the presenter offers a narration. PechaKucha Night is an informal and fun gathering where creative people gather to share their ideas, projects, dreams, hobbies, personal stories, and passions in the PechaKucha 20x20 format. 

 

Batavia will host its first PechaKucha Night on October 1, at Riverview Banquets, 1117 N. Washington Ave. (Rte. 25). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per person (cash only). Food and drink will be available for an additional charge (cash only). 

 

Scott Salvati of Lighthouse Marketing will be emcee for the evening. He’ll introduce ten speakers who will talk on nine widely different subjects, one a time. The evening also includes an intermission—called a Beer Break—when the audience can partake in any beverage, alcoholic or not, and food. 

 

The idea of PechaKucha (or PK) Night was devised in Tokyo in 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work in public. The fun, lively events now take place in 860 cities around the world. 

 

Chicago, Madison, and Champaign-Urbana hold PK Nights some four times a year, but the Batavia event is the first of its kind in the Tri-City area. PechaKucha Night Batavia, Volume 2, is already scheduled for January 21, 2016, also at Riverview Banquets. 

 

“Kaleidoscope” is the theme for PechaKucha Night Batavia, Volume 1. The evening will feature ten presenters, including Batavians Lane Allen, Kimberly Lescelius, Britta McKenna, George H. Scheetz, and Steve Schmidt; Annie Nardone of North Aurora; Rita Grendze and Mara Hauser of Geneva; Tim Sullivan of Naperville; and British-born Peter Exley of Chicago, the city organizer for PechaKucha Chicago, which celebrated its Volume 35 earlier this month. 

 

The Batavia steering committee includes Batavia Public Library employees George H. Scheetz, Lee Blakley, Michele Martzel, and Kathy Moecher; Andrew Hix of Hix Bros. Music; Dave Pedersen of Pedersen Design; Leigh Tracy; and Barbara Kalina. Sponsors of Volume 1 include Riverview Banquets, Hix Bros. Music, Apple Graphics of Batavia, Batavia Public Library, Neighbors Magazines, and Pedersen Design. Proceeds from Volume 1 will be used to produce future PK Nights in Batavia. 

 

According to Scheetz, the city organizer, the steering committee wants to recruit additional members, presenters, and sponsors. “We think the Fox River Valley is home to an array of interesting and creative people with ideas to share, as well as people who appreciate learning about the world and people around them,” said Scheetz. 

 

To view PechaKucha presentations from around the world, visit PechaKucha.org/watch. To find out more about PechaKucha Night Batavia, visit Facebook.com/PechaKuchaBataviaIllinois.

 

 


 

October 20, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Stacey Peterson, Adult Services Manager,

speterson@bataviapubliclibrary.org;

(630) 879-1393, ext. 250.

 

 

Noted author and cultural historian to speak at Batavia Public Library Nov. 12     

 

Nicholas A. Basbanes, noted Massachusetts author and cultural historian, will speak at 7 p.m., November 12, at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave.

Basbanes’ presentation, “Pondering Paper—2,000 Years Young” will highlight how paper has influenced and revolutionized civilization since its invention during the Han Dynasty in China (206 BC–220 AD).

 

Think about this: paper is touched every day; it has thousands of uses—stationery, magazines, books, blueprints, toilet paper, shopping bags, wrapping paper, mailing tubes, cereal boxes, origami, etc. Even if all books, magazines, and newspapers were digitized, the need for paper would continue.

 

Basbanes will share interesting stories about paper, such as the National Security Agency’s secret documents being pulped by cryptologists and recycled into pizza boxes, and the paper mill that has been the exclusive supplier of paper for American currency since 1879.

 

Known for writing books about books and book culture, Basbanes has written articles for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Smithsonian, and a column for Fine Books & Collections magazine. His latest book, On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History, was a finalist for the 2014 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction. He has written eight other books, including Every Book Its Reader (books that have shaped our culture), and A Gentle Madness (the passion and expense of book collecting). He is also an award-winning investigative reporter.

 

Pondering Paper” is the 28th program in the Library’s New Lyceum Lecture Series and is sponsored by the Batavia Public Library Foundation. Registration is required. Register online at BataviaPublicLibrary.org or call the library Reference Desk, 630-879-1393, ext. 200.

 

 


 

 

April 29, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Lee Blakley

lblakley@bataviapubliclibrary.org,

(630) 879-1393, ext. 200 

 

Next New Lyceum Lecture looks at Illinois history of political rogues.

 

"The Illinois Rogues Gallery" will be presented at 7 p.m., May 19, at Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. 

 

Guest speaker Dave Clark will discuss the history of dishonest Illinois elected officials including the convictions of Rod Blagojevich and George Ryan.

Four other Illinois governors were convicted of crimes, as well as city comptroller Rita Crundwell, who embezzled $30 million from the city of Dixon. Clark ponders the question, “When will Illinois be ready for reform?”

 

The lecture is the 26th program in the Batavia Public Library’s New Lyceum Lecture Series and is sponsored by the Batavia Public Library Foundation.

 

The lecture is free; however, registration is required. Register online at www.bataviapubliclibrary.org or call (630) 879-1393, ext. 200.

 


January 8, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Lee Blakley, Batavia Public Library

lblakley@bataviapubliclibrary.org, (630) 879-1393, ext. 200

 

Next New Lyceum Lecture visits North Pole 

 

"The North Pole ... The Hard Way" will be presented at 7 p.m., January 29, at Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. Guest speaker is John Huston. 

 

In 2009, Huston and his expedition partner became the first and only Americans to reach the North Pole unsupported, after a journey of 55 days and 475 miles. After hauling, heaving, and slamming through ice rubble, they slid and swam and finally sprinted in a dash for the Pole. This presentation features stunning photographs and videos from the journey and a display of expedition clothing. 

 

Huston has completed major expeditions to the North Pole, South Pole, on Greenland, and most recently on Canada’s fabled Ellesmere Island. A resident of Evanston, Huston works as a motivational speaker, author, safety and logistics consultant, and wilderness guide. 

 

Huston’s book, Forward: The First American Unsupported Expedition to the North Pole, will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture. “The North Pole ... The Hard Way” is the 25th program in the Batavia Public Library’s New Lyceum Lecture Series and is sponsored by the Batavia Public Library Foundation. The lecture is free; however, registration is required. Register online atwww.bataviapubliclibrary.org or call (630) 879-1393, ext. 200.

 

 


January 7, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Christine Edison, (630) 879-1393, ext. 200;

cedison@bataviapubliclibrary.org 

 

Young adult author Ruth Silver to meet teens at Batavia Public Library

 

Ruth Silver, author of Aberrant, a young adult novel, will meet with teens from 7 to 8 p.m., January 21, at Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. 

 

Silver will discuss Aberrant, the story of a dystopian society where an 18-year-old young woman is on the run from the government’s perfect system, her only crime being her existence. Silver also will talk about how she became a published author. 

 

Aberrant, the first in a trilogy, was followed by Moirai and Isaura. Silver, a graduate of Northern Illinois University, lives in Plainfield and also is a professional photographer. 

 

The program is free of charge and registration is not required. For more information call the library Reference Desk, (630) 879-1393, ext. 200.

 

 


December 3, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Stacey Peterson, Adult Services Manager, Batavia Public Library

speterson@bataviapubliclibrary.org 

(630) 879-1393, ext. 250

 

 

 

Next New Lyceum Lecture links Batavia to Hollywood 

 

"Write What You Know: Stories from a Batavia Screenwriter" will be presented at 7 p.m., December 19, at Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. 

 

Guest speaker Kevin Jakubowski returns home to Batavia for the holidays and to discuss his career as a film and television writer in Los Angeles. Through anecdotes and embarrassing stories he’ll detail his comedic approach to writing and demonstrate his belief that the best fiction always comes from personal experience. Jakubowski’s recently published book, 8-Bit Christmas, is based on his video game-playing childhood in Batavia. 

 

 

 

Jakubowski is best known for the Bruce Willis comedy Assassination of a High School President and for his work on the Comedy Central series Brickleberry. He has written and co-written scripts for Warner Brothers, Paramount, Lionsgate, Sony, and Fox, and is currently developing his own animated series at Nickelodeon. He holds a B.A. in English and Communication from Villanova University and an M.A. in Film Studies from University College Dublin, Ireland.  

 

8-Bit Christmas will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture. 

 

 

 

Jakubowski’s mother, Maureen Jakubowski, taught in Batavia elementary schools for 25 years. She currently serves on the Board of Library Trustees. 

 

“Write What You Know” is the 24th program in the Batavia Public Library’s New Lyceum Lecture Series and is sponsored by the Batavia Public Library Foundation. The lecture is free; however, registration is required. Register online at www.bataviapubliclibrary.org or call (630) 879-1393, ext. 200.

 

 

 


April 30, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Lee Blakley, Adult Services Librarian,

Batavia Public Library lblakley@bataviapubliclibrary.org,

(630) 879-1393, ext. 200

 

Library hosts lecture on Fermilab’s natural areas, May 20 "More than Physics: The Ecology of Fermilab" will be presented at 7 p.m., May 20, at Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave.

 

Fermilab’s 6,800-acre campus is home to prairies, savannas, woodlands, and wetlands. Birds, bison, butterflies, and other animals make these habitats their home. Some birds make it a stopover during migration. The tallgrass prairie once native to this region is being restored and other native plants obliterated by development are back and thriving. Ryan E. Campbell, Fermilab restoration ecologist, will discuss the many ecological restoration projects and activities currently in place on the Fermilab campus—including rare butterfly introductions, endangered species monitoring, and volunteer stewardships of woodlands and prairies.

Campbell earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in plant biology from Southern Illinois University. His research includes studies in Africa and the Konza Prairie in Kansas. He is a board member of Fermilab Natural Areas, a not-for-profit corporation that takes a leadership role in Fermilab’s restoration projects and its volunteer jobs include seed collectors, rare plant monitors, and habitat volunteers.  Campbell currently oversees 60 regular volunteers on the Fermilab campus who help in a number of land management projects.   The lecture, sponsored by the Batavia Public Library Foundation, is free. Registration is required. Register online at www.bataviapubliclibrary.org or call (630) 879-1393, ext. 200.

 

 

 


April 5, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Michele Martzel, Promotional Services Manager

Batavia Public Library, (630) 879-1393, ext. 410

mmartzel@bataviapubliclibrary.org

 

Library Leader Reception at Batavia Public Library, April 21

 

Batavia Public Library will host a reception to recognize Batavia residents Barbara A. and Roger G. Palmer for their many contributions to the library, at 1 p.m., Sunday, April 21, in the library meeting room, 10 S. Batavia Ave. The public is invited. 

 

The Palmers were named Library Leaders at the Board of Library Trustees’ February meeting. They were nominated by several members of the Friends of the Batavia Public Library, a group they joined after moving to Batavia in 2003.  

 

Barbara Palmer, a school librarian for many years and now retired, volunteers with the Friends and in the Library’s Technical Services department. She also volunteers in the libraries at the Morton Arboretum, Lisle, and the Field Museum, Chicago, and participates in scholarship and development activities of the University of Michigan, her alma mater.  

 

Roger Palmer is retired from a career in sales in the fireplace industry but remains an active partner in commercial real estate holdings. He is a founding board member of Fox Valley Court Watch, for which he maintains a schedule of 50 volunteers who monitor the domestic violence judicial process in Kane and Kendall Counties. 

 

The Palmers have been volunteering within the library walls for almost ten years. Together and as Friends of the Batavia Public Library, the Palmers advocated for a permanent space in the library where the Friends could host used book sales, the group’s major fundraising event. The logistics of sorting and storing donated books on the library’s lower level and moving them to the upper level meeting room once or twice a year for sales were proving to be too costly and time-consuming.  

 

The Friends Board of Directors, on which Barbara serves, proposed a plan to the Board of Library Trustees offering to pay for the construction of a space to serve as a storage, sorting, and selling place of used books in the library’s unused area on the lower level. The Library board accepted the proposal and Roger, along with other Friends, began to plan the space. 

 

In August 2011, the new FriendSpace was finished. The Friends of the Batavia Public Library now hold book sales on the first Saturday of the month, 10 months of the year. Sales have been so well-received and so profitable, the Friends were able to pay off the debt for the remodeling ahead of schedule. 

 

After the Friends found a signed, first edition copy of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged in 2004, which sold at auction for $6500, Barbara decided to sell books for the best price possible if it was determined that the books had a greater value than the average “one dollar” book sale price!  

 

Barbara began researching book values and, under her leadership, the Friends began to train other volunteers how to examine and research books for resale. The Friends now sell books online via Amazon and average 10–20 individual sales per month. 

 

Roger usually can be spotted the weekend before a Saturday book sale putting up “book sale” signs around town.  

 

“This is an honor well-deserved,” said Library Director George H. Scheetz. “Barbara and Roger are loyal, passionate advocates for the Batavia Public Library.” 

 

The Library Leader program was established in 2002 to honor persons who have made outstanding contributions to the Batavia Public Library District. 

 

Nominations for Library Leader are accepted annually between July 1 and December 31. Criteria and application forms are available at the library.  

 

The reception will include a brief program and refreshments. Registration is not required. For more information call Michele Martzel, (630) 879-1393, ext. 410. 

 


March 8, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Lee Blakley, Librarian,

(630) 879-1393, ext. 200;

lblakley@bataviapubliclibrary.org

 

A servant’s life in 20th century England

 

Before Downton Abbey there was Upstairs, Downstairs. Before television, it was the real thing. Cooks, butlers, valets, housemaids, and other servants worked long hours to keep English estates and their noble owners looking good.

 

Learn what it was like to be a servant in 1920 during “Below Stairs: A Servant's Life in Early 20th-Century England,” at 2 p.m., March 24, at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. Presenter Leslie Goddard will portray British domestic servant Margaret Powell whose 1968 book, Below Stairs, inspired the 1970s series Upstairs, Downstairs. Goddard’s portrayal offers a lively look at the work it took to run a wealthy household in 1920s and the eccentricities often found among employers. Her presentation includes an array of artifacts including vintage kitchen tools, vintage cleaning supplies, and a flat iron. Goddard is an author, actress, and historian. She holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University specializing in American studies and U.S. history, and master’s degrees in theater and museum studies. She has worked in the museum field for ten years and is the author of two books on Chicago history.

The program is part of the Library’s Sundays on Stage series. Registration is required. Register online at www.bataviapubliclibrary.org or call (630) 879-1393, ext. 200.


 

 

March 5, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Stacey Peterson

Adult Services Manager, (630) 879-1393, ext. 250;

speterson@bataviapubliclibrary.org 

 

One Book, One Batavia main event 

 

The One Book, One Batavia main event, “Jane Austen Speaks,” will be presented at 7 p.m., March 21, at the Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave.  

 

Actress Debra Ann Miller will portray Austen receiving visitors at her home, Chawton Cottage, in 1815, the most vibrant and hopeful time of her life. Drawing from letters, juvenilia, and Austen’s six novels, Miller delves in to the personal life of one of the world’s most beloved writers.  

 

One Book, One Batavia 2013 celebrates Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the 1813 novel of love and social commentary. At 12 p.m., on March 21, the Library’s Books Between Bites program features Diane Capitani, Outreach Director of the Jane Austen Society of North America, Greater Chicago Region. Capitani will examine Pride and Prejudice and the idea that money—not love—is what keeps the novel’s plot turning. 

 

Registration is required for “Jane Austen Speaks,” but not for Books Between Bites. Register online at http://www.onebookonebatavia.org/ or call (630) 879-1393, ext. 200. One Book, One Batavia is an annual community-wide reading program presented by the Library in conjunction with Batavia High School and is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Batavia Public Library.

 

This is the 11th book to be celebrated by the Library with programs, authors, and guest speakers.

The program was established when the Library opened its newest building on Batavia Avenue in 2002. 

 


February 5, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Stacey Peterson,

speterson@bataviapubliclibrary.org,

(630) 879-1393, ext. 250 

 

Library Announces One Book, One Batavia 2013 Selection and Programs


Pride and Prejudice, the classic tale of love and social commentary by 19th century novelist Jane Austen, is the One Book, One Batavia 2013 selection. 


During February and March, Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave., will offer a book discussion and four programs inspired by Pride and Prejudice and about its author. 


Although published 200 years ago, Pride and Prejudice has a dedicated modern following. In addition to the Jane Austen Society of the United Kingdom, there is a Jane Austen Society of North America that boasts more than 4,500 members.  


A discussion of Pride and Prejudice will be held at 7:30 p.m., February 12, at the Library. Copies of the book are available for check out at the Library.  


At 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, the public is invited to spend time “In the Garden with Jane Austen” and with author Kim Wilson, who will offer an illustrated tour of 18th and 19th century English gardens, from tiny cottage gardens to grand estates. Wilson will discuss the role gardens played in the lives and loves of Austen and her characters.


Eileen Shafer, author of Royal Teas with Grace and Style, will demonstrate a favorite ritual of Jane Austen's era during “Taking Tea with Jane Austen,” at 2 p.m., on Sunday, March 10. Shafer will treat Library guests to a tea-tasting of Harney & Son’s blends, and will demonstrate how to prepare the perfect cup of tea.  


On Thursday, March 21, during Books Between Bites at 12 p.m., Diane Capitani, of the Jane Austen Society of North America, will examine the idea that money—not love—is what keeps the plot turning in Pride and Prejudice. Then, at 7 p.m., the Library presents the One Book, One Batavia main event, “Jane Austen Speaks.” During this program, actress Debra Ann Miller’s portrayal of the author will delve into Austen’s personal life—her friends, family, loves, and losses.  


One Book, One Batavia is an annual community-wide reading program presented by the Library and co-sponsored by the Friends of the Batavia Public Library. This is the 11th book to be celebrated by the Library with programs, authors, and guest speakers. The program was established when the Library opened its newest building on Batavia Avenue. 


All programs are free of charge. Registration is required for all programs except the book discussion and Books Between Bites. For more details and to register, visit OneBookOneBatavia.org, or call (630) 879-1393, ext. 200.




January 18, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:  George H. Scheetz, Director, Batavia Public Library

(630) 879-1393, ext. 350; gscheetz@bataviapubliclibrary.org 


Library board abates taxes, property owners to save money


This is the third year in a row that the Board of Library Trustees of the Batavia Public Library has abated taxes resulting in tax savings for Library District property owners. In October 2010, the Library board took advantage of low interest rates and refinanced construction bonds issued in 1998 and 1999. The original construction bonds were sold in order to build the current library facility at 10 South Batavia Avenue, which opened 11 years ago, in January 2002.


The bond refinancing or “bond refunding,” allowed the Library to abate property taxes levied to pay the bonds. The Library board decided to divide the amount of the abated taxes, approximately $475,000, over three years. The total amount of bond interest cost savings to taxpayers for 2013 is approximately $151,000.  


“The board felt that the bond savings would provide a welcome benefit to taxpayers, especially while other units of government are increasing taxes” said Douglas Sullivan, board president. “The bonds will be paid off in 2018.”




December 27, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Stacey Peterson, Adult Services Manager, Batavia Public Library

speterson@bataviapubliclibrary.org

(630) 879-1393, ext. 250 


Next New Lyceum Lecture at Library, January 16 "Investigating Impressionism: The Working Methods of Claude Monet" will be presented at 7 p.m., January 16, at Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave. As part of a groundbreaking online publishing initiative, the Art Institute of Chicago’s significant collection of Claude Monet paintings has recently received in-depth technical examination and scientific analysis.  


Through investigative imaging techniques, X-radiography and infrared reflectography, and state-of-the-art analytical methods, conservators can delve beneath the surface of Monet’s paintings to learn about his materials and working methods, and how his compositions evolved during the painting process.  

 

Kimberley H. Muir, assistant research conservator at the Art Institute of Chicago, talks about the tools used by conservators and scientists and offers highlights of the most exciting discoveries about Monet’s materials and working methods. The lecture, sponsored by the Batavia Public Library Foundation, is free.

 

Registration is required. Register online at www.bataviapubliclibrary.org or call (630) 879-1393, ext. 200

 

 


June 26, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Stacey Cisneros, Adult Services Manager, (630) 879-1393, ext. 250;

scisneros@bataviapubliclibrary.org

 

Multimedia Performance Kicks Off Summer Fine Art Programs at Batavia Public Library 

 

The Batavia Public Library will present three fine art programs in July in conjunction with the Batavia’s Art in Your Eye Fine Arts Festival, August 4–5.   

 

“Tragedy to Triumph: The Story of Artemisia” will be presented at 7 p.m., July 16, at the Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave.  This unique program is a multimedia presentation by singer-songwriter Linda M. Smith. Smith will perform songs from her third album, Artemisia (2006), while images of paintings by 17th century Artemisia Gentileschi are displayed on screen.  

Gentileschi was one of the first women artists to achieve recognition in the male-dominated world of post-Renaissance art. A victim of assault, she painted many pictures of strong and suffering women from myth and the Bible—victims, suicides, and warriors. Later she became a successful court painter in Florence, enjoying the patronage of the Medici family and Charles I.  

 

“The Paintings of Michelangelo” will be presented by art historian Jeff Mishur, at 7 p.m., July 23. Mishur’s slide lecture will highlight Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes and other paintings including Temptation of St. Anthony and Holy Family. He will also discuss Michelangelo’s painting process and his patrons. 

 

Bringing art closer to home, award-winning Batavia artist Rosalie Vass will demonstrate her own painting techniques at 7 p.m., July 31. Vass’ colorful and whimsical paintings reflect her childhood adventures of growing up in a small town in Wisconsin, as well as her world travels. Her distinctive technique of layering paint gives her paintings a unique look with marvelous color. 

 

All of the programs are free. Registration is required. Register online at www.bataviapubliclibrary.org  or call  (630) 879-1393, ext. 200. 

 

 


 

 

Batavia. IL

June 13, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACTS: George H. Scheetz, (630) 879-1393, ext. 350;

gscheetz@bataviapubliclibrary.org                      

Lynn M. Elam, (630) 624-9678, lynnelam0315@gmail.com

 

Library foundation garners award for Bulldogs Unleashed project

 

The bulldogs have done it again! The Batavia Public Library Foundation has won a national Baker & Taylor Award for Bulldogs Unleashed from the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends, and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). ALTAFF’s Baker & Taylor Awards recognize library Friends groups and Foundations for outstanding efforts in support of their library.

 

 

The Library Foundation won the award for Bulldogs Unleashed, Batavia’s 2011 community arts project, a collaborative effort among three Batavia groups—the Library Foundation, the Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence, and the Batavia Parks Foundation. The three foundations worked together to unleash 25 larger-than-life fiberglass bulldogs in downtown Batavia—works of art created by 22 Illinois artists.

 

 

The project raised over $75,000 for the three organizations. Library Director George H. Scheetz will accept the award, a $1,000 prize and plaque, during ALTAFF’s Gala Author Tea, June 25, during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.“We believed the project had great potential for success from the beginning,” said Scheetz. “To receive an award at the national level is a remarkable affirmation of Batavia’s spirit of community.

 

The recognition is even sweeter because the Batavia Public Library Foundation is the very first foundation (as opposed to a Friends group) to win a Baker & Taylor Award, in the very first year that foundations were eligible.”Baker & Taylor Awards have been given since 2000. Baker & Taylor is a leading distributor of books, videos, and music products to libraries, institutions, and retailers.

 

Library Foundation President Lynn M. Elam said “Working in collaboration with other foundations made Bulldogs Unleashed a unique community-based project. I am delighted that Batavia is being recognized at such a high level.” Two Friends groups also won a Baker & Taylor Award—the Friends of Hackley Public Library (Muskegon, Mich.) and the Friends of the Troy (Mich.) Public Library.

 

Bulldogs Unleashed brought recognition to Batavia Access Television (BATV) earlier this year when BATV received the Award of Distinction from the Communicator Awards 2012 Video Competition for its video “Bulldogs Unleashed—The Documentary.”

 

The award-winning video was produced by BATV volunteers and documented the entire Bulldogs Unleashed project from start to finish.

 

 


 

April 25, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           

CONTACT: Lee Blakley, (630) 879-1393, ext. 200, lblakley@bataviapubliclibrary.org

 

Library Lecture to Tackle Quantum Theory

May 16 

 

“Quantum Theory for All Seasons” will be presented at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, at Batavia Public Library, 10 S. Batavia Ave.

 

Guest speaker is Dr. Christopher T. Hill, theoretical physicist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. Hill is an ex officio head of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Theoretical Physics Department, and co-author of Quantum Physics for Poets.   

Hill will discuss the role of quantum theory as it pertains to today’s physical world. According to Hill, most of the world-wide Gross Domestic Product is owed to the quantum theory through such inventions as transistors, lasers, and our derived understanding of atoms and the various states of matter. Nonetheless, quantum theory is enigmatic, and grossly challenges our understanding of reality.

 

This is the final lecture of the Library’s New Lyceum Lecture Series 2011-2012 Season, which is sponsored by the Batavia Public Library Foundation. 

 

The program is free of charge, however registration is required. Register online at www.bataviapubliclibrary.org or call (630) 879-1393, ext. 200.

 


April 27, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Michele Martzel, 630-879-1393, ext. 410;

mmartzel@bataviapubliclibrary.org 

 

Batavia Public Library May Program Calendar

10 S. Batavia Ave.630-879-1393

www.bataviapubliclibrary.org 

 

Programs for Teens and Adults:

register online at www.bataviapubliclibrary.org or call (630) 879-1393, ext. 200. 

 

Open Mic Night: 7 p.m., May 3. Teens are invited to share their music, poetry, and comedy, or come to enjoy the performances of others at this open mic for students hosted by spoken word artist Haya Leslie. No registration required. 

 

College Writing Tips: 1 p.m., May 5.  Jana Thompson, English composition instructor at Northern Illinois University, offers writing tips to high school students as they prepare to enter college. Registration is required. 

 

Free Comic Book Day: May 5. Teens are invited to stop by the Reference Desk today to receive a free comic book, courtesy of comic book publishers and comic book stores of North America. 

 

Batavia High School Roundtable: 4 p.m., May 6. The public is invited to help celebrate over 100 years of the arts—theatre, music, and visual—at Batavia High School. Participants can share their memories with current and former school district artists, teachers, and students. Photos and memorabilia welcome. No registration required. This event will be held in the Black Box Theatre at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre at Batavia High School. Enter the door labeled N7 on Wilson Street. Co-sponsored by the Batavia Historical Society. 

 

Adult Book Discussion: 7:30 p.m., May 8. The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen. Set in the Pacific Northwest during the influenza epidemic of 1918, this novel is about love, family, friendship, patriotism, and community. Each becomes threatened when the town of Commonwealth, still uninfected, votes to quarantine itself against the deadly illness by posting guards at the single road that leads in and out of town. Copies of the book are available for borrowing at the library’s Check Out Desk. No registration required. 

 

 Anime Club: 6:30 p.m., May 10 and 23. This club is for anime and manga enthusiasts age 13 and older. Learn more about anime and manga, preview new anime movies, and enjoy refreshments. No registration required.

 

Quantum Theory for All Seasons: 7 p.m., May 16. Presenter Dr. Christopher T. Hill, a leading theoretical physicist, ex officio head of the Fermilab Theoretical Physics Department, and co-author of Quantum Physics for Poets, will discuss quantum theory and how it relates to the physical world. Registration is required for this final lecture in the library’s New Lyceum Lecture Series 2011–2012 season which is sponsored by the Batavia Public Library Foundation. 

 

Programs for Children:

For more information and to register call (630) 879-1393, ext. 500. 

 

Sensory Storytime: 10 a.m., May 12. This new storytime is designed for preschoolers who have autism spectrum disorders and sensory processing disorder. Children ages 3 to 6 with a caregiver can enjoy stories, songs, movement games, and sensory activities. Registration is required.

 

Cat in the Hat Visits the Library: 11 a.m., May 12. Barnes & Noble Booksellers bring the Cat in the Hat to the Library for stories and activities. Bring a camera! Registration is not required. 

 

Summer Reading Club Preview: 10 a.m., May 11. Batavia Public Library cardholders who homeschool and families with children under age 6 are invited to a preview of the library’s 2012 Summer Reading Club, “Reading is So Delicious.”  Parents will hear a brief presentation to learn how the program works and about the many special activities being offered at the library this summer. Registration is required.

 


 

 

March 30, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Pam Weber, Circulation Services Manager, Batavia Public Library, (630) 879-1393, ext. 150, pweber@bataviapubliclibrary.org

 

Pay Library Fines with Food Donations During National Library Week 

 

The Batavia Public Library will accept food and paper product donations in lieu of cash payment for library fines, April 9 – 14. Donations are being collected for the Batavia Interfaith Food Pantry.

 

The Library will forgive $1.00 for every acceptable item donated. A maximum of $10 per library account will be forgiven. Donations cannot be used to pay for lost or damaged books or processing fees.

 

A list of food and paper products requested by the food pantry can be found at www.BataviaPublicLibrary.org.

 

The Library is offering this special allowance during National Library Week, April 8 14. The Library is closed Sunday, April 8, for the Easter holiday. Donations from Library users without fines also will be appreciated.

 

For more information, call the Library’s Circulation Services department, (630) 879-1993.