A “Robot” Behind the Scene

August 4th, 2016

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. Automated Materials handling best sizeBrentwood 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.

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Nora makes a sweet contribution with her lemonade stand

July 28th, 2016

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 lemoDSCN0058nade 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!

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Those Iconic Blue Tiles

July 18th, 2016

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. BWD_Blue Tile (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.

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Take ‘A Tour of Summer Wines’ for Brentwood

July 15th, 2016

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: foundation@thelibrary.org.Summer-Picnic

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Construction Update

June 24th, 2016

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!

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Brentwood Renovation Begins!

May 27th, 2016

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.
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Give Ozarks 2016 – Support the ‘Renew Brentwood’ Campaign!

May 2nd, 2016

Give-Ozarks-Blue-GreenThe Give Ozarks 24-hour online giving campaign is a great way to make a donation to the “ReNew Brentwood” Capital Campaign! Even small donations can turn into big dollars, as the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and it sponsors are offering prizes up to $2,500 throughout the 24-hour period. A donation of any amount will enter the Library Foundation in the prize drawings and competitions! Simply click on the graphic to the left to go straight to the Library Foundation’s Give Ozarks 2016 page.

With only about $58,000 to go in our $2.5 million campaign to renew and renovate the Brentwood Branch Library, your donation will make a large impact. Thanks for going online tonight and tomorrow to make a difference in the lives of Springfield and Greene County residents who depend on libraries for many reasons.

You can learn more about the campaign and the planned renovations here.

 

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It’s going to be the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch!

April 25th, 2016

When the renovated Brentwood Branch reopens later in 2016, it will bear a new name: The Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library, in honor of a major donor and longtime Springfield resident, Jewell Schweitzer. Thank you, Jewell!

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Schweitzer, a longtime Brentwood Library supporter and community philanthropist, donated $1.2 million to the renovation campaign since it began three years ago.

The name change was unveiled at a ReNew Brentwood Campaign fundraiser, Hard Hats & Highballs, on Saturday, April 23, at the branch, 2214 Brentwood Blvd. The library closed April 16 for renovation and is expected to reopen in six to nine months.

Library Foundation Director Valerie Richardson, in announcing the name change, revealed that Schweitzer was the anonymous donor of more than $770,422 in December 2013 as the campaign got underway. Her combined gifts of $1.2 million marked the largest amount given by a single campaign donor. About $65,000 remains to be raised for the $2.5 million project.

“I can’t wait until the renovation is finished,” Schweitzer said Saturday night at the fundraiser.

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Help us reach the campaign finish line!

April 13th, 2016

We’re only $77,454 away from the finish line in the $2.5 million ReNew Brentwood Capital Campaign! You can help us break through by joining us at Hard Hats & Highballs, a Library Foundation fundraiser from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Brentwood Branch Library.Runner crossing finish line
Tickets are $50 apiece and available by calling Valerie, 616-0586. This adults-only party features appetizers, mixed drinks, a commemorative hard hat, music and a wine raffle. Let’s party one more time before the renovation begins!

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Say Farewell with Hard Hats & Highballs!

February 26th, 2016

Tip your hard hat and come say goodbye to the “old Brentwood,” party-style, during Hard Hats & Highballs from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Brentwood Branch Library, 2214 Brentwood Blvd. hard-hatGuests will receive a commemorative hard hat and a chance to write a farewell message on the library wall. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and mixed drinks, wine, beer and soft drinks will be served. Get in on the wine raffle fundraiser, too! Attire is business or dressy, casual to coveralls and tool belts. Tickets for the adults-only event are $50 in advance at Brentwood or by contacting Foundation Director Valerie Richardson at 417-616-0586, or valerier@thelibrary.org.

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