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Anonymous Donor Gives Nearly $800K To Brentwood Library Branch Renovation

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It’s well known that public library supporters are some of the most devoted people you can come across.  One patron in our area is showing that devotion in a big way. KSMU’s Jennifer Davidson has details.

The Brentwood Branch of the Springfield-Greene County Library District is one step closer to looking a lot different. That’s because an anonymous patron has donated $770,422.50 toward renovations for the 41-year-old facility.

According to a press release from the district, the donor wishes to remain anonymous.  She transferred stock to the ReNew Brentwood Capital Campaign two weeks ago. The campaign has a goal of $2.5 million, and is currently seeking major gifts.   With this particular gift, the total amount of money raised so far now stands at about $1.2 million.

Valerie Richardson is the Library Foundation director. She says it’s thrilling to have philanthropists like this in the area.

“A gift of this size really gives a capital campaign a boost. And I think that it gives people in the community who are looking at a project the confidence to invest in the project going forward,” Richardson said.

The renovation plans at the Brentwood Library include a drive-through window, more parking, easier entrance and exits, and changes to the children’s and young adult departments.  The library will also have a special area for computers, more reading room, and a new heating and air conditioning system.

If you’re interested in seeing a preview, you can attend an information session at the Brentwood Branch with Thursday, January 23 at 5:30 pm, or Thursday Feb. 20 at 7:30 am. To RSVP, you can call 616-0586.