Mabel D. Blodgett Memorial Reading Center
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Monday & Wednesday: 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Friday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm
Rushville did not have a reading center until a state-owned bookmobile made Rushville part of its route in January of 1960. The bookmobile, driver, and librarian made their rounds twice a month for an hour and a half each time. Bookmobile units were later discontinued due to accidents caused by bad road conditions.
A site for a reading center was provided by Juanita Gorton on South Main Street in place of the bookmobile. It was open a couple afternoons a week with Mrs. Robert Rowe as librarian.
In July 1977, Miss Mary Blodgett donated money for a reading center building to be constructed in memory of her sister, Mabel, who passed away June 5, 1977. Richard Iverson of Gorham built the Mabel D. Blodgett Memorial Reading Center utilizing the donated funds. Mary provided an additional $2,000 to purchase a selection of religious books for the Reading Center. The Southern Tier Library System then supplied the rest of the books on a rotating schedule as well as inter-library systems and a delivery service.
Today, our books consist of a wide selection of novels and stories for all age ranges and interests. Our selections include fiction, non-fiction, magazines, and picture books in the children’s section. There are rotating book and audiobook collections which change every three months. A variety of DVDs (audiobooks and movies) are available for public loan. Interlibrary loans and out-of-system loans for books can be ordered weekly.
In addition to great reading material, the Reading Center has a public computer section where members and guests can use the internet and computer programs. Free Wi-Fi is available for guests with laptops. There is a reading corner that offers a nice location for relaxing and enjoying a good book and a children’s area with a magnetic chalkboard and other fun/educational activities.
Specialty Books: Large Print & Audio
Inter-library book loans (see STARCAT) if you cannot find it in StarCat, ask Dodie to find it in out-of-system holds.
Free WI FI
Public Computer Access
Print/Copy/Fax - Black and White and Color
Learning Aids & Kits
Circle of Friends
Interested in becoming involved in the future of the Reading Center? Come join our Circle of Friends! We are a group of volunteers dedicated to promoting the Reading Center through publicity and community events.
Meetings: The last Wed. of the Month at 6:45 pm. We take a break from Dec. through March. We would love to see you at our next meeting! Contact Dodie at the Reading Center if you are interested in becoming involved with our group.
Monetary donations for the purchase of new materials are always accepted by the Circle of Friends. Thank you!
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