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

May Speaker Series Announced

Hollywood Magic by Tony Venezia

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM in the Lower Meeting Room at the Geneva Library, 127 James Street, Geneva, IL.

If movies are an escape, then special effects and animation are the vehicle by which we travel. Without effects and animation, or those who create them, many of the movies we know and love would not exist. Join the Geneva Library Foundation and its guest, Tony Venezia, to learn about special effects, animation, and what it takes to make a career in Hollywood.

Venezia’s journey in film began in 1969 when he created his first independent film, an animated piece called “Klei” as a high school student in Villa Park While only three-and-a-half minutes in length, “Klei” won several awards and encouraged to study film in college, during which time he produced several more award winning animated films. Effect Picture After college, Venezia decided to chase his dreams to Hollywood or, more specifically, to UCLA, where he was accepted into its Animation Workshop. Venezia’s award-winning ways continued in California, including one film that was honored as a national finalist for the Student Academy Awards. His talent did not go unnoticed and, in 1981, he formally began his career in special effects with Mid Ocean Pictures, working on effects for major TV commercials and show opens. Venezia continued working on his own films, completing another three films in the 1980s using a new technique known as slitscan. Eventually, Venezia founded his own special effects company, Electric Filmworks, which created film effects, graphics, theatrical movie opens, and trailer elements for major film studios, television and cable networks. After several years of success in Hollywood, Venezia returned home, spending four years creating on-air graphics for the Oprah Winfrey Show. He currently runs the animation program at College of DuPage.
In his presentation, Venezia will discuss his professional journey in film and animation, including examples of his work and the techniques he used in creating his films. He will share his story about choosing to pursue animation and special effects for a career and what it takes to make it in Hollywood. The presentation will close with a discussion of the current state of special effects including some of the elements used in making recent blockbuster films like “Inception” and “Gravity.”

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, pevans@genevalibraryfoundation.org

March Speaker Announced!

Black Holes by Joseph DalSanto

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

Australia Cliff Picture

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.

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!

May Speaker Series Registration - Hollywood Magic by Tony Venezia

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