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Turning the Final Page

After serving as a librarian for 48 years, I will retire from the Springfield-Greene County Library, effective December 29. This decision was not made lightly and it comes with a deep sense of gratitude for the privilege of leading this excellent Library District. I have had the privilege of working with a dedicated team of library staff who are passionate about their work and committed to providing every patron with the very best possible library experience. The trustees who have served during my time have been very committed and eager to keep our library system at the forefront of our statewide peers. 

During my tenure, the District built two new stand-alone branches in Willard & Republic, purchased a new Mobile Library, renovated the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch, opened Library Express West and East, became a passport acceptance center and survived a global pandemic. Additionally, the District brought in renowned speakers such as the Brown sisters of Brown vs. The Board of Education fame and David Sedaris, author and humorist.

Significant changes are ahead for the Library in 2024, with three construction projects beginning. Using the $10.5 million we received in ARPA funding, the District will start construction on an auditorium at the Library Center, make some much-needed improvements to the Midtown Carnegie Branch, and break ground on a new facility in Republic. Thankfully, there is community support and with these three projects underway, our library district will be ready for the future.

Before leaving, I would like to thank the community for supporting our libraries and realizing that libraries are for everyone. Librarians hold dearly to the concept that we are here to serve as a hub for our community. I encourage you to remain active patrons and advocate for this invaluable institution's continued funding and expansion for future generations. It is our collective responsibility to ensure that libraries continue to thrive and evolve, meeting the changing needs of our community.

The Library is not just a building filled with books; it is a hub of knowledge, connection and community, and you, our patrons, have made it so.  Thank you for your personal support and continued support of the Springfield-Greene County Library District.

Regina Greer Cooper is the Executive Director of the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at reginac@thelibrary.org until December 29.

Vickie Hicks is community relations director for the Springfield-Greene County Library District. She can be reached at vickieh@thelibrary.org.

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