About Lyndonville and the Yates Community Library
The Village of Lyndonville was established in 1903, the last village to be incorporated in Orleans County. The first business center was located at Yates Center, but in 1827, it shifted slightly south to Lyndonville because of the waterpower provided there by Johnson’s Creek. The opening of the Rome-Watertown-Ogdensburg Railroad in 1876 led to improved ease of shipping and receiving goods, and Lyndonville became a local market center.
History of the Library
Late in the year 1948, a small group of foresighted citizens met to discuss ways to establish a lending library. With growing interest and a great deal of work by many individuals, the Yates Community Library received its provisional charter from the State of New York, and opened on July 16, 1949. The first collection of 900 donated books was housed in the Yates Town Hall. Later, the growing collection was moved to various buildings in downtown Lyndonville, until 1971, when it settled into the handsome brick building it now occupies. Built on land donated by the William A. Smith family, with a sweeping view of Lyndonville Pond, the dam and waterfall, and Veterans Park, its lovely setting is a delight to all. Dedicated to William’s wife, the Mary Smith Memorial building was funded with a core of $30,000 donated by the Smith family. To this, the community enthusiastically responded with a successful fund-matching drive led by James W. Whipple. On June 19th, 2006, the building was rededicated following complete renovation and redecoration.
Today the Yates Community Library seeks to serve all residents of its chartered service area, the Lyndonville Central School District, as a community gathering place where everyone is welcome to come in, connect, learn, and enjoy programs. Through its membership in the Nioga Library System, Yates Community Library borrowers have access at no charge to the virtually limitless collections of materials in libraries throughout western New York and beyond. Cardholders may download movies, music, and more through Nioga’s electronic services, and their research is enhanced by free access to databases to which the System subscribes. Yates Community Library strives to provide an ever-broadening scope of services for personal growth to all in the community.
The Yates Community Library strives to provide current materials for education, enjoyment, enrichment, and life-long learning to the residents of the Lyndonville Central School District and surrounding areas, and seeks to act as a gathering, learning, and cultural center for the community.
Yates Community Library receives the majority of its funding via a public referendum. Any necessary increase in such funding is subject to public approval as a separate Proposition attached to the Lyndonville Central School ballot in the spring. The library is grateful to its other funding sources, including, but not limited to: the Lyndonville Area Foundation, the Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GoArt!), the Nioga Library System, the Orleans County Foundation, the County of Orleans, and the State of New York. Private monetary donations are most gratefully received. Miscellaneous income includes minimal fines for overdue items and charges to defray the cost of copying and faxing services provided to customers.