August 4th, 2016
In the future when you return your items through the book drop at the renovated Brentwood Branch, a robot, of sorts, will take it from there. Brentwood is getting the Library District’s first “automated materials handling” system to do a job 24/7/365 that staff can do only when the library is open. The system, by Tech Logic, will help us return materials to the shelves for you much quicker. Your returned items will also show up on your account as “returned” within hours, even on holidays. And staff that spend a lot of time checking in, sorting and stacking books on return carts will have more time to help you, instead. The bin bottoms also adjust up as books are unloaded — easier for staff.
Here’s what happens behind the scenes: Patrons return stacks of books or other items through the return window outside or inside the branch, as they do now. Inside, the books fall onto a conveyor belt that separates them, scans each item for the bar code, sorts them by genre – nonfiction, sci-fi, children’s, etc.—and drops them into one of seven easy-to-wheel bins. Library staff then roll the bins to the proper department and reshelve the items.
It’s just one of the many cool features coming to the Renewed Brentwood Branch Library this winter.
May 2nd, 2016
The Give Ozarks 24-hour online giving campaign is a great way to make a donation to the “ReNew Brentwood” Capital Campaign! Even small donations can turn into big dollars, as the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and it sponsors are offering prizes up to $2,500 throughout the 24-hour period. A donation of any amount will enter the Library Foundation in the prize drawings and competitions! Simply click on the graphic to the left to go straight to the Library Foundation’s Give Ozarks 2016 page.
With only about $58,000 to go in our $2.5 million campaign to renew and renovate the Brentwood Branch Library, your donation will make a large impact. Thanks for going online tonight and tomorrow to make a difference in the lives of Springfield and Greene County residents who depend on libraries for many reasons.
You can learn more about the campaign and the planned renovations here.
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.