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2017 Kane County Chronicle Best of the Fox

Beyond the Bookshelves: Learn about Geneva's growing library

Published: Thursday, April 21, 2016 5:30 a.m. CDT

Now that the Geneva Library Board of Trustees has purchased land at 210 S. Sixth St., the board will explore how we can provide greater opportunities for our community.

The board will spend the upcoming months meeting with members of the community, local organizations, and government agencies to discuss their findings from the past year. This includes sharing the results of a communitywide survey, six focus groups with different segments of the community, and reports that analyze our current building and highlight the library’s future needs.

In addition, architectural firm StudioGC will begin a preliminary building program to determine square footage opportunities for expanded library services at the Sixth Street site, and the board will share information as the facts become available.

You can learn about how we’ve been planning for the future by visiting www.gpld.org/pressroom. Under the category Sixth Street Property, you’ll find:

Needs Assessment Highlights:

• A synopsis of our current building and our future needs Planning for Our Future;

• FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions about the library’s future plans;

• GPLD Building Assessment Report – the full report of StudioGC’s comprehensive analysis of the current library building;

• Geneva Visioning and Needs Analysis – a report that examines present and future library requirements.

For additional information, visit www.gpld.org/pressroom. To get involved, contact Board@gpld.org

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Join us for our National Library Week celebration throughout the month of April! Submit your story on how the library has transformed your life, and enter our contest to win an iPad. Visit www.gpld.org/librariestransform.

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A note from customer service: Don’t forget you can still register at the library to vote in the general election. You may register until 27 days just prior to the election.

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“The Librarian Recommends”: Adult Services Librarian Lauren Maxwell says, “‘The Sleeper and the Spindle’ by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Chris Riddell, is a beautifully illustrated tale that features a young queen who chooses to forgo her wedding and embark on a rescue mission. Part ‘Snow White’ and part ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ this story combines the familiar with the unexpected, with enjoyment for adults and children alike.”

Paula Krapf is public relations and marketing coordinator for the Geneva Public Library. The “Beyond the Bookshelves” column runs the third Thursday of each month. Feedback can be sent to editorial@kcchronicle.com.

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