Celebrating Harry Potter for Adults (16 years and older)

This summer marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling. Along with Harry's birthday at the end of July, Willard Library will celebrate two decades of the wonderful world of Harry Potter. The program, which is for those 16 and older, will feature fun, games, a trivia contest, a costume contest, food, and, weather-permitting, Quidditch games. Participants are encouraged to dress up in Harry Potter attire. The Helen Warner Branch will be open this evening exclusively for the Harry Potter program.

Willard Library programs are free and open to the public.

7-9 p.m.,
Friday, July 28,
Helen Warner Branch

Maximize Your Eclipse Experience

On Monday, Aug. 21, those living in North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Prepare for this amazing event with representatives from the Kingman Museum as they discuss the science and history behind this special phenomenon. The program will include a short video and PowerPoint presentation. Also, safety demonstrations will be given and free resources will be available. The program is for those 8 and older.

Click here to see books about the eclipse.

Thursday, Aug. 17,

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

Willard Library Meeting Room

An Evening With Steven Rinella

Willard Library presents outdoorsman Steven Rinella to discuss the hunting lifestyle, wild game, the ethics of hunting, and the spiritual need for wilderness. He is an award-winning author, host of the hit show “MeatEater,” now streaming on Netflix, and the top-rated “MeatEater” podcast. With your Willard Library card, you can download his book “MeatEater” from Hoopla for free. Rinella’s appearance arranged through Gotham Artists.

Willard Library programs are free and open to the public.

Click here to learn about Steven's books.

Friday, Aug. 25, 7 p.m.,
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.,

Pennfield High School Auditorium,
8299 Pennfield Road


Michigan Works! Southwest Strategies 4 Success

Michigan Works! Southwest offers its Strategies 4 Success program for job seekers at the Helen Warner Branch. A representative will provide one-on-one assistance with resumes, cover letters, job searches, basic computer skills, and mock interviews. The help will be available on a walk-in basis.

Second and fourth Mondays,

1-3 p.m.,

Helen Warner Branch

Play Bookopoly, an adult summer reading program

Summer reading programs aren't just for children. Willard invites adults to play Bookopoly this summer. Pick up a game card from either library and start reading your way around the game board.

Bookopoly is modeled on a Monopoly game. Participants can check off board squares under the topics favorites; new; quick read; expand a comfort zone; outside reading; people; nonfiction; and technology and apps.
Completed cards should be dropped off at either library by Sept. 5. Cards will be placed in a random drawing. The grand prize will be a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble and a Willard Library tote bag. The first runner-up prize will be a $25 gift card to Battle Creek Books and a tote bag. The second runner-up prize will be a $25 gift card to Battle Creek Books.
Participants must have a Willard Library card, and only one entry is allowed per person.

Noon Films

Each Friday, Noon Films offers an entertaining documentary or feature film from the library's collection.

Refreshments will be provided.

Click on each date to read more about that week's film or add it to your calendar.

Friday, Sept. 8: Noon Films: “Searching For Augusta,”

Friday, Sept. 15 Noon Films: “Legendary White Stallions,”

Friday, Sept. 22: Noon Films: “Iceman Reborn,”

Friday, Sept. 29: Noon Films: “The Loving Story,”

Friday, Oct. 6: Noon Films: “JFK,”

Friday, Oct. 13: Noon Films: “Giraffes: Africa’s Gentle Giants,”


Helen Warner Branch


Backyard Birding

Josh Haas, an enthusiastic birder and nature photographer, will talk about the about birds in our backyards and neighborhoods. He’ll also share excerpts from his DVD, “Hawks on the Wing.”

Tuesday, Oct. 10,

6:30 p.m.,

Willard Library Meeting Room

Looking Back on a Century of Fort Custer

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Fort Custer, retired Col. James Spackman, president of the Fort Custer Historical Society, will discuss how the camp was built and 100,000 soldiers passed through during World War I. Learn about our neighbor, which had 1,100 buildings and a hospital consisting of 59 buildings capable of housing more than 20,000 troops at one time.

Monday, Dec. 11,

6:30 p.m.,

Willard Library Meeting Room