Smokey Bear in Howard Lake

The Howard Lake Library welcomed a V.I.P. to town on Saturday, July 26th:  Smokey Bear.  Smokey, along with Minnesota DNR  employee Linda,  presented a program on preventing wildfires.  Every child present went home with a booklet telling Smokey’s story.  Thanks for the Minnesota Department on Natural Resources for providing this program.


St. John’s Outdoor University

Two members of the St. John’s Outdoor University team from Collegeville presented an interesting program on Saturday, July 12th in the Howard Lake Community Room. There were animal pelts to touch and tree rings to count. The audience did a “guess the animal footprint” game with the presenters. Rubber casts of footprints and verbal clues lead the correct guesses by participants.  The group also presented a short play about where a butterfly comes from.

This program was brought to the Library by the Friends of the Howard Lake Library.


Annual Sale a Success

The 2014 Friends of the Howard Lake Library’s Book/Food sale offered many great books and much tasty food at reasonable prices. The crowd was lined up before the doors opened  and at 9 AM many happy shoppers entered the room.  After selecting treasures from the varied genres many shoppers took the time to enjoy sloppy joes, strawberry shortcake or coconut cupcakes and a cup of coffee. The eating area allowed time to visit with friends & neighbors while enjoying lunch.

The Friends thank everyone who volunteered or came to shop or eat at the sale. It is through well-supported fundraising efforts that the we are able to provide the “extras” to the Howard lake Library.  See you at next June’s sale.

Here are some before and after photos showing the book sorting process near completion and the final sort completed just awaiting the arrival of shoppers.



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


9th Annual Book-tique Held December 7, 2013

Even though the weather was cold, eager shoppers were waiting for the door to open at 10:00 AM to get first choice of the wonderful books and gifts offered by the Friends of the Howard Lake Library.   Thank you for your support.  Funds raised help  support Howard Lake Library projects and programs.

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Happy Holidays from the Friends

In conjunction with the group’s yearly potluck, the members dressed the Howard Lake Library in its Christmas finest for all to enjoy.

Many thanks to all who have supported the Friends this past year through actions, donations, suggestions  and good words. We appreciate you and look forward to 2014.

Pumpkin Painting Event Held October 19, 2013

After missing a year, the Friends of the Howard Lake Library’s pumpkin event was back and better than ever. Thanks to the Untiedt Vegetable Farm, the pumpkins were amazing and a perfect palette for the young artists.  Cookies, Kool Aid and a treat bag to take home topped off the morning.  The Howard Lake Royalty was on hand to paint pumpkins and visit with the painters.  See you again in October 2014.