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Beyond the Bookshelves: Community aspirations for a new library

We had a terrific turnout and an informative discussion at the first community workshop to discuss plans to build a new library at 210 S. Sixth St. in Geneva. This first session held June 6 covered “Critical components of architecture and the public library,” and gave library district residents the opportunity to offer their suggestions for the new building.

Community members said they want a welcoming library that:

• Stimulates creativity

• Offers universal accessibility

• Is pedestrian-friendly

• Exudes culture

• Provides more social spaces

• Hosts many events and lectures

• Offers a balance between quiet and active pursuits

• Is flexible for the future

• Offers fun activities

• Is energy and operationally efficient

• Provides meeting space for community groups

• And much more

You can watch a video of the entire workshop at

Workshop No. 2 was held June 13 and covered site considerations for the new library. The final workshop is at 7 p.m. July 19, and architects will share 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

There is still plenty of time to sign up for Summer Reading, which runs from May 24 to Aug. 2. We’ve got tracks for youths, teens and adults. Read books, attend library events, earn prizes and join the fun! Sign up at

‘The Librarian

Technical services manager Janet Miranda endorses “Cat Castles: 20 Cardboard Habitats You Can Build Yourself” by Carin Oliver.

She says: “I recommend this instructional book for all cat lovers. The habitats are easy to make, and you can choose to follow the directions from start to finish or simply use the book as inspiration and grab a few boxes, glue, tape, etc., and create your own architectural masterpiece. My cat, Obee, was very entertained by jumping on top of the habitat while I was trying to build it and still enjoys his castle for lounging and napping. It was a fun way to spend a windy, rainy afternoon.”

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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