April 12, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tim Schram
Geneva Voters Approve Modernize of Sixth Street Library
Expansion Proposed On Land Owned by District  
Kane County, IL April 12, 2017 - Voters in the Geneva Public Library District (GPLD) approved a referendum to construct a new public library by issuing General Obligation Library Bonds.

Voters were asked if the Geneva Public Library District, located in Kane County, IL, should issue $21,800,000 in library bonds "for the purpose of erecting a building to be used as a library on District-owned property, improving said property, including parking, and furnishing necessary equipment for said library building." With 24 precincts reporting and 32.40% turnout, the referendum passed.

Library Board President, Robert Shiffler, states, "We would like to thank the voters of the Geneva Public Library District for sharing our vision for the Geneva Public Library and for making this investment for the future."

The success of the April 4, 2017 referendum vote allows the GPLD's Board of Trustees to move forward with plans to develop a new facility on land already owned by the District. Construction on the new facility should begin in the spring of 2018 with the goal of opening in mid-2019.

John Piemonte, Municipal Advisor at Ehlers, the District's public municipal advisor, states "The District is currently in good financial condition.  If resources are managed wisely, the District should be able to elevate its current level of services in a larger, contemporary facility, without asking for a limiting rate increase. This is feasible because operating expenses in a modern designed, energy efficient building should decrease."

At its present location, the library is landlocked at its current location, and unable to provide additional services and resources, along with study space, meeting space, function rooms - and on-site parking. Contemporary libraries need to be fully Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant in addition to meeting community needs by offering resources like drive-up convenience, 3-D printing services, craft rooms, equipment checkout, early literacy play areas, and more. Those services cannot be provided at the current location.

For more information about the referendum and modern library facility visit the Library's website at or contact the Library at (630) 232-0780. 
About The Geneva Public Library District
The Geneva Public Library District's aspires to be a valued and innovative community resource empowering residents to seek knowledge, create ideas and achieve dreams. The Geneva Public Library District not only serves the Geneva Township, but most of Kane County. For more information visit the Library's website at:

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