Geneva Public Library held three public forums Nov. 12 and 15 as part of a process to reach out and listen to what our community has to say regarding expanded library services in a new building at 210 S. Sixth St. These forums represent the next phase of a process that began over a year ago to evaluate the condition and operating costs of our current building and determine how to best serve our community in the future.
The proposed library would increase space available for collections, programs, and services. This plan would require the board to go to referendum in April 2017, and the Library Board will hold a public hearing to review the plans and cost with the community at their Dec. 22 meeting.
The Library is landlocked at its current location, and community feedback has been clear that the Library must provide additional services and resources, along with study space, meeting space, function rooms – and on-site parking. In addition, contemporary libraries are evolving to meet community needs by offering resources like drive-up convenience, 3-D printing services, craft rooms, equipment checkout, early literacy play areas, and more.