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A look inside the new library

Our thoughts are with our community right now as the Library remains closed to the public to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and comply with Gov. Pritzker's Stay at Home order effective at 5 p.m. March 21 through April 7.


WE ARE STILL AVAILABLE TO HELP:


While our current building is closed until further notice for the safety of our community and staff, we are still here to serve you. Contact us via email, geneva.library@gpld.org, and phone, (630) 232-0780. We are here to assist you and can answer questions about your PIN so you can access your account, how to use our Digital Library, offer tech support for your devices, provide book recommendations, and more.


NEW LIBRARY UPDATE:


Workers have completed a lot of work on the new building at 227 S. Seventh St. We toured the new library recently and took some interior photos:


The quiet Reading Rotunda on the second floor, looking into Information and Reader Services.

The main meeting room on the first floor (looking into the room from the main entrance that faces Franklin Street).

The demonstration kitchen off the main meeting room.

The main meeting room viewed from the Sixth Street side (looking onto the main entrance facing Franklin Street).

The smaller first-floor bookable meeting room (off the main entrance facing Franklin Street).

The customer service area in the main lobby.

Kids Landing on the first floor serving birth through eighth grade.

The Middle Ground in Kids Landing serving grades 6-8.

The elementary school hangout in Kids Landing.

Discovery Spot, the Kids Landing program/activity room.

Discovery Terrace, the Kids Landing outdoor play and learning area.

Information and Reader Services on the second floor.

The Teen Take Over space on the second floor (the view looks onto the front of the library with great views of Franklin and Seventh streets).

The DIY Workshop on the second floor with windows that overlook Sixth Street as well as an outdoor balcony.

The Collaboration Zone on the second floor. This space overlooks Sixth Street.

The Learning Locker on the second floor. This is for getting tech help, checking out equipment, and more.

The Studio is located on the second floor behind the Learning Locker for creating videos, doing podcasts, and more.

The Training Lab on the second floor will have 16 computers for technology and computer classes.

The double-sided fireplace on the second floor. Beyond it is the outdoor porch that overlooks Franklin Street.

The second floor Reading Rotunda that overlooks Seventh Street.

Cherry wood details in the ceiling of the Reading Rotunda.

A peek into two of the second-floor bookable rooms (above and below). There are six bookable rooms on the second floor.


A look at the exterior of the Library from Franklin Street.


WHAT WILL THE NEW LIBRARY FEATURE?

The 57,000-square-foot building will include:

• enhanced collections and programs

• 76 off-street parking spaces

• drive-up convenience to pick up and drop off books and materials

• a variety of meeting areas

• exhibit space

• outdoor reading spaces

• ADA compliance, making it accessible for all

-> The Library will feature an enhanced children’s area that includes:

• a program and craft room

• an outdoor program space

• play areas for young children

• learning space for elementary school-aged children

• middle school lounge space

• developmentally appropriate collections

• learning opportunities for children from birth through eighth grade

-> Teens will have their own space as well as access to more books and materials

Our community can enjoy using a variety of new spaces that offer:

• enhanced collections

• a quiet reading and study area

• an indoor/outdoor fireplace

• two outdoor balconies

• six bookable study rooms

• two meeting rooms that can hold a variety of programs

• a demonstration kitchen

• a collaboration zone for group projects or solo work


-> Library service will be expanded to include:

• a technology area where you can use or check out equipment, take classes, and create digital works such as videos and podcasts

• a craft room for classes and drop-in projects

• lab spaces for experimenting

What informed the design of the new library?

The building’s design unites many elements of the community, and was developed with feedback from both the public and the Historic Preservation Commission. Architects also examined the history of the area as an industrial corridor and tied some of those elements into the design.

* The colors and texture of the buff-colored terracotta are reminiscent of Fox Valley limestone prevalent in the area while the stacking of the tiles was inspired by the courthouse that has a uniform, almost terracotta-like appearance due to the use of matching brick and mortar. * The old lumber mill and the Pope Box Company which cladded many of the former industrial buildings along Seventh Street were inspirations for the vertical expressions seen in the design.


* The arch at the roof level that echoes the hull of the Viking ship now resting in Good Templar Park is meant to pay homage to the Swedish heritage of the area.


WHERE CAN YOU KEEP UP WITH PROGRESS?


Public safety comes first at this time. We will comply with all federal, state, and local guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Check gpld.org for updates. Please contact us anytime at Board@gpld.org.

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GENEVA PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT

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contact us anytime at board@gpld.org