Centennial News Release

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On April 1, 1915 the new Carnegie library in Fayette first opened its doors for business.  The public had already gotten a view of the building at a public reception in February.  The initial viewing was a gala celebration with balloons, music, speeches and a general air of excitement.  The Howard County Library Board hopes to recreate that same excitement at a ceremony and open house on April 1, 2015.

A brass ensemble from the high school under the direction of Josh Myers will get the program started.  Girl Scouts from the local Girl Scout troop will present the colors and the band will play the National Anthems.   Howard County Library Board member Peggy Guest has prepared a time capsule which will be dedicated at the ceremony.

Several dignitaries including Howard County Presiding Commissioner Sam Stroupe, Fayette Mayor Kenneth O’Brien. Armstrong Mayor Harley Owens and New Franklin Mayor C. Frank Frevert will offer birthday wishes.  Barbara Reading will bring greetings from the Missouri State Library and Shari Arni will represent the Glasgow Public Library.  Friends of Library President Tony Cook will also take part in the celebration.

Following the ceremony everyone is invited to come into the library for library-shaped cookies and punch.  Visitors may inspect the new windows and doors which the board had installed in time for the dedication.  They may try out the rocking chair donated to the library by members of the Fayette Book Club  as a hundredth birthday present and may admire the library quilt designed and created by three members of the club.

The renovated Board and Genealogy rooms in the basement of the library will also be open for viewing. 

The ceremony is the first of a series of events commemorating the library’s birthday including a children’s story hour, a coloring contest, a movie night and the dedication of the Betty and Glenn Collier Genealogy Center.


quilt and rocker

Members of the Book Club donated this rocker to the library in honor of the library's hundredth birthday.  Three members of the club, Jacque Schaller, Diana Westfall and Ronda Thiessen made the quilt.


Pictured are Schaller, Bonnie Potter, Margie Keeling, Westfall and Thiessen.