Aging Mastery Program

The Aging Mastery Program, a 10-week workshop that encourages mastery--developing behaviors across many dimensions that will lead to improved health, stronger financial security, and overall well-being is being offered by Willard Library and CareWell Service Southwest. The curriculum, which is geared for Baby Boomers and older adults, covers navigating a longer life, exercise, sleep, healthy eating and hydration, financial fitness, medication management, advance planning, healthy relationships, fall prevention, and community engagement.

Registration is full.


Tuesdays, April 17 through June 19,

6-7:30 p.m.,

Willard Meeting Room

Battle Creek Reads: Ellen Airgood

"South of Superior," by Ellen Airgood, is the 2018 Battle Creek Reads selection. Airgood will discuss her book, her writing process, and life in the Upper Peninsula. The novel tells the story of  Madeline Stone who leaves her Chicago life to live in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. As she is drawn into the dramas of the small, tight-knit town, Madeline learns that it’s a place where times are tough and debts run deep, but where friendship, community, and compassion run deeper. Her books will be for sale and she will be signing them.

Thursday, April 19,

7 p.m.,

Kool Family Community Center,

200 W, Michigan Ave.

A League of Our Own

As the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League celebrates its 75th anniversary, meet Mary Moore, second-base player for the Battle Creek Belles during the 1951-52 season; Carol Sheldon, board director of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League; and Joseph Cooper, Battle Creek Belles manager for the 1952 season. Moore will share her memories of the team and what it was like to play all-girl baseball. Sheldon will provide an overview of the league, display her memorabilia and provide the color commentary as a league baseball archivist, fan, and expert. Cooper will talk about his time as manager.

Sunday, April 22, 2 p.m.,

Holiday Inn, 

12812 Harper Village Drive

A Good Yarn

Calling all crocheters! Willard Library is offering a crochet club for anyone interested in meeting others who crotchet. Participants are invited to share tips and patterns while getting to know others in our community who share an interest in crocheting. Please bring the project you are working on or a crochet hook and a ball of yarn and we’ll help you get started.

Wednesdays,

April 4, 11, 18, and 25, May 2, 9, 16, and 23,

10-11 a.m.,

Willard Library Lower Level,

And,

Wednesdays, April 4, 11, 18, and 25,

6:30-7:30 p.m.,

Helen Warner Branch

Unraveled: A Knitting Club

Willard Library will offer a knitting club for anyone interested in meeting others who knit. Participants are invited to share tips and patterns while getting to know others in our community who share an interest in knitting. Please bring the project you are working on or knitting needles and a ball of yarn, and we’ll help you get started. 

Thursdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26,

10-11a.m.,

Willard Library Lower Level,

And,

Thursdays, April 5, 12, 19, 26,

6:30-7:30 p.m.,

Helen Warner Branch

Out of Focus: A Camera Club

The Camera Club offers a chance to learn how to use the exposure and other settings on your camera and break out of auto and preset modes. Each week will include a 30-minute instruction portion for beginners and then a hands-on shooting session. More advanced photographers may just want to attend the hands-on portion.

Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30,

5:30-7 p.m.,

Willard Library Lower Level

Are You Game?: A Board Game Club

Are you looking for an opportunity to indulge your love of words, strategy, and friendly competition? Willard Library offers a board game club for anyone interested in meeting others who enjoy games. Participants are invited stop by for an evening of gaming fun, including Scrabble, cards, and other interactive games. All ages are welcome. Games and light refreshments will be provided.

Thursdays, May 10, 17, 24, and 31,

6:30-8:30 p.m.,

Willard Library Lower Level

An Evening With Vanetta Chapman

Inspirational and Christian suspense author Vanetta Chapman will talk about her writing and her many books. She says her novels are full of grace and the stories touch the deepest places in our hearts. Chapman writes Amish mystery novels, including the Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series; Amish romance novels; and romantic suspense novels.

Tuesday, May 15,

6:30 p.m.,

Helen Warner Branch

'Murder on Shades Mountain:' A Talk by Author Melanie Morrison

This riveting account of Jim Crow-era injustice exposes how courtrooms could function like lynch mobs when the defendant was black. Through scrupulous investigation of primary sources, author Melanie S. Morrison sheds new light on the struggle for justice in depression-era Birmingham, Ala. "Murder on Shades Mountain" is a testament to the courageous predecessors of present-day movements that demand an end to racial profiling, police brutality, and the criminalization of black men.

Morrison, founder and executive director of Allies for Change, is a social justice educator, author, and activist with 30 years of experience designing and facilitating transformational group process.

The program is sponsored by Willard Library, Kellogg Community College's Center for Diversity and Innovation, and Barnes & Noble.

Free child care will be available.

Wednesday, May 16,

6:30-8:30 p.m.,

First Congregational Church,

145 Capital Ave. NE

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