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A library book given as a memorial serves as a lasting tribute and extends an individualís 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 amount of purchase is mentioned. An announcement 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 announcement of the gift is submitted to the newspaper/media. The average cost of a gift book is $20 to $30 and is a tax-deductible donation. The Adair County Public Library is a non-profit organization.

January - March 2014 Memorial Books:

Janie Bartling - Given by Shauna Barnett. "Meow: I Love Cats" by McKenna.
Kay "Granny" Chandler - Given by Granny's Family. "Reunion" by Snelling, "Home by Dark" by Perry, "Kindred Spirits" by Stohmeyer, "Heat Wave" by Thayer, and "Fly Away" by Hannah [all Large Print].
Vera Edith Davis - Given by Richard & Donna Rhinesmith. "Clara & Davie" Polacco.
Bill Kreutzer - Given by Mark & Diane Burger. "To Dare Mighty Things: the Life of Theodore Roosevelt" by Rappaport.
Piper Annlyn Laudwig - Given by Grandma Anita and Uncle Jaxon. "Come Back, Moon" by Kherdian and "Baby Bear" by Nelson.
Dean Rosebery - Given by Paul & Glenda Hunt. "Knowing Horses: Q & As to Boost Your Equine IQ" by Sellnow.
Lester Sebree - "One Summer: America, 1927" by Bryson.
Becky Smith - Given by Al & Liz Srnka. "Prayer for Owen Meany" by Irving.
Virginia Watson - Given by Mark & Diane Burger. "Little Cowpokes Cookbook" by Williams.
Virginia Watson - Given by Colleen Liebhart. "Taste of Home: Almost Homemade."
Virginia Watson - Given by Paul & Glenda Hunt. "Taste of Home: Ground Beef."
David Whitworth - Given by Clif & Jill Rogers. "Music: the Definitive Visual History."

January - March 2014 Honor Books:

Suzi Kohler (Adair County Public Library Circulation Clerk) January Birthday - Given by Glenda Hunt. "Secrets of the Past" by Bradford [Large Print].
Hank Krambeck - Given by Phyllis Krambeck. "Monarch of the Glen: Complete Series" [DVD].
Coby Lehmann - Given by Grandma & Grandpa Lehmann. "Army Camels" by Fisher.
Macy Lehmann - Given by Grandma & Grandpa Lehmann. "Pete the Cat: Valentine's Day is Cool" by Dean.
Logan Lehmann - Given by Grandma & Grandpa Lehmann. "Hoop Genius" by Coy.
Luke Lehmann - Given by Grandma & Grandpa Lehmann. "What's Your Favorite Animal?" by Carle.
Grace Mohler - Given by Mom & Dad. "Look Up" by Cate, "Night Light" by Blechman, "Paul Meets Bernadette" by Lamb, and "Little Red Writing" by Holub.

January - March 2014 Gifts:

Hastings Books.Video.Music Your Entertainment Superstore - "Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grim," "'The President Has Been Shot!' the Assassination of John F. Kennedy" by Swanson, "Great Bear Sea: Exploring the Marine Life of a Pacific Paradise" by McAllister, "Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library" by Rosenstock, "Mad Potter: George B. Ohr, Eccentric Genius" by Greenberg, "Women of the Frontier: 16 Tales of Trailblazing, Homesteaders, Entrepreneurs & Rabble-Rousers" by Miller, "Believe: the Victorious Story of Eric LeGrand" by LeGrand, "Robbers: True Stories of the World's Most Notorious Thieves" by Schroeder, "Bone Collection: Animals" by Colson, "LEGO: Totally Cool Creations" by Kenney, "Master George's People: George Washington, His Slaves, & His Revolutionary Transformation" by Delano, and "Stronger than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope" by Heos.
Sydney & Sue Ross - "Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Adventures," "The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics, and Mavericks and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible" by Winchester, "Edison and the Rise of Innovation" by De Graaf, "Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection," and "Earth: the Definitive Visual Guide."


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, family, or individuals may establish endowments.
  • An endowment established by an individual is a tax-deductible gift.
Contact Glenda Hunt, Director, about information establishing an endowment or presenting a gift to the Adair County Public Library.

Endowments as of January 2013:

American Legion, MacDougall-Lowe Post #20 Kirksville
Jennie Greenslate Barker (Aunt of Jo Scott)
Steve Barteau Family
John & Jane Bartling
Lola G. Bell
Pat Borrok
Jack Branscom
Alvina M. Britz
Chariton Laboratory Services - Dr. Jeffrey D. Morasco, Dr. Maria L. Evans, and Dr. Anirudha Halder
Bruce & Carol Collier
Travis W. Freeman
Friends of the Adair County Public Library
General Library Endowment
Emil & Pat Green
Dwight & Judy Hart
The Heckert Family
Paul & Glenda Hunt
Edward & Marietta Jayne
Kirksville Kiwanis Club
Kirksville Rotary Club
Kirksville Women of the Moose Chapter 824
Gilbert & Mary Jane Kohlenberg
Mark H. Laughlin
Tom Laughlin
Thomas & Linda Lehmann
Marian Josephine Lehr
Dr. Richard & Bess Mercer
Catherine Motter
Shannon Dean Muir
Herman James Netterfield
William & Eva Jane Noe
Frances P. Norman
Frank & Judy Oberle
Clayton B. & Odessa Ofstad
Harold & Becky Osborn
Dr. Charles & Sharon Pritchard
Joseph E. Ressner
Cathy Rethmeier and Family
Earl E. Rogers Trust Inc.
Margaret E. Rogers Trust
Joyce Rollins
Rotary Club of Kirksville - Thousand Hills
J. Mark Scearce
Michael J. Scearce
John & Jacquelyn Settlage
Sojourner's Club
Wal-Mart Foundation
Jeanne Wilson

Books Purchased with Endowment Fund Interest

Endowment Recognition Event - April 12, 2010

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 donorís 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 or acorn.
  • Donations for memorials and/or tributes submitted for the purchase of books and materials will not qualify the donorís 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 and acorns will have the name, type of donation (endowment, memorial, tribute, gift) and year.