Beyond the Bookshelves: New in 2022: One Book, One Community and Great Decisions Discussion Group

We’re thrilled to announce two new events: One Book, One Community, and the Great Decisions Discussion Group.

One Book, One Community creates a shared conversation through events for residents of all ages. Generous sponsorships by the Friends of Geneva Public Library and the Geneva Library Foundation make this event possible.

Pick up a copy of “The Good Neighbor” by Maxwell King (for teens and adults) or “Who Was Mister Rogers?” by Diane Bailey (for children) at the library and join our first event at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30 – “My Friendship with Mister Rogers,” led by author Tim Madigan.

The Great Decisions Discussion Group is a monthly guided discussion of topical world affairs that highlights eight critical foreign policy challenges facing Americans. The first meeting is 4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, at the library.

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Library closed Jan. 21: The library will close its drive-up service and building Friday, Jan. 21, for staff training in order to serve our community better.

The librarian recommends: Filled with a cast of diverse characters, the mystery “Every Missing Piece” by Melanie Conklin touches on serious topics such as grief, changing family dynamics, mental health and domestic violence, with an age-appropriate, lighthearted approach for readers ages 8 to 12. This is a timely story for fans of realistic fiction with a mysterious twist, librarian Maureen Fako said.

Paula Krapf is public relations and marketing manager for the Geneva Public Library. The “Beyond the Bookshelves” column runs the third Thursday of each month. Feedback can be sent to