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Beyond the Bookshelves: Inspired by the past and planning for our future

After many years of work, and the acquisition of land downtown, the Geneva Public Library Board of Trustees has the opportunity to provide our community with expanded library service at 210 S. Sixth St.

To keep the community informed about the process, the library has launched a website:

The website provides information about:

• The latest news on where we are in the process

• FAQs about why the board seeks to build a new library

• Financial information on the cost of a new building

• Background on the process the board employed to gauge the community’s needs, seek and obtain community feedback, and develop plans for a new building

“This is an exciting opportunity to invest in the future and build a library that offers the programs and resources our community needs,” library board President Robert Shiffler said.

The board is working with architectural firm StudioGC to finalize square footage for a new facility, and with Ehlers Financial to develop a financing plan, which will be reviewed at a public hearing scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 22 in the library’s lower-level meeting room.

This is an opportunity for community members to share their thoughts on the need for expanded library service.

The board concluded that it makes the most fiscal sense to build a new facility that offers the space and amenities the community needs. The library is landlocked at its location, and community feedback has been clear that the library must provide study space, meeting space, function rooms, onsite parking – and additional services and resources such as:

• Drive-up convenience

• 3-D printing services

• Technology and craft space

• Equipment checkout

• Early literacy play areas

• Increased collection space

Those services cannot be provided at the current location.

We encourage members of the community to share their thoughts by email to

A note from customer service

Our Giving Tree, which supports Marklund, is up until Dec. 19. Make someone’s holiday a little brighter!

‘The Librarian Recommends’

Customer service librarian Susan Krass is reading “The Curated Closet” by Anuschka Rees. “This book shows you how to identify your personal style and uses a detailed approach to help you build a wardrobe that works for your life. I have looked at books about style and clothing in the past, but I usually just flip through them. “The Curated Closet” uses photos, flow charts and lots of great tips to help move you through the process step by step, and I am anxious to see if I can use this approach to transform my closet.”

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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