Royalton Hartland Community Library, Middleport NY


Posted June 20, 2016

It’s Movie Night at the Royalton Hartland Book Club

this is where i leave youThe next meeting of the Royalton Hartland Book Club is the perfect time for anyone interested in becoming a member to come and learn more about the group. On Monday, June 27 at 6:30 p.m. Book Club members will be watching the movie “This is Where I Leave You”, the movie based on the bestselling book of the same title by Jonathan Tropper.

Last month, the Book Club read and discussed Tropper’s book, which is about four grown siblings who return to their childhood home after the death of their father. Amid the recollections of their past personal histories and failures, they reconnect in both funny and emotional ways. The 2014 movie of this comedy-drama story that features Tina Fey, Jason Bateman and Jane Fonda will be shown in the upstairs meeting room at the library.

Anyone interested is invited to join the Book Club at their upcoming June 27 meeting to watch the movie and enjoy popcorn and other movie snacks.

Posted May 24,  2016


Everyone needs friends, and that includes the Friends of the Library group at the Royalton Hartland Community Library in Middleport.

The group would like to invite anyone interested in supporting the Royalton Hartland Community Library to their upcoming meeting that will be Thursday, June 9 at 4 p.m. at the library, 9 S. Vernon Street in Middleport.

The Friends of the Library is an active group of people who gather together to support the Royalton Hartland Community Library. They volunteer, fundraise and help spread the word about what is happening at the library throughout the community.

This year, the Friends group is excitedly looking ahead to everything happening this year at the library, and it promises to be a very busy year with many programs and activities for all ages and interests.

All current members, new members and those interested in becoming members are encouraged to attend the June 9 meeting as the group will be discussing how the group can assist with the summer and fall programs, book sales, and other ideas planned for the library.

For more information about the Friends of the Library you can call 735-3281.

Posted May 20. 2016


13246363_1012054872212348_7657345935117308187_oWhat a great group of artists at our latest Paint ‘N Sip at the Royalton Hartland Community Library! Thanks to artist Krystyna Stefanik and Leonard Oakes Estate Winery and everyone who attended!

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the next Paint ‘n’ Sip on September 29th!

Keep posted for more details about our September Paint ‘n’ Sip event.

Posted October 29, 2015


organic gardening2The secret to next year’s perfect garden may be this year’s preparation. Karen Cavanaugh, a Master Gardener from Cornell Cooperative Extension, was at the Royalton Hartland Community Library Community Room on Wednesday, October 14 at 7 p.m. to share her expertise on organic gardening and composting.

While organic gardening does not involve the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, Cavanaugh’s program showed gardeners that organic gardening doesn’t mean plants are left to fend for themselves. She explained the tools available to organic gardeners to help them fight off pests and grow healthy plants and produce.

She also shad information about composting to add nutrient-rich materials to fuel plant growth and vitality to your garden soil. Composting not only creates rich soil for your lawn or garden, but it is free, easy to do and good for the environment.

This program, sponsored by the library, is one of the many programs offered to home gardeners and professional horticulturalists by the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Niagara County.

Posted July 18, 2015


Thank you to the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department, Sgt. Hildreth and Sarge for your service!

Pics of this event that was part of our “Every Hero Has a Story” summer program will be posted on our Facebook page soon so be sure to look there.

Posted May 22, 2015


openhouseThe Board of Trustees of the Royalton Hartland Community Library hosted an Open House to welcome Sonora Miller, the library’s new Director, on Saturday, May 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the library at 9 Vernon Street in Middleport.

Residents came to meet Ms. Miller, enjoy some light refreshments, and to learn more about her and what is planned for the library.

Sonora, who spent most of her childhood in Medina, earned her Master’s Degree in Library Information Science from Drexel University. She was the Director of Children’s and Young Adult Services at the Pennsauken, New Jersey Library before returning to Western New York to begin her position as Library Director the week of April 20.


“Starting this spring, there will be a slate of new programs for children and teens, and a genealogy workshop for adults. Beyond that, I’m looking to expand our programs and services, connect with the local schools and local organizations and reach out to the whole community to find out what they’d like to see from their local library.

The library provides everyone, regardless of who you are or how much you make, with a safe space to get help, to learn, to relax and to connect with your community. I want to make sure that everyone in the towns of Royalton and Hartland knows that our library is here to support their needs,” she says.

If you were unable to attend the Open House, please visit the library and meet Sonora!

Posted May 13, 2015


herb-program-libraryNot only are herbs a great way to spice up meals in a healthy way, they can also make your garden more beautiful. Linda Hedley, a Charter Member of the Friends of the Kenan Herb Club in Lockport, was at the Royalton Hartland Community Library Community Room on Monday, May 11 at 7 p.m. to offer her expertise on how to do both.

Her program “How to Grow and Use Herbs” covered the basics of how to plant and care for a variety of herbs in your garden. Hedley has grown her own herbs and offers some of them for sale at the Middleport Farmers’ Market. She shared her many ideas about how to use homegrown herbs for cooking as well as some other uses that surprised some folks!

Currently, Hedley serves as the President of the Friends of the Kenan Herb Club, an affiliate group at the Kenan Center which was established in 1985. Through the years, the Club has offered a number of programs and activities with a focus on herb-related topics ranging from culinary usage to herbal gift making.

Posted April 20, 2015


sonora-miller Sonora Miller begins her job as the Library Director at the Royalton Hartland Community Library today. She comes to us from her former position as the Head of the Children’s Department at the Pennsauken Free Public Library in N.J. where she worked for 8 years.

Sonora is originally from Western New York and she is “tremendously excited to be able to finally bring my personal and professional lives together to one place.”

Residents are encouraged to stop by to meet and welcome Sonora to the area and to the Royalton Hartland Community Library.

Posted March 1, 2015


With one episode left of Downton Abbey, 22 loyal fans enjoyed a Downton Abbey Tea on Saturday, February 28 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Royalton Hartland Community Library.

Enthusiasts had fun chatting about the Crawley family and all of the series’ marriages, deaths, the Great War, as well as the lives of their large and interesting kitchen and household staff.

Delicious desserts from the Stone Hollow Farm Bakery were served at the tea along with, of course, tea. Party goers were invited to bring their favorite teacup to the party to use and there was a lot of admiring going on.

Along with discussion of the popular PBS series that is nearing the end of its fifth season, games related to Downton Abbey were played.

Posted January 21, 2015


frozenChildren from Grades K-5 attended a fabulous “Frozen” party at the Royalton Hartland Community Library on Saturday, January 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees dressed as their favorite character for this fun event that featured treats and activities, all with a “Frozen” theme.

Pictured to the left are some attendees playing Snowball Bowling, one of the activities at the party.

“Frozen”, the 2013 animated musical fantasy-comedy by Walt Disney was inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s fairy tale “The Snow Queen”.


Posted December 11, 2014


santa-librarySanta Claus visited the Royalton Hartland Community Library on Thursday, December 4 from 7 to 8 p.m. Everyone was invited to come and see Old St. Nick at the library, 9 Vernon Street in Middleport.

While Santa was at the library, children sang a Christmas song with him, which is one of Santa’s favorite holiday things to do. After visiting with the children in the group, Old St. Nick himself read a Christmas story .

Following the story and song, children were able to sit on Santa’s lap so that parents could get a photo. There was a small candy treat for everyone from Santa, as well as wrapped books for the younger children.


Posted September 24, 2014


royhart-libraryMore than 40 people attended the two workshops that provided information about opening an online shop at There were prospective shop owners who were crafters, vintage and antique dealers in attendance. The workshops took place on Wed., Sept. 17 and Wed., Sept. 24 at 7 PM in the upstairs Community Room at the library.

The first evening, the basics about opening a shop were discussed, and a handout that detailed all the steps to open a shop was shared. For the second workshop, the group saw the backend of an Etsy shop, learned about shipping, filling an order, paying your bill and helped complete an item listing while online using the library’s WiFi connection.

Posted May 13, 2014


NNERZ006On Tuesday, May 6 at 7 PM, Karen Cavanaugh, a Master Gardener from the Cornell Cooperative Extension presented information about how to use native plants in the garden at the Royalton Hartland Community Library.

The program was followed by a Q&A session. Attendees learned about what is best to put in your garden and Karen explained why.

Posted April 15, 2014


beatrixGretchen Murray Sepik portrayed famous author and illustrator at family-friendly program on Saturday, April 5 at the library.

Yes, one of the world’s most loved children’s book authors and illustrators made this visit thanks to Gretchen Murray Sepik who played the role of Ms. Potter in the upstairs Community Meeting Room where she shared details from the life of Beatrix Potter and narrate “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” and “The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse”. The program brought forth the joy of storytelling to children as well as encouraging them to read, write and illustrate stories of their own.

The audience learned about Potter and her life in England throughout the program. Audience members who were familiar with these two tales were asked to assist Ms. Potter’s narration as she is sometimes forgetful.

Gretchen Murray Sepik, who portrayed Beatrix Potter, is a well-known storyteller who performs across New York State and Pennsylvania. A resident of Albion, Sepik is currently a part of the Young Audiences of Western New York, where she has been honored for her work with students and her commitment to learning through the arts.

Posted February 25, 2014


downton-tea-2On Saturday, February 22 from 1-3 PM about two dozen Downton Abbey fans celebrated Season 4 at a tea at the Royalton Hartland Community Library. There was captivating discussion, games and trivia, desserts from the Stone Hollow Farm and Carriage House and of course, tea.

The tea was a great way to finish off another season of the popular PBS Masterpiece Series. Some folks even dressed for the event! At the end of the table is Sue Ann Palmer dressed as Countess Violet Grantham, matriarch of the TV family. One thing the attendees all agreed upon was that they can’t wait until Season 5 begins.

Posted December 31, 2013


Members of Roy-Hart’s Future Teachers Club read children’s books and provided Christmas music again this year at the Royalton Hartland Community Library on Saturday, December 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Local residents have enjoyed this free and fun holiday celebration at the library for several years. It is hosted by the members of the Future Teachers Club from the Royalton-Hartland Central High School. The students look forward to this festive community event which is a great time for anyone who loves Christmas. The Community Christmas at the library is a great opportunity to hear those beloved Christmas classics once again shared by the students who are interested in a career in teaching.

Posted December 1, 2013


orphantrain2It was so interesting! Holly Canham of the Orleans County Genealogical Society was at the Royalton Hartland Community Library on Wednesday, November 20 at 7 p.m. to present a program about the Orphan Train Movement and to share more real history about the lives it impacted. She also talked about the educational reenactment of an Orphan Train that took place in April 2004 onboard moving locomotives. About 67 people learned more about this real historical event that  took place between 1854 to 1929, when an estimated 300,000 orphaned, abandoned, and homeless New York City children were placed throughout the United States and Canada.

Posted November 11, 2013


A group of 45 people enjoyed the great family program that brought the history of the Erie Canal to life! The program that took place on Thursday, November 7 was the Erie Canal Traveling Museum. As many of our communities are located along this historic waterway, it was of great interest to the participants that evening.

The presenter brought artifacts from the mid 1800s through the turn of the century and explained what they were and how they were used. The items were used on or around the canal for domestic chores, farming and husbandry, hunting and fishing, shipping and hauling, and daily living . It was a fun learning program for all ages at the Royalton Hartland Community Library!

Posted October 22, 2013


Linda Hunter, a quilter with 35 years of experience, discussed the role that quilts have played in the past and in the present at the Royalton Hartland Community Library on Monday, October 21 at 7 p.m. The presentation was free of charge and took place in the Community Meeting Room, upstairs at the library at 9 Vernon Street in Middleport.

Hunter, who is also a quilt appraiser and a member of the American Quilters Society, offered information about different types of quilts, quilting techniques, types of quilt pattern designs and how to best care for your quilt to the 40 attendees. Refreshments were served courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

Quilt enthusiasts also enjoyed a look at the antique toy sewing machine display in the showcase at the library that is on loan until the end of October from Dolores and Jim Flowers.

Posted September 1, 2013


From 9 AM to 2 PM, people flocked to the library to get some great reading material at great prices at the annual Labor Day Festivities Book Sale. They could get a bag full of books for only $2.

Many folks also took chances on some great gift baskets that were raffled off. Tickets were $1 or 6 for $5. The event was sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Posted July 28, 2013


Royalton Hartland Community Library, Middleport NYBack in 1978 when Herb Koenig became a Library Trustee, the Royalton Hartland Community Library was smaller, had fewer patrons, a different name and used paper library cards. On Monday, July 8, the current Board of Trustees presented Herb Koenig, Carolyn Wagner and Carolyn Hill plaques in honor of their dedicated service to the library through many years and many changes.

Dr. Koenig, or Herb as so many people know him, has been a Trustee for 35 years. Over that time he has witnessed the library transform to its present day level of services that include modern technology to accommodate the changing needs of patrons. “Our library is a top-notch media and literacy center for the whole Royalton Hartland community,” says Koenig. “I am proud that it has grown and expanded, and my hope is that even more people in our community will come to know the gem that we have here.”

Known locally for his many travels all over the world, Koenig says that the library is “the one place that you can travel to any place you would like to go. I also found it enjoyable and interesting to meet, work with and get to know the different people in the community while I served on the Board,” he adds.

Carolyn Wagner joined the Board in 1985 and assumed the office of President until July 2012. Wagner says her greatest accomplishment was the successful library budget vote that provided a means for community-based funding for the library, as well as the establishment of an Endowment Fund, efforts to keep up with technology; community-based programming (summer reading programs, plays, etc.) and having a great staff at the library to make all feel welcome when visiting the library.

“What I enjoyed most about the library is the services offered, the welcoming nature of the staff, programs they offer to the community and most importantly the great group of library staff and board members that I had the pleasure of working with throughout the many years I was on the board,” says Wagner who now sits in the audience at the meetings like a proud mama watching how well the current Board members serve the library.

Carolyn Hill joined the Board in 1996, taking over as secretary at that time. “This library is a jewel in our community with its many services and programs for all ages. I have seen this organization grow and expand over the years, and I am very proud of it,” she adds.

Like Carolyn Wagner, Hill says she now enjoys attending Board meetings as a member of the interested public.

Plaques presented by the Library Board’s current President Ken Belfield to all three former Board members after the Board’s July 8 meeting featured a photo of the library encased in glass with a message expressing appreciation for long and faithful service to the Royalton Hartland Community Library.

Posted June 19, 2013


The Royalton Hartland Community Library has announced that it has received petitions from Carol George and Gretchen Lang to be placed on the ballot for election of trustees at its July 8th annual meeting.

There are five Board positions with terms expiring.  Current trustees, Carolyn Hill and Herb Koenig have notified the Library Board that they would not seek re-election to the Board.  Other Board members whose terms expire are Margaret Allen, Joanne Swick and Debbie Brown.

As there are only two candidates for the two expiring Trustee positions, the election is not contested.  In accordance with the Library’s bylaws, the Secretary will cast one ballot for all positions at the annual meeting to be held on July 8, 2013.  Their three year terms will commence on July 8, 2013.

Advertising for interested applicants for these positions was placed in the local newspaper along with a notice on the Library’s website and at the circulation desk.  Interested applicants were required to submit a valid petition to the Library no later than thirty days prior to the annual meeting.

Posted June 10, 2013


open-accessThe Open Access session held at the library Monday, June 3 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. was another well attended session. This was the second session held in recent months at the Royalton Hartland Community Library. Open Access refers to instruction time on a computer, iPad, eReader or Smart Phone with a trainer. Area residents are invited to the upcoming session at the library at 9 Vernon Street in Middleport, to learn how to use just about any of the new devices out today.

People could find out how to download the free e-books from the NIOGA library system’s online service called Overdrive, or learn how to use Freegal, the free music download service. Freegal offers patrons up to three free songs each week and features songs from tens-of-thousands of popular artists. The songs can be played on many devices and downloading them is a snap, especially after learning how to it at the upcoming Open Access Session. Downloaded songs are yours to keep after downloading them from Freegal.

Posted April 25, 2013


The Royalton Hartland Community Library is seeking qualified applicants to run for the position of Trustee. We anticipate five openings to be filled at the annual meeting which will be held on July 8, 2013. Interested persons must be residents of the Royalton Hartland Central School District and at least 18 years of age. Those who wish to be considered for these openings must submit a valid petition signed by at least 25 residents of the Royalton Hartland School District in support of their nomination. A voluntary nominee interest sheet is also available that will provide information to the public regarding your qualifications for Trustee. Valid petitions and voluntary nominee interest forms must be returned to the Library Director no later that June 6, 2013. Petition forms and nominee interest sheets are available at the circulation desk at the Royalton Hartland Community Library ( 9 Vernon Street in Middleport, New York) during normal library hours starting on May 6, 2013.

Trustee information packets, including a description of the duties and responsibilities of a Trustee are available at the Library or by visiting this link.

Trustee elections via a paper ballot will be conducted at the Annual Meeting of the Royalton Hartland Community Library to be held on Monday, July 8, 2013 at 7:00 P.M. You must be present at the Annual Meeting to cast your vote. You must also be a member of the Association (i.e. reside within the Royalton Hartland Central School District for at least 30 days prior to the Annual Meeting, be a citizen of the United States, be at least 18 years of age and not otherwise prohibited from voting under the provision of Section 5-106 of the Election Law) in order to be eligible to vote.

Posted January 15, 2013


open-access-1.13b1The Open Access Session that took place on January 14 at the library from 4 to 7 PM was a huge hit. More than 35 people from all over came to the Royalton Hartland Community Library to learn about their iPads, Kindles, Nooks, Smart Phones, computers and more.

There were also folks who wanted to learn how to download the free ebooks and free music from Freegal and Sarah Taylor, a mobile trainer from NIOGA, was there to show them how. Sarah was able to talk to all of the people who attended and to answer most of their questions.

The session was announced in the Lockport Union Sun and Journal, the Buffalo News and online so there were many who were able to come to these one-on-one sessions and learn about their electronic devices.

Posted November 15, 2012


The good news is that everyone left the Trash or Treasure event happy with their appraisal. Mr. John Urtel and Mr. Dave Devereau, both experienced appraisers, will be provided their opinions on items that people brought to the library the evening of November 14 at the Royalton Hartland Community Library. Refreshments were served during the evening thanks to the Friends of the Library group. They are the volunteer group who sponsored this Trash or Treasure event and their activities support and help to promote and publicize the library’s programs and services throughout the Royalton and Hartland area.
“Proceeds from the “Trash or Treasure” event will be used to provide improvements to the upstairs Community Room, which is a popular meeting place for local groups and clubs. Thanks to all who brought in their “treasures”!

Posted October 19, 2012


The Freegal Music service is now live and ready for use. Patrons will need to login using their library card number and pin. Downloads are limited to 3 per week. Android and iPhone apps are also available. Freegal features millions of songs from ten thousand labels including the labels of Sony Music Entertainment; tens-of-thousands of popular artists in hundreds of musical genres; an easy-to-use website interface with no software to install; Mp3 files that can be played on ANY device (including iPods) for free.; simultaneous access to all music for all patrons; simultaneous releases of chart topping music; eliminates the costs and headaches of circulating audio CDs; full reporting and administration center to manage the Freegal Music Service.

Posted October 11, 2012


On Saturday, October 6, the ladies had a great time at tea and they learned quite a bit at the Tea with Friends event. The Friends of the Library had 17 friends attend the event that featured information and tastes of tea from around the World.

Cindy Rob of the English Rose Tea Shop in Medina gave a talk about the history and culture of tea  and the culture surrounding high and low teas.

Posted  October 10, 2012


Betty Querns of Middleport felt strongly about family and the joys of motherhood. When she passed away on May 3 of this year, her family decided to share her interests with the community in a special way. Her family donated several books in her name to the Royalton Hartland Community Library.

As Betty had worked at the library for a number of years, the family felt that donating books on topics that Betty loved would be a wonderful way to remember her. Her family donated the hardcover editions of ‘I Already Know I Love You’ by Billy Crystal; ‘When a Child is Born, So is a Grandmother’ by Mary Engelbreit; ‘Grandmother’s Book of Promises’ by Karen Hill; ‘I Loved You Before You Were Born’ by Anne Bowen;  ‘Mother’s Song’ adapted by Elliot Greene; and ‘Momma Will You?’ by Dori Chaconas.

The library places a placard inside the cover of each book or DVD in memory of the person whose family or friends have made the donation. They also send a note to let the family know about it.

Posted  September 4, 2012


Readers who love a great bargain purchased all the books they could fit into a grocery bag at the Royalton Hartland Community Library’s Book Sale held September 1 at the library, 9 Vernon Street in Middleport.  This semi-annul sale took place during the Annual Middleport Festivities, and many residents got a great load of reading material for the cooler months coming soon. Watch for news in the spring about our next $2 a Bag Book Sale that will held near Memorial Day.

Posted August 20, 2012


The Book Club at the Royalton Hartland Community Library is back! Now that summer is over, any interested adult or teen is invited to attend the first meeting of the Book Club on Tuesday, September 18 at 7 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room at the library, 9 Vernon Street in Middleport.

It’s a perfect time for new members to join the club as it is the first meeting since the summer break. Readers are asked to tell about a recent book they have enjoyed or even one that they were disappointed in. The group usually meets on the third Tuesday of the month and any interested adults and teens are invited to attend.
“This is a very causal group,” explains Library Director Rose Bernard. “It’s for people who love to read and want to share their latest discoveries. New members are always welcome.”

The Royalton Hartland Community Library provides residents a wide variety of programs and services that can be found in more detail on the library’s website at For more information about the Book Club or any of the library’s other programs, call the library at 735-3281.

Posted August 2, 2012


The Teen Drama Club of the Royalton Hartland Community Library had two performances of “Encounter at Heavenly Gulch” by Martin A. Follose on Monday, August 13 in the St. Stephen’s Parish Hall on the corner of Park Ave. and Vernon Streets in Middleport. There was no admission and the performance was open to all.

The play, set in a Western ghost town, was roughly an hour long and featured some of our local teen talent, and it was enjoyed by all.

The story followed a handful of bus passengers, each traveling solo across country, that are stranded in the middle of the Arizona desert. During their short visit, the passengers in this gentle comedy found their way, not just home, but in life as well.

For more information about the Teen Drama Club at the Royalton Hartland Community Library, call 735-3281.

JULY 26, 2012


Royalton Hartland Community Library, Middleport NY

Charlie and Checkers, a colorful and entertaining duo, put on their fun show at the Royalton Hartland Community Library on July 26 at 2 p.m. as part of the library’s Summer Reading Program.

The match up of Charlie the Cowboy and Checkers the Clown featured magic tricks, hilarious stunts, juggling, and audience participation. Charlie and Checkers, who are brothers in real life, created the characters to provide unique entertainment for people of all ages. They hope to spark everyone’s sense of creativity during their performances for children and families.

The Summer Reading Program at the Royalton Hartland Community Library features special activities for children grades K-4 every Thursday that are designed to highlight the wonders of the natural world. All programs take place at the library, 9 Vernon Street in Middleport.

JULY 10, 2012


Sarah Taylor, an e-Mobile trainer and Librarian with the NIOGA Library System, was at the library to answer questions and show how to use electronic devices a bit better on an individual, walk-in basis on Tuesday, July 10 from 10 AM to 1 PM.

Taylor also had three iPads with her for the Open Access session so that people could play around with them and get more comfortable with how they work. She was also there to talk with people about cell phones, smart phones and answer basic computer questions.

Open Access and the NIOGA Library System’s BTOP Express E-mobile unit are funded by the New York State Library through grant funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunication and Information Administration in order to expand computer access in public libraries across New York.

The Royalton Hartland Community Library periodically offers sessions like Open Access and residents are encouraged to check the library’s website at for program information or you can call the library at 735-3281.

JUNE 6, 2012


The Royalton Hartland Community Library’s Quarterly Board meeting was held on Monday, June 18th at 7:00 PM in the upstairs meeting room at the library. For more information, call the library at 735-3281.

May 28, 2012


Royalton Hartland Community Library Celebrates Changes Avid readers with an eye for a great deal headed to the library in Middleport for the book sale held on May 26 and 28. More than 150 bags of “recycled” books, games and puzzles were sold by the bagful, some containing more than 20 items. Along with their items, local residents also received a magnet announcing the new name of the library, the Royalton Hartland Community Library, and the new hours of operation.

Formerly the Middleport Free Library, the Royalton Hartland Community Library name now reflects the re-charter that was approved this May by the New York State Department of Education Commissioner, Dr. John B. King. With the re-charter approved, the library will remain a private association that serves a wider coverage area that includes the complete Royalton Harland School District. The Royalton Hartland Library will also be open for additional hours.

Residents of the School District are invited to stop by the library at 9 Vernon Street in Middleport and pick up their magnet which can be placed in a convenient spot to help them remember the new hours as well as the library’s new website address at “The hours are much easier to remember now,” says Rose Bernard, Director of the Royalton Hartland Community Library. “We used to have different summer and winter hours, but now the library hours are the same throughout the whole year.” The items sold this weekend at the Royalton Hartland Library’s Book Sale were used books along with some magazines, puzzles and games, nearly all of which had been donated to the library by local residents.

“The Book Sales that we hold are a great way for people to share their reading materials, and we get a lot of interest in these ‘recycled’ items,” says Bernard. For more information about the Royalton Hartland Community Library, contact Rose Bernard at (716) 735-3281 or visit the library website at

May 16, 2012

Dear Residents of the Royalton Hartland School District: Thank you!

The members of the Board of Trustees, The Friends of the Middleport Free Library and staff, who have worked for many years to keep the Library a valuable asset in our community, want to express our thanks for your overwhelming support. Your emphatic “no” to the proposition to remove the funding for the Library, soon to be known as the Royalton Hartland Community Library, means that it will have funding so that it will remain open for years to come. For the second time within a year, we are grateful to have received such solid assurance that you want your library and all that it has to offer.

The members of the Library’s Board of Trustees and The Friends of the Library surely know that over the Library’s 83 years, our many years of volunteer work to keep the Library alive and well were well spent and much appreciated. Our hearts are, and always have been, dedicated to you, the community. The successful vote to keep funding in place for the library means there will be an open door for every curious mind wanting to gain knowledge through books, magazines, the Internet, and the other myriad of community resources offered at the Royalton Hartland Community Library.

As we have done in the past, we will continue to work hard to keep the Library a vibrant part of our community and be a warm and welcoming place for all residents to come to expand their horizons. As always, the Library will continue to utilize volunteers and look at the most economical ways to operate. Again, thank you for voting to keep the library open.

We look forward to seeing you soon at the Royalton Hartland Community Library!
Carolyn Wagner, President, Board of Trustees
Mary P. Collins, Chair, Friends of the Library
Rose Bernard, Library Director

May 22, 2012


The Middleport Free Library has announced that it has not received any petitions from members of the community seeking to be placed on the ballot for election to either of the two Library Board Trustee positions to be voted on at its June 4, 2012 annual meeting. There are two Board positions with terms expiring on June 30, 2012. Current trustee, Carolyn Wagner, has notified the Library Board that she would not seek re-election to the Board. Current Trustee, Amy Monti, has been nominated for re-election in accordance with Library bylaws. As there is only one candidate for the two expiring Trustee positions, the election is not contested.

In accordance with the Library bylaws, at the annual meeting to be held on June 4, 2012, the Secretary will cast one ballot for Amy Monti. Her new three (3) year term will commence on July 1, 2012. Advertising for interested applicants for these positions was placed in the local newspaper on April 5th and 19th, along with a notice on the Library’s website and at the circulation desk.

Interested applicants were required to submit a valid petition to the Library no later than 30 days prior to the annual meeting (or due by May 5, 2012). There were no petitions received by the Library.

May 25, 2011


Simply click the link to view the slides in this Powerpoint Presentation presented at the May 25, 2011 Public Meeting.

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