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. 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. 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.

2020 Endowment Books

ADAIR COUNTY MILITARY FAMILIES—"I'll Lend you My Daddy" by King.

AMERICAN LEGION MacDOUGALL LOWE POST NO. 20 KIRKSVILLE— "Modern Warriors: Real Stories from Real Heroes" by Hegseth, "The Vietnam War: the definitive illustrated history", "Tank: the definitive visual history of Armored vehicles", Veterans: heroes in our neighborhood" by Pfundstein, "Tucky Jo and Little Heart" by Polacco, "Hero Dad" by Hardin, "Hero Mom" by Hardin. 

JENNIE GREENSLATE BARKER (Aunt of Jo Scott)—"The Little Mermaid" by Pinkney.

STEVE BARTEAU FAMILY—"Honeybee: the busy life of Apis Mellifera" by Fleming.

JOHN & JANE BARTLING—“Gooseberry patch: our best Breakfast and Brunch Recipes", "What birds eat: how to preserve the natural diet and behavior of North American Birds" by Long, "Dear Teacher, a Celebration of People Who Inspire us" by Rosenthal, "Subtract: the untapped science of less"by Klotz. 

JOHN BATCHELOR—“"Saving Freedom: Truman, the Cold War, and the fight for Western Civilization" by Scarborough, "Inferno: the true story of a B-17 Gunner's heroism and the bloodiest military campain in aviation history by Smith. 

LOLA G. BELL—"Lady Bird Johnson" Hiding in plain sight" by Sweig. 

PAT BORROK—"The Library bus" by Rahman, "Scarlet's Tale"by Vernick.

JACK BRANSCOM—"The Keys to the Kingdom: an illustrated timeline of the Kansas City Chiefs" by Smale. 

ALVINA BRITZ—“The 7 perspectives of Effective Leaders" by Harkavy. 

MARK & DIANE BURGER—“Cozy" by Brett. 

CHARITON LABORATORY SERVICES—“The woman who Stole Vermeer" by Amore, "The Barbizon: the hotel that set women free" by Bren, "Leave something on the table and other surprising lessons for success in business and in life" by Bennack.

BRUCE & CAROL COLLIER—"Truth about Melody Brown" by Jewell, "Exploring the White House" by Brower, "A Holiday Bundle of Classic Children's Stories", "Fortune and Glory: tantalizing twenty seven" by Evanovich, "Frontier Follies" by Drummond, "The Brilliant life of Eudora Honeycutt" by Lyons, "The midnight library " by Haig, "The Land Christmas forgot" by Purse, "Love your life" by Kinsella, "All that Glitters" by Steel, "Legacy" by Roberts, "The Newcomer" by Andrews, "Summer of Lost and Found" by Monroe, "The Maidens" by Michaelides, "Nine Lives" by Steel, all Audiobooks. 

VAUNCILLE EITEL—"The Keepers: a Mace Reid K-9m mystery" by Burton. 

TRAVIS FREEMAN—"America's Marine Sanctuaries: A photographic exploration". 

FRIENDS OF THE ADAIR COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY—"Taste of Home: Half Homemade 300+ shortcut recipes", "Amy Wu and the Patchwork Dragon" by Zhang, "Barbie Bakes: 50+ fantastic recipes from Barbie and her friends", "A gambling man" by Baldacci, "The woman they could not silence" by Moore, "Zero Fail: the rise and fall of the Secret Service" by Leonning, "The Forest of Vanishing Stars" by Harmel, "The Reading List" by Adams, "Terrific!" by Gilmore,"Bears at the beach" by Parenteau, "The Leaf Thief" by Hemming.

GENERAL ENDOWMENT—“Bodies are cool" by Feder.

EMIL & PAT GREEN—"Our Country's Presidents: a complete encyclopedia of the U.S. Presidency", "Mornings with Monet" by Rosenstock, "The House of Fragile things: Jewish Art collectors and the Fall of France" by McAuley. 

DWIGHT & JUDY HART—“The House of Grass and Sky" by Ray. 

DR. TERESA HECKERT—"Everything will be okay: Life Lessons for Young Women" by Perino.

HECKERT  FAMILY—“ Mr. Brown's bad day" by Peacock.

PAUL & GLENDA HUNT—"Teatime at Grosvenor Square: An unofficial cookbook for fans of Bridgerton" by Clearwater, "Facing the Mountain: A true story of Japanese American Heroes in WWII" by Brown. 

EDWARD & MARIETTA JAYNE—“Marshmallow Malice: An Amish Candy Shop Mystery" by Flower

KIRKSVILLE ROTARY CLUB—“"Visual Encyclopedia" by The Smithsonian, "Lonely Planet's guide to Life: wisdom from the World's Cultures", "Amazing World Atlas: Bringing our World to Life" by Ward, "Your Future is Bright" by Finkle, "Sparring with Smokin' Joe: Joe Frazier's epic battles and Rivalry with Ali by Lewis.

KIRKSVILLE WOMEN OF THE MOOSE, CHAPTER 824—"Share some kindness, Bring some light" by Stott. 

KIWANIS CLUB OF KIRKSVILLE--"The World needs who you were made to be" by Gaines. 

GILBERT & MARY JANE KOHLENBERG—“Pearl: December 7, 1941 by Butler, "My remarkable journey: A memoir" by Johnson, "I marched with Patton: a firsthand account of World War II alongside on of the U.S. Army's Greatest General by Sisson, "Come Fly: the Jet-Age story of the Women of Pan Am by Cooke. 

MARK LAUGHLIN—“Will you be my friend?" by McBratney.

TOM LAUGHLIN—"Sunrise Summer" by Swanson. 

TOM & LINDA LEHMANN—“Deep into the Dark" by Tracy, "Baseball road trips: Complete guide to all the Ballparks" by Malcolm, "Blood, powder, and residue: How crime labs translate evidence into proof" by Bechkey, "Cruel as the Grave" by Harrods, "A fatal lie" by Todd.

MARIAN LEHR— “The Golfer's Carol" by Bailey, "Billy Graham: The Man I knew" by Laurie. 

RICH MCKINNEY---“My voice is a trumpet" by Allen. 

DR. RICHARD & BESS MERCER—“The Doctors Blackwell: How two Pioneering Sisters brought medicine to women and women to medicine"by Nimura, "House of Patriach" by Hambly, "The Cellist" by Silva. 

CATHERINE MOTTER—”How to create your garden" by Frost. 

SHANNON & JANE MUIR—“Death Valley Christmas" by Johnstone, "All of the Factors of Why i love tractors" by Bell. 

HERMAN JAMES NETTERFIELD — "The Complete Gardener's guide", "This very Tree" by Rubin. 

WILLIAM & EVA JANE NOE—“When Harry met Minne: A true story of love and friendship" by Teichner, "Grounds for Murder" by Lush, "The Diva serves Forbidden Fruit" by Davis, "Principal Tate is running Late" by Cole. 

FRANCES P. NORMAN—“National Trails of America" by Lonely Planet. 

CLAYTON & ODESSA OFSTAD—“American Birds: a literary companion" by Rubenfeld, "Condor Comeback" by Montgomery. 

HAROLD & BECKY OSBORN—“Flower School: a practical guide to the art of flower arranging" by Crary, "Lincoln's Mentors: the education of a leader" by Gerhardt, "The Maidens" by Michaelides, "Covered with night: a story of murder and indigenous justice in Early America" by Eustace, "Classical Mythology A-Z" by Giesecke. 

DR. CHARLES & SHARON PRITCHARD--- “Artcurious: Stories of the Unexpected, strangely odd and strangely wonderful in Art History" by Dasal. 

JOSEPH RESSNER—“Bone Rattle" by Cameron.

CATHY RETHMEIER & FAMILY—“Except when they don't" by Gehl

EARL E. ROGERS, INC.—“On the Farm: heritage and heralded animal breeds in portraits and stories" by Elizarov, "American Agriculture: From Farm families to Agribusiness" by Wetherington, "The Secret world of Weather" by Gooley, "Centered: trading your plans for a life that matters" by Brown, "Charlie the Ranch Dog: Charlie's new Friend" by Drummond. 

MARGARET ROGERS TRUST—“Christmas baking" by Klynstra, "5 more sleeps 'til Christmas" by Fallon, "Mistletoe: a Christmas Story" by Hills, "Our little kitchen" by Tamaki, "A friend is...." by Thiesing, "A Library book for bear" by Becker, "Forever this Summer" by Youngblood, "The Farm Made Cookbook: Traditional recipes from America's Farmers". 

JOYCE ROLLINS— "Once upon a unicorn's horn" by Blue. 


J.  MARK SCEARCE— "Who Was Duke Ellington" by Payne. .

MICHAEL SCEARCE—“Madeline Finn and the Shelter Dog" by Papp.

JOHN & JACKIE SETTLAGE—“"Our Livable World: Creating the clean Earth of Tomorrow" by Schaus, "Living without plastic" by Allen, "Wonder walkers" by Archer, "Zonia Rain Forest" by Martinez, "Carpenter's Helper" by Rosen, "The Loneliest Polar bear" by Williams, "Women of the White House" by Russo.

SOJOURNERS CLUB—""Aquascaping: a step by step guide to planting styling and maintaining beautiful aquariums" by Farmer, "Great British Baking Show: Love to Bake", "Eyes that kiss in the corners" by Ho, "Flying high: the story of gymnastics champion Simone Biles", "Princess Dinosaur" by Kibblesmith, "Off to see the sea" by Grimes, "Our woman in Moscow" by Williams, "Sunflower sister" by Kelly, "The Hello, Goodbye Window" by Juster, "All Hands on Deck!: A deadly hurricane, a daring rescue, and the origin of the Cajun Navy" by Neubecker, "Big Rig Rescue" by Gail, "Time for School, Little Blue Truck" by Schertle, "Chirp!: Chipmunk sings for a friend" by Swenson, "America's game: the NFL at 100" by Rice, Love Jelly Roll Quilts", "Universe: the Definitive Visual Guide".

WAL-MART FOUNDATION—“Swish!: the Slam-Dunking, Alley-ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters" by Slade. 

JEANNE WILSON—“Pearls of Wisdom: Little Pieces of Advice (That go a long way)" by Bush. 

MARGARET WINKLEMAN---"The Book woman of Troublesome Creek" by Richardson.


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 2021:


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

Margaret Winkleman


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