Student Artwork on Display

The Howell Carnegie Library, in partnership with the Howell Public Schools is pleased to display artwork from students in the Youth Services Department of the library. Displays are scheduled to change every month during the school year.

Featured Artists

The Howell Carnegie Library, in partnership with the Livingston Fine Art Association, is pleased to display artwork from 2 local artists in the East and West Wings of the library.  Displays are scheduled to change every other month.

For more information on the Livingston Fine Art Association check their Facebook page at Livingston Fine Art Association

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watercolor painting of pumpkins by janet gray

Janet Gray
Artist Information

“Color is what originally drew me to painting. I began with oils, tried acrylics, but when I discovered watercolor, I was hooked! I paint what I like to look at! Most of my ideas for paintings come from photos taken by myself, family or friends. I find it pleasing to paint everyday people, places and things. I love finding a new subject to work on, drawing and erasing, all the while thinking of those colors I’ll get to “play” with! Then, I finish by using a frame to capture my visual memory! I hope you enjoy these pieces as much as I enjoyed creating them. My goal is simply to entertain you with color. I am continuing to develop my watercolor artistic style by attending watercolor workshops and classes. I am a member of the LFAA and serve on their board.”
Ms. Gray’s work can be found in the East Wing of the Library for the months of May and June 2022.
painting of white flowers by shirley spears

Shirley Spears
Artist Information

“I have been painting for 21 years now. I like to do acrylics since the colors are so bright and happy. You can also paint over your mistakes with it. Pastels are very fun for me since I like to draw and it serves as a drawing for me. Plus, pastels on black paper can be exciting and sometimes very mysterious. Watercolor is so fun since it flows and mixes beautifully (most of the time). I don’t use oils since they used to give me headaches. But now, since they can be odorless, I am too cheap to put more money into buying them. I also paint different subjects since I get bored doing the same things. Portraits are the hardest and take the longest. I am so glad I chose to paint. I never get bored and sometimes, I like my work.”

Ms. Spears’ work can be found in the West Wing of the Library for the months of May and June 2022.

Permanent Artwork

The Howell Carnegie District Library is home to several pieces of artwork.  The various statuary pays tribute to those individuals who have made a lasting impact at the library.  We hope you take time to walk around the library grounds and enjoy the ‘Art on Display’

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Martha's Friends

In 2010, a bronze statue at the base of the front steps of the library depicting two children sitting on a bench enjoying an open book was dedicated to Martha McKenzie.  Martha was a long time librarian and friend to all who visited the library.

McKenzie, who died of cancer in 2008, became involved with the library through the Friends group before becoming a paid staff member in 1985.

The statue in front of the library was paid for entirely through donations from those in the community who were personally touched by McKenzie’s dedication and service.

2015 Renovated Library Fountain

Boy and Girl Under Umbrella

The original library statue of a little boy and girl holding an umbrella, was given to the Howell Carnegie Library during the First World War, by the Howell Women’s Club.  Cast in Zinc and installed in the center of a medium sized ground basin.

The statue adorned the lawn until 1981, when it was replaced because of damage, by a replica.

Friends Bench

Storytime

In 2014, a bronze statue on the east side of the library’s lower level, was dedicated to Mary Lou Annatoyn.

Mary Lou Annatoyn was an advocate for children and a member of the Friends of the Howell Carnegie Library from 1981 until 2008.

The statue  was paid for entirely through donations from those in the community who were personally touched by Mary Lou.

Duane Zemper

In 2018, a bronze statue of Duane Zemper was dedicated on the  southeast corner of the library grounds.

He was a decorated World War II veteran, a professional photographer in the Howell area for nearly 50 years, an active volunteer with the Howell Area Archives and a Howell Rotarian.

The Duane Zemper Legacy Project committee is a collaboration of the Howell Rotary, The Howell Carnegie District Library and the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation.  The group was formed to memorialize the enormous contribution to Howell by the man fondly known as “Zemp.”

View the Duane Zemper Legacy Statue Symbology Document

Duane Zemper Story narrated by Jon King – WHMI

Transcription of Duane Zemper Story narrated by Jon King -WHMI

www.zemplegacy.org.