In 1924, residents were asked to donate books and the first volunteer run Kirkwood Library was housed on the top floor of the original City Hall Building. On Dec 11, 1926, a tax levy passed and Kirkwood became the first tax-supported public library in St. Louis County.
In 1940, the present library at the corner of Taylor and Jefferson was built. Over the years the Kirkwood Library has gone through several renovations including the most recent in 2008-2009.
Now celebrating its 90th year, Kirkwood Public Library remains at the center of what makes our hometown so special. Since its beginnings, our residents and their families have made the Library the heart and home of the Kirkwood community. Generations of families have supported and participated in our literary, social, and technological offerings. From infant story time to teen activities to outreach to homebound patrons, the Library has provided an array of vital services for everyone from birth to those 90 and beyond!
Below you will find the activities and events which correspond with our celebration throughout the year.
In celebration of its 90th Anniversary, the Kirkwood Public Library is inviting area youth in grades Kindergarten through 12th to submit original writings for a Young Authors Celebrating 90 Years book. Entries can include poetry, short stories, lyrics, essays or any piece of creative writing on a theme of their choosing. Each submitted work must have a title. Books will be published and sold in October 2016 with all proceeds benefiting the Kirkwood Public Library’s Endowment Fund.
Deadline for entries: Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 9 pm.
Thank you to everyone who voted for our Library Card Contest!
We are tabulating the results and will announce the winner on May 21, 2016 during our Summer Reading Kick-Off Event.