Archive for April, 2018

Jewell Schweitzer’s Legacy is a Better Library

Monday, 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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Gerry and Rosalie Toler Support the Library with Photography and Poetry

Friday, April 6th, 2018

Fans of photography and poetry can pick up both at the Ash Grove Branch Library and support the Library at the same time. During the month of April, local artist Gerry Toler is selling black-and-white prints with 100 percent of the proceeds going to The Library Foundation. Each print measures 8×10 or 10×10 and is frame-ready. Prints are $100 each. Click here to see what’s for sale. To contact Toler for a print or to see other examples of his work, visit his page on the Springfield Regional Arts Council website. Rosalie Toler’s book “Sheer Poetry” is also for sale with the same generous offer. It’s a joint project with Gerry and features some of his work. The book is priced at $10.

The couple loves to support the Library and uses it all the time, they say. Rosalie is a voracious reader, consuming 75–100 books per year from the Library. She also relies on the Library for research. Gerry averages 50 books per year but doesn’t really count. Since starting a new project to read bios of all U.S. presidents, Gerry has discovered the variety of titles available through MOBIUS, which allows library patrons to check out books from other libraries. So far, he’s read 18 books and is on the 12th president.

When Gerry has meetings in the Library Center, Rosalie enjoys the comfortable atmosphere of the reading room. Gerry uses meeting rooms at the Library Center and the Republic Branch Library for monthly gatherings of four photographers. Gerry says that “all staff they meet are super helpful, courteous and cheerful.”

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