Geneva Reads got its start in the fall of 2007 when the Wyckoff Family Foundation generously offered to provide funds for books for Geneva children.
Many organizations in Geneva were working to promote literacy, and the Wyckoff grants provided the inspiration to coordinate the separate efforts and establish a community-wide reading initiative. The Geneva City School District, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the Geneva Public Library, Literacy Volunteers of Ontario-Yates and others were represented at those early meetings and remain vital to the organization's existence.
In 2011, Geneva Reads started a strategic planning process and elected a board of directors, paving the way to hire its first part-time executive director in early 2012.
We are excited by the growth we are seeing already, including an expanded public presence and the addition of a Geneva Reads tent and activities for children at many community events.