The Library Foundation is 25

June 28th, 2018

Younger patrons who love the Library Center may not remember a time when the district’s flagship facility didn’t exist. In 1993, The Library Foundation was created to support the opening of the newest branch six years later in 1999.

For 25 years, The Library Foundation has been promoting charitable giving to benefit Library programs and services. Property tax dollars alone cannot support what we do. Gifts from individual donors, corporations and foundations allow the Springfield-Greene County Library to bring information, technology and culture within everyone’s reach, creating more informed, engaged citizens.

Recent Accomplishments

History and theater combined in 2012 when The Library Foundation presented “Walking Toward America,” a live presentation of the play by author and playwright Sandy Asher. The script is based on the memoir of Springfieldian Ilga Vise, who fled Latvia during World War II. Actress Annie Meek Montgomery portrayed the entire cast of characters to a packed auditorium.

In 2013, The Library Foundation brought music to the Library Center’s concourse with a concert by the Mid-America Singers. The singers presented “American Tapestry in Song and Verse” featuring songs by favorite American composers, with readings by local actor Mark Gideon. The concert benefited the Brentwood Branch Library renovation.

In 2016, the Foundation successfully completed the ReNew Brentwood Capital Campaign, raising more than $2.5 million for the renovation of the Brentwood Branch Library. The branch was renamed Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library after Jewell Schweitzer, the principal benefactor. A year later, The Library Foundation hosted a talk by author Piper Kerman, whose book became the popular Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” and drew hundreds of fans to the Springfield Art Museum.

 

 

The Laton Endowment, established in 2017, surpassed $500,000. This unrestricted fund was created with a generous estate gift from longtime patron Ursala Maria Laton. This is a new source of income for the Library. As the endowment grows, so will usable income from the earnings.

The Library Foundation challenges donors to build a thriving community and inspire lifelong learning through their financial gifts to the Springfield-Greene County Library District. To learn more about supporting the Library you love, contact Melissa Adler, Development Director, at 417-616-0586 or melissaa@thelibrary.org.

 

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We Won! $4,500 CFO Video Challenge Grant to Fund Books for Kids in Summer Reading to Go

June 25th, 2018

Community Foundation of the Ozarks announced the Library’s Summer Reading to Go project as the Springfield winner of the $4,500 grant at their June 20 45th Anniversary Donor Dinner. 

The grant will reward preschoolers-teens in under-resourced neighborhoods with a free book in June and July for participating.

The program is one of the most important outreach efforts of the Library, and it’s grown over the years. “This summer we’re seeing over 5,000 kids, teens and adults at over 100 locations,” said Allison Eckhardt, the Outreach Services manager who coordinates the To-Go program. Staff visit day cares, preschools, after-school programs, day camps at Salvation Army and The Fairbanks, Boys & Girls Clubs and first-graders at all Title I summer schools. They also visit family programs at Northwest Project sites.

 

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Your shopping matters.

June 6th, 2018

Shop for Father’s Day at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/43-1655656 and Amazon donates to The Springfield Greene County Public Library Foundation.

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Vote to put new books in the hands of kids!

May 23rd, 2018

Kids will get new books with your help. All it takes is a vote.

The Library Foundation created a video for a $4,500 grant from Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Voting runs through 5 p.m. Friday, June 1.

VOTE HERE

You can vote once from each of your devices.

The voting results will narrow the field to three finalists in each category, Springfield and regional. After June 1, a CFO grant committee will choose a winner from among the three finalists. Winners will be announced and grants awarded on June 20.

The videos were produced as part of a contest celebrating the CFO’s 45th Anniversary.

Thank you for supporting kids and reading!

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Shop AmazonSmile and Support the Library

May 3rd, 2018

Turning your Amazon purchases into money for the Library is as easy as smiling. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support the Library at no cost to you.

Instead of shopping Amazon.com, try smile.amazon.com, a website operated by Amazon with the same products, pricing and shopping features. The difference is that when you shop AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5 percent of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, select The Springfield Greene County Public Library Foundation. You can use the same account on Amazon.com so you don’t have to create another password. The website will remember that you selected the Library, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.

Public funding alone cannot support what we do. We need your help and you can help by shopping. Donations to the Library allow us to make purchases or add patron services to supplement property tax dollars. For more information, contact The Library Foundation at 417-616-0586 or foundation@thelibrary.org.

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Jewell Schweitzer’s Legacy is a Better Library

April 9th, 2018

Supporting the Springfield-Greene County Library District was enough for Jewell Schweitzer. She didn’t seek notoriety. Members of The Library Foundation at the time say Jewell had to be convinced to add her name to the Brentwood Branch Library.

Jewell Schweitzer, who died on April 4, 2018, at the age of 97, was instrumental in the renovation of the Brentwood Branch Library. She donated
 $1.2 million to the ReNew Brentwood Capital Campaign. The renovation added a 1,500-square-foot reading room; a media room; two conference rooms; cyber bar; larger children’s department; dedicated teen space; built-in power sources and USB ports for portable devices and a drive-through service window.

Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library reopened on January 7, 2017, and Jewell was there to cut the ribbon. Patrons still rave about the improvements. Jewell, always quiet and humble about her generosity, was pleased with the namesake in the end because she truly loved the Library. Although it was easier for her to say “Yes” to donating money than to allow any kind of publicity, the Library is honored to carry on her name and her passion.

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Gerry and Rosalie Toler Support the Library with Photography and Poetry

April 6th, 2018

Fans of photography and poetry can pick up both at the Ash Grove Branch Library and support the Library at the same time. During the month of April, local artist Gerry Toler is selling black-and-white prints with 100 percent of the proceeds going to The Library Foundation. Each print measures 8×10 or 10×10 and is frame-ready. Prints are $100 each. Click here to see what’s for sale. To contact Toler for a print or to see other examples of his work, visit his page on the Springfield Regional Arts Council website. Rosalie Toler’s book “Sheer Poetry” is also for sale with the same generous offer. It’s a joint project with Gerry and features some of his work. The book is priced at $10.

The couple loves to support the Library and uses it all the time, they say. Rosalie is a voracious reader, consuming 75–100 books per year from the Library. She also relies on the Library for research. Gerry averages 50 books per year but doesn’t really count. Since starting a new project to read bios of all U.S. presidents, Gerry has discovered the variety of titles available through MOBIUS, which allows library patrons to check out books from other libraries. So far, he’s read 18 books and is on the 12th president.

When Gerry has meetings in the Library Center, Rosalie enjoys the comfortable atmosphere of the reading room. Gerry uses meeting rooms at the Library Center and the Republic Branch Library for monthly gatherings of four photographers. Gerry says that “all staff they meet are super helpful, courteous and cheerful.”

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February Challenge Fund + CFO Match + Laton Distribution Equals $79, 049.98!

March 16th, 2018

 

Brian Fogle, President and CEO of CFO and Melissa Adler, Development Director listen to Regina Greer Cooper, Executive Director of the Springfield-Greene County Library District talk about the Laton Endowment.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks celebrated the Library’s successful February Endowment Challenge with other participating community groups at a reception Wednesday, March 14. The Library Foundation fundraising total of $13,210.51 earned another $5,000 from CFO.

But there was far more to celebrate, which explained the whopping $79,049.98 number that appeared on the giant check presented at the CFO celebration. Executive Director Regina Cooper explained that the Library received a final distribution from the Ursala Laton Trust in the amount of $60, 839.44. The distribution came in at the very end of the Endowment Challenge, and CFO decided to include it in the final amount. With that total, the new Laton Endowment is now over $500,000. The annual disbursement from that unrestricted fund can be used for Library needs.

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And the Winner of the Gift Basket Raffle Is…

March 9th, 2018

On the heels of the successful February Endowment Challenge, which topped the $10,000 goal with $13,210.54, Library fan Sylvia Neff had her own celebration when she won the Between Friends Gift Shops district-wide basket raffle. Dionne Duly, circulation assistant at Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library, sold the winning ticket. Gift shop Manager Shelli Kaminski created the travel-themed gift basket and donated it to The Library Foundation. The basket, which includes a MOVA Globe, is valued at $250. When Sylvia was asked what she likes best about “her library,” she said the drive-through and “They have all the books I want.”

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You, We and They Did It! Endowment Challenge Exceeds $10,000 Goal!

March 2nd, 2018

Library patron David Jones with Development Director Melissa Adler (left) and Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Manager Jeana Gockley.

We did it!

Everyone loves a happy ending and Schweitzer Brentwood Library patron David Jones provided one. Mr. Jones made a generous donation that put us over $10,000 for the February Endowment Challenge. This unlocks another $5,000 from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks for the Laton Endowment, an unrestricted fund that provides a new, sustainable source of income for the Library.

The Laton Endowment was created with a gift from longtime patron Ursala Maria Laton. Annual income from the endowment will allow us to make purchases or add patron services that aren’t covered by property tax dollars. As the endowment grows, so will usable income from the earnings. This will enable us to do more for the community.

The grand total raised for the February Endowment Challenge is $13,210.54 (net).

We love our donors, whether they gave $1,000 or $1 for a heart. Every day the Library is changing lives and making our community a better place. Your support makes all the difference. Thank you!

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