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Beyond the Bookshelves: The power of a library card

Your library card is a laminated 2-by-3½-inch rectangle – or an app on your smartphone – but that card is the portal to lifelong learning and discovery, and all you have to do to reap the benefits of a library card is use it!

We often talk about the value of libraries for kids. And that’s certainly true: The library is where they can develop early literacy skills, learn to love reading, enjoy programs, meet new friends and become lifelong learners.

The advantages of a library card for adults are just as rewarding. Need to hone your job skills? Get free access to the business, creative and technical tutorials on Want to keep up on the news? We’ve got newspapers online (current and historical). Planning a vacation? Check out AtoZ World Travel. Looking for a job? JobNow! offers live resume assistance, live interview coaching and live job coaching. These resources and more are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at

Your library card also allows you to check out print, audio and e-books; CDs and DVDs; computers; tablets; and games. Plus we’ve got free programs – our fall schedule has everything from computer and technology classes to book clubs to crafts to food programs (with tastings!) and more.

Since September is National Library Card Sign-up Month, we want to reward our cardholders. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn about events in the library and at local businesses, where you can earn a prize just for showing us your Geneva library card.

A note from
customer service

The library will be closed Sept. 6 for Labor Day. But we’re open 24/7 at

‘The Librarian

Adult services librarian Erin Wittry endorses “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple.

“This novel manages to stand out from the rest through its use of the epistolary form with a modern twist, the story being pieced together with letters, emails and even FBI documents. But at the heart of this novel is the strength of mother-daughter bonds, branching out into themes of humor, emotional strife, love, modern-day family dysfunction and even a little mystery, making this the perfect summer read for fans of many a different genre.”

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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