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Book Bundle Request

Book Bundles are Back!!! Our staff will put together 3-4 children's books in a themed bundle of your choosing, accompanied by a coloring sheet, song or small activity (staff's choice). Click HERE for the request form for a book bundle.

You may request up to five (5) bundles per request. If you choose more than five, only the first five selections will be processed. Book bundles may take 3-4 days to process. You will be contacted when your bundle is ready for pick up. 

Your library account number is required for this service (located on the back of your library card). If you are unable to find your account number, please contact the library at (585) 343-9550.

Book Bundles theme examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Alphabet, Animals, Author
  • Bears, Bedtime, Birthday, Bugs/Insects, Butterflies
  • Cars, Castles, Colors, Cookbooks, Crafts, Cultures 
  • Dinosaurs, Earth
  • Fairies, Fairytales, Fashion, Flowers, Games
  • Holiday, Love
  • Magic, Mermaids, Minecraft, Mo Willems, Monsters, Music, Mystery
  • Origami, Pokemon
  • Rainbows,Robot, Transportation
  • Seek & Find, Seuss, Sharks, Space, Star Wars, Summer Fun
  • Voting, Witches, Wizards
New Books

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Award Winners

Caldecott Award - For the most distinguished illustrator.

Newbery Award - For the most distinguished author.

Geisel Award - For the most distinguished author/illustrator.

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.

The Letter of the Week

Check Back Next Week for our Letter of the Week! 

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


Visiting Readers!
Lego Club

Toddler Dance Party



Welcome to Reading Challenges with Beanstack!

Download the Beanstack App today, search for Richmond Memorial Library, and create an account or log in to register for current reading challenges!

  Call or visit the Children's Room for assistance.



A stylized aqua colored heart that is the Beanstack logo, followed by the word beanstack


The Basics of Beanstack

Following the links from this page, or by downloading the app, Caregivers can register themselves and their children in Beanstack!  Caregivers can also chose to have their older readers register themselves.

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.


Goodnight with Dolly

Memories from the Children's Room

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

January & February Newsletter