Archive for June, 2018

The Library Foundation is 25

Thursday, 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


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

Monday, 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.

Wednesday, June 6th, 2018

Shop for Father’s Day at and Amazon donates to The Springfield Greene County Public Library Foundation.

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