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: Dragons

Oct. 31 and Nov. 1: Robots

Nov. 7 and 8: Bats

Nov. 14 and 15: Classics


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.


Oct. 5 and Nov. 2, 16, and 30,

4-5:30 p.m.,

Willard Library Children's Room



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, Nov. 2 and 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, Nov. 6, 13, and 20,

11 a.m. to noon,

Willard Library Meeting Room

Browse the Stacks Not the Racks on Black Friday

Willard Library invites guests to browse the book stacks and receive free gifts throughout the day on Black Friday, Nov. 24.

Door-buster special: The first 100 guests at each library will receive a Willard Library recyclable tote bag.        

  • Willard Library opens at 9 a.m.
  • The Helen Warner Branch opens at 10 a.m.

Throughout the day, children and teens who visit either library will receive a special gift.
At noon, guests will receive a book filled with sticky notes. The notes are perfect for making holiday lists.

At 3 p.m., take a few minutes to learn how to download music through the Freegal and Hoopla apps and receive a pair of Willard ear buds.

Also, guests who check out 10 DVDs, will receive a bonus 11th DVD checkout.

*All give-aways are while supplies last.

Friday, Nov. 24,

9 a.m. to 6 p.m.,

Willard Library


10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,

Helen Warner Branch

Celebrate Small Business Saturday

Join Willard Library in recognizing our community's small and local businesses on Small Business Saturday.

From opening until noon, Willard guests will receive a lip balm to show their love for these businesses.

At noon, guests will receive a sturdy magnet clip. The clip is perfect to save coupons and announcements from local businesses on refrigerators.

Throughout the day, children and teens who visit either library will receive a special gift.

*All give-aways are while supplies last.

Saturday, Nov. 25,

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,

Willard Library,


10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,

Helen Warner Branch