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Beyond the Bookshelf: Summertime fun with Geneva library

If we’re watching the weather these days, it’s because Swedish Days is right around the corner, and we’re getting ready to put up our tent and offer fun, games and prizes for kids. We always keep our fingers crossed that Mother Nature will cooperate by giving us gorgeous summer weather. Our tent activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 22 to 24. From 10 a.m. to noon that Friday, we’ll also offer Chalk Art in the Literary Garden.

For a taste of Sweden, enjoy Swedish Days stories with Paddy Lynn from noon to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3 p.m. June 25 and from 11 a.m. to noon June 26. Her interactive story acting features Swedish talks and favorite stories. And look for us in the parade on that Sunday – we’ll be marching with style!

Meanwhile, Friends of Geneva Library holds its Swedish Days Book Sale from June 23 to 25 during the following times:

• 5 to 9 p.m. June 23 (numbers for first admittance to that Thursday night Swedish Days Book Sale will be distributed at 9 a.m. that morning at the customer service desk);

• 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 24;

• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 25 (each bag of books will sell for $8).

The Friends group provides much-needed support for library services and programs that benefit residents of all ages. Please support the Friends’ sale!

Shakespeare Festival

We’re always looking for ways to be part of the community. One of our favorite summertime partnerships involves the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission’s annual Shakespeare Festival, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. July 16 at Island Park. The Midsummer Theatre Troupe will perform “Two Gentlemen of Verona.” Enjoy their signature comedy at this free event. We will partner with School of Art to provide crafts for all ages. Bring a picnic, chairs or blankets, and prepare for a good time!

From customer service

A note from customer service: A reminder that we will be closed July 4. We are open 24/7 at

‘The Librarian

Adult services librarian Courtenay Bishop really enjoyed the historical fiction novel “Oil and Marble” by Stephanie Storey, “which follows the artistic rivalry of Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, as well each man’s personal triumphs and failings. Goodreads gave it a 4.48 out of 5 (16 reviews).”

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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