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Beyond the Bookshelves: Go undercover with STEAM at the Geneva Public Library

Geneva Public Library to highlight sneaky tech at event

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at coding messages or creating a master disguise? Drop by the library and discover this month’s STEAM station titled “Surveillance: The Watchful, Hidden Eyes of Spies.” Explore encryption, surveillance, take the monthly poll and enjoy some top-secret activities.

STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) programs teach critical thinking and use engineering, technology, math and art in creative approaches to real-world problems. Our station is updated every month with a new theme and activities.

Upcoming exhibits are: “Theater: Where STEAM Shines” (March), “Earth Conservation” (April), and “STEAM – It’s All the Buzz” (May).

Storytimes for ages 0 to 6 are back with a new drop-in format, and stop in for Bounce & Rhyme on Mondays. Check gpld.org for days and times!

The city of Geneva’s Plan Commission will review Geneva Public Library District’s application for a new building, to be located at 210 S. Sixth St., at 7 p.m. Feb. 22 during a meeting at Geneva City Hall, 22 S. First St. The Planned Unit Development application provides civil engineering plans, parking and traffic studies, elevations and more. Keep up with new building plans at www.gpldnewbuilding.org. Please contact us anytime at board@gpld.org.

The librarian recommends: Information & Reader Services Library Assistant Ruth Glen recommends “The Woman Who Smashed Codes: The True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies” by Jason Fagone.

“Elizebeth Smith met William Friedman at the Riverbank Labs, and soon they were married and working together decoding messages for the government,” Glen said. “This well-paced, fascinating book is full of local history that takes you into the world of cryptology. Elizebeth made her name, along with that of her husband, as a codebreaker in WWI and WWII and beyond. I found this book fascinating in part because I live in Geneva, and I had no idea what occurred at the Fabyan estate.”

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

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