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Month-Long Centennial Observation Begins with Celebration

Upcoming Events

Children’s Story Hour
led by Bonnie Potter
4 p.m., April 9, 2015 

Movie Night
at the Library:

Andrew Carnegie
7 p.m., April 16, 2015

Children’s Coloring Contest 
Sheets available at Outreach Sites and Main Library


The Howard County Public Library celebrated its hundredth birthday on Wednesday, April 2 with a Centennial Celebration and Open House.  Centennial Committee Chair Linda Lembke opened the festivities by noting that “Over 100 years ago the citizens of Fayette had a dream – a public lIbrary.  We are standing in front of the reality of that dream – our very own Carnegie library – which is celebrating its 100th birthday today”

She continued by explaining that those dreamers held a similar event with patriotic music, prayers, short speeches and a general atmosphere of  excitement when the library was completed.  “We hope to generate some of that same atmosphere here today.” 

Three members of the local Girl Scout Troop raised the flag and led the crowd gathered in the street in front of the library in the Pledge of Allegiance.  The trumpet section from the Fayette High School band under the direction of Josh Myers performed the National Anthem.

 Birthday Dinner, Friends of the Library Annual Membership Meeting

6:30 p.m., April 23, 2015
Courtney-Dealy Room
CMU Student Center
(Wheelchair will be available at parking lot entrance to Student Center.)

Cost of the dinner is $10/person.

Open to Everyone -
Reservations Required

To purchase tickets visit
or call the library at
on or before April 18.  

Make checks payable to the 
Public Library.

 Speakers included Rev. Peggie Wood, minister for both Linn Memorial and St. Paul’s United Methodist Churches in Fayette; Barbara Reading, Missouri State Library; Sam Stroup, Howard County Presiding Commissioner; Kenneth O’Brien, Mayor of Fayette; C. Frank Frevert, Mayor of New Franklin; Harley Owen, Mayor of Armstrong; Shari Arni, Lewis Library of Glasgow; and Tony Cook, President of the Friends of the Library.

 Following the introduction of the librarians and library staff, the Library Board and past members of both, Lembke turned microphone over to Peggy Guest, Library Board treasurer, who commented on the Time Capsule which will be sealed on May 1 not to be opened until April 1, 2115.   

open houseThe crowd joined Josh Myers in a chorus of Happy Birthday to the library and then moved into the library for cookies and punch and an initial view for many of the new Betty and Glenn Collier Genealogy Center and the new Board Room. 

The next event in the month-long Centennial observation will be children’s story hour led by Bonnie Potter on Thursday, April 9 at 4 p.m. 

Lembke and Potter will also be delivering Coloring Sheets to the children in the Daly Elementary School.  Prizes will be awarded later this month for children in three categories:  PreK-K, 1st and 2nd, 3rd – 5th.  All children in Howard County are invited to participate in the contest and may pick up coloring sheets at either of the outreach sites or at the main library. 

All of the events are free except the Membership Dinner.  Cost of the dinner (ham, chicken, vegetable, salad, rolls and dessert) is $10/person.  Reservations are required and may be made by stopping in or calling the library before April 18.    Everyone attending the dinner will receive an attendance prize and a chance to win door prizes.  In order to promote the library's membership in the Missouri-Libraries-2-Go consortium a Kindle Paper-White will be the grand prize.

Library Receives Grant to Support Pre-School Programs

The library has received a $2000 grant from the state which will benefit the library’s preschool patrons according to Librarian Cathey Monckton.  The $2000 will be spent on preschool books.  Librarian Chris Kloeppel has taken a webinar to learn about ways to promote library usage by young patrons. 

Outreach Librarian Chris Kloeppel on her first day in New FranklinHoward County Library patrons in New Franklin and Armstrong will once again be able to get books and other materials through the Howard County Library Outreach Program.  Beginning in February Librarian Chris Kloeppel took over the position of Outreach Librarian which has been vacant since the retirement of Larry Harrington last year.  Larry served as Outreach Librarian since the program’s inception.

Outreach patrons are encouraged to use the library’s website to search for and place holds on books which Chris will then bring to the outreach sites.  She will be able to help patrons at both sites search for books on the computer thanks to Casey Imgarten of AirLink who has made the internet available at the Community Center in Armstrong and the New Franklin City Council which is allowing the library to use its internet access.

Chris will be at the Community Center in Armstrong from 2 to 5 on the first and third Wednesdays of each month and in New Franklin from 2 to 5 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays.

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Betty and Glenn Collier Genealogy Center
Nears Completion

The renovation of the genealogy/board room in the basement of the library was completed in time for the April 1 Centennial Celebration

Peggy and Joe Guest have stripped the tile from the floor exposing the concrete which they have stained and sealed.  In addition they have constructed a wall which divides the room into two areas.  The larger area which opens to the library parking lot will be dedicated as the Betty and Glenn Collier Genealogy Center.  The smaller room will be used for Board Meetings and other meetings.

The Guests have built bookcases along one wall to house the library’s collection of genealogy material.  They have added new outlets and hope to improve the lighting.  This project is being funded in part by money which has been donated to the library in memory of the Colliers.  Betty ran weekly genealogy workshops in the library for many years. 

Mike Mueller has donated a wooden cabinet for the board room and the board approved the purchase of a table and chairs for that room.  Walker-Winter Insurance has donated smoke detectors for the new area.

Library Board  Meeting
Wed., April 8,  2015 at 4 p.m.
 in the Board Room

The meeting is open to the public

To ask that the meeting be moved to an
ADA accessible site, contact the library staff
at least one week prior to the meeting.

New Books
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  Library Hours  

Armstrong Community Center
(ADC accessible)
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
1st and 3rd Wednesdays

Main Library

9 - Noon Saturdays
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tuesday Through Friday
New Franklin City Hall
(ADC accessible)
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
2nd and 4th Wednesdays

  Notes from the HOCO Bookworm

Come read our periodicals, newspapers.  The Howard County Public Library presently subscribes to the following periodicals and newspapers:  Consumers Reports with Buying Guide, Ebony, Entertainment Weekly, Missouri Life, National Geographic, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Taste of Home, Time Magazine, The Fayette Advertiser and the Fayette Democrat Leader, the Columbia Tribune and The Glasgow Missourian.  In addition, the library has other periodicals which have been donated by some of our patrons.

Thank you to those who donated books recently.  Click here to see a list of recent contributors.

Outreach Librarian Retires  Larry Harrington retired after serving for 11 years as Assistant Librarian.  To see story and pictures, click here.


City of Fayette

Central Methodist

CMU Library

Fayette Public Schools

Fayette Festival of the Arts

Boonslick Tourism Site
(Barn Quilts)

Fayette Advertiser/
Fayette Democrat Leader



Howard County Public Library
Fayette, MO 65248