Instead of walking through the front door, local library patrons are turning on their computers to attend story times, craft programs, and book review programs.

Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St., Batavia, announced this week it was postponing its long-running “Books Sandwiched In,” a popular lunch-time review series that brought patrons to the library for a bite and book talk, until September. In its place will be a new online program, “Lunch Time Book Chats.”

“’Books Sandwiched In’ is one of our hallmark programs and the value of it is really in conversation and interaction with the speakers,” said Samantha Stryker, community and adult services librarian at Richmond.

“We want to ensure all of our patrons and speakers can participate when circumstances allow us to meet again,” Stryker said. “In the meantime, we hope these ‘Lunch Time Book Chats’ can bring a sense of gathering and community to those who can participate.”

The chats, scheduled for noon Wednesdays, will be conducted online via the Zoom video conferencing program. The chats will begin May 6.

Library staff and its Books Sandwiched in Committee came up with the book chat program idea.

When confronted with the reality that the spring series of “Books Sandwiched In” would not take place as usual, the committee built the new program to bring book reviews to the community, Stryker said

Committee members and guests will offer short reviews of fiction and non-fiction titles. The line-up so far includes a book about Bob Dylan, a new mystery by Peter Swanson, and new historical fiction. Participants will be encouraged to join in conversation and share what they are reading.

Committee members are Richard Beatty, Sue Chiddy, Bob Knipe, Frances McNulty, Sandy Seyfried and Beth Stich.

Participants must have a Zoom account to take part in the program. Information will be emailed to registered participants the day of each session. To register, visit There is a link to the registration form on the home page.

Any questions may be directed to Community & Adult Services Librarian Samantha Stryker at

The spring Books Sandwiched In sessions are tentatively rescheduled for Wednesdays in September.

The library is planning other virtual programs.

A mystery book discussion is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 4 on Zoom. Librarian Samantha Stryker will lead a discussion of Agatha Christie’s “The ABC Murders.” The book is available as an eBook or audiobook on Hoopla! Email Samantha at if you’d like to participate.

The library is also hosting online Silent Reading Parties. The next one is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. April 23 on the library’s Facebook page, @RichmondMemorialLibrary. The virtual event will help celebrate “National Library Week.”

Woodward Memorial Library, 7 Wolcott St., Le Roy, has also begun a series of regular virtual programs. The schedule includes a story and activity at 11 a.m. Mondays, a craft tutorial at 9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, a craft for tweens at 1 p.m. Tuesdays, an adult craft tutorial at 1 p.m. Wednesdays, a pajama storytime and craft at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, a chapter book read aloud at 1 p.m. Thursdays, “Fun with Food” at 11 a.m. Fridays, which includes a story and instructions on how to make a silly snack; and an all ages storytime at 2 p.m. Saturdays. The programs can be food at the library’s Facebook page and

The library plans to add new programs in the future.

In Livingston County, Livonia Public Library, 2 Washington St. Livonia, and Wadsworth Library, 24 Center St., Geneseo, have also turned its traditional programs into online events.

“We switched a lot of what were already doing at the library to our website,” said Livonia Public Library Director Frank Sykes.

Livonia Library provides online story times three times a week.

“Some we do live and some are videos that are uploaded, so people can look forward to watching them certain times of the day for different age groups,” said Sykes.

Wadsworth Library Children’s Library Sarah Matthews posts a new story each Tuesday to her YouTube channel,

“We found that it is reaching a different audience. we have had a lot of people comment that they could never come when the programs were on Tuesday mornings but this way they can do it anytime,” said Wadsworth Library Director Debby Emerson.

The director said that even though the library’s physical doors are closed, she wants people to know they are still available to help the community.

“We want people to know that the library is still there and we are serving people as best we can,” she said. “We just can not be there for them in person right now.”

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