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Beyond the Bookshelves: Listening to our community

When our community talks to us, we listen. And we get a lot of feedback – people call, stop at a desk to talk to a staff member and fill out suggestion forms. We also conducted a communitywide survey to learn how we could better meet your needs.

Many community members agreed that the library should provide space where people can work on projects at the library – and we created The Collaboration Zone. Features include booths for group study, a mobile use bar for individuals, and movable tables and chairs that can be arranged based on your needs. Now the zone is a hub of activity on a daily basis!

You also told us that the library should provide middle school students with space of their own, and we created the Middle Ground. There are movable tables and spaces for those who want to work alone or in a group. This flexible space can be used for programs and events, as well as for studying or just hanging out.

We’ve made additional changes upstairs to create areas with comfy chairs, outlets for your devices, and books arranged for easier viewing and browsing.

It’s all part of investing in our community today. But how do these changes relate to our future? The library board of trustees has hired architectural firm StudioGC to develop a preliminary building plan for the land we purchased at 210 S. Sixth St., and the board is working with the architects to develop plans and cost estimates for expanded library services at that site. When those are ready, we will schedule forums to review the plans with the community.

Look for updates on our website,, and on the library’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

A note from
customer service

Join us at 7 p.m. Oct. 20 for “The Haunted Page.” William Pack returns with an all new horror-themed show of tricks and tales for October evenings.

‘The Librarian

Adult program coordinator Christine Dalphy wrote: “For lovers of international mysteries, try Donna Leon’s Commissario Guido Brunetti series set in Venice, Italy. These literary police-procedurals combine a fascinating setting with strong, likable characters and rich descriptions of Venetian food and culture. Start with ‘Death at La Fenice.’” 

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

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