November 28th, 2016

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November 28th, 2016

The challenges faced by preschool children in Greene County are staggering. The high child abuse and neglect rates, child poverty, inconsistent pre-kindergarten investment, and lack of school readiness put our children at risk of dropping out, placing a burden on our communities already scrambling to provide resources and assistance for the jobless and homeless. ” When we fail to invest in the early years of our children’s lives, the costs are spread throughout the rest of the community, with effects including a lack of education, a deprived talent pipeline, negative impact on economic development, a lower tax base, and poorer health outcomes.” Community Focus 2015: A report for Springfield & Greene County.  The 2015 Focus Report gave the Springfield-Greene County Library District a “blue ribbon” for developing strong relationships with community agencies by training staff to understand the importance of early literacy and how to weave it into their work with parents to benefit children. Read the rest of this entry »

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Construction Update

November 22nd, 2016

Check out these newest photos of renovation progress at the Brentwood Branch! Shelving is going in, the outside drive-up service lane is being poured and the reading room is big and bright! Save the date: The Grand Opening party is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7.

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A view from the entrance toward the Circulation Desk/Coffee Kiosk.

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Refurbished bookshelves are being installed.

 

 

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Laying the curb and groundwork for the drive-up service lane.

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Looking south through the new Reading Room.

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Wine Tasting Fundraiser Slated for Thursday, Dec. 1

November 22nd, 2016

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Bring your spouse or a friend and join us for a casual evening of wine tasting and delicious appetizers, hosted by Old-World wine specialist, Aaron Rozeboom, as he shares his extensive knowledge of wine regions, expertise on individual wines, and fun facts about the wine industry.  The proceeds of the event will help complete the ReNew Brentwood Capital Campaign.

For tickets, call Valerie Richardson at 417-616-0586 or email: valerier@thelibrary.org.

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Black Friday. Cyber Monday.

November 21st, 2016

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Early literacy programs. Parents As Teachers resources. Story time books. Walking Books resources for the home-bound. Genealogy and local history programs. Books, books, books. Science and technology materials for experiments. Death & Dying Series programs. Racing to Read resources. Puzzles and toys. Civil War lectures. BluuBeam technology. The Bookmobile. Missouri Over There digitized collections. More books. Cultural arts programs. The new Schweitzer-Brentwood Branch Library. Thanks to you, all these things were possible through your Library Foundation.

Help keep our libraries strong . . . please consider a gift today. Donate now.

 

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A Greener Outlook for All

October 28th, 2016

The Schweitzer Brentwood Branch, due to open in January 2017, will help set the pace for a greener environment with a design that meets the highest industry standards. Our goal is to create an environmentally responsible building.dscn0460 Materials, lighting and energy conservation choices are based on the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification program,or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. During renovation of the branch, over 85 percent of waste from deconstruction, clearing and rebuilding is being recycled. We’re increasing use of daylight inside while reducing nighttime light pollution outside. Carpet tiles and countertops, among other things, include recycled content. A new mechanical system will offer at least a 30 percent energy efficiency rating. A smarter, more energy-efficient lighting system will also help manage operational costs in the future. We can’t wait to show you how Schweitzer Brentwood Branch is creating a greener outlook for all.

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Construction Update

October 21st, 2016

New construction photos give you a glimpse of how open, airy and bright the new Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library will be. Missouri Library Association members recently toured the building. The west exterior wall will extend for a bigger reading room. dscn0546dscn0539dscn0551

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Music & Lyrics Registration Extended

September 19th, 2016

music-clip-art-music-notes-clipartRegistration for the Music & Lyrics Workshop, sponsored by GigSalad and featuring guest presenter Tom Sharpe, Yamaha Artist and drummer for Grammy Award-winning Mannheim Steamroller, has been extended to Thursday, September 22, at 9:00 p.m. Persons interested in registering for the workshop (see blog post dated August 16, 2016, for details) may download the registration form and drop it with the registration fee by any library branch in the Springfield-Greene County Library District, or may send it electronically by email to foundation@thelibrary.org. The registration form and schedule may be found in the orange box to the right.

Electronically submitted registrations may be paid by credit card by clicking the “Donate Today” button at the top of the page. Please complete the gift form with only the required information requested (marked with an asterisk), and put in the gift amount of $75. At the bottom of the gift form, in the box titled “Gift Designation/Message (Optional)” please type a message indicating that the payment is for the Music & Lyrics Workshop registration. When you submit the form, you will be directed to a secure checkout page where you can pay by PayPal or credit card.

Some scholarships are available. Please call 417-616-0586 or email foundation@thelibrary.org to inquire.

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All this and glass art, too!

September 16th, 2016

You’ll see an artistic touch developing atop the Brentwood Branch these days — a pinnacle — that will soon serve as a kind of beacon for evening visitors. bwd-pinnacleGlass panels will be installed around it and a light will provide a soft glow. Still to come, Springfield Hot Glass is designing a lovely sculpture mobile for visitors to enjoy once they step inside the “new” Schweitzer Brentwood Branch!

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Library Foundation to Host Music & Lyrics Workshop

August 16th, 2016

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Bottom from left: Chris Albert; Shannon Stine; Jody Bilyeu; Thee Fine Lines; Dave Painter.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 10 A.M. – 5:30 P.M. – REGISTRATION $75

CALLING ALL ASPIRING SONGWRITERS AND MUSICIANS! Join us on Saturday, September 24, for a Music & Lyrics Workshop at the Library Center (4653 S. Campbell, Springfield, MO), featuring guest presenter Tom Sharpe, drummer for Grammy Award winner Mannheim Steamroller.

Sponsored by the Library Foundation, the workshop will combine inspiration and craft for a day of entertaining and educational breakout sessions. All sessions are tailored to composers and performers of all skill levels and musical genres.  Read the rest of this entry »

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