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Award Winners


Book & Media Awards from the Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC)

The Newbery Award for the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.

The Caldecott Medal for the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

The Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers.

The Children's Literature Legacy Award for an author or illustrator whose books have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to children's literature.

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal for the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book for children.

The Pura Belpré Award for a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

The Mildred L. Batchelder Award for the most outstanding of those books originating in a country other than the United States and in a language other than English and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.

Don't Know What to Read Next?
Novelist Plus

NoveList Plus
The premiere database of reading recommendations.  Search for books by author, title, series or even by plot descriptions.

Learn and Play - Sites for Kids
Miss Humblebee's Academy

Miss Humblebee's Academy
An award-winning, online and offline curriculum that prepares children ages 2 to 6 for kindergarten proficiency.

Kids InfoBits

Kids InfoBits
Contains over 100 age-appropriate magazines for grades K-5. Also includes Merriam-Webster's Elementary Dictionary, maps, flags, seals, charts and graphs.

Tumble Book Library
Ebooks for kids.

Get Graphic

Get Graphic
The world in words and pictures.

Novelist K-8

Novelist K-8
Find great books to read.


Distance Learning
Use the embedded links on the PDF to access several resources in differing categories.
Provided by Katelin LaGreca, Batavia City Schools.

Fun Author Sites



Awesome Character Sites



Exciting Non- Fiction sites

Children's Music

Todder Storytime!

Baby Storytime!

Play Café!

Homeschool ART!

Watch this space for the Spring 2024 Term!

Zumbini with Miss. Cassie!

Sit and Stitch


Summer Events

Trick or Treat

Books for Babies

"Books for Babies" was established in our community by the Woman Educator Service Organization (formerly Delta Kappa Gamma) to promote earlier reading to newborns and infants, based on the scholarship indicating that earlier exposure to books and reading leads to profound lifelong education outcomes. At our request, and with their kind permission, we relaunched their program in April 2021 to also promote earlier enrollment in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.

The program provides every child born at United Memorial Medical Center (or anywhere in Genesee County, by request at the library) with a tote bag containing:

  • A new, age-appropriate board book (Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon at this time)
  • A nursing bib with the Read to Me graphic, so that any caregiver might see the bib and begin reading books to babies earlier than otherwise
  • A handout giving simple early literacy guidelines and milestones, pointers for new parents to other early literacy resources, and free registration instructions for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

"Books for Babies" is generously supported by the Kiwanis Club of Batavia.

The GIFT Program


Did you know that the presence of books in a home has a greater influence on a child's lifelong learning outcomes than their parents' income, nationality, or level of education?  Having as few as 20 books in the home has a significant impact on propelling a child to higher lifelong education levels and earnings, potentially breaking the cycle of intergenerational poverty -- and the more books you add, the greater the benefit!

The Library G.I.F.T. Program (Generate Imagination in Families Today) is dedicated to making new or gently used books available to children and their families in our area, and to raising awareness of the lifelong benefits of early childhood literacy.  Bright boxes and shelves of GIFT books are located at agencies and businesses in Batavia.  Children can take a book from the shelf to bring home, read, and keep!

Want to donate?
Donate new or gently used children’s books in the purple crates at the Richmond Memorial Lobby.

Want to volunteer?
Contact the Youth Services team at 585-343-9550 x 4.


  • Agri-Business Child Development (ABCD)
  • Golden Coin 582 E Main Street
  • Free Little Library: Trumbull Parkway
  • Free Little Library: Swan Street
  • Free Little Library: Montclair Avenue
  • YWCA  301 North Street 
  • All Babies Cherished 445 Ellicott Street 
  • GCASA Recovery Station :5256 Clinton Street Road
  • GCASA Child Watch : 14 Harvester Avenue
  • Glow YMCA : 209 E Main Street
  • Three Little Birds Pediatrics : 301 North Street


Dolly Parton Imagination Library


The Dolly Parton Imagination Library (DPIL) is a 60 volume set of books sent to children, in their homes, one book per month from birth to age 5, to keep, for free!  The DPIL initiative is funded by the Richmond Memorial Library for residents of the Batavia City School District, and by independent local funders coordinated by the Richter Family Foundation in other parts of Genesee County.  Click here to register a child or to see if DPIL is available in your area; or contact the Richter Family Foundation at to support the initiative in other parts of Genesee County.


Fall 2023 Newsletter!!
We support!

"We believe in the We Need Diverse Books movement and support their efforts to produce changes in the children's publishing industry.  We support the movement's definition of diversity: We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities." 



Goodnight with Dolly

Memories from the Children's Room

Take a stroll down memory lane to see many years of Children's Programs!

Children's/Young Adult Book/Movie Drive!

Thanksgiving Food Drive!

Hats, Mittens & New Book Drive!

Summer Reading 2024