Join the conversation!


The Board of Library Trustees wants to hear from you, Batavia! A series of community engagement sessions called “Speak Up! Engage. Envision. Energize.” will be held in 2018. Library district residents are encouraged to attend and to share their thoughts on the future of the Library during these sessions.


The first session was held on Thursday, February 1, in the Cafeteria at Batavia High School. A brief presentation on the Library today by Library Director George H. Scheetz was followed by small group discussions.


“It's important to us (Library board) that we provide services that meet the community's needs," said Board President Andrew Deitchman. "To do that, we need and want to hear from library district residents.” 


“We’re hoping for a large turnout,” said Library Director George H. Scheetz, “The success of “Speak Up!” relies on participation from a broad-based representation of community members. The Board of Library Trustees wants to hear from as many people as possible, and we want residents to hear what other residents are saying. Information gathered from the workshops will serve as the basis for a community-wide collaborative vision that will inform the decisions for future Batavia Public Library programs and services.”


Additional community engagement sessions will be held at the high school on April 12 and May 10. Presentations at these sessions will focus on Library finances and the condition of the building and answering questions asked by participants at all of the meetings.



Meet the Team 


Facilitating Team Leaders

Kathryn Hubbard

Daniel Russo


Community Members  

Mazher Ahmed

Abby Beck

Carl Dinwiddie

Ellen Huxtable

Buzz Miller

Shirley Mott

Hannah Nickelson

Christine Olsen

Father Mike Rasicci


Library Members

George H. Scheetz, Library Director

Jo Ann Smith, Library Trustee

Shelby Cunningham

Mary Fee

Pat Leonard

Lou Tice

Joanne Zillman














Next Session

Thursday, May 10

7 - 9 pm

Batavia High School Cafeteria

1201 Main St.

Please enter at Main St. entrance



Session 1


Your Library Today Video

Executive Summary


Session 2


Focus on the Future: Trends in Libraries Video

Executive Summary


Session 3


Stewards of the Public’s Investment Video

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