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.
If you are contemplating a purchase through Amazon.com, consider placing your order through an alternate version of Amazon’s website – smile.amazon.com – and Amazon will donate .5% of the purchase price to the charity of your choice. Of course, The Library Foundation would be honored to be your “charity of choice.”
As a bonus, through March 31, Amazon will donate an extra $5 per customer to your charity! (Terms may apply.)
The Library Foundation Board will meet March 24, 2014 at noon at the Library Center.
Thanks to our generous donors, The Library Foundation was able to make a grant to the Library’s Outreach Department to purchase new delivery bags for the Walking Books program. This outreach program delivers library materials to patrons who cannot easily travel to the Library due to physical limitations. Staff and volunteers deliver new materials on a monthly basis to patrons, based on their interests, and return items checked out from the previous month.
According to Allison Eckhardt, Outreach Department Manager, the Library was in desperate need of additional delivery bags, as some patrons have been receiving their materials in plastic grocery bags. The Walking Books delivery bags are a heavily-reinforced synthetic fabric with sturdy handles and a zippered closure, bearing the Library’s screen-printed logo and “Walking Books” on one side.
The Library Foundation frequently accepts gifts from donors who have a specific Library program or service they wish to support. Click here to make a donation today.
To find out more about the Library’s Walking Books program, or to volunteer to help, call Walking Books at 883-6112 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.