Imagine the convenience of a drive-up window at the Brentwood Branch Library! You’re pressed for time, it’s pouring rain, or the kids are all buckled in the car, or it’s physically hard to get out of the car, so you pull through the drive-up window for great library customer service. That’s what’s coming to the renovated Brentwood Branch. The drive-up lane and window will be designed on the east side of the library. Check out this and other conveniences coming when we ReNew Brentwood. Interested in making a gift to match the Friends of the Library $200,000 challenge grant? Call Valerie at 616-0586.
We found a novel way to keep track of donations to the ReNew Brentwood Capital Campaign at the Brentwood Branch Library — a Book Tower. The Library’s Buildings & Grounds staff built this magnificent, 10-foot glass-and- wood tower. Each time we reach another $200,000 marker on our way to $2.5 million goal, we’ll add more books. We need your help to update and ReNew this favorite neighborhood branch.
Donate at the Brentwood Branch or any branch in the Library District, or call 616-0586 for Library Foundation Director Valerie Richardson.
More than 500-plus revelers came out to the Brentwood Branch on Sunday, Sept. 23, to kick off the final phase of the capital campaign to ReNew Brentwood! Then the big surprise: The Friends of the Library issued a $200,000 challenge! The Friends will match all cash-in-hand donations beginning at the block party and going forward, up to $200,000. The Friends grant put us at $1.5 million on our way to our $2.5 million goal. Well wishers donated $4,160 at the Foundation table to show their support, So that $4,160 just became $8,320! Thank you to all the food sponsors (Mmmmm, love those Perkins pies and muffins, and Jet’s pizzas!), booths and children’s activities staffed by our Brentwood community partners, and all the great entertainers!
We’re getting closer to a major renovation of the Brentwood Branch Library!
The $2.5 million capital campaign is well on its way, thanks to generous donations from family foundations, private individuals and the Friends of the Library. It’s time to kick off the final phase of the campaign, and we hope you will help take us to the top, starting with a celebration on Sunday, Sept. 20. You’re invited to a free block party from 2-4 p.m. at the Brentwood Branch. The Library Foundation, the Brentwood staff and a host of community partners will have children’s activities, free food, live entertainment, displays, Vision Tours (to see what’s going where) and more than two dozen items you could win in a $1-a-ticket raffle. There will be several opportunities including the raffle for you to contribute to the campaign, or just learn about the upcoming renovation!
Help the Library Foundation turn $5,000 into $10,000 for the Annie Busch Fund for Early Literacy! Your tax-deductible donation to this endowment fund on May 5 will be doubled, up to a total of $5,000, through an endowment challege grant made possible through the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. But, in order to receive the challenge grant funds, we must raise the first $5,000. Here is a direct link to Donate on May 5.
Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they learn how to read and write. Reading, talking, singing and playing with kids from birth makes learning to read easier!
The Annie Busch Fund for Early Literacy supports Springfield-Greene County Library District’s early literacy programs at 10 library branches and dozens of outreach sites throughout Springfield and Greene County. Early literacy programs take place almost every day within the Library District.
The 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, GiveOzarks.org, 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.
The Library Foundation Board will meet September 22, 2014 at noon at the Library Center.
The Library Foundation Board will meet April 3, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Library Center.
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