Howard City Library


Benson Museums

are proud to announce a

Summer Safety Event

DATE CHANGE!! The Summer Safety Event has been moved to Wednesday, May 29th from 5:30-7:30.  This is a popular community event that is in its 4th year and is widely participated by the Elk County community.  The library uses this event to kick off the summer in a safe way and to get everyone signed up for the summer reading program.

The main street event is organized by the Howard City Library and supported by the Benson Museums and Safe Kids Program.  The sheriff, fire, and ambulance teams are in attendance.  The city pool jump starts their swim lesson sign-ups and discusses safe swimming. Kids are encouraged to come on their bikes to visit Lanning’s Auto where a team from Cookson’s provides a “bike check” and tune up!  Lifejackets will be passed out through Safe Kids program.  The local banks and Batson’s Family Market provide a free hot dog feed. The Corps of Engineers will be there with Bobber their water safety dog. This year the library is working hard to organize much of the same and hopes to have new exciting safety topics and giveaways.

At the event families will be able to get a schedule of activities in support of the summer reading program.  Those enjoying the safety event are likely to have their universe expanded, as this year’s national summer reading theme is “A Universe of Stories”.  Space will be a recurring theme and is sure to be a fun way to encourage all ages to expand their universes by going to the library!!

The Howard City Library and Benson Museums love partnering with the community and recognize that the Summer Safety Event would not be possible without community organizations coming together to participate.  Several of Howard’s main street businesses and Elk County departments are participating and donating items, making the event a true success.  Rotary and other civic organizations are planning special additions as well!   This year’s Summer Safety Event is sure to inspire all ages and is a great way to kickoff summer vacation in the community.  Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 29th and come see a vibrant and thriving main street!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment


We call our Book Club BookTalk, we meet the 3rd Tuesday of (nearly) every month at 7PM.  Unless we are watching a movie, then we need a bit more time!

Have you always wanted to be in a book club?   Or maybe you just HAVE to talk about that one incredible thing you just read…

We love our little group, but would love to have even more people this year!

This month:

Watch the Movie!
Tuesday, May 18th



Next month:

Tuesday, June 18th, 7PM


Young Jane Young

by Gabrielle Zevin

We have copies available for checkout at the library!

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Preschool Storytimes!

We usually have a morning  storytime each month,  sometimes we have two!    Kids ages 0-6 and their caregivers are welcome to come enjoy stories, songs and activities!  Dates and times are posted on our Facebook page or you can pick up a flyer at the library anytime!!

Spring 2019

March 27TH~10AM
April 10TH~10AM
April 24TH~10AM
May 15th~10AM



Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New Hours

When is the Library open?

Mondays     1-6PM

Tuesdays     4-7PM

Wednesday     2-5PM

Thursday     2-5PM

Friday        2-5PM

Saturday      9-12AM

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Library Card Catalog Now Online!

The Howard City Library card catalog is now online! Search the Library’s collection, explore the collection of other area libraries, and have what you need transferred to your local library. This  service is available for patrons of the Howard City Library at no charge!

The Howard City Library is a member of the Southeast Kansas Library System and has joined a consortium which includes 41 libraries in the region.  The SEKnFind catalog includes libraries from Bronson, Chanute, Coffeyville, Independence, Iola, Hamilton, Parker,  Madison, and many more!  Users are now able to search the consolidated catalog for books, DVDs, Music CDs and other materials from all participating  libraries and place  holds on items from any of the  libraries.  Patrons can search the Howard collection from the Howard City Library website at  Users can limit their search to items only at Howard by using the “Advanced Search”.    Registered members can then use the SEK-N-Find catalog to request items to be transferred between libraries for checkout.

Book jacket art will be visible from the online card catalog and users will see that the catalog has an “” feel to it.  Library users can tag items in the catalog with search terms and place comments on individual items.  These two features will be seen by other library users to make the catalog more friendly and easier to use.  Registered users can compile lists of books and other materials, and either make them public or keep them private.  They can also submit changes of information such as their address and can check their reading history, renew books which are eligible for renewal, see what items they have checked out, what is overdue and what their fines are.

Search the Howard catalog today – or stop in and request a username and password for the SEK-N-Find Catalog!

The SEKnFind consortium is funded in part by an LSTA grant from the State Library of Kansas.
Posted in Library News, Library Services | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment