Mabel D. Blodgett Memorial Reading Center

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Interested in Volunteering at the Reading Center?
See Dodie Baker at the library for more information on how you can help!


Monday & Wednesday: 3:00pm - 7:00pm

Friday: 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Saturday: 9:00am - 1:00pm

Rushville Reading Center
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About Us

Though we call ourselves a reading center, we are just like a library and offer all the same amenities and services. The Reading Center functions as a library with a good book selection and a part-time director who also serves as a “librarian.” The only difference between our Reading Center and a library is that the Reading Center is not chartered by the New York State Board of Regents.

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.



Rotating Collections

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



Outreach Program: Shut-ins who cannot come to the Reading Center may call the Reading Center to set up a time to have books, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks on DVD, or magazines to be delivered to your home (locally).
Friends After Cancer Support Group: Every third Wednesday of the month from 7pm - 8pm beginning September 14, 2015.
Crochet Club: Learn to crochet or just come crochet and visit! Mondays at 3pm.
Circle of Friends of the Reading Center: Meets at the Library the last Wed. of the month at 6:45pm.A break is taken from meeting from Dec. through March. Come join in promoting the library!
Would you like to start a club or class?! Contact Dodie at 554-3939.

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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