Join the May 5 Give Ozarks Fundraising Blitz, Help Kids with the Annie Busch Literacy Fund

March 26th, 2015

33729_1183712169338_1724251982_330966_7039812_nThe Community Foundation of the Ozarks selected The Library Foundation to receive a $5,000 matching challenge grant, so every dollar donated up to $5,000 will be doubled. Here’s how you can help: Go to the Give Ozarks website,, anytime from 12:01 a.m. to midnight Tuesday, May 5. Click “View Agencies” and “The Library Foundation.” Click “Donate Now” and make a gift of any size. Your donation will double the $5,000 matching grant for the Library Foundation’s Annie Busch Early Literacy Fund, which provides early literacy programs to get children ready to learn to read when they start school. Or, make a designated gift anytime before May 5 to  The Library Foundation, 4653 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO, 65810, or call Valerie Richardson at 417-616-0586.

Notice of Public Meeting – September 22

September 19th, 2014

The Library Foundation Board will meet September 22, 2014 at noon at the Library Center.

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Notice of Public Meeting – June 24

June 20th, 2014

The Library Foundation Board will meet June 24, 2014 at noon at the Library Center.

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Notice of Public Meeting – April 3

April 2nd, 2014

The Library Foundation Board will meet April 3, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Library Center.

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Support the Library Foundation by shopping at AmazonSmile

March 25th, 2014

The Library Foundation

If you are contemplating a purchase through, consider placing your order through an alternate version of Amazon’s website – – and Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price to the charity of your choice. Of course, The Library Foundation would be honored to be your “charity of choice.”

As a bonus, through March 31, Amazon will donate an extra $5 per customer to your charity! (Terms may apply.)

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Notice of Public Meeting – March 24

March 20th, 2014

The Library Foundation Board will meet March 24, 2014 at noon at the Library Center.

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Outreach Department Gets New “Walking Books” Bags

March 7th, 2014
Outreach Department staff members Nancy Danielson, Linda Agee and Jan Miller show off the new "Walking Books" delivery bags, purchased with donor-restricted funds.

Outreach Department staff members Nancy Danielson, Linda Agee and Jan Miller show off the new “Walking Books” delivery bags, purchased with donor-restricted funds.

Thanks to our generous donors, The Library Foundation was able to make a grant to the Library’s Outreach Department to purchase new delivery bags for the Walking Books program.  This outreach program delivers library materials to patrons who cannot easily travel to the Library due to physical limitations.  Staff and volunteers deliver new materials on a monthly basis to patrons, based on their interests, and return items checked out from the previous month.

According to Allison Eckhardt, Outreach Department Manager, the Library was in desperate need of additional delivery bags, as some patrons have been receiving their materials in plastic grocery bags.  The Walking Books delivery bags are a heavily-reinforced synthetic fabric with sturdy handles and a zippered closure, bearing the Library’s screen-printed logo and “Walking Books” on one side.

The Library Foundation frequently accepts gifts from donors who have a specific Library program or service they wish to support.  Click here to make a donation today.

To find out more about the Library’s Walking Books program, or to volunteer to help, call Walking Books at 883-6112 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Bruce Cameron: Dogs, Dads and Teenage Daughters

February 24th, 2014

Bruce_CameronThanks to donors like you and the Library Foundation’s Cultural Arts Endowment Fund, the Library is able to bring author W. Bruce Cameron to Springfield during the Big Read at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10.  Cameron will blend his wit and love for dogs for the Big Read presentation: “Come. Sit. Stay, An Evening with Bruce Cameron.”

Cameron hams it up in his “Unauthorized biography” on his own official website, but here’s the straight (we think) story about him (but you really should read his funnier version on his website): He always wanted to be a writer and sold his first short story at age 16 to the Kansas City Star for $50. He attended Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., was editor of the literary magazine and student newspaper. After college he became a freelance writer while doing a host of other jobs to make real money.

In 1995 he started an online Internet column with six subscribers. At its peak, he says, the Cameron Column had 40,000 subscribers. As he tells it, “I showed my columns to the Rocky Mountain News and in 1998 they began featuring me weekly in their Home Front section. Before long I was considered one of their most popular columnists… A column I’d written, ‘8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter,’ was crazy popular, so I turned it into a full book on the subject.”

His writing career took off after that, with national TV, magazine and radio exposure. Cameron explains, “Oliver North (bet you didn’t see this coming!) took an interest in ‘8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter’ because he has a teenage daughter. He had me on his radio show and introduced me to Creator’s Syndicate, which picked me up in October 2001.”

For more information on this and other Big Read 2014 events, check out the Big Read website.

Final ‘First to Know’ Breakfast slated for Thursday, Feb. 20

February 14th, 2014

Get a sneak peek at the Brentwood Branch Library renovation plans . . . and breakfast is on the house.

Come take a look at our plans for the Brentwood Branch Library renovation. No donations will be solicited; we are simply eager to tell you what we have planned, and to get your feedback.

Please join us for our “First to Know” Breakfast:
Thursday, February 20, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Brentwood Branch Library Community Room
2214 Brentwood Blvd

Continental breakfast will be served.

If you plan on coming, please RSVP by noon on Wednesday, February 19, at 616-0586 or


Notice of Public Meeting – January 27

January 24th, 2014

The Library Foundation Board will meet January 27, 2014 at noon at the Library Center.

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