Hampstead Stage Company Presents: 'Beauty and the Beast'

Hampstead Stage returns with "Beauty and the Beast"—the French fairy tale of a selfless young woman who takes her father's place as a prisoner in an enchanted castle far away. In this heartwarming, humorous tale, discover the power of being yourself and what it means to listen to your heart.

Monday, April 23,

6:30 p.m., Miller Stone Building,

77 Capital Ave. NE

Children's Book Fest

If you enjoyed trying new books from the “Books on the Go" program, you’ll love Book Fest! Enjoy book tasting, book talking, crafts, snacks, and much more.

Entrance to this special event is available at Willard's front door from 6:45-7:15 p.m. only. Children must have a parent or guardian present for the entire program.

Friday, April 27,

6:45-8:30 p.m.,

Willard Library Meeting Room

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

Paws to Read to Sasha, the Gentle Black Lab

Stop by to meet Sasha, the Gentle Black Lab, and her owner, Karen Slack. Grab your favorite book or a new one and spend some time reading to Willard's favorite furry friend. Sasha is a certified PAWS assistance dog who enjoys listening to stories. Reading to a dog helps children gain confidence in reading aloud.


May 10 and 24,

4-5:30 p.m.,

Willard Library Children's Room



Teddy Bear Sleepover

Participants are encouraged to wear their favorite pajamas and bring their stuffed animals to the library at 3 p.m. Friday, May 11, for an afternoon of stories, songs, and snacks. The stuffed animals may stay overnight for some fun at the library. Participants return on Saturday before 4:30 p.m. to pick up their animals and receive a picture of their stuffed friends’ overnight adventures.

Friday, May 11,
3-4 p.m., W
Willard Library Meeting Room

Lyn Ford: Teller of Home-fried Tales

Award-winning storyteller Lyn Ford will present an evening of delightful stories. She'll share several stories rooted in African and African-American tradition with instruments, audience participation, and fun!

Thursday, May 17,

6:30 p.m.,

Helen Warner Branch

Art Walk: Spring Into the Arts

Willard Library is excited to be a venue for Downtown Battle Creek's annual Artwalk, Spring Into the Arts. Stop by to see the featured artist's work and enjoy a snack. Visitors will be able to try their hand at creating some art projects and learn about downloading movies, music, books, and magazines. Willard will be staying open until 9 p.m. for this special event.

Friday, May 18,

5-9 p.m.,

Willard Library