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Beyond the Bookshelves: Creating a community process to build a new library

As we move forward with plans to build a new library at 210 S. Sixth St. in Geneva, we invite members of our community to participate in the design process for the building by joining us for a series of upcoming workshops. 

The workshops will be held on the following dates at 7 p.m. at the library, 127 James St., Geneva: June 6, June 13 and July 19.

We urge participants to attend all three sessions, which will cover site development, building structure, materials, contemporary library issues, aesthetics, etc., and provide an opportunity for the community to offer its feedback for the architects and library board members to review.

Each workshop has a specific theme: 

Part I: Critical components of architecture and the public library (June 6)

· Architectural tradition: Understanding specific aspects and virtues of architecture, and how they inform the design and decision process.

· Review the overall timeline of architectural history.

· Review the history of the “library” as an institution in architectural form, and how that has changed over time.

Part II: Design considerations for a new library: Working large to small (June 13)

· This is an introduction to general design considerations for designing a library. This will review site and building access, how the exterior is influenced by the interior layout and sequences of operations.

· Design considerations for the exterior design of a building: scale, proportion and materials, and examples of each in libraries and other municipal buildings.

Part III:  Design elements, material, and color (July 19)

The architects will show three potential exterior building elevations and designs for feedback.

Continue to keep up with the progress on the new building plans at Please contact us anytime at

A note from customer service

The Geneva Public Library will be closed May 29 for Memorial Day. We are always open at

‘The Librarian Recommends’

Brenna Murphy, information and reader services librarian, suggests “The House at the Edge of Night” by Catherine Banner.

“Set on a small island off the coast of Italy, ‘The House at the Edge of Night’ is a family saga that follows the lives of several members of the Esposito family. This beautifully written novel is ideal for those who enjoy historical fiction, compelling characters, and a powerful story. Perfect for fans of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.”

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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