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The 1901 gift of $50,000 that first established the library system was made by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who funded the creation of libraries throughout the nation. He agreed to donate once the city of Springfield agreed to provide at least $5,000 annually for books and maintenance.
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The money will be used to renovate the 41 year old Brentwood branch library at 2214 S. Brentwood Blvd.
set a dollar or percentage threshold for the public campaign to commence. A construction date has not been set.
The donor made the gift through a transfer of stock Dec. 30, Cooper said. The library wanted to wait until after the holidays to make the announcement, she said.
The major gifts phase of the $2.5 million campaign kicked off in fall 2013. With the addition of the large gift, the campaign has raised $1,220,896.03 through pledges and other private and staff donations.
"It is wonderful," said Annie Busch, who served as library director from 1989 to 2008.
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adult departments, a dedicated public computer area, expanded reading room with much daylight and comfortable seating, a modern heating, air conditioning and electrical system, and a design that meets LEED standards of efficiency and environmentally safe materials.
The first library in the system opened in 1905 at 397 E. Central St. It was called the Carnegie Library and is now the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library.
"We believe it is the largest single donation that an individual has given to us," O'Dell said. "We have found no record to dispute that."
The donor, a woman, did not want Shoes Converse Neon to be named publicly, said Kathleen O'Dell, library spokeswoman. The donor is a long time supporter of the Brentwood branch in particular and the library system in general, O'Dell said. The gift was made to the Library Foundation.
A long time Springfield resident has given $770,422.50 to the Springfield Greene County Library District. Library officials believe the gift is the largest single donation in the library system's 109 year history.
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Using various inflation adjustment calculators, Carnegie's $50,000 donation would be worth approximately $1.2 million today.
Busch is confident that no larger donation has been made to the library system going back to the 1970s.
"I am thrilled beyond words," said Regina Greer Cooper, executive director of the library district.
"We are bowled over and excited," O'Dell said. "It has really been a boost to our campaign fund."
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