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.

2021 Endowment Books

ADAIR COUNTY MILITARY FAMILIES—"Being an active citizen serving in the Military” by Alexander, “Military Service” by Chang.

AMERICAN LEGION MacDOUGALL LOWE POST NO. 20 KIRKSVILLE—"Veteran’s Day” by Flynn, “What does a member of the Armed Forces do?” by Townsend, “Celebrate Memorial Day” by Ferguson, “U.S. Army Equipment and vehicles” by Husted, “U.S. Special Operations Forces Equipment and Vehicles” by Pagel.

JENNIE GREENSLATE BARKER (Aunt of Jo Scott)—"No Nibbling!” by Ferry.

STEVE BARTEAU FAMILY—"The Tale of the Whale” by Swann.

JOHN & JANE BARTLING—“Spectacular Spreads: 50 Amazing food spreads for any occasion” by Brown, “Chez Bob” by Shea, “Usha and the Big Dipper” By Knight, “Look Grandma! Ni, Elisi” by Coulson, “The Power of the Thank You” by Meyer, “Game Night Cookbook: snacks, noshes, and drinks for good times” by Scott-Goodman, “Move: how the new science of body movement can set your mind free” by Williams, “Let’s get Physical: How women discovered exercise and reshaped the World” by Friedman.

JOHN BATCHELOR—“The Churchill Sisters: The Extraordinary lives of Winston and Clementine’s Daughters by Trethewey.

LOLA G. BELL—"The Horsewoman” by Patterson.

PAT BORROK—"Gib*ber*ish” by Vo.

JACK BRANSCOM—"’64 Cardinals: a team, a season, a showdown for the Ages” by Tieman
ALVINA BRITZ—“Collective Wisdom: Lessons, Inspiration, and advice from women over 50” by Bonny.

MARK & DIANE BURGER—“The library fish” by Capucilli.

CHARITON LABORATORY SERVICES—“Aaron Slater, illustrator” by Beaty, “What Isabella Wanted: Isabella Stewart Gardner builds a museum” by Fleming, “Little Wonder: The Fabulous story of Lottie Dod” By Abramsky.

BRUCE & CAROL COLLIER—"Three sisters” Audiobook by Morris, “Wish you were here” Audiobook by Piccoult, “Midnight Lock” Audiobook by Deaver, “Reminders of Him” Audiobook by Hoover, “Sister Stardust” Audiobook by Green, “Edgewater Road” Audiobook by Gray, “The Lady’s Mine” Audiobook by Rivers, “The Bluebonnet Battle” Audiobook by Brown, “Violeta” by Audiobook by Allende, “The Wish” Audiobook by Sparks, “Lighthouse on Moonglow Bay” Audiobook by Wilde, “Summer at the Cape”Audiobook by Thayne, “Nightwork” Audiobook by Roberts, “The Horsewoman” Audiobook by Patterson, “The Diamond Eye” Audiobook by Quinn, “The Baxters” Audiobook by Kingsbury, “The Girls who stepped out of line” Audiobook by Eder, “Beautiful” Audiobook by Steel, “The Family you Make” Audiobook by Shalvis.

VAUNCILLE EITEL—"Smitten with Kittens” by Minor

TRAVIS FREEMAN—“Wild Design: Nature’s Architects” by Ridley.

FRIENDS OF THE ADAIR COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY—"Baking for the Holidays” by Kieffer, “Perfectly Pegasus” by Sima, “Hey! A colorful mystery” by Read, “So you want to build a library” by Leslie, “What will I do with my love today?” by Chenoweth, “Princess Unlimited” by Weinstein, “Friends”by Sosa, “Three Strike Summer” by Schrempp, “Beginner’s guide to colorwork knitting” by Austin, “180 Patchwork Quilt Blocks by Koseki, “ 10-minute Sourdough: breadmaking for real life by Kimbell, “Gardens of the world: a celebration of the world’s most amazing gardens”, “Just another Love Song” by Winfrey.

GENERAL ENDOWMENT—“Tomatoes for Neela” by Lakshmi

EMIL & PAT GREEN—"”Bob Ross’ Happy Little Night Before Christmas” by Pearlman, “Pablo Picasso” by Sanchez Vegare, “Wildcat: the untold story of Pearl Hart, The Wild West’s most notorious woman bandit” by Boessenecker, “Dream Street” by Walker.

DWIGHT & JUDY HART—“Petal the Angry Cow” by Fergus.

DR. TERESA HECKERT—“Love always: My wife’s courageous battle against Triple-negative breast cancer” by Corrigan.

HECKERT  FAMILY— “Blur: How did we get here so fast?” by Le

PAUL & GLENDA HUNT—“The one bowl baker: Easy unfussy, recipes for decadent cakes, brownies, cookies, and bread” by Simmons, “Lulu and Zoey: a sister story” by Finison, “Life on the Mississsippi: an Epic American Adventure” by Buck.

EDWARD & MARIETTA JAYNE—“Poppy Harmon and the Backstabbing Bachelor” by Hollis.

KIRKSVILLE ROTARY CLUB—“Lore of the Bambino: 100 great Babe Ruth Stories” by Weeks, “The Bald Eagle: The improbable journey of America’s bird” by Davis, “The taking of Jemima Boone: Colonial settlers, tribal nations, and the kidnap that shaped America” by Pearl, “Construction Site: Road crew coming through!” by Rinker, “Eyewitness: Dinosaur” by Lambert, “The Happiest Man on Earth: The beautiful life of an Auschwitz Survivor” By Jaku, “Hamsters make Terrible Roommates” by Klein.


KIWANIS CLUB OF KIRKSVILLE--"Daddy Daughter Day” by Freelon

GILBERT & MARY JANE KOHLENBERG—“Rosie the Riveter: the legacy of an American Icon” by Duojack, “Lightning Down: A World War II story of survival” by Moser, “The Betrayal of Anne Frank: a cold case investigation” by Sullivan, “A House built by slaves: African American Visitors to the Lincoln White House” by White

MARK LAUGHLIN—“I want an apple: how my body works” by Harrison.

TOM LAUGHLIN—"A mouthful of Minnows” by Hare.

TOM & LINDA LEHMANN—“Gladys the magic Chicken” by Rubin, “Fallen Creed” by Kava, “Cars! Cars! Cars!” by Weant, “Targeted” by Hunter F. Hunter, “Kingdom of Bones” by Rollins, “Cat Problems” by John, “Mucky Truck” by Paquette, “The Homewreckers” by Andrews, “Murder on Madison Square” by Thompson.

MARIAN LEHR— “Someone to Trust” by Davids, “The Magic Hug: a story about emotions” by Kuo.

RICH MCKINNEY---“Frist notes of Spring” by Kulekjian.

DR. RICHARD & BESS MERCER—“All about Birds: Midwest: Midwest, US and Canada”, “Wild Irish Rose” by Bowen, “Blood Grove: An Easy Rawlins mystery” By Mosley.

CATHERINE MOTTER—”The First Time Gardener: Raised Bed Gardening” by Calikim”, “A Friend Like You” by Murphy.

SHANNON & JANE MUIR—“Dark Night in Big Rock” by Johnstone, “Ride for Justice, Ride for Revenge” by Griffin.

HERMAN JAMES NETTERFIELD — "The Seasonal Gardener: Creative Planting Combinations” by Pavord, “Saving my enemy: How two WWII Soldiers fought against each other and later forged a friendship that saved their lives” by Welch.

WILLIAM & EVA JANE NOE—“City on Fire” by Winslow, “ The Welcome Chair” by Wells, “The Longest Storm” by Yaccarino, “Summer at the Cape” by Thayne.

FRANCES P. NORMAN—“100 Great American Parks” By Pearson.

CLAYTON & ODESSA OFSTAD—“In the Clouds” by Mackay, “Hello, Star” by Lucianovic, “Castles and moats: insurance, investment, and life planning simply explained” by Carden

HAROLD & BECKY OSBORN—“The Midwest Survival Guide: How we talk, love, work, drink, and east…everything with Ranch” by Berens, “Floret Farms: A year in Flowers” by Benzakein, “Red Sky Morning: the Epic True Story of Texas Ranger Company F” By Pappalardo, “A Dark and Stormy Tea’ By Childs, “The Violent Storm” by Johnstone, “Fenris and Mott” by Van Eekhout.

DR. CHARLES & SHARON PRITCHARD--- “Ultimate guide to Furniture Refinishing and Repair” by Hingley.

JOSEPH RESSNER—“Red Warning” by Quirk

CATHY RETHMEIER & FAMILY—“Stella keeps the sun up” by Ewing. 

EARL E. ROGERS, INC.—“Amara’s Farm” by Brown, “Where’s my Cow” by Blackaby, “Devil’s Ride West” by Nix, “Stanley the Farmer” by Bee.

MARGARET ROGERS TRUST—“2021 Christmas with Southern Living”, “Southern Living 2021 Annual Recipes”, “We Want Snow: A Wintry Chant” by Swenson, “Waiting for Mama” by Marino, “Celebrate with Babs: Holiday recipes and Family Traditions” by Costello, “ Christmas in the Cottage” . 

JOYCE ROLLINS— “This Book is not for You!” by Hale.


J.  MARK SCEARCE— "Blue Baboon finds her Tune” by Docherty.

MICHAEL SCEARCE—” Horse Power: How Horses Changed the World” by Thermes.

JOHN & JACKIE SETTLAGE—“Kinfolk Travel: Slower ways to see the World” by Burns, “ Becoming Forrest: One Man’s epic run across America” by Pope, “The Universe and You” by Slade, “Our Planet: There’s no place like Earth” by McAnulty, “We are Better Together” by McKibben, “Belly Fat Blasters for Seniors” by Walhrer.

SOJOURNERS CLUB—"Jane Austen’s Table” by Anderson, “Bevan: a well loved bear” by Brown, “I love you like Yellow” by Beaty, “Call us what we carry” by Gorman, “Containers in the garden” by Dalby, “A bear to share” by Alba, “ The Goody Toy” by Child, “The Liz Taylor Ring” by Janowitz, “Disturbing the Peace” by McCauley, “No Ordinary Dog: my partner from the SEALS Teams to the Bin Laden Raid” by Chesney, “Rivals” by McGee, “That’s Debatable” by Doll, “Lily and the night Creatures” by Lake, “The Elephant Girl” by Patterson, “Best Wishes” by  Mlynowski, “Dadaji’s Paintbrush” by Sirdeshpande.

WAL-MART FOUNDATION—“Holding on” By Lee.

JEANNE WILSON—“Bloomsbury Girls” by Jenner.

MARGARET WINKELMAN—“An Unexpected Amish Proposal” by Good


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 2022:


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