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.

2018 Endowment Books

ADAIR COUNTY MILITARY FAMILIES—"Giraffe Problems" by Jory John, "Marriage during Deployment: a memoir of a military marriage" by Ashburn

AMERICAN LEGION MacDOUGALL LOWE POST NO. 20 KIRKSVILLE— "Heartbeat" by Turk, "Dino" by Vaisberg, "Sons of Freedom: The forgotten American Soldiers who defeated Germany in WWI" by Wautro, "If I had a horse" by Marino, "Rescue and Jessica: A Life changing friendship by Kensky, "Brave" by McAnulty. 

JENNIE GREENSLATE BARKER (Aunt of Jo Scott)—"This is it" by Peoples-Riley

STEVE BARTEAU FAMILY—"The Big Bed" by Laditan

JOHN & JANE BARTLING—“"13 Things mentally strong women don't do: own your power, channel your confidence, and find your authentic voice for a life of meaning and joy" By Morin, "War Animals: The Unsung Heroes fo World War II" by Hutton, "Add a pinch: easier, faster, fresher Southern Classics" by Stone, "The Little Rabbit" by Killen, "Somebody I used to know: a memoir" by Mitchell, "Southern Snacks: 77 recipes for small bites with big flavors" by Magness, "Better Balance for life: banish the fear of fallin with simple activities added to your everyday routine" by Clements.

JOHN BATCHELOR—"The First conspiracy: the secret plot to kill George Washington" by Meltzer, "The Man who climbs trees" by Aldred, "Churchill: Walking with Destiny" by Roberts. 

 LOLA G. BELL—"That Churchill Woman" by Barron.

PAT BORROK—"Paul writes (a letter)" by Raschka, "Cat wishes" by Brill

JACK BRANSCOM—"Operation Columba: The Secret Pigeon Service: Th untold story of WWII Resistance in Europe" by Corera 

ALVINA BRITZ—"Storm Lake: a Chronicle of Change, Resiliences, and hope from a heartland newspaper" by Cullen

MARK & DIANE BURGER—“The Remember Balloons" by Oliveros

CHARITON LABORATORY SERVICES—“The Donkey Egg" by Stevens, "Fly Girls: How five daring women defied all odds and made aviation history" AUDO by O'Brien, "Whatever After: Seeing Red" by Mlynowski

BRUCE & CAROL COLLIER—"Liar, Liar" AUDO by Patterson, "The Tidewater Sisters" AUDIO by Wingate, "Crucible" AUDIO by Rollins, "Finding Dorothy" AUDIO by Letts, "Good Riddance" AUDIO by Lipman, "Maid: hard work, low pay, and a Mother's will to survive" AUDIO by Land, "The Secret ingredient" AUDIO by Naigle, "Grateful American: A journey from self to service" AUDIO by Sinise, "Silent Night" AUDIO by Steel, "Wolf Pack" AUDIO by Box, "Sisters Hemingway" AUDIO by Noblin, "Woman in the Lake" AUDIO by Cornick, "The wedding guest" AUDIO by Kellerman, "California Girls" AUDIO by Mallery, "Island of Sea Women" AUDIO by See, "I owe you one" Audio by Kinsella, "Death in Provence" AUDIO, by Kent, "More than words" AUDIO by Santopolo, "Breakfast at Tiffany's" AUDIO by Capote, "Murder wears a little black dress" AUDIO by Sennefelder, "Orphan's Tale" AUDIO by Jenoff. 

VAUNCILLE EITEL—"Hero Dogs: How a pack of rescues, rejects, and strays became America's greatest disaster search partners" by Melville

TRAVIS FREEMAN—"Garden Design: a book of Ideas" by Howcroft

FRIENDS OF THE ADAIR COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY—"Pull up a chair: recipes from my family to yours" by Thiessen, "Martina's Kitchen Mix: My recipe playlist for real life" by McBride, "Design by Nature: Creating layered, lived in spaces" by Tanov, "The Handmade Quilt: a complete skill building sampler" by Forster, "On Desperate Ground: The Marines at the Reservoir, the Korean War's greatest battle" by SIdes, "Chariot on the Mountain" by Ford, "Grateful American: a journey from self to service" By Sinise, "Once upon a star: a poetic journey through space" by Carter, "Spider-Man, Spider-Man", "Seeing Stars: a complete guide to the 88 constellations" "30 knit ponchos and Capes" by Maasen

GENERAL ENDOWMENT—“Creating sanctuary: sacred garden spaces, plant based medicine, daily practices to achieve happiness and well being"by Bloom

EMIL & PAT GREEN—"Tip of the iceberg: my 3,000 mile journey around wild Alaska, the last great American frontier" by Adams, "Murder at the Mill" by Shaw, "More than a princess" by Baker, "The Bride of Ivy Green" by Klassen. 

DWIGHT & JUDY HART—“Leaders who changed history" 

DR. TERESA HECKERT—“Breasts: the owner's manual: every woman's guide to reducing cancer risk, making treatment choices, and optimizing outcomes" by Funk.

HECKERT  FAMILY— "The lighthouseb between the worlds" by Crowder. 

PAUL & GLENDA HUNT—“Wild Bill: The true story of the American Frontier's first gunfighter by Clavin, "The Cash and Carter Cookbook: Recipes and recollections from Johnny and June's table" by Cash, "Princesses save the world" by Guthrie.

EDWARD & MARIETTA JAYNE—“"Every Day is Extra" by Kerry, "Hot fudge Murder" by Baxter.

KIRKSVILLE ROTARY CLUB—“"Vietnam: An epic tragedy, 1945-1975" by Hastings, "Racing to finish: my story by Earnhardt, "Grit and Gold: The Death Valley Jawhawkers of 1849" by Johnson, "Rock stars at Home" , "No one at the wheel: driverless cars and the road to the future" by Schwartz. 

KIRKSVILLE WOMEN OF THE MOOSE, CHAPTER 824—“Wordy Birdy meets Mr. Cougarpants" by Sauer

KIWANIS CLUB OF KIRKSVILLE--"I just like you" by Bloom

GILBERT & MARY JANE KOHLENBERG—“"The Secret Token: Myth, obsession, and the search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke" by Lawler, "The Rise of Andrew Jackson: Myth, manipulation, and the making of modern politics" by Heidler, "Invisible: the forgotten story of the Black Woman Lawyer who took down America's most powerful mobster" by Carter. 

MARK LAUGHLIN—“"Can I be your dog?" by Cummings, "Bear can't sleep" by Wilson. 

TOM LAUGHLIN—"Hey Dog" by Johnston. 

TOM & LINDA LEHMANN—“"Wolf pack" Large Print by Box, "Woodcraft: master the art of green woodworking with key techniques and inspiring projects", "Tasty Dessert: all the sweet you can eat", "Better Sister" by Burke, "Eat what you love Restaurant favorites" by Koch, "Murder on Trinity Place" by Thompson. 

MARIAN LEHR— “Bigger than you" by Kyung, "3-Step Slow cooker cookbook" by Maresco, "When we were young" Large Print, by Kingsbury.

DR. RICHARD & BESS MERCER—“"The Red Address book" by Lundberg, "On Call in the Arctic: a doctor's pursuit of life, love, and miracles in the Alaskan Frontier" by Sims, "The Next to Die" by Hannah

CATHERINE MOTTER—“Gardenlust: A Botanical tour of the World's best new Gardens" by Woods. 

SHANNON & JANE MUIR—“Castle Butte" by Nesbitt, "The curse of Skull Canyon" Large Print by Brandvold. 

HERMAN JAMES NETTERFIELD — "Death March Escape: the Remarkable story of a man who twice escaped the Nazi Holocaust" by Hersch, "Living with plants: a guide to Indoor Gardening"  by Lee. 

WILLIAM & EVA JANE NOE—“Broken Bones" by Childs, "Raspberry Danish Murder" by Fluke, "Cottage by the Sea" by Macomber, "Target" by Alex Cross. 

FRANCES P. NORMAN—“100 Parks, 5000 Ideas: where to go, when to go, what to see, what to do". 

CLAYTON & ODESSA OFSTAD—“"Peterson Guide to Bird Idenitification in 12 steps" by Howell, "How to be a good creature: A memoir in thirteen animals" by Montgomery, "Billion Dollar Whale: the man who fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the world" by Wright. 

HAROLD & BECKY OSBORN—“"Heartland: a memoir of working hard and being broke in the richest country on Earth" by Smarsh, "Shotguns and Stagecoaches: the brave men who rode for Wells Fargo in the Wild West" by Boessenecker, "DNA is you!: The marvelous science behind your one of a kind-ness" by Beatrice, "Courting Mr. Lincoln"by Bayard. "The Beneficiary: fortune, misfortune, and the story of my father" by Scott. 

DR. CHARLES & SHARON PRITCHARD—“"Famous works of Art and How they got that way" by Nici, "When Death Becomes Life: notes from a transplant surgeoun" by Mezrich. 

JOSEPH RESSNER—“The Hiding Place" by Tudor.

CATHY RETHMEIER & FAMILY—“Someone New" by O'Brien. 

EARL E. ROGERS, INC.—“Space cows" by Seltzer, "The Secret life of cows" by Young, "Once upon a farm: lessons on growing love, life, and hope on a new frontier" by Feek, "Hey, Hey, Hay!: a tale of bales and the machines that make them" by Mihaly. 

MARGARET ROGERS TRUST—“"Christmas with Southern Living 2018", "Taste of Home: affordable eats 100+ all time favorites that won't break the bank.", "Family is the superpower"by Dahl, "Rose Murray's Comfortable Kitchen cookbook: easy, feel good food for family and friends" by Murray, "The Gardener says: quotes, quips, and words of wisdom", "Kitchen Yarns: Notes on life, love, and food" by Hood, "My Heart" by Luyken, "The Cookie Book: decadent bites for every occasion" by Firth, "Amy Herzog's ultimate sweater book: The essentail guide for adventurous knitters" by Herzog. 

 JOYCE ROLLINS— “The amazing idea of You" by Wild. 

ROTARY CLUB OF KIRKSVILLE- THOUSAND HILLS—“Baxter and Danny Stand up to Bullying" by Foley. 

J.  MARK SCEARCE— "Because"by Willems. 

MICHAEL SCEARCE—In the quiet noisy woods" by Rosen. 

JOHN & JACKIE SETTLAGE—“Almost everything: notes on hope" by Lamott, "The Dogs of Camelot: stories of the Kennedy Canines" by Reed, "The Class: A life-changing teacher, his world changing kids, and the most inventive classroom in America" by Tesoriero, "The Oxford Illustrated History of the Holy Land", "Say Something" by Reynolds, "A dream called home" by Grande, "Why old places matter: how historic places affect our identity and well being" by Mayes. 

SOJOURNERS CLUB—"Infinite Wonder: an astronaut's photographs from a year in space" by Kelly, "Smithsonian Flora: inside the secret world of plants", "Kaffee Fassett's Quilts in America", "The Spoonflower quick sew project book" by Corrie, "Taste of Home: What can I cook in my ....Instant Pot, Air Fryer, Waffle iron, and more", "Essential Pruning techniques: Trees, shrubs, conifers" by Brown, "The Happy Cookbook: A celebration of the Food that makes America Smile" by Doocy, "All About Cake" by Tosi, "Gardens of Bunny Mellon" by Holden, "Run Wild" by Covell, "I am enough" by Byers, "Ami I yours?" by Latimer, "What can a citizen do?" by Eggers, "Breathe with me: using breath to feel strong, calm, and happy" by Gates, "The unteachables" by Korman, "The Gilded Wolves" by Chokshi. 


WAL-MART FOUNDATION—“Gooseberry Patch: Healthy, Happy, homemade meals". 


JEANNE WILSON—“The Light Jar" by Thompson. 



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 2019:


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

Rich McKinney



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