Education & Enlightenment
The Adair County Public Library offers an array of programs and short courses for both children and adults, along with reading clubs, workshops, book sales, and hands-on activities. The library also hosts performers and storytellers for children throughout the summer months. Library cards are offered free to Adair County residents, and to visitors outside of Adair County for a small fee. See the Library Activity Calendar for dates and details.
“An American Library Association slogan, “Libraries Change Lives,” best describes my philosophy of library service. There is something in every library that can change a life. It is my challenge to connect that “something” whether it is a book or information to change your life.” – Glenda Hunt, Director of Adair County Public Library
The Kirksville Arts Center offers a variety of classes, presentations, and art shows throughout the year. Workshops in paper crafts, basket weaving, journal creation, fiber art, metalwork, and painting are just a few among the many offered, along with a monthly Art Club for adults and an “Art in the Park” summer series for children. The Kirksville Arts Association also sponsors the Community Band, Chorus, and Orchestras, and the Art Center is available to rent for events. View the Kirksville Arts Center Calendar for more details.
“Live & Learn – MU is Missouri’s one-stop source for practical education on almost anything!” is the motto of the Extension Center. With presentations, workshops, and courses offered on subjects ranging from Resource Management, Technology, Lawn & Garden, Cooking, Agriculture & Farm, Finance, Health, 4-H programs and more, there is always something to learn. See the Adair County Extension Center Calendar for program details.
The KATC offers a wide variety of educational and recreational opportunities. Community education courses range from 1-day workshops such as “Beginning Gardening,” “Computer Basics,” and “Estate Planning” to ongoing classes in “Country Dance” and “Guitar Instruction.” Adult Education and Career Training programs include occupations in Healthcare, Technology, Construction, and Automotive Repair. Additionally, the KATC administers certification processes and standardized exams such as the ACT.
Moberly Area Community College is a public institution of higher education providing open admission to students. MACC fosters excellence in learning through innovative educational programs and services that are geographically and financially accessible throughout northeast and central Missouri. MACC has campus locations in Moberly, Columbia, Edina, Hannibal, Mexico, and Kirksville.
Truman State University, a highly-selective liberal arts college with approximately 6,000 students, consistently holds top spots in the rankings of U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. Truman has been recognized as a top producer of U.S. Fulbright Scholars and Peace Corp volunteers, and also leads the nation in the percent of students studying abroad. Additionally, Truman has produced the highest number of academic All-Americans in Division II athletics in the program’s history.
A.T. Still University (ATSU) is the original founding institution of Osteopathic Medicine, established in 1892 by Andrew Taylor Still. A leading health sciences university, ATSU is comprised of two campuses with six prestigious schools.
ATSU’s main Kirksville campus includes the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health, the School of Health Management, and the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, ranked in U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top schools for rural and family medicine training.