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Columns

Beyond the Bookshelves: Introducing an early literacy initiative

Studies show that reading makes you smarter, provides stronger analytical thinking skills, improves focus and concentration, boosts knowledge and writing skills – and so much more. Shared reading is one of the best ways to help babies, toddlers and preschoolers develop important early literacy skills, and – with that in mind – we’ve launched 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, which encourages parents to read with their young children.

The 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program is an ongoing, self-paced program that is open to children from birth through preschool age. We celebrate milestones with a sticker chart and prizes, including a book once parent and child have completed 1,000 books. While reading 1,000 books may sound daunting, if parents read just one book to their children every day, the goal would be reached in three years. Stop by the library and register today!

New library update

Last month, architects submitted plans for the new library building to the city of Geneva. The plans will be reviewed by the Historic Preservation Commission, Plan Commission and Geneva City Council. The 57,000-square-foot facility will offer community members of all ages a library with space for additional technology to learn new skills, expanded collections, more programs, on-site parking, drive-up convenience, and many more resources and services.

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 progress on new building plans at gpldnewbuilding.org. Please contact us anytime at Board@gpld.org.

‘The Librarian Recommends’

Collection development librarian Emily Thompson suggests “Dazzle Ships: World War I and the Art of Confusion,” written by Chris Barton and illustrated by Victo Ngai. She said: “This short, beautifully illustrated book explores the camouflaged ‘dazzle ships’ used in World War I. These British and American ships were painted in unusual patterns in the hopes of confusing German torpedo ships about the speed and direction in which they were traveling. Great for elementary school readers to adults!”

A note from customer service

Tom Antonson, a sophomore at Geneva High School, is working on his Eagle Scout Project. He is collecting used baseball equipment for those in need in Costa Rica. The library will be a collection site from Nov. 14 through 28. Drop off donations at the front desk.

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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