Rockin' Mondays: Community Music School's Bucket Beats

Children 8 years and older are invited to a Community Music School Bucket Beats group drumming session for beginners. Participants will learn basic beats and rhythms on plastic buckets.

This is a ticketed event. Library cardholders may pick up a free ticket at the Children’s Room Desk, one per child, beginning at 10:30 a.m. each week. The Bucket Beats program is not open to groups.

Monday, July 9, 11 a.m.,

Monday, July 16, 11 a.m. (This is a repeat of the July 9 program.),

Willard Library Meeting Room

Make Your Own Video

Students in fifth through 12th grades are invited to “Be the Star,” where they may create their own music videos using green-screen technology.The interactive program allows participants to select a song to perform, a video background, and fun props to make the video production come alive. Participants may make up to four videos and will receive a DVD with the videos to take home.

Thursday, July 12, 

2-6 p.m.,

Willard Library Teen Room


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 21, noon to 4 p.m.,

Lakeview Square Mall,

Please enter through Barnes & Noble

Red Sea Pedestrians Concert

Keep the beat of the Willard Rocks summer theme going by attending a Red Sea Pedestrians concert. The band, which is based in Kalamazoo, will be playing two 45-minute sets with a 15-minute break in between. The Red Sea Pedestrians consider themselves "a warped and beautiful blend of American Roots, Rock, Klezmer, Gypsy, Classical and Jazz music all filtered through the band's original vision." In the past decade of performing, the six-member band has developed a loyal following.

Cold nonalcoholic beverages and light snacks will be provided.

Willard Library programs are free and open to the public.

7 p.m., Thursday, July 26,

Friendship Park