Congratulations to Springfield-Greene County Library!

Logo: Springfield Green County LibraryThe Missouri Library of the Year Award is conferred upon any type of Missouri library for distinguished achievement in service. The Springfield-Greene County Library District in southwest Missouri serves 275,174 residents with 10 branches, five in Springfield and five in small cities from eastern to western Greene County. Library staff members are equally engaged in civic projects that address job training, early literacy, arts and music, genealogy/historical research and self-improvement. The district’s signature Racing to Read early literacy program was adopted as a state model by the Missouri State Library. The district’s Local History & Genealogy collection, with the Ozarks Genealogical Society, circulates across the U.S. The library provides free Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi hot spots for check-out;  free meeting rooms; a Walking Books program for those homebound; cafes and gift shops; and a Mobile Library bookmobile that visits 23 neighborhoods each week. The Edge Community Technology Center and Edge Mobile classes provide free computer skills and professional development training daily. The nominator praises SGCL for “empowering library staff to develop and implement projects (and) developing partnerships with non-traditional groups.”