The Friends Annual Meeting will be held in the Meabon Room on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at 7:00 PM


The Friends of the Library is an independent, nonprofit organization of individuals who are committed to creating public awareness of the library’s many resources. The Friends fund a variety of special programs and book sales throughout the year. They also present the library with selected books and equipment that are outside the library’s budget. New members are always welcome to join.

The funds from the Friends’ book sales annually support:

  • Forum programs

  • Books and programs for children

  • Books and programs for adults

  • Holiday festivities

  • Summer reading programs


The Board of Directors of the Friends of the Library meet on the third Friday of the month at 9:00am in the Conference Room of the library.

Annual Membership Dues

Individual: $10 per year
Family: $15 per year
Corporate: $25 per year

Friends of the Library Members 2016

Funding two Little Free Libraries in Howell

June 23, 2014

A second Little Free Library, was funded through the Metro Detroit Book and Author Society’s Dick Johnston’s award which the Friends received in October 2013.  Partnering with the Salvation Army of Livingston County, this Little Free Library was installed at their location at 503 Lake St in Howell.  Riley, one of the Little Free Library’s Stewards, is busy filling the Little Free Library with books.  Remember, the Little Free Library idea is simple – take a book, return a book.

March 31, 2014

This Little Free Library was funded through the Metro Detroit Book and Author Society’s Dick Johnston’s award, which the Friends received in October 2013. Partnering with MI Works! Livingston Service Center and Mott Community College Livingston Center, the library is able to extend its Family Place Library resources to children and parents.  The Little Free Library is located in the lobby of Mott Community College Livingston Center.

“Necessity is the mother of invention” and this project started when an unexpected need was identified.  Surprising to some, there are a lot of little people hanging around “MIWorks!” while their parents are accessing the services available.  While at MIWorks! one day, this became apparent to two of the Adult Services librarians, who immediately pulled Youth Services into the mix.

The idea is simple with the Little Free Library– take a book, return a book.

Why is the library doing this?

HCDL is a Family Place library and we support our youngest learners, starting at birth, and their parents, who are their child’s first teacher.  Libraries are about early literacy experiences, kids reading by grade level by the end of 3rd grade and continuing to  supporting learners through school, career, with personal interests and even into retirement.  Hopefully, as humans, we never stop learning and libraries are right there to support us.

It’s a “win-win”.  We are supporting job seekers in their roles as parents, while helping to build the foundations children need to succeed in school and work.  It’s economic development, we just start a lot younger than you might have thought.  Libraries are transforming communities!

Thanks to the Friends

Sculpture in memory of Mary Lou Annatoyn

Thank you for the beautiful sculpture in memory of Mary Lou Annatoyn, a longtime member of the Friends of the Howell Carnegie Library.  The sculpture is located outside the Youth Services windows.

Friends Bench




Ground floor of the Howell Carnegie District Library


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