Your gift to the Library Foundation can provide the resources critical to our Racing to Read early literacy program. Even a small gift can help purchase books, educational toys, and training materials for parents that foster learning and reading through guided activities and story-times. If a child learns the reading skills that enable him to be ready for kindergarten, the likelihood that he will graduate from high school increases exponentially. Please donate today and give the gift of reading.
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The challenges faced by preschool children in Greene County are staggering. The high child abuse and neglect rates, child poverty, inconsistent pre-kindergarten investment, and lack of school readiness put our children at risk of dropping out, placing a burden on our communities already scrambling to provide resources and assistance for the jobless and homeless. ” When we fail to invest in the early years of our children’s lives, the costs are spread throughout the rest of the community, with effects including a lack of education, a deprived talent pipeline, negative impact on economic development, a lower tax base, and poorer health outcomes.” Community Focus 2015: A report for Springfield & Greene County. The 2015 Focus Report gave the Springfield-Greene County Library District a “blue ribbon” for developing strong relationships with community agencies by training staff to understand the importance of early literacy and how to weave it into their work with parents to benefit children. (more…)
Come celebrate the kick-off of the holiday season with an elegant crepe brunch, a demonstration by award-winning patisserie chef Bruno Marchandise of the Aviary Cafe, and an amazing array of silent auction items – all proceeds to benefit the Library Foundation. For tickets, call Valerie Richardson at 417-616-0586 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. See details below.
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.
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!
Summer is a time for riding bikes, staying up late and splashing in the pool or lake. It’s also a time of special risk for reading skill loss. Kids who don’t read during summer break — especially those from low income families — can lose up to two to three months of reading skills, which can add up to an entire grade level by the time they reach middle school.
This summer 18,359 children and teens in Greene County (31% of all county youth) participated in Springfield-Greene County Library’s Summer Reading Program. Of that number, over one third participated in the program through Library Outreach programs at Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA’s and other area youth facilities.
Parents surveyed said that their kids were excited about reading and that they loved the programs, activities and incentives. The kids were proud of their accomplishments, and they developed a love of reading that will serve them life long.
The Summer Reading Program is made possible partly through proceeds from the Friends of the Library book sales, and grants from The Library Foundation. The Library couldn’t reach this many children without our supporters. Thank you for helping kids love to read!
Grants from The Library Foundation helped support Turning Points, a week-long series of Civil War lectures and events that drew over 1,000 people to the Springfield-Greene County Library in July. The series was developed in response to the overwhelming public feedback asking for additional Civil War programming following the very popular Battle of Springfield programs held at the Library this past January. Turning Points explored and commemorated major Civil War events that transpired in 1863.
The Library Foundation provided donor-designated funds to host a presentation on the capture of Little Rock by noted author and Civil War historian Mark Christ. Funds from The Library Foundation’s Cultural Arts Endowment Fund also helped sponsor a concert at the Library Center by Granville Automatic, with singer-songwriters Vanessa Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins performing haunting and lyrical compositions inspired by the Civil War.
“I want to thank The Library Foundation for their support of the Turning Points series this past July,” said Brian Grubbs, Local History Department Manager for the Springfield-Greene County Library District, and organizer of the series. Grubbs stated that many Library patrons commented on how much they enjoyed the series and asked when the next Civil War series was planned. Based on the high level of interest, a series commemorating Sterling Price’s raid in Missouri, as well as other national Civil War-related events, is being considered for the fall of 2014.
The Library Foundation depends on donations from individuals, businesses and foundations to be able to support programs such as Turning Points. Your tax-deductible contribution to The Library Foundation can be made online and can be designated for particular programs or services provided by the Library.
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