Howard County Library District

201 S. Main, Fayette, Missouri 65248!

What's happening in the library?

There were "Oceans of Possibilities" for Children during summer reading program

oceans of possiblities posterChildren were invited to join Ms. Chris for a fun hour of story time, crafts, games and prizes exploring the theme "Oceans of Possibilities."  The Summer Reading program started on Thursday, July 7 at 9 am. and ended on July 30 with the annual Water Balloon challenge.   All children were invited to join the librarians in exploring the deep!



Library opens Anna Lee Downey Burrell Reading Room for Mother and child

chair in mother child reading roomThe Howard County Public Library is pleased to announce the opening of the Anna Lee Downey Burrel Reading Room for Mother.  In January 2022 the Howard County Public Library received a memorial donation from the Dessa Jane Burreil family for the purpose of establishin a "Reading Room" in order that mothers would be able to read quietly to their children.  Mrs. Burrell had raised her children in the Howard County area and wanted to celebrate the library with the community.  A room in the basement of the library has been renovated for this purpose and contains some comfortable chairs, a bookshelf and even a changing table.  Click here for more pictures of the room.





logo for story timeBring your toddlers to the library each Thursday at 10 am for a special story time. The children's wing will be reserved just for the little ones and their parents. P.S. Our regular story hour continues every Friday at 11 am except the first Friday which is block-building day!


Fayette reads together, May 2022

Sum of Us Book Cover

Join the new community wide book club project “Fayette Reads Together”. The project is sponsored by Fayette Together and is open to all from Fayette and beyond who are interested in exploring issues of equity and inclusivity relevant to our diverse community. There will be various opportunities for discussions and exploration of the books through group conversations, videos, speakers, gathering and other formats for learning together.
Our first book is The Sum of Us, by author Heather McGhee, an expert in economic and social policy who chairs the board of Color of Change, the nation's largest online racial justice organization. The book's subtitle is “What racism costs everyone and how we can prosper together.” McGhee informs us with extensive historical and economic analysis interspersed with personal conversations and real life events from communities across the nation to help us understand the Solidarity Dividend : “benefits we all have to gain when people come together across race to accomplish what we simply can’t do on our own.”
The Fayette Public Library has multiple copies of the book available. The book is available at bookstores or online. The book is also available in audio format. Individuals and clubs can preview the book through numerous YouTube interviews with Heather McGhee and reviews of the book. It is not necessary to have finished reading the book to participate in forthcoming community discussions.
The time and date of the first public discussion of The Sum of Us will be announced soon but is planned to take place sometime during the Fayette Juneteenth Celebration June 16th thru 19th.


coffee cup and books Readers, the library's book group , meets from 6 to 7 pm on the first Thursday of each month.  Readers is an "adults only" group that comes together to share thoughts, ideas and opinions on books we have read maybe would like to read. All adults are welcome to come to this informal gathering of book lovers to share in the discussion or perhaps to just listen and enjoy a cup of coffee.


genealogy logo Check out our Genealogy Page for links to genealogical resources including the Howard County Genealogical Society.