Pickler Memorial Library, a remarkable architectural and cultural Missouri treasure. (Read about the fascinating history of Pickler Memorial Library online:


We are honored to welcome Truman State University as the Missouri Center for the Book Northeast Chapter, (MCBNEC).  Headquartered at Pickler Memorial Library, the chapter will be directed by MCB board member, Richard Coughlin, Dean of Libraries and Museums at Truman.  The addition of a regional home in Kirksville considerably extends the statewide outreach of the MCB, on behalf of the National Center for the Book at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.  As one of Missouri's original "Normal Schools," Truman shares a marvelous history with two of its sister chapters. Our Ozarks Chapter, located at Missouri State University, Springfield and Central Chapter, hosted by the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, were also part of this important educational alliance.  The Normal Schools, often referred to as "Teacher's Colleges," were responsible for the education of generations of gifted young women in one of the few professions open to them at the time.  

The popular exhibition, "The Art of the Printed Book Through the Centuries," featuring highlights of fine printing from the collection of our first regional home, the Mercantile Library in St. Louis,  is currently on display in the gallery of Pickler Memorial Library.  Sponsored in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the exhibition has been touring our state throughout 2014. Its current residence makes this the perfect time for an autumn visit to Kirksville and the beautiful Truman State University campus.  

Salute, Truman State University, home of the MCBNEC!