Geneva Public Library schedules groundbreaking for new library
Ceremony to break ground is July 27
Geneva Public Library District will break ground for its new facility at 3 p.m., Friday, July 27, at the site, 227 S. Seventh St. (formerly known as 210 S. Sixth St.)
The brief ceremony will include a welcome from Library Director Christine Lazaris, an overview of the new library project from Library Board President Robert Shiffler, and a community welcome from Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns. Refreshments will follow the ceremony and will be served at the current library at 127 James St.
The 57,000-square-foot facility will offer community members at all ages and stages of life a library with space for additional technology to learn new skills, expanded collections, more programs, on-site parking, drive-up convenience, and many other resources and services.
“We are excited to make an investment in meeting the ongoing and future needs of library district residents,” said Shiffler. “Our goal is to provide a facility where the community can gather and that will support life-long learning in an ever-changing environment,” he said.
In June, the Library Board selected IHC Construction Companies LLC of Elgin to build the new library.
The new library will have 76 off-street parking spaces, drive-up convenience, a variety of meeting areas, a community art gallery, and outdoor reading spaces.
The library will feature an enhanced children’s area with developmentally appropriate collections, play areas, and learning opportunities for children from birth through eighth grade.
Teens and adults will have access to a variety of library materials and enjoy spending time in the quiet reading and study spaces.
Additionally, library service will be expanded to include new opportunities for collaborating, using technology, and experimenting in lab spaces.
The goal is a prospective opening date in mid-year 2019.
Continue to keep up with the progress on the new building plans at www.gpldnewbuilding.org. Please contact us anytime at Board@gpld.org.
- July 27, 2018
- 3:00PM - 4:30PM