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Library Plans Reading Adventures for Children of all Ages

Howard County children are among the thousands of children statewide who will benefit from "Racing to Read Grants" from the state.  The grants are designed to enrich early literacy programs at local libraries.

 According to an article on www.publicnewsservice.org,  "Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kandler says the 'Racing to Read' grants established by his office were designed to expand and strengthen the quality and availability of programs that expose kids from birth to age six to critical pre-reading skills." 

Kandler explained that many "studies now show that one of the greatest indicators of a child's IQ and vocabulary as they get older is how many words they've actually heard as a very young child."

Library Board  Meeting

Wed., June 10,  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.

Are you interested in helping at the library?

Talk to one of the librarians to have your name put on the substitute or volunteer list.

Many things for kids to do in library
Families with young children were encouraged to attend a special family event at the library on May 19.  Families browsed the new collection of early childhood books purchased by the library using funds from its "Race to Read"  grant.  Librarians were available to explain the "Race to Read" program and all of the new books were available for checkout.

The library is sponsoring a Story Hour for young children every Friday at 10 a.m.

Schedule Set for Summer Reading Program

The schedule has been set for the Summer Reading Program "Every Hero has a Story." 

The first event will be a Black Kettle Cookout directed by the Monckton family on Thursday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. 

Over the next several weeks children will hear the stories of different types of heros from Policemen and Firemen to Super Heros to Family members.   

The final session will be the Street Fair sponsored by the Friends of the Library and featuring Wildheart.

The full schedule is available on the Children's Page and on the calendar.  All children are invited to attend. 

Betty and Glenn Collier Genealogy Center Complete

collier signThe 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.

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.


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Fayette Public Schools

Fayette Festival of the Arts

Boonslick Tourism Site
(Barn Quilts)

Fayette Advertiser/
Fayette Democrat Leader



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Fayette, MO 65248