Library.jpg (12811 bytes) The Woodward Memorial Library was given to the people of Le Roy in memory of Orator F. and Cora T. Woodward by their five children and placed in the trusteeship of the Union Free School District No. 1 until such time as a separate library board was established. Thus, the library has a dual purpose and serves both the schools and the public.

On the main floor may be found the adult and reference collections. The most current magazines and newspapers are displayed on this floor as well. The Woodward Room, which contains the personal collection of books of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ernest L. Woodward, was recently renovated to include a collection of preschool books, puzzles and puppets. The room is open to all preschoolers and their parents. On the mezzanine to the left of the fireplace is the local history collection.

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Downstairs is the children's room where elementary classes meet to learn about the library and to borrow books. The office downstairs contains back issues of magazines and periodicals on microfilm.

The library was automated in the fall of 1993, and all library materials are now listed on the Online Public Access Catalog. There are many advantages with an automated catalog, including the ability to find books with just a couple key words and the ability to see if the book has been checked out. The network of computers also includes a CD-ROM encyclopedia and Microsoft Office Suite.  While school students are taught to use the on-line catalog and the encyclopedia in library classes, the public may also receive instruction upon request.

Meeting space is available for community groups. Arrangements for use must be made through the director.

The library offers a variety of programs on a regular basis, including Preschool Storytime on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday evenings, an Adult Book Discussion Group on the first Monday of each month; and programs for school age children during vacations. The summer reading program begins the first week of July.

Any resident of the Le Roy School District may borrow books from the library with a library card. Policies for borrowing are handed out to each new patron and are available upon request.

The Woodward Memorial Library is a member of the Nioga Library System, which is a system of independent public libraries cooperating in library services, such as interlibrary loan. Books not available in this library may be requested from another library in this system. The library is also a part of Genesee Valley BOCES, which is similar to Nioga, but in the school sphere.


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