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Columns

Beyond the Bookshelves: Thank you to our community

The Geneva Public Library District’s board, administration and staff are gratified by the community’s support for building a new library at 210 S. Sixth St.

The April 4 referendum vote allows the board to move forward with plans for a new, 57,000-square-foot facility that will offer community members of all ages and stages of life a library with space for additional technology to learn new skills, expanded collections, more programs, on-site parking, drive-up convenience, and many other resources and services.

Architectural firm StudioGC will begin work on the building’s design for the board to review, with an opportunity for public input through community forums at a later date. The plans then will be submitted to the appropriate city agencies for review, including the Historic Preservation Commission, the Plan Commission and Geneva City Council.

The goal is to start construction of a new building in spring 2018, with a prospective opening date in mid-year 2019.

Keep up with the progress on the new building plans at www.gpldnewbuilding.org. Please contact us anytime at Board@gpld.org.

A note from customer service

Join us at the library to celebrate children and their connection to the world of learning through stories, crafts, music and more at Dia! Children’s Day on April 30. Learn more about the history of this national celebration at dia.ala.org.

‘The Librarian Recommends’

Christian O’Kelley, youth services library assistant and “volunteen” coordinator, said of “Serafina’s Promise:” “Gently threaded in verse, this piece of historical fiction offers an insight into the natural disasters and tragedies of Haiti, such as earthquakes and mudslides, and puts it in the perspective of a stalwart and sensitive girl, Serafina. Her dreams of becoming a doctor and her passion for protecting her family are sure to inspire children in grades four to eight.”

Paula Krapf is public relations and marketing manager for 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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