The Springfield Public Library Foundation is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization, 501(c)(3), dedicated to the ongoing success of library programs and services. We build and foster relationships which provide opportunities for educational and cultural connectivity in the spirit of Springfield’s diverse goals and values.
We do this because the Springfield Public Library is, simply put, a sanctuary for the community of Springfield. On average, the Springfield Public Library welcomes 160,000 visitors per year, including an average of 2,000 youth and teen participants in the annual Summer Reading Program and 859 adults involved in more than 55 adult programs throughout the year. Through its programs and services, the library provides all community members access to sustained learning and cultural inclusion in a safe, collaborative environment.
Storytime is a little more magical at the Springfield Public Library now, thanks to the generosity of donors like you. Your investment in the Springfield Public Library Foundation’s annual giving campaign and Books and Brew 2021 transformed the Story Corner. It is a remodeled space for the library’s literacy programs like our Baby and Toddler Story Time and our Bilingual Stories held throughout the school year. Children and families will enjoy a safer, more vibrant space for play and story times for years to come.
Since our founding in 2002, the Springfield Public Library Foundation’s ability to connect donors with the efforts of the Springfield Public Library has yielded some incredible projects, improvements and initiatives.
Some examples of these are:
- $10,400 in matching funds for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Opportunity Online grant in 2009.
- Funding for “Arts, Culture & Education” adult program series that features Banned Books Week, Oregon Poetry Association events, Oregon Humanities programming, the Plank Town presents Springfilm film series, Adult Summer Reading Bingo and much more.
- Increased financial support for youth programs, such as the Summer Reading Program, Bilingual Storytime and the Chalk & Marimba Festival.
- Resources to promote early literacy outreach for Springfield youth.
- Funding to enhance the youth nonfiction collection, specifically in support of the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) education initiative of the Oregon Department of Education.
- Donations for University of Oregon School of Architecture students to draft plans and models for a new library building as part of the University’s Sustainable Cities Initiative.