A library book given as a memorial serves as a lasting tribute and extends an individual's impact on the community. Suggestions for appropriate choices are welcome. Please let the Library purchase a book to avoid duplication of titles. A plate is placed in each book identifying the name of the honored person and the donor. An announcement of the gift is sent to the person the donor wishes to inform. No amounts of purchase is mentioned. An annoucement of the gift is submitted to the newspaper/media. Honor Books recognizing an individual for a special occasion or leadership are available. A plate is placed in the book with the honoree and donor named. An annoucement of the gift is submitted to the newspaper/media. The average cost of a gift book is $20-$30 and is a tax-deductible donation. The Adair County Public Library is a non-profit organization.

Adair County Public Library Endowment Gifts
The Adair County Public Library has purchased the following books with the interest from endowments.  Only the interest is spent each year, never the principal, so an endowment is a continuous memorial gift.

2017 Endowment Books

ADAIR COUNTY MILITARY FAMILIES—“Veterans: Faces of World War II” by Maslov.

AMERICAN LEGION MacDOUGALL LOWE POST NO. 20 KIRKSVILLE— “Sergeant Reckless: The True Story of the Little Horse Who Becomes a Hero” by McCormick, “Seven and a Half Tons of Steel” by Nolan, “Lighter Than Air: Sophie Blanchard, the First Woman Pilot” by Smith, “All the Way to Havana” by Engle, “A Different Pond” by Phi and “The Littlest Viking” by Penfold.

JENNIE GREENSLATE BARKER (Aunt of Jo Scott)—“Who Wants a Tortoise” by Keane.

STEVE BARTEAU FAMILY—“Mrs. Osmond: A Novel” by Banville.
JOHN & JANE BARTLING—“Walks of a Lifetime: Extraordinary Hikes From Around the World” by Manning, “A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives” by Congdon, “Substitute: Going to School with a Thousand Kids” by Baker, “Happiness Is A Choice You Make: Lessons From a Year Among the Oldest Old” by Leland, “You Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life … and Maybe the World” by McRaven, and “Sally’s Cookie Addiction: Irresistible Cookies, Bars, Shortbread, and More” by McKenney.

JOHN BATCHELOR—“The Unexpected President: The Life and Times of Chester A. Arthur” by Greenberger, and “The Simple Faith of Franklin Delano Roosevelt: Religion’s Role in the FDR Presidency” by Wicker.

            LOLA G. BELL—“Wise Craft Quilts: A Guide to Turning Beloved Fabrics into Meaningful Patchwork” by Stocker.

PAT BORROK—“White Houses” by Bloom, and “The First Love Story: Adam, Eve and Us” by Feiler.

JACK BRANSCOM—“Ernest Hemingway: A Biography” by Dearborn.

ALVINA BRITZ—“Happiness in This Life” by Pope Francis, and “Fifty Years of 60 Minutes: The inside Story of Television’s Most Influential News Broadcast” by Fager.

MARK & DIANE BURGER—“Kate, Who Tamed the Wind” by Scanlon.

CHARITON LABORATORY SERVICES—“If You Can Doodle – You Can Paint: Transforming Simple Drawings into Works of Art” by Culhane.

BRUCE & CAROL COLLIER— “Gems of the World” by Oldershaw,    (Audio books on CDs) “Surprise Me” by Kinsella, “I’ll Be Your Blue Sky” by De Los Santos, “Raspberry Danish Murder” by Fluke, “White Houses” by Bloom, “Robicheaux” by Burke, “Beautiful Days: Stories” by Oates, “Down the River Unto the Sea” by Mosley, “Fall From Grace” by Steel, “Girls in the Picture” by Benjamin, “The Music Shop” by Joyce, “The Last Suppers” by Mikulencak, “The Great Alone” by Hannah, “The Terrible Two Go Wild” by Barnett, “Alternate Side” by Quindlen, “The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir” by Ryan, “Every Note Played” by Genova, “Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake” by Graves, “Swan for the Money” by Andrews, and “The Dry” by Harper.

VAUNCILLE EITEL—“Death of a Whisker: A Cat Rescue Mystery” by Lo Tempio.

TRAVIS FREEMAN—“Unforgettable Behavior” by Cox.

FRIENDS OF THE ADAIR COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY—“Ultimate Quilting Bible” by Clayton, “American Runway: 75 Years of Fashion &  the Front Row” by Moore, “The New Seed-Starters Handbook” by Bubel, “Cooking at Home with Bridget & Julia: The TV Hosts of America’s Test Kitchen Share Their Favorite Recipes for Feeding Family & Friends” by Lancaster, “Dining In: Highly Cookable Recipes” by Roman, “Sweet Dreams, Supergirl” by Dahl, “Pokemon Designer: Satochi Tajiri” by Polinsky, “Firefighter Duckies” by Dormer, “When’s My Birthday” by Fagliano, “Noisy Nights” by Barnett, and “How Not to Kill Your Houseplants” by Peerless.

GENERAL ENDOWMENT—“Building Blocks: Back to Quilts Basics” by Califano.

EMIL & PAT GREEN—“Women of Easter: Encounter the Savior with Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth and Mary Magdalene” by Higgs, “Art Lab for Kids” by Schwake, “Culture Trails: 52 Perfect Weekends for Culture Lovers,” and “France Is A Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child” by Prudhomme.

DWIGHT & JUDY HART—“The Great Dictionary Caper” by Sierra, and “Carve: A Simple Guide to Whittling” by Abrantes.

DR. TERESA HECKERT—“Driving Miss Norma: One Family’s Journey Saying ‘Yes’ to Living” by Bauerschmidt.

HECKERT & FAMILY—“Cancer Hates Kisses” by Sliwerski.

PAUL & GLENDA HUNT—“Good Night, Bat! Good Morning, Squirrel” by Meisel, “Revolution Song: A Story of Freedom” by Shorto, and “What Can I Bring? Southern Food For Any Occasion Life Serves Up” by Heiskell.

EDWARD & MARIETTA JAYNE—“All the Presidents’ Gardens: Madison’s Cabbages to Kennedy’s Roses” by McDowell.

KIRKSVILLE ROTARY CLUB—“Craig and Fred: A Marine, A Stray Dog, and How They Rescued Each Other” by Grossi, “Ready the Cannons! Build Wiffle Ball Launchers, Beverage Bottle Bazookas, Hydro Swivel Guns and Other Artisanal Artillery” by Gurstelle, “Build It Yourself: Weekend Projects for the Garden” by Perrone, “Build Stuff with Wood: Make Awesome Projects with Basic Tools” by Christiana, “50 Things to do with a Penknife” by Collins, and “Quackery: A Brief History of the Worst Ways to Cure Everything” by Kang.

KIRKSVILLE WOMEN OF THE MOOSE, CHAPTER 824—“The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School” by Murray.


GILBERT & MARY JANE KOHLENBERG—“Before She Was Harriet” by Cline-Ransome, “Jefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America” by Kerrison, and “Inside Camp David: The Private World of the Presidential Retreat” by Giorgione.

MARK LAUGHLIN—“Encyclopedia of Landscape Design: Planning, Building and Planting Your Perfect Outdoor Space.”

TOM LAUGHLIN—“Me and You and the Red Canoe” by Pendziwol.

TOM & LINDA LEHMANN—“Betty Crocker: Lost Recipes: Beloved Vintage Recipes for Today’s Kitchen” by Crocker, “Death of an Honest Man” by Beaton, “Finding Shelter: Portraits of Love, Healing, and Survival” by Freidin, “Dragons Love Tacos” by Rubin, “Love” by De La Pena, “My Pillow Keeps Moving” by Gehl, “Hand Carving Your Own Walking Stick” by Stehly, and “Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters” by Mahin.

MARIAN LEHR— “A Breath of Hope” (Large Print) by Snelling, and “Remember the Lilies” (Large Print) by Tolsma.

DR. RICHARD & BESS MERCER—“The Grave’s a Fine and Private Place: A Flavia de Luce Novel” by Bradley, “A History of Medicine in 50 Objects” by Paul, and “The Mitford Murders” by Fellowes.

CATHERINE MOTTER—“The Music of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori and the Invention of the Piano” by Rusch.

SHANNON & JANE MUIR—“Black Noon” (Large Print) by Fenady, and “Texas Hills” (Large Print) by Compton.

HERMAN JAMES NETTERFIELD — “The Less Is More Garden: Big Ideas for Designing Your Small Yard” by Morrison, and “Woodworking: The Indispensable Guide” by Tribe.

WILLIAM & EVA JANE NOE—“At Home with Dogs and Their Designers” by Salk, “Plum Tea Crazy” by Childs, “Clueless in the Kitchen: Cooking for Beginners” by Raab, “John Ronald’s Dragons: The Story of J.R.R. Tolkien” by McAlister, “The Darling Dahlias and the Unlucky Clover” by Albert.

FRANCES P. NORMAN—“Dear Bob and Sue: One Couple’s Journey through the National Parks” by Smith.

CLAYTON & ODESSA OFSTAD—“Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest & Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms” by Benzakein, and “Endangered Species” by Randall.
HAROLD & BECKY OSBORN—“Educated: A Memoir” by Westover, “Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten” by Veirs, “Chief Engineer: Washington Roebling, the Man Who Built the Brooklyn Bridge” by Wagner, “The Bloody Spur” by Spillane, “Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy” by Morton, and “Runny Babbit Returns” by Silverstein.

DR. CHARLES & SHARON PRITCHARD—“DIY Dollhouse: Build and Decorate a Toy House Using Everyday Materials” by Henrion, and “Leonardo Da Vinci” by Isaacson.

JOSEPH RESSNER—“The Escape Artist” by Meltzer.

CATHY RETHMEIER & FAMILY—“Stay: A Girl, A Dog, A Bucket List” by Klise, and “Someone Like Me” by MacLachlan.

EARL E. ROGERS, INC.—“The Suburban Micro-Farm: Modern Solutions for Busy People” by Stross, “The Tree Doctor: A Guide to Tree Care and Maintenance” by Prendergast, “My Patients and Other Animals: A Veterinarian’s Stories of Love, Loss, and Hope” by Fincham-Gray, “Buzzard Bait” (Large Print) by Cogburn, and “Lovelock’s American Standard of Excellence for Purebred Cattle, Sheep, and Swine” by Lovelock.


MARGARET ROGERS TRUST—“Patricia Heaton’s Food for Family and Friends” by Heaton, “The Farm Cooking School: Techniques and Recipes that Celebrate the Seasons” by Knauer, “We Are the Dinosaurs” by Berkner, “Now” by Portis, “Green Enough: Eat Better, Live Cleaner, Be Happier: with 50 Mom and Kid Friendly Recipes” by Segedie, “Canning Full Circle: From Garden to Jar to Table” by Deveraux, “The Accidental Guardian” (Large Print) by Connealy, and “A Baxter Family Christmas” (Large Print) by Kingsbury.

            JOYCE ROLLINS— “Elmore” by Hobbie.


J.  MARK SCEARCE— “When I Grow Up I’ll be a Musician” by Miller, and “Band: D.I.Y. Make it Happen” by Loh-Hagan.

MICHAEL SCEARCE—“Rover” by Grant.


JOHN & JACKIE SETTLAGE—“Berlin 1936: Sixteen Days in August” by Hill, “Nikki Jabbour’s Veggie Garden Remix: 224 New Plants to Shake Up Your Garden” by Jabbour, “A Bike Like Sergio’s” by Boelto, “The Water Princess” by Verde, “Yoga Therapy: Foundations, Methods, and Practices for Common Ailments” by Stephens, “Forest in the Clouds: My Year Among the Mountain Gorillas in the Remote Enclave of Dian Fossey” by Fowler, and “Home Grown Pantry: A Gardener’s Guide to Selecting the Best Varieties & Planting the Perfect Amounts” by Pleasant, and “Dare to Be Kind: How Extraordinary Compassion Can Transform Our World” by Velasquez.


SOJOURNERS CLUB—“All the Beautiful Girls: A Novel” by Church, “The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet Broad Band” by Evans, “Dress Like a Woman: Working Women and What They Wore,” “Quilt As-You-Go Made Vintage” by Brandvig, “Potted: Make Your Own Stylish Garden Containers” by Gutierrez, “Spineless: Portraits of  Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life” by Middleton, “From Cradle to Stage: Stories from the Mothers who Rocked and Raised Rock Stars” by Grohl, “An Illustrated Tour of the Night Sky: What We See in the Stars” by Oseid, “Modern Retro Home: Tips and Inspiration for Creating Great Mid-Century Styles” by Grant, “Making Winter: A Hygge Inspired Guide to Surviving the Winter Months” by Mitchell, “Absolutely Everything You Need to Know: Stacks of LEGO Facts,” “The Chinese Emperor’s New Clothes” by Compenstine, “I Wanna Be a Great Big Dinosaur” by McKenzie, “When I Grow Up I’ll be a Firefighter” by Miller, “The T-Shirt Quilt Book” by Conner, “Mountain Mist Historical Quilts” by Pumphrey, and the Mitten Handbook: Knitting Recipes to Make Your Own” by Huff.

WAL-MART FOUNDATION—“Dear Dragon” by Funk.

JEANNE WILSON—“In Your Hands” by Weatherford.




Establishing an Endowment:

- An endowment must be a minimum of $1,000. Contributions can be made over a one year period to build the endowment gift to $1,000

- Gifts can be added to the endowment at any time to increase the endowment after it is established in the amount of $1,000

- Only the interest is spent each year, never the principal, so an endowment is a continuous memorial gift

- A plate is placed inside each item purchased with endowment funds. Endowment publicity is submitted to the newspaper/media unless otherwise requested

- Organizations, friends, familiy, or individuals may establish endowments

- An endowment established by an individual is a tax-deductible gift

Contact Jami Livingston, Library Director, about establishing an endowment or presenting a gift to the Adair County Public Library.


Endowments as of January 2018:


Adair County Military Families

American Legion, MacDougall-Lowe Post #20 Kirksville

Joseph E. Ressner

Lola G. Bell

Sojourner's Club

Gilbert & Mary Jane Kohlenberg

Shannon Dean Muir

Joyce Rollins

Dr. Charles & Sharon Pritchard

Friends of the Adair County Public Library

Kirksville Rotary Club

Frank & Judy Oberle

General Library Endowment

Jennie Greenslate Barker (Aunt of Jo Scott)

Wal-Mart Foundation

Clayton B. & Odessa Ofstad

Emil & Pat Green

Thomas & Linda Lehmann

Steve Barteau Family

Tom Laughlin

J. Mark Scearce

Michael J. Scearce

John & Jane Bartling

Jeanne Wilson

Bruce & Carol Collier

Dr. Teresa Heckert

Harold & Becky Osborn

Jack Branscom

John & Jacquelyn Settlage

Chariton Laboratory Service- Dr. Jeffrey D. Morasco, Dr. Marla L. Evans, and Dr. Anirudha Halder

Marian Josephine Lehr

Paul & Glenda Hunt

Margaret E. Rogers Trust

Dr. Richard & Bess Mercer

The Heckert Family

Edward & Marietta Jayne

Alvina M. Britz

Dwight & Judy Hart

Catherine Motter

Herman James Netterfield

Frances P. Norman

Kirksville Kiwanis Club

Earl E. Rogers Trust Inc.

Thousand Hills Rotary Club

Cathy Rethmeier and Family

Travis W. Freeman

William & Eva Jane Noe

Mark H. Laughlin

Pat Borrok

Kirksville Women of the Moose Chapter 824

John Batchelor

Vauncille Eitel

Mark & Diane Burger



The Recognition Tree

The Library Board of Trustees established a Recognition Tree on the east wall at the Library entrance. Policies to have a gold leaf placed on the Recognition Tree:

- Discretionary monetary donations must total $1,000 or more to qualify the donor's name to be engraved on a leaf for inclusion on the Recognition Tree

- All endowments (past, present and future) of $1,000 or more will be added to the Recognition Tree. Future additions of $1,000 or more to an existing endowment will be recognized with an additional leaf

- Donations for memorials and/or tributes submitted for the purchase of books and materials will not qualify the donor's name for inclusion on the Recognition Tree. The reason for this is that all books and materials purchased by these donations will have a memorial or tribute plaque affixed to the item thus giving the donor recognition for said item

- A donor may have one leaf per year for each category of new endowment, memorial, tribute or gift

- The tree will be updated yearly or at the discretion of the Library Board or Director

- For consistency in recognition and appearance the wording on leaves will have the name, type of donation (endowment, memorial, tribute, gift) and year