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.

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

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Refurbished bookshelves are being installed.

 

 

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

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Looking south through the new Reading Room.

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Wine Tasting Fundraiser Slated for Thursday, Dec. 1

November 22nd, 2016

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Bring your spouse or a friend and join us for a casual evening of wine tasting and delicious appetizers, hosted by Old-World wine specialist, Aaron Rozeboom, as he shares his extensive knowledge of wine regions, expertise on individual wines, and fun facts about the wine industry.  The proceeds of the event will help complete the ReNew Brentwood Capital Campaign.

For tickets, call Valerie Richardson at 417-616-0586 or email: valerier@thelibrary.org.

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Black Friday. Cyber Monday.

November 21st, 2016

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Early literacy programs. Parents As Teachers resources. Story time books. Walking Books resources for the home-bound. Genealogy and local history programs. Books, books, books. Science and technology materials for experiments. Death & Dying Series programs. Racing to Read resources. Puzzles and toys. Civil War lectures. BluuBeam technology. The Bookmobile. Missouri Over There digitized collections. More books. Cultural arts programs. The new Schweitzer-Brentwood Branch Library. Thanks to you, all these things were possible through your Library Foundation.

Help keep our libraries strong . . . please consider a gift today. Donate now.

 

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A Greener Outlook for All

October 28th, 2016

The Schweitzer Brentwood Branch, due to open in January 2017, will help set the pace for a greener environment with a design that meets the highest industry standards. Our goal is to create an environmentally responsible building.dscn0460 Materials, lighting and energy conservation choices are based on the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification program,or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. During renovation of the branch, over 85 percent of waste from deconstruction, clearing and rebuilding is being recycled. We’re increasing use of daylight inside while reducing nighttime light pollution outside. Carpet tiles and countertops, among other things, include recycled content. A new mechanical system will offer at least a 30 percent energy efficiency rating. A smarter, more energy-efficient lighting system will also help manage operational costs in the future. We can’t wait to show you how Schweitzer Brentwood Branch is creating a greener outlook for all.

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Construction Update

October 21st, 2016

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. dscn0546dscn0539dscn0551

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Music & Lyrics Registration Extended

September 19th, 2016

music-clip-art-music-notes-clipartRegistration 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 foundation@thelibrary.org. 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.

Some scholarships are available. Please call 417-616-0586 or email foundation@thelibrary.org to inquire.

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All this and glass art, too!

September 16th, 2016

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. bwd-pinnacleGlass 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!

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Library Foundation to Host Music & Lyrics Workshop

August 16th, 2016

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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 »

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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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