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Beyond the Bookshelves: Library referendum on ballot April 4

During the past few months, Geneva Public Library’s board and administration have met with numerous organizations throughout the community to discuss the April 4 referendum.

To date, they’ve talked to more than 25 civic groups, intergovernmental groups, PTOs, booster groups and others to answer questions about why and how the board concluded that a new library is the best alternative for the library district.

These sessions followed a community survey, library-sponsored focus groups and public meetings, all held to get feedback from members of our district. The next community forum is at 10 a.m. March 18 at Geneva Public Library, 127 James St., Geneva.

The Geneva library building is aging and needs significant renovation. Meanwhile, operating costs for the facility continue to grow daily. After analyzing the building’s condition and reviewing community feedback, the library board concluded that the district’s future needs could not be adequately met at its current location because of space constraints and other building and site limitations. In December, the board voted unanimously in favor of the April 4 referendum.

The referendum ballot question will ask voters whether the library should issue $21.8 million in bonds to build a new library at 210 S. Sixth St. The cost to a homeowner with a $300,000 home is $8.25 per month, or $98.70 a year.

If you would like information about the plans, cost and amenities of a new library, visit Contact us anytime at

Library signs

If you’ve noticed yellow “Vote Yes Geneva Library” signs popping up throughout the district, it is the work of Citizens for Geneva Library, an independent group that supports the referendum. We are grateful for their support and hard work.

A note from customer service

If you’re looking for something to do during spring break, visit We have events and programs for all ages!

‘The librarian recommends’

Home service library assistant Megan Hrabak said, “‘Assassin’s Apprentice’ by Robin Hobb is great for fans of ‘A Game of Thrones’ by George R.R. Martin or ‘The Name of the Wind’ by Patrick Rothfuss. It’s a beautifully told fantasy epic with a focus on character exploration and engaging world building and part of a series of books.”

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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