Library News & Announcements

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.


New hours coming November 15, 2018

Lake Geneva asked and we listened: we’re bringing back Sunday hours! This trial will run from November 15, 2018 – February 28, 2019 (during Lake Geneva’s free parking season). If you’ve been craving some library time on Sundays (between brunch and football, perhaps?) – this is the time to come and visit us and check out library materials. Please let our staff and trustees know what you think, as your feedback matters. The LGPL board of trustees will evaluate the success of these  trial hours in early 2019 and set our schedule for the rest of the year then.

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.

2018 Beachside Authorfest Photos

Thanks to all authors, attendees, shoppers, and sponsors who participated in the 2018 Beachside Authorfest! Hope to see you all next year!

For photos, click here.

Lake Geneva Public Library Offers Subscription Access to

June 25, 2018

The Lake Geneva Public Library (LGPL) now offers access to, an online learning platform that helps people learn software, creative, business, and technology skills for personal and professional development. access is made possible by the collaboration of the libraries in the Lakeshores Library System.

Library cardholders can log on to here by entering the library card number and PIN.

Contact the library with any questions, and happy learning with!

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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