I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s always something going on at the Howard County Library in Fayette. Genealogy research takes place every Friday from 1-4 P.M. in the Glenn and Betty Collier Genealogy Center in the basement of the library. Fridays are also busy with library story hour at 11 A.M. and all day block day on the first Friday of every month.
Spring and summer are gearing up to be busy as well, and the first event will be Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 P.M. at the library for the Friends of the Library annual meeting. This isn’t just any annual meeting though. After a brief business meeting, they will honor Tony Cook, the outgoing Friends of the Library president, who is stepping down after more than 15 years of service to the Friends. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting. If you’d like to become a member of the Friends of the Library, dues are $5 for an individual annual membership, $10 for family annual membership, $100 for individual lifetime membership, and $2 for student membership. These funds help support library collections and programs.
On May 9th at 7 P.M., the Friends of the Library have scheduled a meet and greet with author Alex George at the Fayette First Christian Church sanctuary. George is the author of A Good American and Setting Free the Kites, and he is also founder and director of the Unbound Book Festival in Columbia. He is also a lawyer and is opening a bookstore in Columbia soon. Following the program, there will be a book signing and refreshments giving you a chance to ask him how he does it all. Well, that’s what I’m going to ask, anyway.
Get ready for some excitement in the library this summer because the summer program is entitled Libraries Rock! Every Thursday in June, at 10 A.M. and 6 P.M., readers of all ages can paint rocks, learn about rocks and caves, and even get a little musical. And new to the library this year is a middle school book club that begins Tuesday, May 22 with book discussions, pizza, and fun. Did I mention pizza? I wish I was still in middle school. They’ve been working hard redecorating an area in the basement just for this purpose so stop by and check it out. The summer reading program will wrap up on Saturday, July 7 at 5 P.M. for the annual street fair.
Lots going on at the library! While you’re there for all the cool events, check out a book, buy a book from their book sales, and get to reading. Bask in the summer sun (it will come eventually, I think) with a good book thanks to your local, hard-working, wonderful library.