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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Getting Closer to a Move!

February 1st, 2016

We’ve got a plan and want you to know it! The Brentwood Branch Library will close temporarily for a major renovation after Saturday, April 16, although the community room will still be accessible for scheduled meetings and library programs through April 30. Brentwood Center sign During the first week of May, you will find some of your favorite Brentwood staff members to serve you at a temporary home in the Brentwood Center, just across Glenstone Avenue from Battlefield Mall. We’ll have a small collection of new and large-print books, some Chromebooks and Wi-Fi, a few study tables and chairs and a place to drop off or pick up your holds. And save the date: We’re going to have some fun on Saturday, April 23, with a sale of Brentwood furnishings, an open house and an adults-only evening fundraiser, Hard Hats & Highballs! Stay tuned!

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It’s a Murder in the Stacks!

January 6th, 2016

jim-murder-mysteryJoin us for an after-hours murder mystery to benefit the Renew Brentwood Capital Campaign from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Brentwood Branch Library.

The mystery: You have been invited to a ceremony to celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Brentwood Branch Library, made possible largely by the generous contributions of Springfield’s most notorious (and totally loaded) businessman, Benjamin E. Factor. Moments before the celebration begins, Factor is found murdered in the library!

Whodunnit? Was it the mousy Reference Librarian, the nosy Journalist, the greedy Heiress… or someone else?

Help Detective Clarence Club solve this heinous crime using the library catalog, clues found in books, and other evidence hidden throughout the building at this after-hours night of mystery.

Tickets are $25 each at the Brentwood Branch or by calling 883-1974. Refreshments provided. Recommended for adults.

 

 

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Thanks for Asking! A Campaign Update

December 7th, 2015

We’re getting there! BWD kids' donation boxReNew Brentwood, the $2.5 million capital campaign to renovate the Brentwood Branch, has reached $1,515,978.21.

Since the Sept. 20 kickoff of the campaign’s public phase, Brentwood fans of all ages have donated $26,545. Making it even more fun for our youngest donors, Regal Plastic of Springfield fabricated and generously donated a kid-size collection box. You can watch it fill up in the Children’s Department of the Brentwood Branch. If you’d like to help us reach our goal, please contact Foundation Director Valerie Richardson at 616-0586 or valerier@thelibrary.org.

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Nothing sexy about HVAC, until you need it!

November 3rd, 2015

BWD boiler photo

Can you guess what is the least-sexy thing about a building renovation?

“HVAC.”  Heating and air conditioning. “Electrical” isn’t all that titillating, either.

And yet, it’s oh-so-important when it comes to the Brentwood Branch renovation. Consider: The library is still making do with the original, 1971 boiler, and it grows more cantankerous every season. The Library District invests money every year to keep it functioning, but come winter it’s not unusual to see Brentwood staff wearing gloves as they go about their daily tasks. Summer can be sauna-like – or not; one never knows. That’s why the Brentwood staff is so excited about something you’ll probably never see after the renovation, but you’re sure to enjoy it. ReNew Brentwood promises a new mechanical system that will keep you cozy in the winter, comfortable in the summer and offer at least a 30 percent energy efficiency rating.  In a renovation like Brentwood’s, it’s one of the most expensive line items, least seen, and most appreciated.  If you want to know more about what’s ahead for the Brentwood Branch, call or email Foundation Director Valerie Richardson at 616-0586 or valerier@thelibraryfoundation. You can also visit our ReNew Brentwood page for more information.

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You’re invited to a Holiday Brunch fundraiser for the Library Foundation!

October 26th, 2015

Come celebrate the kick-off of the holiday season with an elegant crepe brunch, a demonstration by award-winning patisserie chef Bruno Marchandise of the Aviary Cafe, and an amazing array of silent auction items – all proceeds to benefit the Library Foundation. For tickets, call Valerie Richardson at 417-616-0586 or email valerier@thelibrary.org.  See details below.

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Drive-up Service is Coming to Brentwood!

October 16th, 2015

130411 Exterior RenderingImagine 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.

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Check Out the Book Tower for ReNew Brentwood!

October 5th, 2015

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.

Library Foundation Director Valerie Richardson  and Friends of the Library President Jim Moore, with Brentwood Branch staffer Joey Borovicka, add the Friends' $200,000 challenge grant "book" to help the campaign.

Library Foundation Director Valerie Richardson and Friends of the Library President Jim Moore, with Brentwood Branch staffer Joey Borovicka, add the Friends’ $200,000 challenge grant “book” to help the campaign.

Donate at the Brentwood Branch or any branch in the Library District, or call 616-0586 for Library Foundation Director Valerie Richardson.

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ReNew Brentwood Jumps Ahead with Friends $200,000 Challenge Grant

September 20th, 2015

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!

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Let’s Wrap Up ReNew Brentwood Campaign with a Party

September 14th, 2015

We’re getting closer to a major renovation of the Brentwood Branch Library!
blockpartyThe $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!

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