Your Neighborhood Library is Open!

January 10th, 2017

We cut the ribbon on Saturday, Jan. 7, and formally reopened the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library!

On the “ribbon line” were Library Trustee Michelle Risdal-Barnes, Branch Manager Jeana Gockley, the branch namesake and benefactor Jewell Schweitzer, Library District Executive Director Regina Greer Cooper and Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens.

More than 2,000 people attended the opening day events — be sure to drop by soon!

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Reopening Saturday, Jan. 7!

January 5th, 2017

It’s the day you’ve been waiting for — the renamed, renovated Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library reopens at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7. Come for the thank-yous and brief remarks at 10 a.m. in the community room (enter at the south doors), then we’ll walk outside to the front doors for the official ribbon cutting and head inside. Check out all the cool spaces, find your favorite and enjoy your visit! At 3:30 p.m. Dallas Jones will perform a free concert for all ages in the community room.

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You might not think it makes much difference, but . . .

December 21st, 2016

magic-of-readingYour gift to the Library Foundation can provide the resources critical to our Racing to Read early literacy program.  Even a small gift can help purchase books, educational toys, and training materials for parents that foster learning and reading through guided activities and story-times. If a child learns the reading skills that enable him to be ready for kindergarten, the likelihood that he will graduate from high school increases exponentially. Please donate today and give the gift of reading.

The Library Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity, so your gift is tax deductible to the fullest extent provided by law. Please consult your financial or tax adviser to determine the tax advantages of any gifts you are considering.
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We’re Moving In!

December 21st, 2016

Thanks to the many hands that hefted boxes and furniture, we’re nearly moved in to the “new” Schweitzer Brentwood Branch. We can’t wait for the Grand Reopening celebration at  10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7!

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The books are on the shelves and we’re getting closer to opening day, Jan. 7. Note how exposing the roof beams and installing new, soft lighting expands the space!

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Check out the cool lighting fixtures throughout the library.

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This is one of the new Brody WorkLounges, perfect for solo study. This ergonomic chair is equipped with an adjustable work surface, task lighting, a shelf for stowing personal items and outlets for portable devices. Cool spot!

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One of the four new, spacious study rooms, located in passageways to the bright reading room.

 

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November 28th, 2016

Please donate today.

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Your gift can make all the difference.

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 »

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Construction Update

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.

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A view from the entrance toward the Circulation Desk/Coffee Kiosk.

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Refurbished bookshelves are being installed.

 

 

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Laying the curb and groundwork for the drive-up service lane.

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Looking south through the new Reading Room.

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Wine Tasting Fundraiser Slated for Thursday, Dec. 1

November 22nd, 2016

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Bring your spouse or a friend and join us for a casual evening of wine tasting and delicious appetizers, hosted by Old-World wine specialist, Aaron Rozeboom, as he shares his extensive knowledge of wine regions, expertise on individual wines, and fun facts about the wine industry.  The proceeds of the event will help complete the ReNew Brentwood Capital Campaign.

For tickets, call Valerie Richardson at 417-616-0586 or email: valerier@thelibrary.org.

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Black Friday. Cyber Monday.

November 21st, 2016

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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.

Help keep our libraries strong . . . please consider a gift today. Donate now.

 

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A Greener Outlook for All

October 28th, 2016

The Schweitzer Brentwood Branch, due to open in January 2017, will help set the pace for a greener environment with a design that meets the highest industry standards. Our goal is to create an environmentally responsible building.dscn0460 Materials, lighting and energy conservation choices are based on the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification program,or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. During renovation of the branch, over 85 percent of waste from deconstruction, clearing and rebuilding is being recycled. We’re increasing use of daylight inside while reducing nighttime light pollution outside. Carpet tiles and countertops, among other things, include recycled content. A new mechanical system will offer at least a 30 percent energy efficiency rating. A smarter, more energy-efficient lighting system will also help manage operational costs in the future. We can’t wait to show you how Schweitzer Brentwood Branch is creating a greener outlook for all.

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