The Library Foundation is 25

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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