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 Announced!

Waltzing Australia 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.

Australia Cliff Picture

Cynthia Clampitt is a writer, geographer, food historian, and photographer with forty years of international travel experience. She is the author of the award-winning travel narrative, Waltzing Australia, which recounts her six-month, 20,000-mile journey around and across the Land Down Under – a trip that marked her departure from the corporate world in pursuit of a writing career. Clampitt’s work has appeared in magazines, newspapers, and publications by every major educational publisher in the United States, including National Geographic Learning and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. More recently, she completed a history of corn and its impact on shaping the Heartland, titled Midwest Maize, for the University of Illinois Press (due out February 15, 2015). A member of the Society of Women Geographers, as well as of the Culinary Historians of Chicago, Clampitt has pursued her interests in history, culture, nature, and food in thirty-seven countries on six continents (so far). Still, Australia remains the anchor of her life as a writer and an adventurer.

Sydney Opera House Picture
In her presentation based upon her book of the same name, Clampitt will discuss the people, culture, history, landscape, and wildlife of Australia. Copies of her book will be available to purchase at the event with a portion of the proceeds going to the Geneva Library Foundation. For those interested in another perspective on the Land of Oz, the Library will be hosting a book discussion of Bill Bryson’s In a Sunburned Country on February 11, 2015 at 7:30pm in the second floor conference room, which will include a compare and contrast of Clampitt’s and Bryson’s experiences. A limited number of copies of the book will be available to checkout at the January 21 event to valid library cardholders. For additional information on the book discussion, please contact Debbie Walsh, Head of Adult and Reader Services at (630) 313-1005.

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. 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

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!

January 21, 2015 Speaker - Waltzing Australia

This Registration form is used to register for the January 21, 2015 Speaker Series event.

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.

March Speaker Series: George Fabyan - Geneva Tycoon

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

presented by Dick Munson

was held 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.

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.

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