Grant Provides New Computers and Software


By: Beth von Behren on July 31, 2014 Print This Post

Submitted by Nick O’Neal, Kirkwood Public Library

Thank to a generous grant from the Missouri State Library, your Kirkwood Public Library has been able to replace 12 old computers with new machines running Windows 7.  We have also been able to upgrade all the library’s public computers from Microsoft Office 2007 to 2013.  The additions of this new equipment and software provide more machines with improved performance and reliability, thus reducing the wait time for computer access and updated software comparable Nick O'Nealwith the current market.

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.

Nick O’Neal is the Director of Circulation, Technology & Teen Services.  He is currently reading Mirage by Clive Cussler. Visit the Kirkwood Public Library at 140 E. Jefferson Ave or call at 821-5770. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


New Website Provides a Kid-Friendly Digital Library Experience

Sarah ErwinSubmitted by Sarah Erwin, Director, Kirkwood Public Library

Introduce Your Kids to Kirkwood Public Library’s Kids’ and Teen Collection of Digital Titles!

Your Kirkwood Public Library, with our friends in the Municipal Library Consortium, has expanded its services with a new Website experience just for kids and teens. The main eBook and downloadable audio book collection offered through OverDrive now has a separate site to provide a safe and easy browsing experience for kids and teens. This appealing and user-friendly page contains eBooks and audiobooks. Browsing can be done by subject, reading level, or interest level. Check this page out now!

The Kids’ & Teen Collection site filters the digital collection to just show Children’s and Young Adult content, which gets kids and teens to the titles they want faster! This new service, powered by OverDrive, is free for users with a library card. Digital titles are available anytime, anywhere, and expire automatically, so no need to worry about late fees.

Sarah Erwin is the Library Director and is currently reading Nantucket Sisters: a novel by Nancy Thayer and listening to The Secret of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More by  Bruce Feiler. Visit your Kirkwood Public Library at 140 E. Jefferson Avenue, or call us at 821-5770.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.



Written by Beth

Beth von Behren is the Public Information Officer for the City of Kirkwood. She manages the City Website ( and writes/edits both the monthly "Eye on Kirkwood" (published on the last Friday of the month inside the "Webster-Kirkwood Times") and the every-other-weekly e-newsletter "Kirkwood Happenings." To sign up for the e-newsletter, send an email to