Library News & Announcements

March - April 2020 Library Events

Our March-April 2020 program guide is here!
Click this link to download our event listing:  Library News & Upcoming Events


Beachside Authorfest 2020

The Friends of the Lake Geneva Public Library have released this year’s Beachside Authorfest application and information! Please click the links for the documents and contact information:

Author Agreement & Invitation 2020

Sponsor packet 2020

We hope you can join us for another wonderful celebration of local authors in Library Park this summer!

January - February 2020 Library Events

Check out the great lineup of programs we have for you to kick off 2020!
Click this link to download our event listing:  LGPL Jan Feb 2020

Historical Newspapers Online

We now have access to an online newspaper archive for search and browsing the following collections:

  • The Lake Geneva Regional News 1936-2015
  • The Lake Geneva Herald 1912-1919
  • Lake Geneva News 1891-1895

Collection notes:

  • Lake Geneva News 1885-1898 (the “Lake Geneva News” goes from 1879-1895 and then turns into “Lake Geneva Weekly News” 1895 – 1???. This shows up under “Lake Geneva Weekly News” on the site)
  • Geneva Weekly Express 1855-1856 (under “The Geneva Express”)
  • Lake Geneva Herald 1877 – October 1910 (under “The Lake Geneva Herald”. This title only runs 1879-1883 then changes into “The Herald” from 1883-1912)
  • Lake Geneva News 1903-1933 (there is another title called “Lake Geneva Weekly News” that spans 1903-1924 and this appears under “The Lake Geneva Regional News”. Starting in 1924, the title “Lake Geneva News” turned into the “Lake Geneva News Tribune” and so starting in 1924 that is what the masthead shows. These also appear under the “Lake Geneva Regional News”)
  • Lake Geneva Regional News 1933-1936 (the Lake Geneva Regional News starts in March 1936. Before that date, titles were called “Regional News” (Oct 1933 – Mar 1936) and “Lake Geneva News Tribune” (Dec 1924 – Sept 1933). These show up under “Lake Geneva Regional News”)

Thanks to and the Lake Geneva Regional News for scanning our microfilm reels and making them available in this format for library patrons!

This collection can be accessed from within the library only, either on public computers or a device connected to our WiFi network.

Learn how to code with Vidcode!

Computer Science in Libraries

Vidcode works with libraries to help offer research-backed computer science and coding education for tweens and teens in their community.

Log in here with your library card number and PIN to get started!

Now available: Flipster! Downloadable digital magazines

Lake Geneva Public Library cardholders now have access to digital magazines in Flipster!

All you need is your library card number and PIN (contact us at 262-249-5299 if you need to find out or reset your PIN).

Log in here ->   

Getting started with Flipster

Flipster FAQs

Happy reading!

Streaming video service Kanopy now available for Lake Geneva Public Library & Barrett Memorial Library (Williams Bay) patrons

With Kanopy, Lake Geneva and Williams Bay Patrons Will Have Access to more than 30,000 Films, for Free


The popular on-demand film streaming service Kanopy is now available for free at the Barrett Memorial Library (Williams Bay) and Lake Geneva Public Library. Library card holders can access Kanopy and sign up to start streaming films on instantly by visiting Films can be streamed from any computer, television, mobile device or platform by downloading the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, AppleTV, Chromecast or Roku.


Offering what the New York Times calls “a garden of cinematic delights,” Kanopy showcases more than 30,000 of the world’s best films, including award-winning documentaries, rare and hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films, and world cinema with collections from Kino Lorber, Music Box Films, Samuel Goldwyn, The Orchard, The Great Courses, PBS and thousands of independent filmmakers.


With the motto of “thoughtful entertainment,” Kanopy provides Lake Geneva and Williams Bay patrons with access to films of unique social and cultural value; films that are often difficult or impossible to access elsewhere, and programming that features diversity, with a wide array of foreign language films and films on race, and current affairs.


“We are excited to debut streaming video via your library card,” says Emily Kornak, director of the Lake Geneva Public Library. “Our patrons have been streaming more and more content at home, and it makes sense for us to expand our offerings accordingly. Kanopy’s selection complements our DVD collection and reflects the interests of many in our community, so I anticipate this will be a very popular service addition.”


“This is our first foray into offering streaming services for our cardholders,” says Joy Schnupp, director of Barrett Memorial Library. “We think they will be excited about this new service, and that they will especially enjoy the quality of selections. We frequently field requests for foreign language and indie films that are hard to find, so I expect this will be a huge hit.  I personally can’t wait to stream through the app on my Roku at home. As a reminder for those who may not have internet service, both libraries have mobile hotspots for checkout, so everyone will be able to give Kanopy a try.”


The Kanopy collection includes indie hits like Hunt For the Wilderpeople and 2 Days in Paris, classic masterpieces like Aguirre, the Wrath of God and Seven Samurai, and award-winning documentaries like the 2017 Oscar®-nominated I Am Not Your Negro and Sundance Film Festival winner Mother of George.


Kanopy was founded in 2008 by CEO Olivia Humphrey as an educational tool for colleges and universities. More than 5 million Kanopy users stream the most acclaimed movies and documentaries from award-winning filmmakers, and experience the best in independent, classic film, and world cinema.


Class Visits Begin in October

For many years, the Lake Geneva Public Library and Central Denison Elementary School have partnered to provide class visits to almost all of their students. The teachers and youth services librarian plan these visits at the beginning of the school year. K-3rd grade teachers walk their students to the Library every month for an hour long visit. During the visit, the children get to listen to funny stories read by Miss Sara, who then helps them find books that are just right for their age and reading level. Pets, princesses, and dinosaurs are popular topics, but kids also ask for humorous stories, sports stories, and Minecraft books. The students love having the opportunity to browse through all of the children’s books, and can check out books with their library cards or with the school’s outreach cards available to all teachers. Besides exposure to great stories, children who come for a class visit also learn about the many interesting evening and weekend programs designed just for them and take home invitations to all of these free programs. Finally, children who come to class visits get to see that the library is more than a collection of books. They learn that we have movies, magazines, and science kits, too!

Our goal is that students find information that can supplement their schoolwork, and also begin a lifelong relationship with the library that inspires them to bring their families to this wonderful place they can all explore together.

Lake Geneva Public Library Goes Fine-Free

June 16, 2018

The Lake Geneva Public Library (LGPL) Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve a one year fine-free policy on adult materials in addition to the fine-free youth material collection at their June meeting, with a final recommendation back to the Board in June 2019.

Lake Geneva Public Library Board of Trustees President Fritz Oppenlander:
“The LGPL Board of Trustees encourages all current and future library patrons to utilize the materials, programs, and services available for their enjoyment, exploration, and education. Removing barriers to library utilization is important in supporting this objective. We recognize that individuals have different styles and speeds of internally processing material and respect those differences. Similarly, we believe patrons will be respectful of each other and return materials promptly when finished so that everyone may enjoy them.”

Lake Geneva Public Library Trustee Wen-D Kersten:
“Remove the threat of a library fine, and I believe many of our patrons and non-patrons will be more encouraged to take out a book and read at their leisure. Our purpose is not to penalize busy people with active lifestyles who might find it hard to make the date due deadline, but to help them continue their pursuit of lifelong learning by making the process more user-friendly.”

Fine-free collection materials are those items owned by the Lake Geneva Public Library, and checked out from the Lake Geneva Public Library. The only exceptions to this policy are interlibrary loan items requested from outside of the SHARE library system (overdue fees of $0.25/day), and WiFi hotspots owned by the Lake Geneva Public Library (overdue fees of $1/day apply). Library materials owned by other libraries may accrue overdue fines of $0.25/day.

For more information about the Lake Geneva Public Library’s lending policies, please view our “Library Cards & Materials” policy or contact Library Director Emily Kornak at 262-249-5283.

LGPL featured in Envisionware newsletter

March 18, 2018

One of our vendors, Envisionware, did a nice profile on the Lake Geneva Public Library in their customer newsletter. Thanks, Envisionware!





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