Howard County Library District

201 S. Main, Fayette, Missouri 65248!

Hello! Welcome to the Howard County Library!

get ready for spring!

 think spring books and flowersThis is the time of year when many of  us begin to put winter behind us and start to prepare for spring and summer! We will soon be moving our clocks ahead an hour and that usually is a signal that spring is here. We can help you prepare for this time of year whether it is spring cleaning, reorganizing or renovating the inside of  your house, or working on your garden, yard, patio or deck.  We have a variety of resources that can offer you lots of ideas!


Did you know the library has recipe books?

recipe bookMaybe you want to prepare lighter meals when it begins to warm up and we have plenty of cookbooks that have plenty of recipes for light cuisineMaybe you want to prepare lighter meals when it begins to warm up and we have plenty of cookbooks that have plenty of recipes for light cuisine.



Spring into a new book!

book with sun and flowers  Warm spring afternoons can be perfect for sitting in the sun and reading a great book. As always, the library has the latest bestsellers and the newest books on the shelf.  (New books are listed on the New Books page of this Website.) We are a member of a consortium of libraries in which we can order books requested by our patrons that we do not have in our library. The books usually arrive in a week to ten days and we notify you when they come in.  Click on the Missouri Evergreen link on the right to see what books are available.  For those who like to listen to books or to read e-books, be sure to check out the Missouri Libraries-2-Go link on the right.

Renew your shelf at the library Booksale!

Another way to get a book is to shop our “Friends of the Library” sale located in our lower level and this month we are having a special, offering four items for a dollar!





Readers group meets at 5 pm on 1st Thursday of each month

 books and coffee cup “Readers” is our adults-only book club, which meets on the first Thursday of each month from 5 P.M. until 6 P.M. It is open to anyone with an interest in books and who likes to share books they have read or just listen to other people share.




Don't forget Children's story times!

kids readingWe will continue to have our Toddler Time on Thursdays at 10:00 A.M. and our Story Hour for the older children on Fridays at 11:00 A.M. through 2024.  Be sure to check out this website or our Facebook Page for announcements regarding special events! (Clipart from





Do you have a Genealogy question? Talk to our Resident Genealogist!

 genealogy logoAre you interested in genealogy.  Talk to our resident genealogist, Kathy Jo Biswell Brady.  Kathy has been our genealogist for more than two years,after the passing of Harold Kerr.  However, Kathy has been an active member of the genealogy department for many years.  She is well-versed and very knowledgeable in the field and has access to several databases in which to research.  Our genealogy room is located in the lower level of the library and is named the “The Glenn and Betty Collier Room.”  It is open every Friday from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  It houses family and local histories, past obituaries and yearbooks, just to name a few items.  Also available is the book, “Howard County, Missouri, from Prairie Land to Promised Land”, a remembrance by Jim Steele, for sale for $25. Another book that we  have available  is “As We Remember the Courthouse Square.”  This book has stories and photos contributed by Fayette residents, featuring Betty Collier.  This book sells for $15. 


Do you want to support the library? Join Friends of the Library

 friends of library logo Some of you have indicated that you would like to do more to support our library. A great way to do that is to join “Friends of the Library!”  This is an organization open to anyone who is interested in the ongoing success of the library. An individual membership to join friends is $10 annually, while a family membership is $20. We also offer lifetime memberships for $200.  The purpose of Friends is to provide annual funding for the library collection, underwrite programs, such as The Summer Reading Program, Special Holiday events  and visiting author programs and to support the purchase of various items that cannot be fulfilled from the library’s operational budget.  We would love to have new members!