Support the Library
The Library’s highest priority is to inspire a lifelong commitment to learning and creativity which we believe leads to a more prosperous and connected community. While tax dollars provide us with a strong financial base, your generous donations are used solely for Library innovations and services that are beyond the daily operating budget such as an expanded Homebound Program, additional Hot Reads and Hot DVDs, as well as support for our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program and Summer Reading for all ages. Thank you for your support!
Books & Beyond is a Gift Shop managed and staffed entirely by volunteers. The shop is located on the main level, right inside the entrance, across from the Customer Service Desk. All proceeds from the shop benefit the Kirkwood Public Library.
Hours of Operation
2:00 - 4:00 PM
Monday - Thursday:
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday - Saturday:
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
We carry a wide variety of previously-read, gift-quality books. You'll find fiction, non-fiction, biography, children's, middle readers, history, literature, cook books, home and garden, crafts, religion, self-help, business, travel, science, and Missouri/St. Louis, among others. For Books & Beyond, we strive to choose books of current interest in all categories. All books are bargain priced at 50 to 70% less then retail.
A wide variety of gift items are available for readers and people who love books and words. You'll find everything from tools that are helpful while studying or doing research, to game books that will help keep your mind sharp, to themed journals. Special items are available for youngsters that help promote reading and literacy. Many items in our gift selection are unavailable anywhere else in the metropolitan area.
Unique hand-crafted items range from stunning pieces of jewelry to functional pieces that help keep your purse organized to lovely scarves that accent a special outfit or make an everyday outfit special. A talented group of Friends members provides our craft items with new offerings on a regular basis.
Many of our customers tell us they don't buy their greeting cards anywhere other than Books & Beyond. Our selection includes birthday, anniversary, sympathy, and just-for-fun cards. Stop by to learn why so many people buy their greeting cards only from us.
The Library accepts donations year-round at its two drop-off spots. One is inside the Library on the west side of the Customer Service desk. The other is the bin at the back of the Library. For large donations, call Library volunteers at (314) 821 5770, ext. 1023, to arrange a time to bring in the books.
We are looking for books – fiction and nonfiction, hard cover and paperback—that are in good (“resellable”) condition. We also take CDs and DVDs. We cannot take encyclopedias, magazines, or VHS tapes.
Share your time and talents with patrons of all ages as you assist library staff with a variety of programs such as delivering materials to homebound residents, working in the Books & Beyond Shop, helping prepare for upcoming book sales, coaching patrons on technology issues, and helping with library events and special projects — just to name a few!
• Interest in library programs and library materials.
• Patience and good communication skills. Ability to work with diverse library users.
• Friendly, courteous and enthusiastic attitude.
After completing a volunteer application, volunteers will interview with the Director of Operations and another staff member in the library. Selected volunteers will be background checked and trained prior to first shift. Training will include information on the library’s programs and program equipment, as well as answers to commonly asked questions. Staff will always be available for consultation. Ongoing updates and training provided as needed.
To get started, return a completed volunteer application and background check form (attached to the left) to the library to the attention of Lisa Henry or email email@example.com. Volunteers ages 12 - 18 should visit the teen volunteer page.
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