May 1st, 2015
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.
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March 26th, 2015
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.
March 7th, 2014
Outreach Department staff members Nancy Danielson, Linda Agee and Jan Miller show off the new “Walking Books” delivery bags, purchased with donor-restricted funds.
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.
February 24th, 2014
Thanks to donors like you and the Library Foundation’s Cultural Arts Endowment Fund, the Library is able to bring author W. Bruce Cameron to Springfield during the Big Read at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10. Cameron will blend his wit and love for dogs for the Big Read presentation: “Come. Sit. Stay, An Evening with Bruce Cameron.”
Cameron hams it up in his “Unauthorized biography” on his own official website, but here’s the straight (we think) story about him (but you really should read his funnier version on his website): He always wanted to be a writer and sold his first short story at age 16 to the Kansas City Star for $50. He attended Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., was editor of the literary magazine and student newspaper. After college he became a freelance writer while doing a host of other jobs to make real money.
In 1995 he started an online Internet column with six subscribers. At its peak, he says, the Cameron Column had 40,000 subscribers. As he tells it, “I showed my columns to the Rocky Mountain News and in 1998 they began featuring me weekly in their Home Front section. Before long I was considered one of their most popular columnists… A column I’d written, ‘8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter,’ was crazy popular, so I turned it into a full book on the subject.”
His writing career took off after that, with national TV, magazine and radio exposure. Cameron explains, “Oliver North (bet you didn’t see this coming!) took an interest in ‘8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter’ because he has a teenage daughter. He had me on his radio show and introduced me to Creator’s Syndicate, which picked me up in October 2001.”
For more information on this and other Big Read 2014 events, check out the Big Read website.