New construction photos give you a glimpse of how open, airy and bright the new Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library will be. Missouri Library Association members recently toured the building. The west exterior wall will extend for a bigger reading room.
Registration for the Music & Lyrics Workshop, sponsored by GigSalad and featuring guest presenter Tom Sharpe, Yamaha Artist and drummer for Grammy Award-winning Mannheim Steamroller, has been extended to Thursday, September 22, at 9:00 p.m. Persons interested in registering for the workshop (see blog post dated August 16, 2016, for details) may download the registration form and drop it with the registration fee by any library branch in the Springfield-Greene County Library District, or may send it electronically by email to email@example.com. The registration form and schedule may be found in the orange box to the right.
Electronically submitted registrations may be paid by credit card by clicking the “Donate Today” button at the top of the page. Please complete the gift form with only the required information requested (marked with an asterisk), and put in the gift amount of $75. At the bottom of the gift form, in the box titled “Gift Designation/Message (Optional)” please type a message indicating that the payment is for the Music & Lyrics Workshop registration. When you submit the form, you will be directed to a secure checkout page where you can pay by PayPal or credit card.
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You’ll see an artistic touch developing atop the Brentwood Branch these days — a pinnacle — that will soon serve as a kind of beacon for evening visitors. Glass panels will be installed around it and a light will provide a soft glow. Still to come, Springfield Hot Glass is designing a lovely sculpture mobile for visitors to enjoy once they step inside the “new” Schweitzer Brentwood Branch!
Bottom from left: Chris Albert; Shannon Stine; Jody Bilyeu; Thee Fine Lines; Dave Painter.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 10 A.M. – 5:30 P.M. – REGISTRATION $75
CALLING ALL ASPIRING SONGWRITERS AND MUSICIANS! Join us on Saturday, September 24, for a Music & Lyrics Workshop at the Library Center (4653 S. Campbell, Springfield, MO), featuring guest presenter Tom Sharpe, drummer for Grammy Award winner Mannheim Steamroller.
Sponsored by the Library Foundation, the workshop will combine inspiration and craft for a day of entertaining and educational breakout sessions. All sessions are tailored to composers and performers of all skill levels and musical genres. Read the rest of this entry »
In the future when you return your items through the book drop at the renovated Brentwood Branch, a robot, of sorts, will take it from there. Brentwood is getting the Library District’s first “automated materials handling” system to do a job 24/7/365 that staff can do only when the library is open. The system, by Tech Logic, will help us return materials to the shelves for you much quicker. Your returned items will also show up on your account as “returned” within hours, even on holidays. And staff that spend a lot of time checking in, sorting and stacking books on return carts will have more time to help you, instead. The bin bottoms also adjust up as books are unloaded — easier for staff.
Here’s what happens behind the scenes: Patrons return stacks of books or other items through the return window outside or inside the branch, as they do now. Inside, the books fall onto a conveyor belt that separates them, scans each item for the bar code, sorts them by genre – nonfiction, sci-fi, children’s, etc.—and drops them into one of seven easy-to-wheel bins. Library staff then roll the bins to the proper department and reshelve the items.
It’s just one of the many cool features coming to the Renewed Brentwood Branch Library this winter.
Springfield 8-year-old Nora Miller wowed us with her love for the Brentwood Branch Library. She’s missing her “home” library so much while it’s closed for renovation that she decided to help finish off the capital campaign with a lemonade stand and bake sale on Wednesday, July 27, at the curb of her Rountree neighborhood home. She rallied her family and neighbors, who contributed goodies and bought some, too. Nora even provided drive-up curb service! When we told her she’ll get to return to her favorite library in December, she beamed. “That’s my birthday month, so that will be a great present!” Her present to us when all the goods were consumed: $165. Thank you, Nora, and everyone who helped!
Wondering what happened to Brentwood Branch’s iconic blue sunburst tiles when the renovation began? You’ll see them again. The craftsmen at Rosales Masonry were able to safely remove about 150 of the tiles from the west side of the building, where they were installed when the library was built in 1971. (Similar tiles added in the 1994 expansion did not fare well in removal.) Brentwood’s neighbor, the Carpet Shoppe, will clean and store the blue tiles during the renovation. When the library reopens this winter, you’ll be able to enjoy them again, this time inside. They will form an artistic backsplash for the new coffee kiosk just inside the entrance.
Take a Tour of Summer Wines and help top off the ReNew Brentwood renovation campaign at The Library Foundation’s fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, at the Brown Derby International Wine Center tasting room, 2023 S. Glenstone Ave. Seating is limited for this event featuring an assortment of wines and perfect appetizer pairings.Tickets are $50 per person and are available by calling Valerie Richardson at 616-0586 or email: email@example.com.
Grading has begun on the west and east sides of the Brentwood Branch. The west side grading is making way for the expanded reading area. The east side grading (not pictured) will make way for a convenient drive-through lane. Patrons will be able to pull through it from south to north and exit through the east drive onto Seminole Street. Workers have removed the west driveway entrance off Seminole Street permanently. A crew will add a new driveway off of Brentwood Blvd. as part of the project. Demolition on the inside continues, and workers have begun the layout for interior walls. Stay tuned for more as we ReNew Brentwood!
The walls are coming down to make way for the Brentwood Branch makeover. Demolition of the interior is happening quickly, and construction should begin by early June. Here’s what our beloved neighborhood library looks like at the moment. Don’t despair – it’s going to be great when it reopens in six to nine months. Stay tuned; we’ll keep you posted as the project takes shape.