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March Speaker Announced!

Black Holes by Joseph DalSanto

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Lower Meeting Room at the Geneva Library, 127 James Street, Geneva, IL.

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The earliest concept of black holes dates back to the late 1700s – before black holes were known as black holes – and has drawn the attention of some of history’s greatest minds. Albert Einstein and his theory of relativity predicted the existence of black holes in 1915, which Karl Schwarzschild proved shortly thereafter. In 1967, John Wheeler, who worked on the Manhattan Project and assisted in developing the hydrogen bomb, popularized the term “black hole.” And, of course, Stephen Hawking brought black holes to the masses with his best-selling book, A Brief History In Time.
But what is a black hole? Many of us have heard about (or seen in movies) the strange effects black holes have on space and time, but what are these unique objects? Where do they come from? What are they like? Have we actually found any? And what would it be like to visit one? Join the Geneva Library Foundation and guest speaker Joseph DalSanto on a journey to the far reaches of the universe as we explore these and other questions regarding one of science’s greatest mysteries.

Joe DalSanto’s passion for astronomy began decades ago. Sydney Opera House PictureAfter earning his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering, he spent countless evenings for over thirty years observing the night sky with numerous telescopes (some of which he built) from a variety of locations throughout the United States. His passion soon became more than a hobby when he authored a popular guide to observing double stars. In 2003, he began sharing his love of astronomy through public presentations at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove. He also refurbished Waubonsee’s observatory to host public observations. Around the same time, Joe began working on a master’s degree in astronomy and, upon completion, began teaching introductory college courses. In 2012, Joe’s love for teaching moved him to accept a full-time position at the College of DuPage where he has developed and introduced three new courses related to astronomy. He continues to make public presentations and is always eager to share his passion with the public. Joe is a long-time resident of Geneva where he lives with his wife and two daughters; his son currently lives in Bloomingdale.

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

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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:
Peter Evans – (630) 220-3689, pje319@gmail.com

January Speaker

Waltzing Australia was presented by Cynthia Clampitt

Wednesday, January 21, 2014 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Lower Meeting Room at the Geneva Library, 127 James Street, Geneva, IL.

As another frigid winter grips Chicagoland, join the Geneva Library Foundation on a journey to the Land Down Under where we’ll journey from modern metropolises to the Australian Outback. Escape the cold as we explore rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef. And sit back and enjoy yourself as this month’s speaker, Cynthia Clampitt, regales us with stories of excitement and adventure as she presents Waltzing Australia.

November Speaker Series Announced

Headstones and History: Cemetery Art Symbolism

was presented by Laurel Mellien

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Lower Meeting Room at the Geneva Library, 127 James Street, Geneva, IL.

Please join us as the Geneva Library Foundation presents an eerie, entertaining, and educational presentation on the rich symbolism displayed in cemeteries of the Victorian Era – including our own Westside Cemetery – and the clues these symbols provide about the lives of the departed.

September Speaker Announced - The Life and Legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright

The Life and Legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright

was presented by Jan Kieckhefer

on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Lower Meeting Room at the Geneva Library, 127 James Street, Geneva, IL.

Please join us as the Geneva Library Foundation presents an inside look at Frank Lloyd Wright and his life and legacy in the Chicago area and beyond.

Jan Kieckhefer, the director of educational and organizational engagement for the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, will be making a free presentation discussing the renowned architect. Through his 70-year career, Frank Lloyd Wright changed the course of American architecture. He emphasized connecting structures to their environment and designing buildings that were integrated works of art. Few artists in any field have matched Wright’s energy, productivity or imagination. In an illustrated lecture, Ms. Kieckhefer will explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s early career and follow the development of his iconic Prairie Style.

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!

March 11, 2015 Speaker - Black Holes by Joseph DalSanto

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January 21, 2015 Speaker - Waltzing Australia

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May Speaker Announced - "Peak Performance" and "Get Brain Change"

Peak Performance and Get Brain Change

was presented by Dr. Vicki Alden, Ph.D. from NOVO: Renewing Joy in Life

on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Lower Meeting Room at the Geneva Library, 127 James Street, Geneva, IL.

The Geneva Library Foundation presents Dr. Vicki Alden from Novo – Renewing Joy in Life. With a unique holistic approach to serving clients, NOVO: Renewing Joy in Life boils down much of its work to help people under two simple headings: “Peak Performance” and “Get Brain Change.”

The individual at NOVO’s helm, Dr. Vicki Alden, will be making a free presentation on those two overarching treatment approaches. Peak Performance and Get Brain Change underscore the team approach taken by NOVO’s professionals as well as the interrelatedness of the various treatments offered by the St. Charles-based clinic. “Just about anyone could benefit from NOVO’s array of offerings,” said Alden, who resides in Geneva. “With Peak Performance, we are working with athletes, business people, anyone who wants to be more effective at their craft,” said Alden. “’Brain change’ is more for people who are experiencing difficulty coping.” Psychotherapy or life coaching, encompassing individuals, couples, families, and group counseling/therapy, is one component of NOVO’s service.

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