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.
The artwork by local artists the Howell Carnegie Library partners with the Livingston Fine Art Association to display in the East and West Wings of the library is currently postponed until further notice due to the pandemic.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.”
Transcription of Duane Zemper Story narrated by Jon King -WHMI
Many say his “feet” carried him out of a life of poverty and to our community which he called home.
At Flint High School, he found hurdles were not fences and running meant winning. Lloyd W. Olds, track and field coach at Michigan Normal College recognized his potential and recruited him. With no money for college, his high school coach was his benefactor, giving Duane the thirty-five dollars needed for tuition to attend college.
At Michigan Normal, Duane was the Huron’s second All-American in cross country, one of only two men to ever win the State of Michigan AAU and Collegiate Championships in a single year.
Working every odd job imaginable to complete college, Duane Zemper graduated with a degree in physics, mathematics and chemistry, as a seven-time state champion and four time All-American in cross country and track and field. Again his feet carried him forward.
In 1942, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served our nation as a Aerial Reconnaissance Officer. At the end of the war with great forethought, 1st Lieutenant Zemper preserved more than ten thousand war photographs, each one telling an amazing story.
Returning from the war, Duane settled in his wife’s hometown of Howell and he adopted it as his own.
Using the skills learned in the Army, he became a professional photographer and served this community for nearly fifty years. The historical photographs you see of Howell’s early years are here for our pleasure because Duane knew the importance of preserving the glass plate negatives and photographs that had been left behind by the previous owners when he purchased his studio overlooking the Court House. He continued the preservation process of our history throughout his career.
Duane donated his time to capture Howell High School sporting events, never missing a football game, home or away, in twenty-five years. He mentored and coached countless athletes and founded the Howell Athletic Boosters.
Named 1976 Citizen of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce, the City of Howell declared June 9th “Duane L Zemper Day”.
As a Rotarian he was proud of his nearly 68 years of perfect attendance.
He co-founded the Howell Area Archives, in the Howell Carnegie District Library and was a major contributor and co-author of the treasured 1776 -1976 Howell Bicentennial History Book. The “Duane Zemper Award” is given by the Howell library to those individuals who bring positive attention and extraordinary support to the library.
Even a man from humble beginnings can inspire a community. As an Athlete, Professor, Veteran, Photographer, Preservationist, Historian, Storyteller, Coach, Mentor, Booster, Rotarian, Teacher and Friend, he is woven into the fabric of our history and into the hearts of everyone who lives here.
He spent most of his life collecting and passing on the stories of our Howell community and those who lived here.
As he often said, “Everyone has a story, What’s yours?”