An Afternoon With Beverly Lewis

Best-selling inspirational author Beverly Lewis will talk about her newest book "The First Love," which will be released on Sept. 4. Lewis has written more than 80 books, many of which give an insider's view of Amish life. Attendees will be able to meet Lewis, and she will be signing her books. Barnes & Noble will sell a variety of her books at the event. Light refreshments will be available.

3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 12,
Kool Family Community Center

Michigan Works! Southwest Strategies 4 Success

Michigan Works! Southwest offers its Strategies 4 Success program for job seekers at Willard Library and 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.

First and Third Mondays,
Aug. 6 and 20,
1-3 p.m.,
Willard Library,


Second and Fourth Mondays,
Aug. 13 and 27,
1-3 p.m.,
Helen Warner Branch

A Good Yarn: Knit and Crochet Club

Anyone interested in fiber crafts is invited to attend the weekly knitting and crochet club. While working on their current projects, participants will share tips, patterns and get to know others in our community with this shared interest.

10 a.m., Wednesdays,
Sept. 19 through Nov. 14,
Willard Library Lower Level

6:30 p.m. Wednesdays,
Sept. 19 through Nov. 14,
Helen Warner Branch

The Model T Genius

Alan Naldrett will talk about his book, "Michigan's C. Harold Wills: The Genius Behind the Model T and the Wills Sainte Claire Automobile." One of the unsung heroes of the auto world, Wills designed the Model T when he worked as Henry Ford's right-hand man. Later, he founded his own company to produce the legendary Wills Sainte Claire. Model T owners are encouraged to bring their classic cars to the Willard Library parking lot for others to see after the author's talk. 

2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29,
Willard Meeting Room

Fall into the Arts

Willard will once again be a venue for Downtown Battle Creek's Art Walk: Fall into the Arts. Stop by to see the featured artist's work and enjoy a snack. Guests may try their own hand at art by decorating a book art pumpkin. While you're here, check out a movie for your weekend entertainment or learn about Willard's new app, downloading movies, music, books, and magazines.

5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19,
Willard Library

Finding Your Roots Genealogy Series

Learn about researching your family history by attending a four-week Genealogy Series. The series on four consecutive Tuesdays is for beginners and more experienced researchers. The four weeks will culminate with Finding Your Roots Genealogy Day on Saturday, Nov. 10.

  • Oct. 16: Genealogy 101 – Learn about basic terms, records, and resources,
  • Oct 23: Genealogy Resources – Learn about many online and in-print resources that offer with valuable genealogy information,
  • Oct. 30: DNA 101 – Learn the basics of DNA and genealogy.
  • Nov. 6: Keep Track of Your Information – Tips and Tricks on organizing your information and truly knowing what you have.   

    7-8 p.m., Willard Meeting Room

Finding Your Roots Genealogy Day

Spend the day soaking up the latest in genealogy topics. The speakers and their topics will include:

  • Tim Pinnick on African-American resources
  • Tim Gleisner on Library of Michigan resources
  • Kris Rzepczynski on the Archives of Michigan and the Seeking Michigan website
  • Laura Hedgecock on writing your family story.

Click here to register. Space is limited.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m..
Saturday, Nov. 10,
Willard Meeting Room