Come have coffee with us and see what’s planned for Brentwood!

October 7th, 2013

Get a sneak peek at our plans for the Brentwood Branch Library Friday, November 1. The Library Foundation is hosting an informational session at 7:30 a.m. in the Brentwood Library’s community room to “show and tell” the exciting changes that are forthcoming. Coffee and a continental breakfast will be available while we share how we are going to expand existing spaces and create new ones. We promise to take no longer than one hour, but you are welcome to stay and chat if you like.

130411 Interior RenderingWe will have architectural renderings on display, a video explaining the changes and a time for questions and answers. No donations will be solicited – we just want to tell the story about how your favorite neighborhood library is being brought into the 21st century with all the latest technology and services everyone has been waiting for! Despite the new technology and sparkling additions, we want to assure you that Brentwood will still be “Brentwood,” with the same outstanding, friendly staff that makes this branch so special.

If you are planning on attending, please RSVP by calling Valerie Richardson, Library Foundation Director, at 417-616-0586 or by email at valerier@thelibrary.org.

Location:  Brentwood Branch Library Community Room, 2214 Brentwood Blvd (one block east of Glenstone Avenue on Seminole Street); please enter the library on the south end of the building.

If you mention when you RSVP that you found out about the meeting through this website, we will have a special prize for you!

What did you read this summer?

September 24th, 2013

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.

Research shows that kids who read on their own, simply because they love books, are likely to score higher on reading tests. Practicing reading increases their fluency and comprehension.

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!

‘Turning Points’ Civil War Series Draws Huge Crowds

September 9th, 2013

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.

Granville Automatic in concert at the Library Center

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.

Notice of Public Meeting – August 26, 2013

August 23rd, 2013

The Library Foundation Board will meet August 26, 2013 at noon at the Library Center.

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Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant Takes Summer Reading Digital

July 23rd, 2013

Dollar General Literacy Foundation is helping the Library encourage lower-income kids to keep up their summer reading skills while making it accessible and fun on new technology – e-readers. The goal is to narrow the technology gap for low-income students while increasing their reading skills, according to Library Foundation Director Valerie Richardson, who submitted the request on behalf of the Foundation.

The Dollar General $2,500 grant has allowed the Library to purchase six variations of e-readers loaded with 24 different books geared for teen and pre-teen readers. The e-readers will be rotated among three Boys & Girls Club locations during the summer. In a series of six sessions at the clubs, Library Outreach staff are meeting with the participants to help demystify the technology and conduct book discussions about the titles. The kids can experiment with the software on the devices and get comfortable using them.

Grant funds have also been used to purchase print copies of the books, so they can be checked out and taken home.  During the sessions, the kids have also debated the value of digital book formats and “bookless libraries.”

The Library will keep the e-readers for use during year-round and successive summer reading programs, and will add new titles to the devices.

Two Civic Leaders Step Up for Brentwood Branch Capital Campaign

July 10th, 2013

Savvy civic leaders Brooke O’Reilly and Stephanie Stenger Montgomery will lead the Library Foundation‘s Capital Campaign Steering Committee to raise $2.5 million for the Brentwood BranchLibrary renovation project. A project timeline has not been set. (Visit the Brentwood Branch to see the renovation plans!)

Brooke O'Reilly

Brooke is past president of the Junior League of Springfield, was recognized as “Volunteer of the Year” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals in 2006, was a candidate for Missouri’s “First Lady’s Award” in 2008 and won the Gift of Time Award in 2010. She has served on boards includingthe Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks, Discovery Center of Springfield, Springfield-Greene County Library Foundation, and serves on the executive committee of Isabel’s House and the Early Childhood Initiative.

Stephanie Stenger Montgomery

Stephanie is an attorney and president and CEO of Springfield Land, L.P. She was a 2011 business practitioner honoree in the Missouri Lawyers Weekly 13th Annual Women’s Justice Awards. She serves on the Care to Learn Board of Directors, is a past president of the Junior League of Springfield, and she is on the Isabel’s House Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks Board of Directors. She is a past president of the Springfield-Greene County Library Board of Trustees, Springfield Public Schools Foundation, Friends of the Zoo Board of Directors and City of Springfield Mayor’s Commission on Children.

“We are very fortunate to have the leadership of Brooke and Stephanie for the Brentwood Capital Campaign,” said Foundation Director Valerie Richardson. “They each have a history of being enthusiastically involved in causes that impact Springfield and Greene County. Their combined experience in business, fundraising and networking will be a winning strategy for the campaign. The Library Foundation is looking forward to working with them as we launch this exciting venture!”

Moving the Library further on the Brentwood timeline, our whole-house deconstruction and recycling project on the Wayland Drive property is nearly complete, and the Springfield City Council voted July 1 to rezone the property to make way for the Brentwood project.

Notice of Public Meeting – March 25, 2013

March 22nd, 2013

The Library Foundation Board will meet March 25, 2013 at noon at the Library Center.

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Notice of Public Meeting – February 25, 2013

February 22nd, 2013

The Library Foundation Board will meet February 25, 2013 at noon at the Library Center.

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Notice of Public Meeting – January 28, 2013

January 25th, 2013

The Library Foundation Board will meet January 28, 2013 at noon at the Library Center.

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Notice of Public Meeting – November 26, 2012

November 23rd, 2012

The Library Foundation Board will meet November 26, 2012 at noon at the Library Center.

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