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posted: 12/9/2011 1:00 AM

Geneva library teams with Barnes & Noble to raise funds

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Submitted by Geneva Library Foundation

To raise funds for the Geneva Public Library and its learning programs, the Geneva Library Foundation is partnering with Barnes & Noble Booksellers to host a book fair from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at the 102 Commons Drive store in Geneva. Events will include a visit from Santa Claus, children's story time, free gift-wrapping, and more.

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The holidays are just around the corner and Barnes and Noble offers a wide breadth of products including books, reading devices, kids games and other items that could be the perfect gift for a number of people on your gift list this year. Best of all, volunteers will be on-site all day offering complimentary gift-wrap. Get your holiday shopping done early this year and support the GLF in the process. To support the GLF, just mention "Geneva Library Foundation" at the checkout and a portion of the proceeds from your transaction will be donated to the GLF to support the Geneva Public Library. It doesn't end there though, pick up a coffee in the cafe during your visit, mention the "Geneva Library Foundation", and a portion of those proceeds will also benefit the Library.

At 10 a.m., children of all ages are welcome to a reading of "Sleep Big Bear Sleep" written by Maureen Wright. At 1 p.m., come by for an afternoon reading of "Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo" written by E.S. Redmond. From 3 to 5 p.m., Chris Stumpf of Happy Faces will be on-site to provide complimentary face painting.

From 4 to 5 p.m., Geneva Middle School North and South come together under the leadership and direction of Linda Duneske and Helen Bogda to form Geneva Middle School's Fiddlers on Fire, a group of seventh- and eighth-graders with a love for fiddle music. This dedicated group consists of over 50 violin, viola, cello, and bass players that come together to play annually at several locations around the greater Geneva area.

From 5 to 6:30 p.m., bring your cameras for pictures with Santa.

At the 7 p.m. story time, enjoy a final magical story -- "The Polar Express" written by Chris Van Allsburg.

At 8 p.m. heart Rockin' Christmas Tunes. Sabrina and Kelsey Jaffer perform live Christmas tunes to get you in the holiday spirit.

From 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., the GLF volunteers will be on hand all day providing free gift-wrapping services to help you get ready for the holidays; donations are appreciated.

Unable to attend the event? Your family and friends also want to help out? Support the GLF online! Log onto www.bn.com/bookfairs from Dec. 9-14 and enter the book fair ID 10525251 at checkout. Items not eligible for book fair sales include Barnes & Noble memberships, gift cards, textbooks, magazine subscriptions, or video games.

For information on the Barnes & Noble Book fair, call the Geneva Library Foundation at (331) 248-0170 or visit www.genevalibraryfoundation.org.

The Geneva Library Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 2005 as a charitable organization to provide support for current and future library materials, services and facilities. Its vision is to provide a substantial, permanent and stable source of funds to support the Geneva Public Library, with a goal of raising $1 million by 2016 and $2 million by 2021.

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