Wednesdays: Books Rock My World Family Story Time

The whole family will enjoy this musical story time. Participants will hear stories, sing songs, and make crafts.

2 p.m., Wednesdays,

June 27, July 18, July 25, and Aug. 8,

Helen Warner Branch

Wednesdays: Rockin' & Rollin' at Battleground Skate House

Willard Library teams up with Battleground Skate House to help you rock your wheels this summer. The 50-minute programs will feature a story, a wheel presentation-including safety tips, a craft, and a chance to use your wheels in the park. Kids are asked to bring their own helmets and scooters, skateboards, or bikes as rentals at the park are limited.

This is a ticketed event. At the Skate House, Willard library cardholders may pick up a ticket, one per child present, beginning at 1:30 p.m. for the 2 p.m. event and 2:30 p.m. for the 3 p.m. event.

In order to participate, all children must have a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian and be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesdays, June 20, July 11, and Aug. 1,

2-2:50 p.m. or 3-3:50 p.m.,

Battleground Skate House, Lakeview Square Mall, 5775 Beckley Road

Participants should use Door No. 3 located near Dunham’s Sports, go through the long hallway, and take a right.

Thursdays: Super Summer Science Jam

Learn amazing facts about science when representatives from the Kingman Museum and the Leila Arboretum will present hands-on science activities. This family-friendly event allows kids to explore at their own paces and in their own styles while enjoying different themed centers each week.

  • June 21: 3rd Rock from the Sun: Solar System Fun
  • June 28: Hard Rock Cafe: Edible Experiments
  • July 12: Rock & Roll, Push & Pull: How Things Move
  • July 19: Rock Collectors & Inspectors: Geology Show & Tell
  • July 26: Shark Week—Rocky Bottom: Ocean Fossils & Shark Teeth
  • Aug. 2: Rock-a-Bye Baby: Families of the Wild
  • Aug. 9: Nature Rocks: The Sounds of Science

11 a.m. Thursdays,

Willard Meeting Room

Fridays: Read with Me

Each week, we will share a new novel selected just for Willard families. Listen to the first few chapters of a great book then each family will receive a copy of the book to take home to finish reading together. This program also counts as time entered on the Summer Reading Program reading logs. 

The schedule will be:

  • June 22: Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones
  • June 29: Monsters Unleashed by Cullen Bunn
  • July 13: Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
  • July 20: Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel
  • July 27: Shark Week—A Stink and the Shark Sleepover by Megan McDonald
  • Aug. 3: About Average by Andrew Clements
  • Aug. 10: All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook by Leslie Connor

11 a.m., Fridays,

Helen Warner Branch



Fans of all ages are invited to a pop-culture celebration. Whether your favorite is Star Wars, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Marvel or SuperWhoLock, we've got you covered—and many more. Attendees will enjoy games, photo opportunities, and loads of fun! Cosplay, or costume play, is highly encouraged.

Saturday, July 20, noon to 4 p.m.,

Lakeview Square Mall,

Please enter through Barnes & Noble

Tell Your Art Story Workshop With Jaziel Pugh

Local graphic designer, well-known mural painter, and award-winning artist Jaziel Pugh will demonstrate and encourage kids to create a work of art based on Willard Library's summer reading theme "Willard Rocks." The workshop is for children going into third, fourth, and fifth grades. The completed artwork will be displayed at the library.

Saturday, Aug. 4,

10 a.m. to noon,

Willard Meeting Room