ReNew Brentwood

    A capital campaign to renovate the Brentwood Branch Library

Dear Friends,

The Brentwood Branch Library is well-loved by many patrons across the Springfield-Greene County Library District. So well-loved, in fact, that it is also well-worn. The surfaces are showing their age, the heating and air systems need constant repair, and the building is not equipped to keep up with today’s technology. Nonetheless, patrons love the “neighborhood feel” that Brentwood offers, and many say it is like their second home. So, we think it is time to ReNew Brentwood.


Our goal is to raise $2.5 million for a much-needed renovation. The Friends of the Library has already pledged a $300,000 gift, and the remainder will be raised through a fundraising campaign. While our tax base for the Library District is strong, it simply cannot support the cost of a major renovation. We believe that your personal investment in this project will strengthen our community’s commitment to the standard of excellence we all have come to expect in our libraries.


Some of the upgrades provided in the renovation include:

• A new reading room with lots of daylight and comfortable seating

• A drive-up service window for convenient drop-offs and checkouts

• More customer parking, with easier ingress and egress

• Expanded and updated children’s and teen/young adult departments

• A dedicated public computer area, separate from the more quiet reading areas

• A design that meets LEED standards of efficiency and environmentally safe materials.


While preserving the neighborhood flavor of the Brentwood Branch that everyone loves so much, it is time to bring this well-worn library into the 21st century. Please take a few min-utes to read about our plans and join us in this exciting project. Together we can create a state-of-the-art library to serve Springfield and Greene County for generations to come.



Jewell Schweitzer

Honorary Campaign Chair

Brooke O’Reilly

Campaign Co-chair

Stephanie Stenger

Campaign Co-chair

What Does the Campaign Fund?

The Brentwood Branch Library opened its doors in 1971, eager to serve patrons looking for quality library service in the newly consolidated Springfield-Greene County Library District. Since then, checkouts at this “readers’ library” have nearly doubled, making Brentwood’s circulation the third-highest of the 10 library branches. Our exciting renova-tion plan renews the Brentwood commitment to quality. It will offer the latest technology, inviting spaces and inspiring collections to stretch minds and spark great ideas.


A renovated Brentwood Branch will raise the ceiling and flood it with warm, natural light to create a more spacious, brighter place to visit. It will include 1,500 additional square feet, a convenient drive-up window, more meeting rooms, a coffee and gift kiosk, extra outlets for electronic devices and a larger, brighter reading room.

More Space for Children

We’re a great place for kids. Youngsters begin their love of learning here with books, music and fun programs that spark their imaginations.


They listen and learn each week at regular story-times based around early literacy tenets for tiny tots, infants to 36 months and preschoolers. In fiscal 2014-15, some 12,145 children used Brentwood as their headquarters for books, live shows and learning activities during the popular Summer Reading Program.


The capital campaign will allow us to:

  • Expand the Children’s Department by 100 square feet while providing a defined, secure environment
  • Add a dedicated storytime space; early literacy stations; modified, moveable shelving to create different activity spaces; new furniture; and book bins with face-out book covers that entice pint-sized browsers.
  • In addition, a new passage to the community room will provide easy and safe access to music programs, storytellers, craft programs and other family events.

A New Space Just for Teens

Middle and high school students will enjoy their own safe space where they can meet with friends, research a homework project, find a great book or check out free movies and CDs.


Brentwood teens will also find:

• Three computer stations for easy access to reliable electronic research and homework help

• A gaming computer

• New furniture with booth seating and high-top tables

• More shelving for young adult books and materials

New Spaces for Study, Work, and Leisure

We’re expanding spaces and creating new ones where patrons enjoy spending most of their work and leisure time at the Brentwood Branch. Visitors will find cozy indoor spaces for reading. Computer users will enjoy their own defined work space. Multimedia fans will be able to browse the latest DVDs and CDs, download them or play them on their own portable devices. The media room, like many spaces in the library, will include ports so patrons can plug in their laptops and mobile devices.


The ReNew Brentwood campaign will provide:


• A larger reading room that invites the outside in with lots of daylight, with a combination of comfortable seating and tables and chairs for private or group study, and outlets for portable devices.


• Two additional conference rooms available anytime during library hours for groups of four to 10 people, and upgrades to the four existing study rooms.


• A dedicated public computer area will include 16 Internet-enabled computers and four computer carrels where patrons can bring in, plug in and work on their own laptops.


• A defined multimedia space for the library’s DVD and CD collections, plus comfortable seating and plug-ins to download or stream entertainment on the spot

• Magazine and book shelving that divide spaces for more intimate seating.


• 35 percent more shelf space for the adult collection

• Wider aisles and enhanced lighting above the shelves; and shorter, modified shelving for better visibility and a more open, airy atmosphere.


• Better connectivity for the library’s wireless Internet.

Convenience Everywhere You Turn

The library is a great place to while away leisure hours, but sometimes you’re pressed for time and just need to get in and out quickly. The renovation offers several features to make your visit easier, no matter how long you stay.


• With a drive-up service window and drive-up book drop on the building’s east side, patrons can quickly return books or check out materials on hold without having to park and walk into the building.


• The creation of a staff parking lot behind the library will open up more public parking near the front door.


• Patrons will be able to enjoy a cup of coffee from a library kiosk, and shop at a mini Between Friends Gift Shops outlet.


• One set of restrooms near the community room will undergo renovation for complete ADA compliance.


• A visit to the Brentwood Branch will be easier. The driving lanes will be reworked to improve traffic flow through the parking lot.

Invest in the ReNew Brentwood Campaign

Pledge. Your gift to the campaign may be pledged over a three-year period; longer for some gifts. You may structure your own pledge payment schedule or satisfy it in monthly, quarterly or annual payments. Pledge payments may be made by check, direct deposit or credit card. PayPal payments can be made directly on We will send you reminders of pledge payments as they become due.


Make a Gift of Securities. Gifts of highly appreciated assets such as stock make excellent charitable gifts. By donating your stock, you avoid costly capital gains while significantly helping the ReNew Brentwood campaign. We will be happy to assist you in transferring assets to complete your gift.


Make a Customized Gift of Other Property. The Library appreciates other types of gifts such as items donated in-kind and real and personal property. Please contact us about our guidelines for accepting these special gifts.

To find out more about giving options, or to arrange a gift, please contact:


Valerie Richardson, Director of Foundation & Development

The Library Foundation | 4653 S. Campbell Ave.

Springfield, MO 65810 | 417-616-0586


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