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Beyond the Bookshelves: Moving forward with new building plans for the Geneva Public Library

Goal is to open new building by mid-year 2019

Now that plans for the new library have received the go-ahead from city agencies, the next phase is obtaining a building permit. City staff will review the library’s architectural drawings for the permit. Once all of this work is complete, we will publish notice for bids from general contractors. The library’s board of trustees and owner’s representative will then select a general contractor, and after that, they’ll develop a timeline for breaking ground, construction, etc.

What are some of the amenities of the new library?

The first floor features three meeting rooms that can be divided, so the library can host more than one event at a time. There will be a cafe area with vending machines provided as a convenience, but no cafe since downtown Geneva has several wonderful options already and we encourage the community to patronize those local businesses. The middle ground area for middle-school students will be expanded in the new facility. There will be a science lab, the children’s collection, and indoor and outdoor programming space.

The second floor will feature the adult collection, collaborative space, technology and lab spaces, a craft lab, outdoor reading space and a quiet reading area.

The third floor will house most of the library staff.

Our goal is to open the new library in mid-2019. Keep up with progress at gpldnewbuilding.org.

The Librarian Recommends

Youth Services Library Assistant Ginny Sieck recommends “Refugee” by Alan Gratz.

“This timely and compelling novel tells the stories of three young refugees from different countries in different decades. Twelve-year-old Josef flees Nazi Germany on a ship headed for Cuba in 1939, 11-year-old Isabel escapes Cuba aboard a handmade boat sailing to the United States in 1994, and 12-year-old Mahmoud survives a 2015 bombing in his Syrian village and sets off on foot to escape his war-torn country. The characters all face harrowing tragedies coupled with resilience and hopefulness. The well-portrayed multiple narratives in the audio book add to the characterizations and emotions.”

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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