Happy spring from the staff, trustees, and volunteers at the Lake Geneva Public Library.

After the past months of winter weather, we have earned some warmth and sunshine. To celebrate, the library has lots of exciting programs and events, as well as a ton of brand new books, music, and movies for you to check out.

National Library Week is April 7 to 13 this year. Stop in and check out a very special photo booth we will have for “book face” photos. Curious? Visit us to learn more.

The Friends of the Lake Geneva Public Library have sponsored our “book face” efforts with two brand new 32GB, ad-free Kindle HD tablets. Participation will earn you an entry to win one of these devices. Drawing is April 13, so make sure to stop in before then. (Please note that the library will be closed all day on Friday, April 12, for staff training, and also on Sunday, April 21.)

New parents, we now have a very special display in the library for our “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” program. Studies have shown that reading to infants and toddlers facilitates bonding between parents and children, as well as setting children up for academic success when they begin school. Ask at our Reference Desk for more information, and track your progress at the library.

We also have some new furniture and decor in our picture book room, for parents, babies, and toddlers. Stop in to read and play together. Our mini-makeover was funded by collected donations made to the library over the years.

The library would also like to note two special recent donors: the family of Rosemary Bergsma, who generously contributed to a memorial in her name, and Pat (daughter of Lois Guif) and Art Wallace, who funded special digitization equipment to begin scanning local history maps and documents in our collection. Many of these items are fragile and rare. Digitizing will preserve them and also allow us to make them available online for everyone to access.

Lois Guis worked in administration at the Lake Geneva Public Library for over 60 years. Collecting, cataloging, and preserving local historical documents about the Lake Geneva region was one of her passions, and many of our documents are only available today because of her efforts. We are thrilled that this summer we will be able to introduce the beginning of our Lois Guif memorial collection online.

Thank you to these donors, as well as the many others who contribute to our initiatives with donations. We would not be able to offer all of the resources and services that we do without your support.

We are also very grateful for our dedicated volunteers, the Friends of the Lake Geneva Public Library. On Tuesday, April 30, at 6 p.m., please join us for the Friends Annual Meeting and special program featuring guest speaker Sam Weller. Sam Weller makes his return to the Lake Geneva Public Library to share his experiences working as the authorized biographer of legendary writer, Ray Bradbury. Weller worked intimately with Bradbury for 12 years. In this time, Weller wrote four nationally bestselling books, a graphic novel and he twice won the prestigious Bram Stoker award for nonfiction. Weller will share behind the scenes stories of working with one the 20th Century’s great imaginations.

This event is also a great opportunity to join or renew your Friends of the Library membership, which supports special projects and events at the library.

Finally, the success of this library in accomplishing its mission of championing lifelong learning and access to information, resources, and services for all members of the community depends on you, Lake Geneva residents. We need you to come and use your library. Check out the many new materials we are busy ordering and processing for you to take home every week, attend a program, shop our local businesses who generously donate to our mission in the form of prizes, presentations, and programming. Let us know what you would like the library to offer in the future — we love to hear your feedback.

Happy reading.

Emily Kornak is library director at the Lake Geneva Public Library in Lake Geneva.