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!
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.
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. Guests 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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!
January 6th, 2016
Join 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.
November 3rd, 2015
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.