Monday, April 16, 2012


It started with a lively request in a letter written in 1929 and grew into what has provided 83 years of service to the Royalton-Hartland community.

At that time, Marjorie Reynolds, a Middleport resident and member of the Middleport Study Club, wrote a letter to Albany stating, “The people of our town are fully alive to the crying need of a library.”

She must have anticipated the current need for a community library as local residents continue to use the library for a wide variety of services.

“In 2011, the Middleport Free Library had a circulation of 31,295 for books, AV materials, periodicals and other materials, and we have more than 3,100 patrons with library cards” said Library Director Rose Bernard. “We are very busy with so many clubs and group meetings here as well as people using our free computer, WiFi and Internet services.”

To mark the 83rd year of service to the Royalton-Hartland community, there will be a “Happy Birthday to the Library” celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the library, 9 Vernon St., Middleport. There will be a special birthday cake and everyone in the community is invited to attend to share cake and memories. At 1:15 p.m., the Friends of the Library will cut the cake, sing happy birthday and show off some of the library’s history in a special display, in addition to all the services the Middleport Free Library has to offer residents now.

Read more about the special event and the Library here: