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 melissaa@thelibrary.org.

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 yourlibraryfoundation.org 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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Your gift can make all the difference.

November 28th, 2016

The challenges faced by preschool children in Greene County are staggering. The high child abuse and neglect rates, child poverty, inconsistent pre-kindergarten investment, and lack of school readiness put our children at risk of dropping out, placing a burden on our communities already scrambling to provide resources and assistance for the jobless and homeless. ” When we fail to invest in the early years of our children’s lives, the costs are spread throughout the rest of the community, with effects including a lack of education, a deprived talent pipeline, negative impact on economic development, a lower tax base, and poorer health outcomes.” Community Focus 2015: A report for Springfield & Greene County.  The 2015 Focus Report gave the Springfield-Greene County Library District a “blue ribbon” for developing strong relationships with community agencies by training staff to understand the importance of early literacy and how to weave it into their work with parents to benefit children. Read the rest of this entry »

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Construction Update

November 22nd, 2016

Check out these newest photos of renovation progress at the Brentwood Branch! Shelving is going in, the outside drive-up service lane is being poured and the reading room is big and bright! Save the date: The Grand Opening party is at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7.


A view from the entrance toward the Circulation Desk/Coffee Kiosk.


Refurbished bookshelves are being installed.




Laying the curb and groundwork for the drive-up service lane.


Looking south through the new Reading Room.

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