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Beyond the Bookshelves: It’s 'Game On!' at Geneva Public Library

There’s no better way to spend the cold winter days (and nights) than curled up with a good book! And until Feb. 23, you can earn prizes for reading books – and for attending Geneva Public Library programs – as part of our Game On! Winter Challenge. We have tracks for every age and stage, from adult to teen to youth.

Teens and adults will earn drawing entries for every book read or library program attended for a chance to win some fun prizes from local businesses.

For youth, there are multiple benefits to participating in the library’s winter challenge, which can be adapted for any age and reading level, and encourages the joy of reading.

Register today at

New library update

We expect new library plans will be reviewed by the Historic Preservation Commission this month. 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

Giving Tree contest

There’s still time to vote in the Geneva History Museum’s annual Giving Tree contest!

Next time you're downtown, stop in and cast your vote for the Geneva Library Foundation tree. Or, if you prefer to vote from your comfy spot at home, you can go to:

A note from customer service

We are closed Dec. 24 and 25 for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We are also closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. We are always open at

'The Librarian Recommends'

Library assistant Erin Wittry recommends "The Indigo Girl" by Natasha Boyd. She says: “This is a historical fiction account of Eliza Lucas, a young girl who brought indigo dye-making to the States and saved her plantation while bringing about South Carolina's largest export. Although largely overlooked throughout history, Eliza was a girl ahead of her time who ran her family's plantation, while also illegally teaching slaves how to read and refusing to be married off to any suitors thrown her way. History, young adult, romance and feminist readers rejoice!”

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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