Centennial Article: Services

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When the citizens of Fayette decided to build a library over 100 years ago and looked to Andrew Carnegie and the Carnegie Corporation for support, they were dreaming primarily of a place where patrons could come to borrow books.  Patrons today can choose from approximately 28,000 volumes, however the library is no longer just a place to borrow books.  


In addition to books, the library has almost 550 audio books and music CDs and approximately 450 videos and DVDs that patrons can borrow.  The 3000-plus Howard County Library card holders can also download over one million e-books, videos, audio books and music through the Missouri Library-2-Go Consortium which the library joined in 2012  The library even has a collection of about 20 decorative cake pans (and directions) which may be checked out just like a book.


Library patrons can make copies, pick up tax forms and other government documents, browse periodicals and newspapers, and enjoy a quiet place to read or work.  Children are invited to browse the shelves in the children’s wing, read books, cuddle the stuffed animals, play educational games on the computer and to put together puzzles.


Librarians Cathey Monckton, Chris Kloeppel, Lyn Mortimer and Mary Ann Riggs work together to keep the library functioning.  Patsy and Larry Harrington and Bonnie Potter help out as substitute librarians.  These individuals are always ready to help patrons find and check out books, to research topics, and to use the library’s computers. They can help patrons search libraries across the state for books and other materials through the Evergreen Consortium.  They will help patrons download materials on the patrons’ Kindles, Nooks and other electronic device and offer clinics to help patrons learn to use these devices.  They also offer Story Hours and Summer Reading Programs for the  library’s younger patrons. 


The ten computers available to patrons are loaded with Microsoft Office and links to internet resources.  The library provides access to a variety of databases including general interest and academic databases which give the user full-text access to over 2,000 academic journals covering nearly all academic areas of study. Patrons can also access databases containing information about agriculture, business, communications, culinary arts, fine arts, music, gardening, home improvement and tourism.  They can sign up for Learning Express Library services which they can then access from any computer anywhere with internet access.  The Learning Express Library offers users help in a number of academic areas, sample tests and tutorials on a variety of computer programs. 


Patrons who are interested in Genealogy may use the Howard County Genealogy room which is located in the basement of the main library and contains documents and books of particular interest to those researching family members who lived in Missouri and, in particular, in Howard County.  The Howard County Genealogical Society meets in the library and members of the society may be available to help with research.