Archive for September, 2013

What did you read this summer?

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Summer is a time for riding bikes, staying up late and splashing in the pool or lake. It’s also a time of special risk for reading skill loss. Kids who don’t read during summer break —  especially those from low income families — can lose up to two to three months of reading skills, which can add up to an entire grade level by the time they reach middle school.

Research shows that kids who read on their own, simply because they love books, are likely to score higher on reading tests. Practicing reading increases their fluency and comprehension.

This summer 18,359 children and teens in Greene County (31% of all county youth) participated in Springfield-Greene County Library’s Summer Reading Program. Of that number, over one third participated in the program through Library Outreach programs at Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA’s and other area youth facilities.

Parents surveyed said that their kids were excited about reading and that they loved the programs, activities and incentives.  The kids were proud of their accomplishments, and they developed a love of reading that will serve them life long.

The Summer Reading Program is made possible partly through proceeds from the Friends of the Library book sales, and grants from The Library Foundation.  The Library couldn’t reach this many children without our supporters. Thank you for helping kids love to read!

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‘Turning Points’ Civil War Series Draws Huge Crowds

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Grants from The Library Foundation helped support Turning Points, a week-long series of Civil War lectures and events that drew over 1,000 people to the Springfield-Greene County Library in July.  The series was developed in response to the overwhelming public feedback asking for additional Civil War programming following the very popular Battle of Springfield programs held at the Library this past January.  Turning Points explored and commemorated major Civil War events that transpired in 1863.

Granville Automatic in concert at the Library Center

The Library Foundation provided donor-designated funds to host a presentation on the capture of Little Rock by noted author and Civil War historian Mark Christ.  Funds from The Library Foundation’s Cultural Arts Endowment Fund also helped sponsor a concert at the Library Center by Granville Automatic, with singer-songwriters Vanessa Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins performing haunting and lyrical compositions inspired by the Civil War.

“I want to thank The Library Foundation for their support of the Turning Points series this past July,” said Brian Grubbs, Local History Department Manager for the Springfield-Greene County Library District, and organizer of the series. Grubbs stated that many Library patrons commented on how much they enjoyed the series and asked when the next Civil War series was planned.  Based on the high level of interest, a series commemorating Sterling Price’s raid in Missouri, as well as other national Civil War-related events, is being considered for the fall of 2014.

The Library Foundation depends on donations from individuals, businesses and foundations to be able to support programs such as Turning Points.  Your tax-deductible contribution to The Library Foundation can be made online and can be designated for particular programs or services provided by the Library.

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