$25 for 25 Campaign is Building the Library Collection

December 4th, 2018

Thanks to everyone who donated on Giving Tuesday. The Library Foundation raised $2,138.11. There’s still time to donate to the $25 for 25 campaign.

Click here and help us stock the stacks!

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Today’s the Day! #GivingTuesday

November 27th, 2018

Thank you to everyone who has already sent their $25 to stock the stacks!

Donate HERE.

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Shop and Help the Library

November 26th, 2018






This Cyber Monday, do your regular Amazon shopping at smile.amazon.com/ch/43-1655656 and AmazonSmile donates to The Springfield Greene County Public Library Foundation.

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Help Us Stock the Stacks!

November 5th, 2018

Library shelves and all they hold invite us to explore and challenge us to think. There are books to inspire, movies to escape and music to move us.

If you can’t imagine your life without a robust library collection, consider putting one of these on the shelf with your gift of $25 to the Library Foundation. Collection Services, the department that keeps the Library up-to-date with books, music, movies, toys, streaming services, newspaper archives and databases, is working hard to meet patron needs with $200,000 less this year.

What can $25 buy?

  • a bestseller novel
  • a new movie release on DVD
  • your favorite music on CD
  • three board books for our youngest patrons

Donate now: https://thelibrary.org/25for25/

The Library Foundation, serving donors and the Library for 25 years.

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AmazonSmile is increasing the donation rate 10x now through Nov 2

October 29th, 2018

Through November 2, AmazonSmile is donating 5% (ten times the usual amount) to The Springfield Greene County Public Library Foundation when you shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/43-1655656

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. #AmazonSmile #StartWithaSmile

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Celebrating 25 Years With Cake and a Concert

September 14th, 2018

The Library Foundation celebrated 25 years of serving donors and supporting the Library with cake (and cupcakes!) at Geezerfest. Foundation Board President Bruce Robison, pictured with the cake before it was devoured, said a few words to the packed auditorium and overflow audience in the concourse before Geezer rocked the house. Library Board of Trustees member Andrea McKinney and Foundation Board member Bob Shaw got in on the fun while handing out treats. A cool, drizzly evening forced the concert indoors from the patio to the Library Center auditorium.

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Geezerfest is Saturday, September 8

September 4th, 2018

Join us on the patio for our fall Geezer concert! The whole family can enjoy an eclectic list of tunes from the 60s to the present while we celebrate the Library Foundation’s 25th anniversary with cake. Introductory remarks will begin at 6:45 p.m. with the concert starting at 7 p.m. This free, two-hour concert is made possible by our generous Friends of the Library. Concert will take place in the auditorium in the event of bad weather.

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Joselyn Baldner Earns SBJ Honor

August 20th, 2018

Congratulations to Joselyn Baldner for being chosen as a Springfield Business Journal top influencer! We’re so proud to have her on the Library Foundation board. She is starting her second term and serves as treasurer. Joselyn is Senior Vice President, Retail Market Manager, for Central Bank of the Ozarks.


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Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library Gets New Bike Racks

August 15th, 2018

When Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library was remodeled, two bike racks were installed. After re-opening, the need for more bike racks was clear. Gifts made in memory of Ms. Jewell Schweitzer were used to purchase two more. Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library is a neighborhood hub within walking and biking distance for many patrons. Now the library can better serve patrons, young and old, who ride their bikes.

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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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