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May the 4th is Star Wars Day! Staying inside doesn't mean we have to miss out celebrating our beloved Saga! Your Kirkwood Public Library card provides a wealth of digital Star Wars titles available to Jedis, Nerf Herders, Droids, and younglings alike. Here are a few titles I recommend you can enjoy on Overdrive or Hoopla today!

Thrawn by Timothy Zahn: Few Star Wars scribes are as masterful as Zahn. Enjoy the rise to power of the fan favorite Grand Admiral Thrawn.

C-3PO Does Not Like Sand! by Caitlin Kennedy : Star Wars fans of all ages can enjoy this tale of our beloved Droids on a secret mission.

A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller: Discover how Kannan Jarrus first met Hera Syndulla. A perfect prologue to Star Wars: Rebels

Hope Dies by Kieron Gillen: A thrill ride story of the Empire attacking the Rebellion.

These and a galaxy of Star Wars titles await you at the Kirkwood Public Library's Website. While you're online, treat yourself to Anthony Daniels reading a C-3PO & R2-D2 Story!

The Force will be with you... always

2020 Census and Your Library
Did you know that the Missouri Constitution requires the state to grant aid to public libraries? Each year we get a per capita payment from the state. By responding to the Census, you are helping Kirkwood Public Library maximize funding which, in turn, helps us better serve you. Please be sure to respond to the 2020 Census to help your public library.

Staying Connected with Customer Service
The Customer Service Department is happy to continue answering questions and assist in the use of our electronic services. If you have questions or need assistance please feel free to call (314) 821-5770 and leave a message or email us at If you know someone who does not have a library card, but would like access to our electronic resources those without library cards can sign up here. Thank you to everyone keeping materials at home while our book drops are closed. All due dates will be extended until the library reopens.

Summer Reading is Coming Soon!
We are not currently in the building to greet your smiling faces, but we’re jumping into our Summer Reading “Imagine Your Story” Program with full force! Summer Reading will kick-off on Saturday May 16 and run through August 31. Just like in past years, participating in the Kids, Teen or Adult program is easy to sign up for and log your reading time all online!

Log books you have at home, utilize our ebook sites, Overdrive and Hoopla, free with your library card, and count audiobooks and magazines towards your reading time!

Children will receive hourly prizes and chance tickets for 5-100 hours read, and Teens for 10-100 hours read. There will also be many challenges throughout the summer to increase your chances of winning fun prizes and inspire readers to imagine their story in different ways!

These include a 5 Hour weekly challenge for both programs, where kids and teens will be challenged to read and log 5 hours each week to be entered to win a gift card.

There are several challenges that will push readers to meet reading goals by certain dates in the summer to be entered into raffle drawings, as well as Imagine Your Story challenges that require the completion of a task along with a picture or text submission that you have all summer to complete. We’re also throwing in Art Challenges on a bi-weekly basis for kids and teens that love to show off their creativity.

Adults will log their reading in pages to be entered for these exciting drawings!

● 1000 pages: Entry into gift card drawing
● 2000 pages: Enamel pin and entry into Amazon Echo Dot drawing
● 2500 pages: Cloth Notebook and entry into Kindle Fire drawing

Anyone that registers on May 16 will be entered into the Registration Prize, a 10 dollar Downtown Kirkwood Gift! Five winners will be selected.

We’ll be sharing book recommendations all summer long on our blogs, Facebook and Instagram! Follow us to stay connected and check-out our May online calendar to see the Children, Teen and Adult virtual programs we are bringing to you!

What's Happening in Reference and Adult Services?
Questions, Recommendations, and More:

Reference staff are ready to help via email! Send us your questions through the online catalog, using the contact form here for Reference & Adult Services, or by sending a direct message on Facebook or Instagram.

Looking for your next great read (or listen)? Library staff are happy to help you find a book based on your interests! Get a personalized reading list by filling out a quick form for adults or kids. If you’re looking for general recommendations on what you can read, watch, or do while you’re at home, take a look at the KPL Staff Reads blog.

Be sure to check out the KPL Podcast brought to you by Ryan and Jigisha! They’ll be sure to keep you entertained with author interviews, helpful resources, and how we can stay connected during this time.

A Community at Home: Kirkwood in the Time of the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic:

As we all attempt to navigate these unprecedented times in our recent history during the COVID-19 pandemic, Kirkwood Public Library has been discussing ways to bring our community together at a time when the world is focusing on isolation. We have created the Community at Home collection; an online compilation of user-submitted content that can help us stay connected and preserve our history as it happens.

Use the form below to contribute your submission (photo, document or video); a description or photo of how you’re spending your time, a note of encouragement to the community, or a picture you took on a walk.

We’re working hard to continue bringing programs to you--virtually! Many of our book clubs are moving online, and you can check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for activities you can do in the safety of your home. Check out our Calendar of Events for virtual program dates and sign up information.

The City Council Candidate Forum will now take place virtually on May 27th at 7pm, via a live stream on our Youtube page. This forum will be moderated by the League of Women Voters, and community members can submit questions in advance using this Google form.

One Author, One Kirkwood with Lisa See will now take place on October 20th, 2020 at the Kirkwood Performing Arts Center! More information will be provided soon.

Explore the variety of resources Kirkwood Public Library provides such as discovering family genealogies, learning a new language, gaining new skills for employment opportunities, and more!

Looking for new crafting and DIY ideas? Check out Creativebug! Creativebug provides a wide array of art and craft videos taught by popular designers and artists. All you have to do is enter in your library card number, create an account with your email, and start crafting!

Receive step-by-step instructions and advice on how to build a great resume and cover letter with Learning Express.

Check out Universal Class to learn more about a variety of subjects like computer and career training, psychology, and history.

Looking for grant opportunities? You can access Candid’s Candid’s ( Foundation Directory Online through Kirkwood Public Library by clicking here. KPL can also assist you with funding searches directly. Contact Amanda Berberich for help.

Grant for Overdrive Collection
The Secretary of State and Missouri State Library shifted grant funds to help libraries during the pandemic. The Municipal Library Consortium of St. Louis County had the opportunity to apply for funding to boost our Overdrive collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks and was awarded $10,000. Over 250 new titles were added to our collection to maximize your reading options.

This project is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.


Though the Library doors are closed there is much we can offer. Check out these resources and more on our website!

Dial a Story
We are creating content for you daily! Click here to learn about Dial a Story.

Access ebooks and downloadable audiobooks with OverDrive! Or download the OverDrive app.

Universal Class
Universal Class offers over 500 different courses to help your educational goals.

Stream award-winning films, documentaries, and kid’s programming with Kanopy. Available to Kirkwood residents only.

Mango Languages
Learn a new language with Mango!

Remote IT
Sign up for Remote IT for help from one of our dedicated, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Get help with OverDrive, Kanopy, Hoopla, MS Office, phones, tablets, and other devices, etc... Now accepting appointments via Google Meet or by phone.

Now available to KPL cardholders! Creativebug is an inspirational resource for DIY, crafters and makers with thousands of art & craft video classes.

Virtual Storytimes
Our doors may be closed but that does not mean you cannot enjoy storytime with our youth staff. Check out our Virtual Storytimes on Instagram!

KPL Podcast
Check out out KPL Podcast where we discuss all things KPL!

KPL Blogs
KPL staff love to read. We also love to blog about what we’ve read. Take a look!

Tech Savvy Series
We are creating content for you! Click here to view videos from our Tech Savvy series!

Online Research
KPL has many online resources for access at home. Find them all here!

Digital magazines and eaudiobooks with RBDigital. Or download the RBDigital app.

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