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Beyond the Bookshelves: The power of your library card

September is National Library Card Signup Month, and it’s a great opportunity for us to help you discover how a library card connects you to a world of resources and learning. Whether you need to brush up on job skills, teach your child to read, learn how to market your business or get help with school projects, your card opens the door to endless opportunities.

We’ll have some special events at the library all monthlong. Bring a friend to sign up for a library card and both you and your friend will be entered in our gift card giveaway drawing. We’ll also host several activities, including Library Bingo, a fun and interactive way to explore the library, and a Mini-Comic Convention for all ages on Sept. 24.

We encourage you to enjoy all the programs, services, resources – and more – that your library card provides.

New library update

Architects will finalize plans for the facility and submit them to the appropriate city agencies for review, including the Historic Preservation Commission, the Plan Commission and Geneva City Council. The 57,000-square-foot facility will offer community members of all ages and stages of life a library with space for additional technology to learn new skills, expanded collections, more programs, on-site parking, drive-up convenience, and many more resources and services.

The goal is to start construction of a new building in spring 2018, with a prospective opening date in mid-year 2019. Keep up with progress on the new building plans at Please contact us anytime at

A note from customer service

We will be closed Sept. 4 for Labor Day. We’re always open at

‘The Librarian Recommends’

Youth services library assistant Katie Newcome endorses “My Life as a Book” (series) by Janet Tashijian.

“My 9-year-old son and I have been reading and truly enjoying this series about Derek Fallon, an impulsive, yet kind-hearted 12-year-old who struggles with reading. The relatable, first-person narrative brings humor to the challenges of managing school with a learning disability and to the navigation of school-aged friendships.”

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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