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Beyond the Bookshelves: How has the library transformed your life?

Paula Krapf
Paula Krapf

Some of my earliest, and best, childhood memories involve the library.

Every Saturday, my dad would drive me to the library so I could check out a large stack of books to devour during the week.

I became particularly inspired by biographies of explorers, including Ferdinand Magellan, Amerigo Vespucci and Francis Drake. Those books took me beyond my small hometown, into the greater world, and inspired a lifelong love of learning – something I wouldn’t have experienced without my local library and its resources.

Libraries transform lives of individuals and our community, and we want to hear from you.

Beginning April 1, visit us online or in person and share your stories, pictures and videos telling us how the Geneva Public Library District transforms you or the community, and enter a drawing for a free iPad mini.

Thanks to the support of our community, we can say:

• More than 22,000 people visit our library every month;

• More than 600,000 items get checked out every year at our library;

• More than 24,000 people attend programs every year sponsored by our library;

• Databases are used more than 70,000 times every year by our community members;

• The world is at the fingertips of every individual in our community.

We appreciate our community members, and we look forward to hearing how GPLD has changed you.

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A note from customer service: The library offers more than 80 online databases for research and homework.

They are available at and are sorted by subject to make browsing even easier.Also remember the library will be closed on Easter Sunday – March 27.

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“The Librarian Recommends”: Adult services manager Nancy Kendzior says: “‘When Breath Becomes Air’ by Paul Kalanithi is immediately gripping. It is the memoir of Dr. Kalanithi, who at the age of 36 is diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, just as he is about to complete 10 years of training as a neurosurgeon. This extremely moving story recounts his bittersweet realization that the life he imagined for himself will never be, and the struggle he faces to figure out what makes a life worth living. It’s so much more than a sad story. Your connection with the author’s journey will remain long after finishing the book.”

• 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

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