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Shop AmazonSmile and Support the Library

Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

Turning your Amazon purchases into money for the Library is as easy as smiling. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support the Library at no cost to you.

Instead of shopping, try, a website operated by Amazon with the same products, pricing and shopping features. The difference is that when you shop AmazonSmile, Amazon donates 0.5 percent of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, select The Springfield Greene County Public Library Foundation. You can use the same account on so you don’t have to create another password. The website will remember that you selected the Library, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation.

Public funding alone cannot support what we do. We need your help and you can help by shopping. Donations to the Library allow us to make purchases or add patron services to supplement property tax dollars. For more information, contact The Library Foundation at 417-616-0586 or

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Jewell Schweitzer’s Legacy is a Better Library

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Supporting the Springfield-Greene County Library District was enough for Jewell Schweitzer. She didn’t seek notoriety. Members of The Library Foundation at the time say Jewell had to be convinced to add her name to the Brentwood Branch Library.

Jewell Schweitzer, who died on April 4, 2018, at the age of 97, was instrumental in the renovation of the Brentwood Branch Library. She donated
 $1.2 million to the ReNew Brentwood Capital Campaign. The renovation added a 1,500-square-foot reading room; a media room; two conference rooms; cyber bar; larger children’s department; dedicated teen space; built-in power sources and USB ports for portable devices and a drive-through service window.

Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library reopened on January 7, 2017, and Jewell was there to cut the ribbon. Patrons still rave about the improvements. Jewell, always quiet and humble about her generosity, was pleased with the namesake in the end because she truly loved the Library. Although it was easier for her to say “Yes” to donating money than to allow any kind of publicity, the Library is honored to carry on her name and her passion.

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Gerry and Rosalie Toler Support the Library with Photography and Poetry

Friday, April 6th, 2018

Fans of photography and poetry can pick up both at the Ash Grove Branch Library and support the Library at the same time. During the month of April, local artist Gerry Toler is selling black-and-white prints with 100 percent of the proceeds going to The Library Foundation. Each print measures 8×10 or 10×10 and is frame-ready. Prints are $100 each. Click here to see what’s for sale. To contact Toler for a print or to see other examples of his work, visit his page on the Springfield Regional Arts Council website. Rosalie Toler’s book “Sheer Poetry” is also for sale with the same generous offer. It’s a joint project with Gerry and features some of his work. The book is priced at $10.

The couple loves to support the Library and uses it all the time, they say. Rosalie is a voracious reader, consuming 75–100 books per year from the Library. She also relies on the Library for research. Gerry averages 50 books per year but doesn’t really count. Since starting a new project to read bios of all U.S. presidents, Gerry has discovered the variety of titles available through MOBIUS, which allows library patrons to check out books from other libraries. So far, he’s read 18 books and is on the 12th president.

When Gerry has meetings in the Library Center, Rosalie enjoys the comfortable atmosphere of the reading room. Gerry uses meeting rooms at the Library Center and the Republic Branch Library for monthly gatherings of four photographers. Gerry says that “all staff they meet are super helpful, courteous and cheerful.”

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February Challenge Fund + CFO Match + Laton Distribution Equals $79, 049.98!

Friday, March 16th, 2018


Brian Fogle, President and CEO of CFO and Melissa Adler, Development Director listen to Regina Greer Cooper, Executive Director of the Springfield-Greene County Library District talk about the Laton Endowment.

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks celebrated the Library’s successful February Endowment Challenge with other participating community groups at a reception Wednesday, March 14. The Library Foundation fundraising total of $13,210.51 earned another $5,000 from CFO.

But there was far more to celebrate, which explained the whopping $79,049.98 number that appeared on the giant check presented at the CFO celebration. Executive Director Regina Cooper explained that the Library received a final distribution from the Ursala Laton Trust in the amount of $60, 839.44. The distribution came in at the very end of the Endowment Challenge, and CFO decided to include it in the final amount. With that total, the new Laton Endowment is now over $500,000. The annual disbursement from that unrestricted fund can be used for Library needs.

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And the Winner of the Gift Basket Raffle Is…

Friday, March 9th, 2018

On the heels of the successful February Endowment Challenge, which topped the $10,000 goal with $13,210.54, Library fan Sylvia Neff had her own celebration when she won the Between Friends Gift Shops district-wide basket raffle. Dionne Duly, circulation assistant at Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library, sold the winning ticket. Gift shop Manager Shelli Kaminski created the travel-themed gift basket and donated it to The Library Foundation. The basket, which includes a MOVA Globe, is valued at $250. When Sylvia was asked what she likes best about “her library,” she said the drive-through and “They have all the books I want.”

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You, We and They Did It! Endowment Challenge Exceeds $10,000 Goal!

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Library patron David Jones with Development Director Melissa Adler (left) and Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Manager Jeana Gockley.

We did it!

Everyone loves a happy ending and Schweitzer Brentwood Library patron David Jones provided one. Mr. Jones made a generous donation that put us over $10,000 for the February Endowment Challenge. This unlocks another $5,000 from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks for the Laton Endowment, an unrestricted fund that provides a new, sustainable source of income for the Library.

The Laton Endowment was created with a gift from longtime patron Ursala Maria Laton. Annual income from the endowment will allow us to make purchases or add patron services that aren’t covered by property tax dollars. As the endowment grows, so will usable income from the earnings. This will enable us to do more for the community.

The grand total raised for the February Endowment Challenge is $13,210.54 (net).

We love our donors, whether they gave $1,000 or $1 for a heart. Every day the Library is changing lives and making our community a better place. Your support makes all the difference. Thank you!

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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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