Howard History

May 06, 2007

As reported April 26, 1967, in The Evening Sun:

Howard county will dedicate its new $160,000 public library May 5, ending 21 years of wandering library sites.

The structure, built on Route 144 two miles west of Ellicott City, is Howard's first stand-alone library. John Yingling, chairman of the building committee, will formally present the library to Mrs. Neville Arrington, chairman of the Library Board. The library will open for business May 7.

Close to $75,000 was raised in public subscription, a response that Mr. Yingling said permitted "a complete package" of landscaping, library equipment and roads. But the committee is still shy some $3,000, Mr. Yingling added.

A $60,000 donation by the late George Morrison, a former Ellicott City horticulturist, was the greatest impetus for the library, which was boosted further by Charles E. Miller, an Ellicott City businessman who donated $25,000, including the two-acre land value.

The facility includes a children's wing and a community meeting center. Founded in 1941, the Howard library has shuttled over the years from Ellicott City Elementary School, to Main Street, Ellicott City, and most recently to rented quarters at St. Johns Lane.

[Paul McCardell, Sun library researcher.

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