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 »
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.
A view from the entrance toward the Circulation Desk/Coffee Kiosk.
Refurbished bookshelves are being installed.
Laying the curb and groundwork for the drive-up service lane.
Looking south through the new Reading Room.
November 21st, 2016
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.
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