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Great Libraries! The Batavia Public Library

Some evening, I will likely tell my husband I’m going to meet a girlfriend for a movie and instead head to the Batavia Public Library and curl up on one of its window seats with a classic novel.

The "Reading Cottage" in the Batavia Public Library. Photos by Tara Burghart.Actually, my husband wouldn’t care in the least if I told him I was heading to a library to read for a solo "girl's night out." But you get the idea.

The Batavia Public Library is located in downtown in a beautiful, huge building (54,000 square feet) opened in 2002. But it has all sorts of benches, window seats and comfy chairs where you can get cozy and enjoy a good book. And you can get absolutely toasty in the gorgeous Library Leaders Reading Room, which has a fireplace.

But perhaps the absolutely best place to read is reserved for the small fry. “The Reading Cottage” is a wooden playhouse located in the Youth Services department, and it has a tiny couch and two chairs inside. I would have loved to have a place like that in my library as a kid, and my daughter loves it now. She’s one of those children who hardly ever stop moving, but when we visit the Batavia library, she is quite content hanging out in the Reading Cottage, paging through books by herself or with a new friend she’s just made. Sometimes I even get to relax on the nearby catch and read a book of my own!

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