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Your Neighborhood Library is Open!

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

We cut the ribbon on Saturday, Jan. 7, and formally reopened the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library!

On the “ribbon line” were Library Trustee Michelle Risdal-Barnes, Branch Manager Jeana Gockley, the branch namesake and benefactor Jewell Schweitzer, Library District Executive Director Regina Greer Cooper and Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens.

More than 2,000 people attended the opening day events — be sure to drop by soon!


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Reopening Saturday, Jan. 7!

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

It’s the day you’ve been waiting for — the renamed, renovated Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library reopens at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7. Come for the thank-yous and brief remarks at 10 a.m. in the community room (enter at the south doors), then we’ll walk outside to the front doors for the official ribbon cutting and head inside. Check out all the cool spaces, find your favorite and enjoy your visit! At 3:30 p.m. Dallas Jones will perform a free concert for all ages in the community room.


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We’re Moving In!

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

Thanks to the many hands that hefted boxes and furniture, we’re nearly moved in to the “new” Schweitzer Brentwood Branch. We can’t wait for the Grand Reopening celebration at  10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7!


The books are on the shelves and we’re getting closer to opening day, Jan. 7. Note how exposing the roof beams and installing new, soft lighting expands the space!


Check out the cool lighting fixtures throughout the library.


This is one of the new Brody WorkLounges, perfect for solo study. This ergonomic chair is equipped with an adjustable work surface, task lighting, a shelf for stowing personal items and outlets for portable devices. Cool spot!


One of the four new, spacious study rooms, located in passageways to the bright reading room.


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Construction Update

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

Check out these newest photos of renovation progress at the Brentwood Branch! Shelving is going in, the outside drive-up service lane is being poured and the reading room is big and bright! Save the date: The Grand Opening party is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7.


A view from the entrance toward the Circulation Desk/Coffee Kiosk.


Refurbished bookshelves are being installed.




Laying the curb and groundwork for the drive-up service lane.


Looking south through the new Reading Room.

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A Greener Outlook for All

Friday, October 28th, 2016

The Schweitzer Brentwood Branch, due to open in January 2017, will help set the pace for a greener environment with a design that meets the highest industry standards. Our goal is to create an environmentally responsible building.dscn0460 Materials, lighting and energy conservation choices are based on the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification program,or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. During renovation of the branch, over 85 percent of waste from deconstruction, clearing and rebuilding is being recycled. We’re increasing use of daylight inside while reducing nighttime light pollution outside. Carpet tiles and countertops, among other things, include recycled content. A new mechanical system will offer at least a 30 percent energy efficiency rating. A smarter, more energy-efficient lighting system will also help manage operational costs in the future. We can’t wait to show you how Schweitzer Brentwood Branch is creating a greener outlook for all.

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Construction Update

Friday, October 21st, 2016

New construction photos give you a glimpse of how open, airy and bright the new Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library will be. Missouri Library Association members recently toured the building. The west exterior wall will extend for a bigger reading room. dscn0546dscn0539dscn0551

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All this and glass art, too!

Friday, September 16th, 2016

You’ll see an artistic touch developing atop the Brentwood Branch these days — a pinnacle — that will soon serve as a kind of beacon for evening visitors. bwd-pinnacleGlass panels will be installed around it and a light will provide a soft glow. Still to come, Springfield Hot Glass is designing a lovely sculpture mobile for visitors to enjoy once they step inside the “new” Schweitzer Brentwood Branch!

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A “Robot” Behind the Scene

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

In the future when you return your items through the book drop at the renovated Brentwood Branch, a robot, of sorts, will take it from there. Automated Materials handling best sizeBrentwood is getting the Library District’s first “automated materials handling” system to do a job 24/7/365 that staff can do only when the library is open. The system, by Tech Logic, will help us return materials to the shelves for you much quicker. Your returned items will also show up on your account as “returned” within hours, even on holidays. And staff that spend a lot of time checking in, sorting and stacking books on return carts will have more time to help you, instead. The bin bottoms also adjust up as books are unloaded — easier for staff.

Here’s what happens behind the scenes: Patrons return stacks of books or other items through the return window outside or inside the branch, as they do now. Inside, the books fall onto a conveyor belt that separates them, scans each item for the bar code, sorts them by genre – nonfiction, sci-fi, children’s, etc.—and drops them into one of seven easy-to-wheel bins. Library staff then roll the bins to the proper department and reshelve the items.

It’s just one of the many cool features coming to the Renewed Brentwood Branch Library this winter.

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Nora makes a sweet contribution with her lemonade stand

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Springfield 8-year-old Nora Miller wowed us with her love for the Brentwood Branch Library. She’s missing her “home” library so much while it’s closed for renovation that she decided to help finish off the capital campaign with a lemoDSCN0058nade stand and bake sale on Wednesday, July 27, at the curb of her Rountree neighborhood home. She rallied her family and neighbors, who contributed goodies and bought some, too. Nora even provided drive-up curb service! When we told her she’ll get to return to her favorite library in December, she beamed. “That’s my birthday month, so that will be a great present!” Her present to us when all the goods were consumed: $165. Thank you, Nora, and everyone who helped!

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Those Iconic Blue Tiles

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Wondering what happened to Brentwood Branch’s iconic blue sunburst tiles when the renovation began? You’ll see them again. The craftsmen at Rosales Masonry were able to safely remove about 150 of the tiles from the west side of the building, where they were installed when the library was built in 1971. BWD_Blue Tile (Similar tiles added in the 1994 expansion did not fare well in removal.) Brentwood’s neighbor, the Carpet Shoppe, will clean and store the blue tiles during the renovation. When the library reopens this winter, you’ll be able to enjoy them again, this time inside. They will form an artistic backsplash for the new coffee kiosk just inside the entrance.

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