Construction Update

June 24th, 2016

Grading has begun on the west and east sides of the Brentwood Branch. The west side grading is making way for the expanded reading area. The east side grading (not pictured) will make way for a convenient drive-through lane. Patrons will be able to pull through it from south to north and exit through the east drive onto Seminole Street.  Workers have removed the west driveway entrance off Seminole Street permanently. A crew will add a new driveway off of Brentwood Blvd. as part of the project. Demolition on the inside continues, and workers have begun the layout for interior walls. Stay tuned for more as we ReNew Brentwood!

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Brentwood Renovation Begins!

May 27th, 2016

The walls are coming down to make way for the Brentwood Branch makeover. Demolition of the interior is happening quickly, and construction should begin by early June. Here’s what our beloved neighborhood library looks like at the moment. Don’t despair – it’s going to be great when it reopens in six to nine months. Stay tuned; we’ll keep you posted as the project takes shape.
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Give Ozarks 2016 – Support the ‘Renew Brentwood’ Campaign!

May 2nd, 2016

Give-Ozarks-Blue-GreenThe Give Ozarks 24-hour online giving campaign is a great way to make a donation to the “ReNew Brentwood” Capital Campaign! Even small donations can turn into big dollars, as the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and it sponsors are offering prizes up to $2,500 throughout the 24-hour period. A donation of any amount will enter the Library Foundation in the prize drawings and competitions! Simply click on the graphic to the left to go straight to the Library Foundation’s Give Ozarks 2016 page.

With only about $58,000 to go in our $2.5 million campaign to renew and renovate the Brentwood Branch Library, your donation will make a large impact. Thanks for going online tonight and tomorrow to make a difference in the lives of Springfield and Greene County residents who depend on libraries for many reasons.

You can learn more about the campaign and the planned renovations here.

 

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It’s going to be the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch!

April 25th, 2016

When the renovated Brentwood Branch reopens later in 2016, it will bear a new name: The Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library, in honor of a major donor and longtime Springfield resident, Jewell Schweitzer. Thank you, Jewell!

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Schweitzer, a longtime Brentwood Library supporter and community philanthropist, donated $1.2 million to the renovation campaign since it began three years ago.

The name change was unveiled at a ReNew Brentwood Campaign fundraiser, Hard Hats & Highballs, on Saturday, April 23, at the branch, 2214 Brentwood Blvd. The library closed April 16 for renovation and is expected to reopen in six to nine months.

Library Foundation Director Valerie Richardson, in announcing the name change, revealed that Schweitzer was the anonymous donor of more than $770,422 in December 2013 as the campaign got underway. Her combined gifts of $1.2 million marked the largest amount given by a single campaign donor. About $65,000 remains to be raised for the $2.5 million project.

“I can’t wait until the renovation is finished,” Schweitzer said Saturday night at the fundraiser.

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Help us reach the campaign finish line!

April 13th, 2016

We’re only $77,454 away from the finish line in the $2.5 million ReNew Brentwood Capital Campaign! You can help us break through by joining us at Hard Hats & Highballs, a Library Foundation fundraiser from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Brentwood Branch Library.Runner crossing finish line
Tickets are $50 apiece and available by calling Valerie, 616-0586. This adults-only party features appetizers, mixed drinks, a commemorative hard hat, music and a wine raffle. Let’s party one more time before the renovation begins!

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Say Farewell with Hard Hats & Highballs!

February 26th, 2016

Tip your hard hat and come say goodbye to the “old Brentwood,” party-style, during Hard Hats & Highballs from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Brentwood Branch Library, 2214 Brentwood Blvd. hard-hatGuests will receive a commemorative hard hat and a chance to write a farewell message on the library wall. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and mixed drinks, wine, beer and soft drinks will be served. Get in on the wine raffle fundraiser, too! Attire is business or dressy, casual to coveralls and tool belts. Tickets for the adults-only event are $50 in advance at Brentwood or by contacting Foundation Director Valerie Richardson at 417-616-0586, or valerier@thelibrary.org.

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Getting Closer to a Move!

February 1st, 2016

We’ve got a plan and want you to know it! The Brentwood Branch Library will close temporarily for a major renovation after Saturday, April 16, although the community room will still be accessible for scheduled meetings and library programs through April 30. Brentwood Center sign During the first week of May, you will find some of your favorite Brentwood staff members to serve you at a temporary home in the Brentwood Center, just across Glenstone Avenue from Battlefield Mall. We’ll have a small collection of new and large-print books, some Chromebooks and Wi-Fi, a few study tables and chairs and a place to drop off or pick up your holds. And save the date: We’re going to have some fun on Saturday, April 23, with a sale of Brentwood furnishings, an open house and an adults-only evening fundraiser, Hard Hats & Highballs! Stay tuned!

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It’s a Murder in the Stacks!

January 6th, 2016

jim-murder-mysteryJoin us for an after-hours murder mystery to benefit the Renew Brentwood Capital Campaign from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Brentwood Branch Library.

The mystery: You have been invited to a ceremony to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Brentwood Branch Library, made possible largely by the generous contributions of Springfield’s most notorious (and totally loaded) businessman, Benjamin E. Factor. Moments before the celebration begins, Factor is found murdered in the library!

Whodunnit? Was it the mousy Reference Librarian, the nosy Journalist, the greedy Heiress… or someone else?

Help Detective Clarence Club solve this heinous crime using the library catalog, clues found in books, and other evidence hidden throughout the building at this after-hours night of mystery.

Tickets are $25 each at the Brentwood Branch or by calling 883-1974. Refreshments provided. Recommended for adults.

 

 

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Thanks for Asking! A Campaign Update

December 7th, 2015

We’re getting there! BWD kids' donation boxReNew Brentwood, the $2.5 million capital campaign to renovate the Brentwood Branch, has reached $1,515,978.21.

Since the Sept. 20 kickoff of the campaign’s public phase, Brentwood fans of all ages have donated $26,545. Making it even more fun for our youngest donors, Regal Plastic of Springfield fabricated and generously donated a kid-size collection box. You can watch it fill up in the Children’s Department of the Brentwood Branch. If you’d like to help us reach our goal, please contact Foundation Director Valerie Richardson at 616-0586 or valerier@thelibrary.org.

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Nothing sexy about HVAC, until you need it!

November 3rd, 2015

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Can you guess what is the least-sexy thing about a building renovation?

“HVAC.”  Heating and air conditioning. “Electrical” isn’t all that titillating, either.

And yet, it’s oh-so-important when it comes to the Brentwood Branch renovation. Consider: The library is still making do with the original, 1971 boiler, and it grows more cantankerous every season. The Library District invests money every year to keep it functioning, but come winter it’s not unusual to see Brentwood staff wearing gloves as they go about their daily tasks. Summer can be sauna-like – or not; one never knows. That’s why the Brentwood staff is so excited about something you’ll probably never see after the renovation, but you’re sure to enjoy it. ReNew Brentwood promises a new mechanical system that will keep you cozy in the winter, comfortable in the summer and offer at least a 30 percent energy efficiency rating.  In a renovation like Brentwood’s, it’s one of the most expensive line items, least seen, and most appreciated.  If you want to know more about what’s ahead for the Brentwood Branch, call or email Foundation Director Valerie Richardson at 616-0586 or valerier@thelibraryfoundation. You can also visit our ReNew Brentwood page for more information.

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