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2017 Kane County Chronicle Best of the Fox

Beyond the Bookshelves: Learning about the April 4 library referendum

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 8:40 a.m. CDT

Now that the Geneva Library Board of Trustees will ask voters to approve issuing $21.8 million in bonds to pay for a new library at 210 S. Sixth St., the board and administration will reach out to the community to discuss the April 4 referendum and the opportunities afforded to the community through expanded library services.

We are scheduling meetings with local boards, committees, service groups, PTOs and more to share information and answer questions. If you would like us to appear before your group, contact us at Board@gpld.org. In addition, the board has scheduled three forums for interested members of the community to attend on the following dates: March 14 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.; and March 18 at 10 a.m.

“We are excited to have this opportunity to provide our community with a facility that will provide expanded library service for all ages and stages of life,” board President Robert Shiffler said. “Our community has asked us to provide additional services and resources that we can’t offer in our current facility. These include a computer/technology lab; spaces to create and learn new skills like robotics, book publishing, cooking, and crafts; imaginative play space; parent networking opportunities; meeting, study and function rooms; and on-site parking.”

Learn more about the plans, cost and amenities of a new library at www.gpldnewbuilding.org. 

The board will continue with the schematic design process that it began several months ago. The intent of schematic design is to provide preliminary building concepts, a rough site plan and floorplans, and cost estimates. Final design will not occur until after the public has approved financing a new building.

‘The Librarian Recommends’

Young adult librarian Martha Sullivan suggests “Jackaby” by William Ritter.

“Abigail Rook has barely arrived in 1892 New England when she meets Jackaby, a special investigator of all things extraordinary. On her first day in town, she takes a job as his assistant and is immediately swept up in a police case that is not only unusual, but may be supernatural in nature.”

A note from customer service

The library will be closed Jan. 27 for staff development. We are always open online at www.gpld.org.

Paula Krapf is public relations and marketing manager 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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