Share a Good Book

Readers are invited to share what they are reading or have read recently with other readers. The books discussed may be fiction or nonfiction and available in print, electronic, or audio formats. This is an informal chance to share and learn about some great books to read.

Second Mondays,

Sept. 11, Oct. 9, Nov. 13, and Dec. 11,

6:30 p.m.,

Helen Warner Branch,


Second Thursdays,

Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9, and Dec. 14,

11 a.m.,

Willard Library Meeting Room,

'Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope'

On Sept. 28, Willard Library and its partners will host two public screenings of the documentary “Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope.”  The documentary explores the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs. The term is the product of a landmark Kaiser Permanente study conducted in the late 1990s linking traumatic events in childhood to destructive behavior and disease later in life. After the screenings Rick Murdock, former executive director of the Michigan Association of Health Plans, will facilitate a conversation. Participants are asked to register by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25.  Click here to register.

Thursday, Sept. 28, 

9 a.m. and 6 p.m.,

New Harvest Christian Center,

155 W. Van Buren St.

Rcorridos (Journeys) Storytelling Concert

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Willard Library is collaborating with Voces, the Kellogg Community College Center for Diversity and Innovation, and Neuvo Opinion to present a storytelling concert. "Recorridos," which is Spanish for "Journeys," will feature members of the local Latino community telling their stories. All stories will be offered in Spanish and English through the assistance of Voces interpreters. A reception will follow. Saga Presents is handling the recruiting, training, and coaching of the storytellers.

Tickets are free and may be picked up at Willard Library Information Desk or the Helen Warner Branch.

Thursday, Oct. 5,
7 p.m.,
New Harvest Christian Center,
155 W. Van Buren St.

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