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Beyond the Bookshelves: A new look for

We’ve redesigned and reorganized our website,, in order to give our community a better experience online.

New categories are “Find Books, Movies, & More”; “Do Research”; “Attend Events”; “Use the Library”; and the “Just for You!” heading takes you to programs and resources for the ages and stages we serve: kids and parents, middle-schoolers, teens, 20s and 30s, adults, seniors, teachers and schools, and businesses.

We hope you find the revamped website user-friendly and simple to navigate.

Direct any questions and feedback to us at

New library update

Architects are finalizing plans for the new library facility in order to submit them to the appropriate city agencies for review.

These include Historic Preservation Commission, Plan Commission, and Geneva City Council. The 57,000-square-foot facility will offer community members of all ages 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 new building plans at

Please contact us anytime at

A note from customer service

The Geneva Public Library Foundation’s Dodge, Drink and Dine fundraiser is Oct. 14 – get tickets at

The foundation fundraises to support Geneva Public Library’s vision to be a valued and innovative community resource that empowers residents at all ages and stages of life to seek knowledge, create ideas and achieve dreams.

‘The Librarian Recommends’

Information and reader services library assistant Megan Jacobs says “The Women in the Castle” by Jessica Shattuck provides “a compelling glimpse into one of the darkest times in modern history.”

This fictionalized account of the lives of three German women before, during and after World War II is both heartbreaking and inspirational. Shattuck thoughtfully explores the conflict between morality and necessity as the characters grapple with impossible circumstances. Perfect for fans of “The Nightingale” and “The Orphan’s Tale,” “The Women in the Castle” gives voice to surviving victims of war and illuminates their unique struggles.”

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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