• Paula Krapf

"Great libraries build communities:" Groundbreaking ceremony remarks from Geneva Mayor Kev

Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns at groundbreaking for the new Geneva Public Library at 227 S. Seventh St., July 27, 2018

What began in earnest in 1894 and ultimately opened its doors in 1908, the Geneva Public Library and the district itself, has served the citizens and business of Geneva and beyond with passion, pride and purpose.

Eleven decades later, as we stand here prepared to turn the soil beneath our feet and welcome with anticipation and excitement the advent of a new library building we reaffirm the district’s mission to DISCOVER, INSPIRE and GROW.

In my opinion libraries have always been, are and always will be America’s original and most valuable social networking sites. The place where we find answers to yesterday’s, today's, and tomorrow’s most complex and common questions. Where we research, recharge, relax, connect, and…disconnect when necessary.

I humbly paraphrase the words of the respected library scientist R. David Lankes when I say, “AVERAGE LIBRARIES BUILD COLLECTIONS. GOOOD LIBRARIES BUILD PROGRAMS AND SERVICES. GREAT LIBRARIES BUILD COMMUNITIES.

On behalf of the Geneva City Council, our professional staff, the more the 23,000 citizens and 1,000 businesses that call Geneva home, I thank the Geneva Library Board Trustees, staff, volunteers, and patrons for your vision and your commitment to help build a better and stronger community in a very real and lasting way.



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