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Pumpkin Painting 2015

The Friends of the Howard Lake Library hosted their annual Pumpkin Painting event on Saturday October 17th.  The weather was fine, the pumpkins were the perfect size (thank you Untiedt Vegetable Farms) and the artists were enthusiastic. The Howard Lake Royalty stayed for both painting sessions providing encouragement and showing how royals paint pumpkins.

Enjoy images from the day and see you again in October 2016.

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“Dollar-a-Day Boys’ Program October 11, 2015

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see a live performance by noted historian and songwriter Bill Jamerson of his mustcal tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Held at the Howard Lake Community Room (above the library) on Sunday, October 11, from 1 – 2 PM. Preregistration  requested but not required. Call 320.543.2020 to register or for more information.


Dollar-A-Day Boys

A musical tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps


   Heartfelt stories and hilarious tales from the 1930′s!

Imagine, you’re 17 years old trying to survive during the Great Depression. Life is tough in Chicago. Food is scarce, jobs are non-existent and you’ve turned to petty crime to eke out a living. One day you hear about a new job works program created by the federal government that pays a “dollar-a-day.” You soon find yourself in the Wisconsin northwoods spending long days planting trees and building roads. Over the next year, you put on 20 pounds, develop good work habits, gain confidence and make life-long friends. The job skills you learned help you find a job when you leave camp. Your experience in the CCC turns out to be the most important event in your life. It turned you from a boy into a man.

Since 1992, Bill Jamerson has researched the CCC. He produced a documentary for Michigan PBS, recorded a CD of songs, and wrote a historical novel. He presents “Dollar-A-Day Boys” all across the Midwest. Over 2.5 million men enlisted in the corps and today, their children and grandchildren have a keen interest in it. They often show up with CCC photo albums and memorabilia; they also share wonderful stories about their relatives with the audience. The story of the CCC has universal appeal because it’s about underdogs who are given a second chance. Bill also presents CCC motivational assemblies at middle and high schools. Students love stories about teens and the struggles they experienced during The Great Depression.

Book/Food Sale June 21, 2014 9 AM to 1 PM

Join the Friends for their annual fundraiser to help the Howard Lake Library.  On Saturday, June 21 the Howard Lake Community Room (above the library) doors open at 9:00 for both books  and food.  Most books are priced at .25 and .50.  Coffee table sized and special offerings will be priced separately.  There will also be movies, music CDs and jigsaw puzzles for sale.  At 12:30 until closing at 1 PM our fabulous bargain of “a bag of books for a buck” will be available. This is the perfect time to stock up for the year as there is NO LIMIT on the number of bags you may purchase.

The eating area will again feature Mary Jo’s famous sloppy joes & chips  and luscious strawberry shortcake with mile-high whipped cream.  Coffee, water & Kool Aid will also be for sale.   Having lunch with your friends and family at the book sale has become a community tradition so please join us and help the library at the same time.P6210016.e P6210042.e P6220052.e


10 Annual Book & Food Sale June 22, 2013

This year marks a milepost for the Friends of the Howard Lake Library. We have been providing support for the Howard Lake Library with the proceeds of our used book & food sale for ten years.  This year’s sale will be on Saturday, June 22 from 9 AM to 1 PM and is located in the Howard Lake Community Room (above the library).  In addition to some wonderful books, we will again offer our favorite sloppy joe sandwiches and the best strawberry shortcake in town.

Paperback books start at just .25. We also have movies and jigsaw puzzles for sale.  The always popular dollar per bag sale is back again this year. From 12:30 until 1:00 buy a bag from the Friends and fill it with books, movies or puzzles for just one dollar. A great way to stock up for your winter reading.

We are pleased to announce that our group has again been chosen to receive matching funds through Thrivent. A sincere thank you to them for their recognition of the work we do supporting the library.

Put this sale on your calendar.  For more information, contact the library at 320.543.2020.

7th Annual Book-tique to be held on December 10

Join the Friends of the Howard Lake Library at their 7th annual Book-tique. One day only:  Saturday Dec.10 from 10AM to 1 PM in the Howard Lake Library.  Shop for gift quality new and nearly new books, book thongs (beaded bookmarks) and an interesting assortment of gifts items.  For more information, contact the library at 320.543.2020.  Sale hosted by the Friends of the Howard Lake Library.  All proceeds go to support Friends’ projects & programs.  Do your holiday shopping with the Friends this year.


Go Wild at the Howard Lake Library: June 10 @ 12:30 PM

GRRL presents the popular Minnesota Zoo wild animal presentation.  Geared to ages 3 to 12, but all are invited.   Presentation will be on Thursday, June 10 at 12:30 PM at the library building and will last approximately 45 minutes.  This program will also be presented at other area libraries.   To see other dates and times, please see the information posted at the library.

For additional information, contact the Howard Lake library at 320.543.2020.