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

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!

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?"

Geneva Library Foundation Speaker Series

Hoopla in July: Did the LHC find the Higgs boson?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM in the Meeting Room at the Geneva Library, 127 James Street, Geneva, IL.

Fireworks are normal for the Fourth of July, but this year’s pyrotechnics were of a scientific nature, rather than merely an incendiary one. Scientists at the Large Hadron Collider announced their evidence resulting from their search for the Higgs boson. The Higgs boson is the one piece predicted by the current theory that has not yet been discovered and scientists have been looking for it for nearly 50 years.

Geneva Library Foundation Expands Ways to Give

Perhaps you and your family have enjoyed the Geneva Public Library's diverse resources and programs as a member of our community or you would just like to assure that this historic legacy thrives for generations to come. Supporting the future of the Library has never been easier.

The Geneva Library Foundation now offers several convenient ways to give. The “Donate Now” button to the left now allows you to conveniently donate using a credit card or bank transfer. More sophisticated forms of support, including named beneficiaries, bequests and charitable trusts, are now possible, as well.

Thank You to Our Donors!

At the end of each year during the holiday season, the Geneva Library Foundation sends giving envelopes in the November/December Library Link issue. The Geneva Library Foundation would like to extend our sincere thanks to the following residents for giving generously during that time as well as the first quarter of 2012:

Thanks for a Successful Book Fair at Barnes and Noble!

A warm thank you to everyone who came out to support the Geneva Library Foundation and our successful Book Fair on December 9th at Barnes & Noble in Geneva Commons! A special thank you to the individuals & organizations who were key to our success -

Chris Stumpf of Happy Faces Face Painting who spent several hours painting the faces of our excited young book fair readers. Chris can be hired for future events such as birthday parties and picnics at 630-513-1902.

Amazon Associates Program Ends

The new law signed by Governor Quinn now requires companies that have marketing agreements with companies in Illinois, but no physical presence in the state, to collect state tax. The Amazon Associates program is considered a marketing program, and Amazon has decided to terminate the Amazon Associates program for all Illinois-based participants. The Geneva Library Foundation sincerely thanks all of you who have contributed to this program in the past - it was a great success. The giving does not have to stop and we encourage you to use the "Donate now!" button to make your tax deductible contribution to support the Geneva Library Foundation.

Haunted Geneva - A Night with Travis Thrasher - A Big Success

Group Shot ImageOn Oct. 16th, the Geneva Library Foundation presented “Haunted Geneva – A Night with Travis Thrasher” at the library. It featured novel Ghostwriter, by local author Travis Thrasher, which is set in Geneva. Fans enjoyed several readings and discussions with the author, give-aways, and a reception including fantastic hors d’oeuvres from the Inglenook Pantry and desserts from Harry and David. Travis answered many questions about the book and his extensive experience in the writing industry and how it is rapidly changing in the face of self-publishers on the Internet and the emergence of eBooks.
Travis Thrasher is the author of thirteen works of fiction and his goal is to continue to tell powerful and moving stories that will reach fiction readers of all types. As a fulltime novelist for over two years, Travis feels he’s still just warming up and is “glad to be a part of all the great things happening at the library this year.”

“There are things I learn about the writing process and about myself with every novel. I believe my best stories are still in front of me, waiting to be discovered like a buried treasure. I’m thankful that I’m able to dig a little more every day. “ More information on Travis Thrasher and his novels can be found at

Travis at Event


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