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Racing to read enhanced clip artThe Infant and Toddler Story Hours will move from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. beginning on Friday, Sept. 4.
The story hours which began when the library received a "Race to Read" grant from the state have proven to be very popular with children and their parents.

Library Board  Meeting

Wed., Sept 9,  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.

Library Board Approves Tax Rate for 2016

At its regularly scheduled meeting on August 12, the Howard County Library Board set the library tax rate for next year.  The Board voted to set the 2016 library tax rate at 10 cents for every $100 of assessed value as approved by the people on April 5, 1959.  Board members also discussed the budget for next year, heard a report on the summer reading programs and the Street Fair and read a letter of resignation from technology volunteer Roger Lembke.

In 2002 when the library received a state-supported grant to obtain a new automated data system (Sirsi) for cataloging, researching and controlling library materials and a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to purchase computers  Lembke began serving as a technology consultant.  In the ensuing years under Lembke’s direction, the library has changed data-base hosts from Sirsi to Evergreen, has  joined the Missouri-Libraries -2-Go consortium which allows patrons to check out  eBooks and other materials and has begun supporting wireless devices.  Presently the library has 10 patron computers and 3 staff computers.

In his letter Lembke speaks of the need for the library to meet the needs of younger patrons who have embraced the electronic age and become dependent on technology.  He believes that “new blood” is needed to meet the challenges of the future.   Lembke plans to resign on June 30, 2016 which gives the library board time to find a volunteer and/or part-time employee to take his place.   Persons interested in this position should contact Cathey Monckton or a member of the library board.

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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.


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