You, We and They Did It! Endowment Challenge Exceeds $10,000 Goal!

March 2nd, 2018

Library patron David Jones with Development Director Melissa Adler (left) and Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Manager Jeana Gockley.

We did it!

Everyone loves a happy ending and Schweitzer Brentwood Library patron David Jones provided one. Mr. Jones made a generous donation that put us over $10,000 for the February Endowment Challenge. This unlocks another $5,000 from the Community Foundation of the Ozarks for the Laton Endowment, an unrestricted fund that provides a new, sustainable source of income for the Library.

The Laton Endowment was created with a gift from longtime patron Ursala Maria Laton. Annual income from the endowment will allow us to make purchases or add patron services that aren’t covered by property tax dollars. As the endowment grows, so will usable income from the earnings. This will enable us to do more for the community.

The grand total raised for the February Endowment Challenge is $13,210.54 (net).

We love our donors, whether they gave $1,000 or $1 for a heart. Every day the Library is changing lives and making our community a better place. Your support makes all the difference. Thank you!

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February $10,000 Endowment Challenge Reaches Halfway Mark!

February 15th, 2018

Staff, patrons and donors are showing the Library some love by getting us closer to the goal of $10,000 for the February Endowment Challenge. Through private donations, sales of $1 hearts in the 10 branches to staff and visitors, ticket sales for a Feb. 23 wine tasting and a gift basket raffle in the branches, we’ve collected $6,251.88 in donations.

We’re halfway there, but February is also half over. Can you help? Click the Donate Today button at the right hand corner of this page or send a check to The Library Foundation, 4653 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, MO 65810. Questions? Call Melissa at 417-616-0586.

Your gift to the Library is worth more right now. If we raise $10,000 by February 28, Community Foundation of the Ozarks will contribute another $5,000 to the Laton Endowment. This is an unrestricted endowment that provides a new, sustainable source of income for the Library, which will enable us to do more for the community.

If you love your Library, please make a donation today!


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We’ve Got a Perfect Pairing for You at the February 23 Wine Tasting!

February 8th, 2018

Won’t you join us? The public is invited to attend a fun, sit-down wine tasting, “Perfect Pairings for Winter,” at 5:30 p.m. Friday, February 23, at the Brown Derby International Wine Center party room, 2023 S. Glenstone Ave. Old-world wine specialist Aaron Rozeboom, will share his fascinating stories about the grapes and vines of the wines we’ll sample while we enjoy appetizer pairings. Tickets are $50 apiece and proceeds go to The Library Foundation’s “Let’s Make a Match!” campaign. Seating is limited. For tickets or information, or to donate a gift toward the $10,000 challenge, please contact Development Director Melissa Adler at 417-616-0586, or email

The Foundation is challenged with raising $10,000 in February for the Laton Endowment, an unrestricted fund with Community Foundation of the Ozarks. If we’re successful, CFO will provide another $5,000 for the endowment, which will be a new source of revenue every year for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. You can help us reach $10,000 in February by making a gift to The Library Foundation at and click “Donate Today.”





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Let’s Make a Match! Help the Foundation Raise $10,000 in February for a New Endowment that Will Work for You!

February 1st, 2018

Development Director Melissa Adler

How do I love the Library? Let me count the ways. If you’re like me, the list is long. First on my list is the sense of community I feel every time I walk into one of our ten Library branches or board the Mobile Library. Second is the anticipation that comes from discovery.

February is for Library lovers and this month is the perfect time to show your Library some love. From now through February 28, the Library has been challenged to raise $10,000 for the Library’s Laton Endowment, which is an unrestricted fund held at Community Foundation of the Ozarks. If we meet the $10,000 goal, CFO will contribute another $5,000 to the Library’s fund.

 The Laton Endowment will provide new, sustainable income for the Library. It will enable the Library to do more for you, the Library patron. Building this endowment will allow us to make purchases every year that aren’t covered by property tax dollars. As the endowment grows, so will usable income from the earnings. The current balance of the endowment is $476,000. We’re working to reach a half million.

Through the month of February, The Library Foundation will host a variety of fundraisers that the public can join in to help us meet our $10,000 goal. Click here for a complete list of activities. You can make a tax-deductible donation from this page by clicking the Donate Today button above The Library Foundation page.

Any gift to the Library in February is worth more because of the match challenge. And, a gift to the Laton Endowment is forever. It’s a gift that keeps giving and helps secure the future of the Library. Let’s make a match!

Melissa Adler, Development Director

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Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Celebrates One-Year Anniversary!

January 12th, 2018

Young families and longtime fans of the Brentwood Branch — and now the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch — stopped by the library on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, for cake to celebrate the branch’s one-year anniversary of reopening after a major renovation. Among the many people dropping by the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch were Brad and Christa Palmore, who were also celebrating their one-year wedding anniversary that day. Others were Councilwoman Jan Fisk and J. Howard Fisk, author David Harrison, building architect Andrew Wells and several members of the Friends of the Library. Thank you, everyone, for sharing the library’s and staff’s special day!

Branch Manager Jeana Gockley and Circulation Manager Joey Borovika

Library supporters J. Howard Fisk, Councilwoman Jan Fisk and author/poet David Harrison

One of our fan families, little Avayla and mom Rebecca Vaugine enjoying cake!

Project architect Andrew Wells stopped by the party and met new Development Director Melissa Adler

Friends of the Library member Ed Griesbaum is also the Friends’ Schweitzer Brentwood Branch rep, always willing to help us.

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Your Neighborhood Library is Open!

January 10th, 2017

We cut the ribbon on Saturday, Jan. 7, and formally reopened the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library!

On the “ribbon line” were Library Trustee Michelle Risdal-Barnes, Branch Manager Jeana Gockley, the branch namesake and benefactor Jewell Schweitzer, Library District Executive Director Regina Greer Cooper and Springfield Mayor Bob Stephens.

More than 2,000 people attended the opening day events — be sure to drop by soon!


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Reopening Saturday, Jan. 7!

January 5th, 2017

It’s the day you’ve been waiting for — the renamed, renovated Schweitzer Brentwood Branch Library reopens at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7. Come for the thank-yous and brief remarks at 10 a.m. in the community room (enter at the south doors), then we’ll walk outside to the front doors for the official ribbon cutting and head inside. Check out all the cool spaces, find your favorite and enjoy your visit! At 3:30 p.m. Dallas Jones will perform a free concert for all ages in the community room.


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You might not think it makes much difference, but . . .

December 21st, 2016

magic-of-readingYour gift to the Library Foundation can provide the resources critical to our Racing to Read early literacy program.  Even a small gift can help purchase books, educational toys, and training materials for parents that foster learning and reading through guided activities and story-times. If a child learns the reading skills that enable him to be ready for kindergarten, the likelihood that he will graduate from high school increases exponentially. Please donate today and give the gift of reading.

The Library Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity, so your gift is tax deductible to the fullest extent provided by law. Please consult your financial or tax adviser to determine the tax advantages of any gifts you are considering.
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We’re Moving In!

December 21st, 2016

Thanks to the many hands that hefted boxes and furniture, we’re nearly moved in to the “new” Schweitzer Brentwood Branch. We can’t wait for the Grand Reopening celebration at  10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7!


The books are on the shelves and we’re getting closer to opening day, Jan. 7. Note how exposing the roof beams and installing new, soft lighting expands the space!


Check out the cool lighting fixtures throughout the library.


This is one of the new Brody WorkLounges, perfect for solo study. This ergonomic chair is equipped with an adjustable work surface, task lighting, a shelf for stowing personal items and outlets for portable devices. Cool spot!


One of the four new, spacious study rooms, located in passageways to the bright reading room.


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November 28th, 2016

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