The Geneva Library Foundation was established in 2005 as a charitable organization to provide support for current and future library materials, services and facilities.

January Speaker Series Announced

Unintended Impact: One Athlete’s Journey From Concussions in Amateur Football to CTE Dementia by Jim Proebstle

Wednesday, January 18 2017 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Meeting Room at the Geneva Library, 127 James Street, Geneva, IL.

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Football has long played a central role in American culture, with the National Football League dominating televisions on Sundays and Monday and Thursday nights and college football on Saturdays. Friday nights bring high schoolers to the gridiron. These amateurs likely dream of fame and fortune in the NFL, but only a small fraction ever realize it. Yet, all are subjected to the physical tolls of the sport’s violence. Only recently has the long-term consequences of the repeated trauma associated with competitive football become a mainstream concern, spawning medical research, legal challenges, and blockbuster movies. Most attention centers on former NFL stars tragically lost to suicide after developing chronic traumatic encephalopathy related dementia, such as Junior Seau and Dave Duerson. But also at risk are those at the amateur level, college and high school players.

Join the Geneva Library Foundation as it hosts Jim Proebstle for his presentation Unintended Impact: One Athlete’s Journey From Concussions in Amateur Football to CTE Dementia. Jim offers a unique and tragic perspective on the consequences of repeated head trauma in amateur sports. In his book by the same title, Jim chronicles the decline of his brother, Dick, into CTE dementia after playing as a backup quarterback in college.

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Jim Proebstle’s first two novels – Fatal Incident and In the Absence of Honor – have received outstanding reviews from readers and industry professionals. They have been recognized with awards, including the Eric Hoffer Award, the Indie Book Award, and the International Book Award. Jim received his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Business Administration from Michigan State University, where, like his brother, he played football. He was part of the Spartans’ 1965 championship team and earned academic honors. Jim received the Eli Broad College of Business Outstanding Alumni Award in 2001. He and his wife, Carole, live in Deer Park and call northern Minnesota home for the summer months.

This is a free event. Reservations are not required, but suggested.

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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. 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, pevans@genevalibraryfoundation.org

November Speaker Series Announced

It Takes A Community - #RefugeesWelcome by Suzanne Sahloul

Wednesday, November 16 2016 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Meeting Room at the Geneva Library, 127 James Street, Geneva, IL.

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Today, millions of Syrians are displaced both within and outside of Syria. Political discussions regarding the number of Syrian refugees to admit to the United States regularly find their way into the media. But often lost in the discussion is that refugees are not numbers, they are human beings. They are families living in a war torn country worried about their safety and the safety of their children, like the little boy from Aleppo who captured the world’s attention – Omran Daqneesh – pulled from the rubble after an air strike. We forget that the vast majority of Americans trace their roots to foreign countries and many of our own ancestors traveled here as refugees from other lands.

Join the Geneva Library Foundation and its guest, Suzanne Sahloul from the Syrian Community Network, to learn about the challenges facing Syrian refugees in the world today. For those fortunate enough to find refuge in foreign countries, including the United States, there is a sense of relief. However, relief may quickly become anxiety and fear. Refugees are challenged with an overwhelming amount of emotions as they enter the United States. Not only are they forced to leave their homes and belongings, not knowing if they will ever return, but they are entering a new country they must call home. They are unfamiliar with its language and custom and are forced to quickly find ways to support their families, all the while worrying who they can trust and whether they are welcome in their new home.

The Syrian Community Network was established to aid and assist in easing the resettlement of Syrian refugees. It seeks to fill the void that is created between leaving what refugees always knew as home and entering what is for most of them the beginning of a new life. It provides mentoring for families by partnering with agencies, providing visits to families from others who have previously immigrated to the United States who can provide advice and awareness for settling in their new home. The Syrian Community Network also works to foster relationships between the Syrian refugees and the larger Chicago community, something from which all can benefit.

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Suzanne Akhras Sahloul is the Founder and Executive Director of the Syrian Community Network. She is also the Founder of the Syrian American Medical Society’s Midwest Foundation. She holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Lewis University and is currently pursuing a certificate in non-profit leadership at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.

This is a free event. Reservations are not required, but suggested.

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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. 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, pevans@genevalibraryfoundation.org

September Speaker Series Announced

The James Bond Phenomenon by Raymond Benson

Wednesday, September 28 2016 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Lower Meeting Room at the Geneva Library, 127 James Street, Geneva, IL.

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"Bond, James Bond.” For more than half-a-century, the exploits of 007 have mesmerized the world on the big screen and, before that, in the pages of Ian Fleming’s novels. Today, James Bond – most recently portrayed by Daniel Craig – remains as relevant as ever, continuing to captivate audiences of all ages with his suave demeanor, high tech gadgets, luxury cars, beautiful women, and a license to kill.

On September 28, 2016, the Geneva Library Foundation hosts one of the individuals responsible for keeping the legend alive – Raymond Benson. Through “The James Bond Phenomenon,” audience members will take a tour through the history of the world’s most famous secret agent, learning of his creator, Ian Fleming; the novels; and the films. Finally, guests will hear firsthand from Benson about his experience with James Bond. Benson will have books available to purchase at the event. Ten percent of the proceeds will benefit the Geneva Library Foundation.

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Benson is the author of more than thirty-five published titles, but he is most well-known as the third – and first American – continuation author of the official James Bond novels. From 1996 through 2002, Benson published six Bond novels and three short stories. He also novelized many of the Bond films starring Pierce Brosnan. Benson’s love of Bond is long-lasting. Before become the official Bond novelist, he authored The James Bond Bedside Companion. More recently, he is the author of the acclaimed New York Times five-part serial best seller, “The Black Stiletto.” Benson is also a working musician and film history instructor at College of DuPage.

This is a free event. Reservations are not required, but suggested.

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. 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, pevans@genevalibraryfoundation.org

Dodge, Drink and Dine - Tickets on Sale NOW!

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Dodge, Drink and Dine - a Charity Dodgeball Event for the Geneva Library Foundation

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 from 7:00 – 11:00 PM in the Steve Persinger Recreation Center

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Dodge, Drink, & Dine is a Geneva first – an adults only dodgeball tournament! Eight teams of ten will face off in a single elimination, winner take all dodgeball tournament at the Stephen Persinger Recreation Center. Participants will dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge (again) balls hurled across the court by their friends, neighbors, co-workers, and spouses. Spectators will hoot and holler as they root for their favorite (or the most ridiculous) team, enjoying side games and raffles, all while dining on appetizers provided by some of Geneva’s best restaurants and enjoying a variety of beverages.

Tickets are on sale now for more information, please contact, Peter Evans – (630) 220-3689 , pevans@genevalibraryfoundation.org

Why Support The Geneva Library Foundation?

The Geneva Library Foundation was established in 2005 to provide a substantial, permanent, and stable source of funds to support the Geneva Public Library. The Foundation has made grants to the Library providing patrons with benefits to supplement public support. The Foundation has also provided community enrichment through the Speaker Series on topics as diverse as the discovery of the Higgs Boson to first-person accounts of Civil Rights marches with Martin Luther King, Jr. to interstellar travel to Mars.

May Speaker Series Announced

Ernest Hemingway: Citizen of the World by Dr. Nancy Sindelar

was presented on Wednesday, May 18 2016 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Lower Meeting Room at the Geneva Library, 127 James Street, Geneva, IL.

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Few individuals compare to the legendary status of Ernest Hemingway. A native of Oak Park, Illinois; an outspoken journalist; a world renowned author, a Nobel laureate; an avid sportsman; and a tragic ending, Hemingway’s life tells a story of adventure, excitement, anger, contempt, and heartbreak. Through it all, he provided the world with timeless literary works such as For Whom The Bell Tolls, A Farewell To Arms, and The Old Man And The Sea.

On May 18, 2016, the Geneva Library Foundation hosts Dr. Nancy Sindelar as she retraces the footsteps of one of history’s most well-traveled men in Ernest Hemingway: Citizen of the World. Starting with his birth in nearby Oak Park, Dr. Sindelar follows Hemingway to Italy, where he served as an ambulance driver during World War I. Following a serious injury, Hemingway returned home, but only temporarily. Within a few years, Hemingway was off to Paris, where he found a place among artists, poets, and authors in what became known as the “Lost Generation.” Sindelar traces Hemingway’s travels throughout Europe and back to Key West, where he made his home. Hemingway would not stay put however - he returned to France and traveled to Spain - where his love of bullfighting developed. During his life, Hemingway also found his way to East Africa, providing material for several short stories. Later in life, Hemingway took up residence in Havana and split his time between Cuba and Sun Valley, Idaho. And it was in Idaho where he ultimately took his own life. Through her presentation, Dr. Sindelar discusses the cities and places most special to Hemingway, many of which he returned to several times throughout his life, and the effect each had on his writing and his life.

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Nancy Sindelar, Ph.D is the author of Influencing Hemingway: The People and Places That Shaped His Life and Work and has made many popular presentations about the life and work of Ernest Hemingway. Her work has brought her to Cuba, where she has presented multiple times at the International Colloquium of Ernest Hemingway. She has given presentations in Venice, Italy and Paris, France, as well as at the Hemingway Festival in Sun Valley, Idaho. She is the keynote speaker at the 2016 Hemingway Days Festival in Key West, Florida. In addition to her numerous speaking engagements, Dr. Sindelar serves on the board of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park and teaches at the University of California – Riverside.

The evening will include an 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. 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, pevans@genevalibraryfoundation.org

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!

Sport & Spectacle in Ancient Rome - November 11, 2015 Registration

Use this to register for the "Sport & Spectacle in Ancient Rome" by Dr. Sinclair Bell on November 11, 2015 Registration

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