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Thanks to our generous donors, The Library Foundation was able to make a grant to the Library’s Outreach Department to purchase new delivery bags for the Walking Books program. This outreach program delivers library materials to patrons who cannot easily travel to the Library due to physical limitations. Staff and volunteers deliver new materials on a monthly basis to patrons, based on their interests, and return items checked out from the previous month.
According to Allison Eckhardt, Outreach Department Manager, the Library was in desperate need of additional delivery bags, as some patrons have been receiving their materials in plastic grocery bags. The Walking Books delivery bags are a heavily-reinforced synthetic fabric with sturdy handles and a zippered closure, bearing the Library’s screen-printed logo and “Walking Books” on one side.
The Library Foundation frequently accepts gifts from donors who have a specific Library program or service they wish to support. Click here to make a donation today.
To find out more about the Library’s Walking Books program, or to volunteer to help, call Walking Books at 883-6112 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thanks to donors like you and the Library Foundation’s Cultural Arts Endowment Fund, the Library is able to bring author W. Bruce Cameron to Springfield during the Big Read at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10. Cameron will blend his wit and love for dogs for the Big Read presentation: “Come. Sit. Stay, An Evening with Bruce Cameron.”
Cameron hams it up in his “Unauthorized biography” on his own official website, but here’s the straight (we think) story about him (but you really should read his funnier version on his website): He always wanted to be a writer and sold his first short story at age 16 to the Kansas City Star for $50. He attended Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., was editor of the literary magazine and student newspaper. After college he became a freelance writer while doing a host of other jobs to make real money.
In 1995 he started an online Internet column with six subscribers. At its peak, he says, the Cameron Column had 40,000 subscribers. As he tells it, “I showed my columns to the Rocky Mountain News and in 1998 they began featuring me weekly in their Home Front section. Before long I was considered one of their most popular columnists… A column I’d written, ‘8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter,’ was crazy popular, so I turned it into a full book on the subject.”
His writing career took off after that, with national TV, magazine and radio exposure. Cameron explains, “Oliver North (bet you didn’t see this coming!) took an interest in ‘8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter’ because he has a teenage daughter. He had me on his radio show and introduced me to Creator’s Syndicate, which picked me up in October 2001.”
For more information on this and other Big Read 2014 events, check out the Big Read website.
It’s just around the corner – the Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale begins Tuesday, Oct. 22 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 27 at Remington’s, 1655 W. Republic Road in Springfield. The public sale hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Oct. 22-25; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27. Half-price day is Saturday, Oct. 26 and “Bag Day” is Sunday, Oct. 27, when everything you can fit in a bag costs $1 or $5 for regular or better books. The Friends Night Preview Sale (admission only with your Friends of the Library membership) is Monday, Oct. 21, from 5-8 p.m. If you are not already a Friends member, you can pay $5 at the door to join and enjoy the early-bird bargains. You can also sign up or renew your Friends of the Library membership prior to the sale at your library branch.
Remington’s will again be filled with best-sellers, sci-fi fantasy, cooking and crafts, religious fiction and nonfiction, textbooks, rare and collectible books, music CDs and record albums, DVD and VHS movies, audiobooks, sheet music, puzzles and games. This fall the Friends have an extra-large collection of children’s books, so be sure to get there early to scoop up great buys! Holiday gift-giving time will be here before you know it, and books make terrific gifts! Children’s books are 50 cents or less; children’s better books are $1 and up. Adult, young adult books and most audiovisual items are $1 or less. Paperbacks are 50 cents; better books are $2 and up. Follow the Friends on Facebook as Friends of the Springfield-Greene County Library District.
Proceeds from the sale are returned to the Library in many ways through grants for Library branch programs, building needs and the Brentwood capital campaign. Thanks to everyone who has donated to or purchased books from the Friends Book Sale and kudos to the Friends for all their tireless work making the book sale a huge success – together we build a strong and innovative library district!
The Library plays so many unique roles in our daily lives. Depending on your interests, it can be your classroom, your office, a music stage or community hearth where you can gather with friends or simply escape with a good book.
The trust and sense of belonging that people feel about the Library helped drive the 1.9 million visits last year to the 10 branches across Greene County communities. The depth of our online resources – from job listings to e-book downloads to research databases – drove another 3.1 million visits to the website, thelibrary.org. And in its first year, the mobile website had 25,219 website views from mobile devices.
The Library met other community needs in varied ways last year through the help of our donors:
- The Mobile Library has traveled 4,250 miles – 26 stops per week – since it began running in June. The bookmobile enables us to put books, music and movies into the hands of more than 18,000 people.
- More than 3,200 people attended computer skills and professional development classes at the Edge Community Technology Center. In a sign of the times, unemployed adults outnumbered retirees in the classes.
- The Library launched its signature early-literacy program, Racing to Read. Children’s storytimes, early learning centers and parent workshops are geared to help build children’s skills so they’re ready to read and succeed in school.
Librarians are passionate about providing the kinds of instruction and up-to-date materials you expect from your Springfield-Greene County Libraries. They are committed to staying in step with technology, providing the computers, software and classes to help you master new skills – or download free e-books.
Grants and gifts from people who love the Library – like you – help us enhance the rich diversity of resources and programs you’ve come to expect.
As the calendar year draws to a close, we encourage you to make a gift to the Library Foundation Annual Fund. With your help, we can continue providing the kinds of welcoming spaces and important services that can transform lives.
Juli Moseley, President
Springfield-Greene County Library Foundation
The Annie Busch Fund for Early Literacy, named in honor of former Library Director Annie Busch, supports the Library’s many early literacy programs. Last year the Library provided 1,657 early literacy trainings for 3,565 parents and gave away 6,183 free books. These programs encourage families to read together at home and teach parents to help their children be ready to read when they enter kindergarten. Your gift to the Annie Busch Fund for Early Literacy supports trainings like these and special projects like the new Racing to Read initiative.
Donate online today. Simply note “Early Literacy Fund” on the gift form.
Children and families are invited to have some fun at each of the branch libraries all day Thursday, May 5, when the library rolls out the new Racing to Read project. There will also be drawings for free books for families that attend.
Racing to Read is a library program that encourages play and talk between parents and children to teach little ones the skills they need to be prepared for kindergarten. Early learning stations are at the Library Center, Library Station, and the Republic, Brentwood and Midtown Carnegie branches. The other branches will include many of the same toys and activities
The activities encourage imagination, conversation and exploration – all essential for children to be open to learning.
“Reading, talking and playing are fun, easy and valuable ways parents can help their young children learn,” said district youth services coordinator Nancee Dahms-Stinson.
“Playing is the foundation for learning for children, and when it’s paired with parental interaction, its value is immeasurable,” Nancee said.
The youth services staff is developing Racing to Read through generous grants from the Rotary Club of Springfield, Rotary Club District 6080, the Library Foundation and the Missouri Parent Information Resource Center Southwest.
The library will continue building on Racing to Read with parenting workshops and more activities in the future.
“Each time you visit the Library, you and your child will find something new and delightful to discover and explore,” Nancee added. “The learning part is up to you and your child; the library is your resource.”
The Library Foundation is pleased to launch this new website.
YourLibraryFoundation.org is the place for you to learn about ways to share your passion for literacy, education, opportunity and the quality of life our library provides. We developed the site with two goals in mind:
1. To make it easy for you to give in support of your favorite Library service or program.
2. To provide you with meaningful information about how your gifts are making a difference to the Library and the many people they serve.
This site is just the beginning. We will continue to make improvements toward effectively meeting these two goals and invite you to help us ensure that the site is a useful and relevant communication tool. Please take a look around and send your comments and suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Library Foundation wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the many donors who supported this year’s annual campaign. Together you raised more than $6,000 to support the Library’s mission of encouraging life-long learning, self-improvement and self expression. Thank you for being passionate about the Library.
People who love books and giving books as gifts can spread cheer further this year by giving a children’s book to the Springfield-Greene County Library District with a donation to the library’s Holiday Book Trees and Wreaths.
From November 27-December 23, each branch of the Springfield-Greene County Library District will display a tree or wreath decorated with ornaments depicting books that are on the library district’s wish list.
When a person donates the $5, $10, $15 or $20 for a specific title, that book will be added to the district’s circulating collection for any child to check out and enjoy. The donor’s name will then be added to the ornament and placed back on the tree or wreath to inspire others.
For details, call Library Foundation Director Regina Greer Cooper at 417.883.5366.