Early Childhood Connections Playgroup

This parent and child interactive playgroup, presented by Early Childhood Connections, focuses on developmentally appropriate school readiness activities for children 5 years and younger. Activities include sensory play, open ended art, and activities to encourage early literacy skills. Children are offered the chance to learn how to play and interact with other children while becoming comfortable with the library. Siblings are welcome.

Mondays, Sept. 11 to Nov. 20,

6-7 p.m.,

Willard Library Meeting Room


Thursdays, Sept. 14 to Nov. 16,

6-7 p.m.,

Helen Warner Branch

Play Date at the Library

This program encourages curiosity and builds self-confidence in children while they play and make new friends. Play Date is designed to encourage children age 5 and younger to explore new learning opportunities at their own pace and in their own way. 

Mondays, Sept. 11, 18, 25, and Nov. 6, 13, and 20,

11 a.m. to noon,

Willard Library Meeting Room

Stories & More

Raise your children to be lifelong readers by bringing them to Stories & More. You and your little ones will enjoy stories, songs, fun, and crafts. Children will have the opportunity to socialize with others, and you learn more ways to nurture early literacy. This program is designed for children 3 to 5, but all ages are welcome.

Tuesday, through Nov. 21,

11 to 11:30 a.m.,

Willard Library Meeting Room,

This program will be repeated on Wednesdays:

Wednesdays through Nov. 22,

11-11:30 a.m.,

Helen Warner Branch

The themes will be:

Sept. 26 and 27: Cats

Oct. 3 and 4: Sea Creatures

Oct. 10 and 11: Foxes

Oct. 17 and 18: Outer Space

Oct. 24 and 25: Bats

Oct. 31 and Nov. 1: Robots

Nov. 7 and 8: Dragons

Nov. 14 and 15: Classics


Be a Better You

The Calhoun County 4-H Program will present activities to help young adults learn life skills in a fun and interactive way. The programs, which is geared for for fifth- to 12th-graders, will cover goal setting, career building, nutrition, and making healthy snacks.


Sept. 13, 20, 27, Oct. 4, and Nov. 1 and 8,

3-4:30 p.m.,

Willard Library Teen Room

Therapy Through Play

Members of the Pediatric Rehabilitation Team from Oaklawn Hospital in Marshall invite children and their families for an evening of play. Youngsters will dance like zoo animals, learn to wake up with yoga stretches, and finish the program by making a craft. The team will awaken participants' senses through an interactive play-based program. The program is geared for toddlers through elementary-age children and their parents.

Wednesday, Sept. 27, 

6-7:30 p.m.,

Willard Library Meeting Room

Baby Time

Help your baby develop listening and language skills with songs, stories, and playtime. Get to know other families with little ones at Babytime, which is for those younger than 24 months. Each Thursday morning, we will guide caregivers--whether parent, grandparent, or nanny--in the five practices of early literacy--talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Babytime includes nursery rhymes, songs, rhythm activities, sharing a book, and free play.

Thursdays, Sept. 7 through Nov. 16,

11-11:30 a.m.,

Helen Warner Branch