Archive for July, 2013

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant Takes Summer Reading Digital

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Dollar General Literacy Foundation is helping the Library encourage lower-income kids to keep up their summer reading skills while making it accessible and fun on new technology – e-readers. The goal is to narrow the technology gap for low-income students while increasing their reading skills, according to Library Foundation Director Valerie Richardson, who submitted the request on behalf of the Foundation.

The Dollar General $2,500 grant has allowed the Library to purchase six variations of e-readers loaded with 24 different books geared for teen and pre-teen readers. The e-readers will be rotated among three Boys & Girls Club locations during the summer. In a series of six sessions at the clubs, Library Outreach staff are meeting with the participants to help demystify the technology and conduct book discussions about the titles. The kids can experiment with the software on the devices and get comfortable using them.

Grant funds have also been used to purchase print copies of the books, so they can be checked out and taken home.  During the sessions, the kids have also debated the value of digital book formats and “bookless libraries.”

The Library will keep the e-readers for use during year-round and successive summer reading programs, and will add new titles to the devices.

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Two Civic Leaders Step Up for Brentwood Branch Capital Campaign

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Savvy civic leaders Brooke O’Reilly and Stephanie Stenger Montgomery will lead the Library Foundation‘s Capital Campaign Steering Committee to raise $2.5 million for the Brentwood BranchLibrary renovation project. A project timeline has not been set. (Visit the Brentwood Branch to see the renovation plans!)

Brooke O'Reilly

Brooke is past president of the Junior League of Springfield, was recognized as “Volunteer of the Year” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2006, was a candidate for Missouri’s “First Lady’s Award” in 2008 and won the Gift of Time Award in 2010. She has served on boards includingthe Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks, Discovery Center of Springfield, Springfield-Greene County Library Foundation, and serves on the executive committee of Isabel’s House and the Early Childhood Initiative.

Stephanie Stenger Montgomery

Stephanie is an attorney and president and CEO of Springfield Land, L.P. She was a 2011 business practitioner honoree in the Missouri Lawyers Weekly 13th Annual Women’s Justice Awards. She serves on the Care to Learn Board of Directors, is a past president of the Junior League of Springfield, and she is on the Isabel’s House Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks Board of Directors. She is a past president of the Springfield-Greene County Library Board of Trustees, Springfield Public Schools Foundation, Friends of the Zoo Board of Directors and City of Springfield Mayor’s Commission on Children.

“We are very fortunate to have the leadership of Brooke and Stephanie for the Brentwood Capital Campaign,” said Foundation Director Valerie Richardson. “They each have a history of being enthusiastically involved in causes that impact Springfield and Greene County. Their combined experience in business, fundraising and networking will be a winning strategy for the campaign. The Library Foundation is looking forward to working with them as we launch this exciting venture!”

Moving the Library further on the Brentwood timeline, our whole-house deconstruction and recycling project on the Wayland Drive property is nearly complete, and the Springfield City Council voted July 1 to rezone the property to make way for the Brentwood project.

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