Harry Potter Children's Celebration

Children and their families are invited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, by J.K. Rowling. The program will feature crafts, snacks, and games to celebrate "the boy who lived" and all things Hogwarts. Special activities will include making sorting hat cookies, potions, dragon eggs, and face painting. Participants are encouraged to wear Harry Potter costumes.

Groups or organizations with six or more children must register for programs by calling 269-968-8166, ext. 518.

Willard Library programs are free and open to the public.

Friday, July 28,
Noon to 2 p.m.,
Willard Library Meeting Room

Super Tuesday: Bubbleman

Bubbleman creates amazing volcano bubbles, tornado bubbles, and square bubbles from an ordinary soap solution. Also, youngsters will learn how they can make their own astonishing bubbles at home. .

Groups or organizations must register by calling 269-968-8166, ext. 518.

Tuesday, Aug. 1,

11 a.m. Miller Stone Building,

1 p.m. Miller Stone Building,

6:30 p.m. Helen Warner Branch

Super Tuesday: Speedpainter Martina Hahn

Crowd favorite Martina Hahn is back once again to entertain and amaze audiences of all ages with her storytelling. Listeners will be delighted as Martina brings stories to life while painting on a canvas.

Groups or organizations must register by calling 269-968-8166, ext. 518.

Tuesday, Aug. 8,

11 a.m. Miller Stone Building,

1 p.m. Miller Stone Building,

6:30 p.m. Helen Warner Branch

Poetry, Puppetry, Music, and Movement with Kevin Kammeraad

With a cast of puppets and a trunk full of tunes, Kevin and the Cooperfly Puppet Troupe return with another exciting, high-energy show. They will inspire the audience to create, write, sing, and dance.

Thursday, Oct. 12,

6:30 p.m.,

Willard Library Meeting Room

Animals Around the World

Experience an exciting look at live, wild animals from deserts, rain forests, and other diverse ecosystems presented by Animals Around the World. Kids will be able to see the animals up close.

Thursday, Nov. 9,

6:30 p.m.,

Miller Stone Building

Build a Better World - Children's Summer Reading Program

Children in fifth grade and younger may earn prizes for reading and enjoying books. Summer is the perfect time for kids to read the books they want to read. Reading throughout the summer helps students maintain their reading levels.

Children may stop by either library to pick up a reading log to keep track of daily reading. Children mark the log for each day they read. After reading for 16 days, children may receive a prize and $5 in Willard Bucks, which may be applied toward fines. After an additional 16 days, children receive a different prize and $5 more in Willard Bucks. And after an additional 16 days, youngsters will receive another prize and $5 more in Willard Bucks.

Children's reading activities may include:

  • Reading to yourself
  • Reading to someone else
  • Having someone read to you
  • Listening to a story on audio
  • Using the online Tumblebooks.

Also, children who attend at least three library programs will be entered into a drawing for a family prize.

Through Tuesday, Sept. 5,

Willard Library Children's Room,

Helen Warner Branch