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February $10,000 Endowment Challenge Reaches Halfway Mark!

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

Staff, patrons and donors are showing the Library some love by getting us closer to the goal of $10,000 for the February Endowment Challenge. Through private donations, sales of $1 hearts in the 10 branches to staff and visitors, ticket sales for a Feb. 23 wine tasting and a gift basket raffle in the branches, we’ve collected $6,251.88 in donations.

We’re halfway there, but February is also half over. Can you help? Click the Donate Today button at the right hand corner of this page or send a check to The Library Foundation, 4653 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO 65810. Questions? Call Melissa at 417-616-0586.

Your gift to the Library is worth more right now. If we raise $10,000 by February 28, Community Foundation of the Ozarks will contribute another $5,000 to the Laton Endowment. This is an unrestricted endowment that provides a new, sustainable source of income for the Library, which will enable us to do more for the community.

If you love your Library, please make a donation today!


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We’ve Got a Perfect Pairing for You at the February 23 Wine Tasting!

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Won’t you join us? The public is invited to attend a fun, sit-down wine tasting, “Perfect Pairings for Winter,” at 5:30 p.m. Friday, February 23, at the Brown Derby International Wine Center party room, 2023 S. Glenstone Ave. Old-world wine specialist Aaron Rozeboom, will share his fascinating stories about the grapes and vines of the wines we’ll sample while we enjoy appetizer pairings. Tickets are $50 apiece and proceeds go to The Library Foundation’s “Let’s Make a Match!” campaign. Seating is limited. For tickets or information, or to donate a gift toward the $10,000 challenge, please contact Development Director Melissa Adler at 417-616-0586, or email

The Foundation is challenged with raising $10,000 in February for the Laton Endowment, an unrestricted fund with Community Foundation of the Ozarks. If we’re successful, CFO will provide another $5,000 for the endowment, which will be a new source of revenue every year for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. You can help us reach $10,000 in February by making a gift to The Library Foundation at and click “Donate Today.”





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Let’s Make a Match! Help the Foundation Raise $10,000 in February for a New Endowment that Will Work for You!

Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Development Director Melissa Adler

How do I love the Library? Let me count the ways. If you’re like me, the list is long. First on my list is the sense of community I feel every time I walk into one of our ten Library branches or board the Mobile Library. Second is the anticipation that comes from discovery.

February is for Library lovers and this month is the perfect time to show your Library some love. From now through February 28, the Library has been challenged to raise $10,000 for the Library’s Laton Endowment, which is an unrestricted fund held at Community Foundation of the Ozarks. If we meet the $10,000 goal, CFO will contribute another $5,000 to the Library’s fund.

 The Laton Endowment will provide new, sustainable income for the Library. It will enable the Library to do more for you, the Library patron. Building this endowment will allow us to make purchases every year that aren’t covered by property tax dollars. As the endowment grows, so will usable income from the earnings. The current balance of the endowment is $476,000. We’re working to reach a half million.

Through the month of February, The Library Foundation will host a variety of fundraisers that the public can join in to help us meet our $10,000 goal. Click here for a complete list of activities. You can make a tax-deductible donation from this page by clicking the Donate Today button above The Library Foundation page.

Any gift to the Library in February is worth more because of the match challenge. And, a gift to the Laton Endowment is forever. It’s a gift that keeps giving and helps secure the future of the Library. Let’s make a match!

Melissa Adler, Development Director

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Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Celebrates One-Year Anniversary!

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Young families and longtime fans of the Brentwood Branch — and now the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch — stopped by the library on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, for cake to celebrate the branch’s one-year anniversary of reopening after a major renovation. Among the many people dropping by the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch were Brad and Christa Palmore, who were also celebrating their one-year wedding anniversary that day. Others were Councilwoman Jan Fisk and J. Howard Fisk, author David Harrison, building architect Andrew Wells and several members of the Friends of the Library. Thank you, everyone, for sharing the library’s and staff’s special day!

Branch Manager Jeana Gockley and Circulation Manager Joey Borovika

Library supporters J. Howard Fisk, Councilwoman Jan Fisk and author/poet David Harrison

One of our fan families, little Avayla and mom Rebecca Vaugine enjoying cake!

Project architect Andrew Wells stopped by the party and met new Development Director Melissa Adler

Friends of the Library member Ed Griesbaum is also the Friends’ Schweitzer Brentwood Branch rep, always willing to help us.

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Wine Tasting Fundraiser Slated for Thursday, Dec. 1

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016


Bring your spouse or a friend and join us for a casual evening of wine tasting and delicious appetizers, hosted by Old-World wine specialist, Aaron Rozeboom, as he shares his extensive knowledge of wine regions, expertise on individual wines, and fun facts about the wine industry.  The proceeds of the event will help complete the ReNew Brentwood Capital Campaign.

For tickets, call Valerie Richardson at 417-616-0586 or email:

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Black Friday. Cyber Monday.

Monday, November 21st, 2016



Early literacy programs. Parents As Teachers resources. Story time books. Walking Books resources for the home-bound. Genealogy and local history programs. Books, books, books. Science and technology materials for experiments. Death & Dying Series programs. Racing to Read resources. Puzzles and toys. Civil War lectures. BluuBeam technology. The Bookmobile. Missouri Over There digitized collections. More books. Cultural arts programs. The new Schweitzer-Brentwood Branch Library. Thanks to you, all these things were possible through your Library Foundation.

Help keep our libraries strong . . . please consider a gift today. Donate now.


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Music & Lyrics Registration Extended

Monday, September 19th, 2016

music-clip-art-music-notes-clipartRegistration for the Music & Lyrics Workshop, sponsored by GigSalad and featuring guest presenter Tom Sharpe, Yamaha Artist and drummer for Grammy Award-winning Mannheim Steamroller, has been extended to Thursday, September 22, at 9:00 p.m. Persons interested in registering for the workshop (see blog post dated August 16, 2016, for details) may download the registration form and drop it with the registration fee by any library branch in the Springfield-Greene County Library District, or may send it electronically by email to The registration form and schedule may be found in the orange box to the right.

Electronically submitted registrations may be paid by credit card by clicking the “Donate Today” button at the top of the page. Please complete the gift form with only the required information requested (marked with an asterisk), and put in the gift amount of $75. At the bottom of the gift form, in the box titled “Gift Designation/Message (Optional)” please type a message indicating that the payment is for the Music & Lyrics Workshop registration. When you submit the form, you will be directed to a secure checkout page where you can pay by PayPal or credit card.

Some scholarships are available. Please call 417-616-0586 or email to inquire.

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Give Ozarks 2016 – Support the ‘Renew Brentwood’ Campaign!

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Give-Ozarks-Blue-GreenThe Give Ozarks 24-hour online giving campaign is a great way to make a donation to the “ReNew Brentwood” Capital Campaign! Even small donations can turn into big dollars, as the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and it sponsors are offering prizes up to $2,500 throughout the 24-hour period. A donation of any amount will enter the Library Foundation in the prize drawings and competitions! Simply click on the graphic to the left to go straight to the Library Foundation’s Give Ozarks 2016 page.

With only about $58,000 to go in our $2.5 million campaign to renew and renovate the Brentwood Branch Library, your donation will make a large impact. Thanks for going online tonight and tomorrow to make a difference in the lives of Springfield and Greene County residents who depend on libraries for many reasons.

You can learn more about the campaign and the planned renovations here.


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Join the May 5 Give Ozarks Fundraising Blitz, Help Kids with the Annie Busch Literacy Fund

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

33729_1183712169338_1724251982_330966_7039812_nThe Community Foundation of the Ozarks selected The Library Foundation to receive a $5,000 matching challenge grant, so every dollar donated up to $5,000 will be doubled. Here’s how you can help: Go to the Give Ozarks website,, anytime from 12:01 a.m. to midnight Tuesday, May 5. Click “View Agencies” and “The Library Foundation.” Click “Donate Now” and make a gift of any size. Your donation will double the $5,000 matching grant for the Library Foundation’s Annie Busch Early Literacy Fund, which provides early literacy programs to get children ready to learn to read when they start school. Or, make a designated gift anytime before May 5 to  The Library Foundation, 4653 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO, 65810, or call Valerie Richardson at 417-616-0586.

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Notice of Public Meeting – September 22

Friday, September 19th, 2014

The Library Foundation Board will meet September 22, 2014 at noon at the Library Center.

View the notice.

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