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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We Won! $4,500 CFO Video Challenge Grant to Fund Books for Kids in Summer Reading to Go

June 25th, 2018

Community Foundation of the Ozarks announced the Library’s Summer Reading to Go project as the Springfield winner of the $4,500 grant at their June 20 45th Anniversary Donor Dinner. 

The grant will reward preschoolers-teens in under-resourced neighborhoods with a free book in June and July for participating.

The program is one of the most important outreach efforts of the Library, and it’s grown over the years. “This summer we’re seeing over 5,000 kids, teens and adults at over 100 locations,” said Allison Eckhardt, the Outreach Services manager who coordinates the To-Go program. Staff visit day cares, preschools, after-school programs, day camps at Salvation Army and The Fairbanks, Boys & Girls Clubs and first-graders at all Title I summer schools. They also visit family programs at Northwest Project sites.


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Your shopping matters.

June 6th, 2018

Shop for Father’s Day at http://smile.amazon.com/ch/43-1655656 and Amazon donates to The Springfield Greene County Public Library Foundation.

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Vote to put new books in the hands of kids!

May 23rd, 2018

Kids will get new books with your help. All it takes is a vote.

The Library Foundation created a video for a $4,500 grant from Community Foundation of the Ozarks. Voting runs through 5 p.m. Friday, June 1.


You can vote once from each of your devices.

The voting results will narrow the field to three finalists in each category, Springfield and regional. After June 1, a CFO grant committee will choose a winner from among the three finalists. Winners will be announced and grants awarded on June 20.

The videos were produced as part of a contest celebrating the CFO’s 45th Anniversary.

Thank you for supporting kids and reading!

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Shop AmazonSmile and Support the Library

May 3rd, 2018

Turning your Amazon purchases into money for the Library is as easy as smiling. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support the Library at no cost to you.

Instead of shopping Amazon.com, try smile.amazon.com, a website operated by Amazon with the same products, pricing and shopping features. The difference is that when you shop AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5 percent of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

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.

Public funding alone cannot support what we do. We need your help and you can help by shopping. Donations to the Library allow us to make purchases or add patron services to supplement property tax dollars. For more information, contact The Library Foundation at 417-616-0586 or foundation@thelibrary.org.

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Jewell Schweitzer’s Legacy is a Better Library

April 9th, 2018

Supporting the Springfield-Greene County Library District was enough for Jewell Schweitzer. She didn’t seek notoriety. Members of The Library Foundation at the time say Jewell had to be convinced to add her name to the Brentwood Branch Library.

Jewell Schweitzer, who died on April 4, 2018, at the age of 97, was instrumental in the renovation of the Brentwood Branch Library. She donated
 $1.2 million to the ReNew Brentwood Capital Campaign. The renovation added a 1,500-square-foot reading room; a media room; two conference rooms; cyber bar; larger children’s department; dedicated teen space; built-in power sources and USB ports for portable devices and a drive-through service window.

Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library reopened on January 7, 2017, and Jewell was there to cut the ribbon. Patrons still rave about the improvements. Jewell, always quiet and humble about her generosity, was pleased with the namesake in the end because she truly loved the Library. Although it was easier for her to say “Yes” to donating money than to allow any kind of publicity, the Library is honored to carry on her name and her passion.

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