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Beyond the Bookshelves: Public invited to community forums about library referendum

The Geneva Public Library Board of Trustees has spent the past two years studying the community’s needs, talking to members of the district about what they want in a library, and listening to their comments, questions and concerns. After that process, the board unanimously decided that building a new facility on land already owned by the district at 210 S. Sixth St. is the best long-term solution for meeting the community’s needs today and tomorrow.

We invite you to join us at one of the upcoming community forums scheduled to discuss the April 4 referendum. The dates are 10 a.m. March 14, 7 p.m. March 14, and 10 a.m. March 18.

All meetings will be held in the library’s lower level meeting room.

On April 4, library district residents will be asked to answer the question of whether the library district should issue bonds in the amount of $21.8 million for the purpose of building and equipping a new facility.

For the owner of a home with a $300,000 market value, the tax increase will equal about $8.25 a month ($99 a year) for the life of the bonds (not to exceed 20 years). Because a new facility would be much more efficient to operate, we would be able to provide the community with expanded services and resources using our current operating rate, and we will not be asking for a separate tax increase for operations.

Learn more about the plans, cost and amenities of a new library at

Please contact us anytime at

A note from customer service

Our spring newsletter should reach your home soon – if it hasn’t arrived already – and we’ve got some exciting programs and events lined up for youth, teens and adults. Visit for the full schedule and registration information.

‘The Librarian Recommends’

Youth services librarian Jenny Totman suggests “The Girl Who Drank the Moon” by Kelly Barnhill.

“This book is a 2017 Newberry Medal winner and a lyrical treasure filled with cosmic magic, familial love and a fearless fight for good in the world. It’s the perfect read for a cold winter’s night or as a read aloud, snuggled up with your older child. Recommended for grades 4 to 8.”

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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