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March Speaker Series Announced: George Fabyan - Geneva Tycoon

George Fabyan: Geneva Tycoon among History’s Top Ten Interesting Millionaires

presented by Dick Munson

join us on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Lower Meeting Room at the Geneva Library, 127 James Street, Geneva, IL.

This biography of George Fabyan was written by suburban Chicago writer Dick Munson. He examines the life of Fabyan, a Gilded Age tycoon who launched the top-secret National Security Agency and changed the way we wage wars and keep secrets, how we transmit sound and design buildings, and how we stimulate scientific advances. Fortune Magazine ranked Fabyan among history’s top ten most interesting millionaires.

Colonel Fabyan and his Riverbank Laboratories along the Fox River housed U.S. cryptography during World War I, broke German codes, and captured foreign terrorists. They also designed the acoustics for major auditoriums and created the tuning forks that synchronized long-distance communications. He received the French Medal of Honor, Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun, as well as commendations from the U.S. government.

Dick Munson reveals how the cotton tycoon inspired a “community of thinkers” who advanced science in such diverse fields as acoustics, cryptography, genetics, and physiology. Yet the whimsical Fabyan also constructed a levitation machine that tried to defy gravity, and he spent millions “proving” Sir Francis Bacon wrote Shakespeare’s plays.

Richard Munson is the author of From Edison to Enron, a history of the electricity industry; The Cardinals of Capitol Hill, a behind-the-scenes look at congressional appropriators; and Cousteau: The Captain and His World, a biography of the undersea explorer. Munson can be reached at dickmunson50@gmail.com.

The evening will include a short reception, introduction of the Geneva Library Foundation, the presentation, and a Q&A session. This is a free event.

Click here to Register for free!

The Geneva Library Foundation was established in 2005 as a charitable organization to provide support for current and future library materials, services and facilities. It is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c) (3) charitable organization. With a goal of raising $1 million by 2016 and $2 million by 2021, the GLF is committed to providing a substantial, permanent, and stable source of funds to support the Geneva Public Library.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Cynthia Wade, 708-989-4439, CynthiaKayWade@aol.com

Amazon Associates Program Returns!

Shopping while donating to your local library, what could be better! Spread the word to your friends and family. This is a painless, no-cost way to help out your Geneva public library. Just search for an item using keywords or click "Search New and Used" below the keyword box to go right to the full Amazon.com site using the link to the left! You'll get low prices, huge selection and fast shipping, and the Foundation will receive a referral fee for any purchases you make. This will *not* add anything to the cost of your item.

FAQ on the Amazon Associates Program

Q: How much of my purchase goes toward the Foundation?

A: The referral fees are volume based, but in general, most products earn 4% of the purchase price. Music, movie and eBook downloads earn a flat 10%, most on-line games earn 20% and purchases at Endless.com (great shoes and handbags), earn a flat 15%.

Q: Can my purchases through this program be tracked by me or the Foundation?

A: No, since the purchaser is anonymous to the Foundation, there is no record of who purchased the item. The Foundation staff generates a report on items sold and what fees have been generated. When a purchase is made, there is no separate line showing the purchaser a referral fee has been collected.

Q: Can I just go directly to Amazon.com and the Foundation will get a referral?

A: No, you must use the link from the Foundation website for the Foundation to receive the referrals fees.

January 2014 GLF Speaker Series Announced!

Estate Planning for the Modern Family: How to Get Results, Take Care of Your Loved Ones, and Avoid Common Mistakes

was presented by Kristen Izatt

October GLF Speaker Series - October 23

Norman Rockwell Holidays: How Realistic Are They Anyway?

was presented by Becky Gosain, MA, LCPC

on Wednesday, Oct 23 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Lower Meeting Room at the Geneva Library, 127 James Street, Geneva, IL.

This is a free event, but we appreciate your registration!

Human and Artificial Intelligence - September 25th

Human and Artificial Intelligence
Are we building new tools or new people?

was presented by Larry Bartoszek, Principal at Bartozsek Engineering.

Event will be from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Meeting Room at the Geneva Library, 127 James Street, Geneva, IL.

Exploring Energy Efficiencies and Alternatives

The Geneva Library Foundation Speaker Series

Exploring Energy Efficiencies and Alternatives with Dr. Patricia Vary, Distinguished Research Professor, Retired
was presented on Wednesday, May 22 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Meeting Room at the Geneva Library, 127 James Street, Geneva, IL.

MLK and Civil Rights

Loy and Linda Williams were in college and graduate school in Dallas, Texas in the 1960’s. They volunteered with Dr. King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference, registering voters in Dallas and participating in other civil rights activities. Loy had the opportunity to meet Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and participate in the Selma to Montgomery voter registration march. Loy and Linda will speak from their very personal experiences, about the state of race relations in the south in the 1960’s and efforts to bring about change.

Second Speakers Series a Success!

THE VALIDATION METHOD:
A Better Way to Communicate with Disoriented Elderly People

On the 23rd of January, the Geneva Library Foundation Board, welcomed Jo Letwiatis, a Geneva resident and president of the Senior Site, for the second presentation in the new Speaker Series.

A Better Way to Communicate with Disoriented Elderly People

Event scheduled for Wednesday, January 23 at 7 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Geneva Public Library, 127 James Street.

As more and more of our population moves into their senior years, many of us are challenged to understand and cope with the issues of aging. It is important to understand this stage of life, whether we have older family members, or if we are seniors ourselves. It is critical that we have the knowledge and the tools that we need to navigate these transitions well. The golden years of life can, in fact, be rich with meaning and connection, if we approach them with confidence and compassion.

Foundation Speaker Series Takes Off!!!

Dr Don Lincoln SpeakingTo a packed room of more than 60 patrons aged 8 to 80, the Geneva Library Foundation kicked off the first of its new Speaker Series. Dr. Donald Lincoln of Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory (FNAL), presented "Hoopla in July: Did the LHC Find the Higgs Boson?"

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