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Kids, Parents Invited to Rollout of Early Learning Stations and Toys May 5

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

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.”

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Welcome to

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

The Library Foundation is pleased to launch this new website. 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

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Thank You for Making the Annual Campaign a Success

Monday, January 10th, 2011

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.

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Give the Gift of Books to Your Library

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

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.

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Support Library at Barnes & Noble Bookfair

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Is a Nook on your Christmas list this year? Are you a book lover who loves to give books?

You can turn your purchase dollars into more gifts when you shop during the Library Foundation’s “Barnes & Noble Bookfair” on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 3055 S. Glenstone Ave., and online Nov. 13 -18.

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