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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.

Author Curtis Dahlin Speaks About US-Dakota War of 1862


“Interesting Aspects of the Dakota Uprising” Sunday, Sept. 30 2 PM.  Community Room, 617 6th Ave, Howard Lake MN.  Independent historian and author Curtis Dahlin will draw material from his numerous books to present information on the US-Dakota War of 1862  in Minnesota. Many Minnesotans know little about the events that took place 150 years ago. Dahlin will fill in many of those blanks.  He will have his books available for sale at this event.

While not directly related to the 1862 events, Ed Claessen will present information about the 1863 Dustin Massacre which occurred just west of what is now Howard Lake.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Howard Lake Library, more information may be obtained by calling 763-658-4278.

Light refreshments will be served.


Doggone Fun at the Library


Join us Saturday, February 18 from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the Howard Lake Public Library for a special event to celebrate Martha Speaks and Reading to Dogs in the Library. Share a book with your favorite pooch, enjoy crafts and activities, and register for free door prizes! Drawings will be held throughout the event to give away Martha Speaks books and videos.  Come share the fun!

For ages 4 – 10. Preregistration is not required.  No limit. For more information, contact the Howard Lake 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.


Friends to Host Book Signing

 Making Tracks cover

The Friends of the Howard Lake Library will host a book signing for local authors Ed & Sue Claessen.  This event will be held Sunday, November 6th at 2 PM at the St. Mary’s Parish Center in Waverly, MN.  The Claessen’s book, “Making Tracks: C.L. Best and the Caterpillar Tractor Co.” is the result of over five years of effort.

Refreshments will be served by the Friends. “Making Tracks” will be available for purchase at the event and the authors will custom sign any copies.

For more information, call the authors at 763.658.4278 or go to

Pumpkin Painting on October 22

It’s that  time again. The Friends of the Howard Lake Library will be hosting the Pumpkin Painting event on Saturday, October 22, at the Howard Lake Community Room. There will be two sessions: 9 AM and 10 AM.  As this is a popular event, preregistration is recommended by either stopping at the library or calling 320.543.2020.

The Friends have kept the price the same as last year–$3 each with a maximum of $10 per family.  The painter will receive a pumpkin, paint, cookies and KoolAid and the parents will have a unique hand-painted pumpkin and a paint-free house. Even though the paint is water-based, old painting clothes are suggested.

Family and friends are invited to watch the artists at work. Coffee will be available.

Put us on your calendar and leave the mess to the Friends this year.

Annual Book/Food Sale Coming June 25

It almost here-the 8th annual Book/Food sale. This year’s sale will be held Saturday, June 25, from 9 AM to 1 PM in the Howard Lake Community Room (above the library). There will be something for everyone–books, movies, audio CDs, music CDs and jig saw puzzles. Prices start at 25 cents. The food menu will again feature tasty sloppy joes and strawberry shortcake.

From 12:30 PM  to 1 PM, pay only $1 and fill one of the Friends bags with books, movies etc. No limit on the number of bags you may purchase.

This is the main fundraiser of the year for the Friends of the Howard Lake Library. Matching funds will be available through the generosity of Thrivent.

Please stop by to get some fantastic bargains and enjoy good food and fellowship. For more information, you may contact the library at 320.543.2020.

Big Ice Cream Cone Give Away

Once again, Howard Lake Drug and the Friends of the Library are sponsoring the Big Ice Cream Give-Away from Monday, June 13, through Saturday, June 18.  All who register to participate in the Summer Reading program will receive a coupon for a free ice cream cone at the drugstore. Contact the Howard Lake Library for more details.

I Love Dogs in the Library


Award winning children’s author Jan Zita Grover will be in Howard Lake on February 12 and she will talk about being a writer and writing about dogs.   Her award-winning book, “A Home For Dakota” is based on actual events about Dog # 241 born in a puppy mill and  shows how caring people and a loving home transforms that puppy. Continue reading