Please contact Cheryl Cavalear at 269-968-8166, ext. 504, with questions or comments regarding Battle Creek Reads.
Willard Library Newspaper Collection: Search and view historical local newspapers on library computers (1846-present), or in the comfort of your home with your Willard Library card (1846-1923 only).
Battle Creek Shopper News: Search and view the entire collection of the Battle Creek Shopper on library computers, or in the comfort of your home with your Willard Library card.
Battle Creek Enquirer: 2002-Present, Full-text, searchable database available from home with a library card.
Willard Library Newspaper Index covers the local newspapers from 1967-March 2012
Obituaries: Request an obituary. Dates of obituaries occurring between 1967-March 2012 can be found in the newspaper index. Prior to 1967, you must know the approximate year of the obituary you are requesting.
Digitized yearbooks are available for the five area public high schools. The collection currently includes: Battle Creek Central High School (1894-2002); Harper Creek High School (1962-2001); Lakeview High School (1925-2002); Pennfield High School (1979-2002); and Springfield High School (1956-1989). Yearbooks are accessible online with a current Willard Library card or on-site to guests.
Search and view Battle Creek City Directories on-site (1880-1960), or in the comfort of your home with your Willard Library card (1890-1923).
Authored by the city's ideal biographer, Berenice Bryant Lowe, in 1976, Tales of Battle Creek "...provides a loving, spirited, and always accurate chronicle of the who-what-when-where-why of Battle Creek's past" with more than 16 pages of photographs of early Battle Creek. Brought to you through a collaboration with Heritage Battle Creek.
The Historical Images of Battle Creek collection includes more than 17,000 photographs and is comprised of four collections:
Stuart A. Lassen spent 21 years collecting postcards, advertising and trade cards of early Battle Creek. Through Lassen's generous donation to digitize this collection, he created a legacy by sharing Battle Creek's history with future generations.
Links to books about Battle Creek and Calhoun County history, including W.K. Kellogg, Kellogg Co., Sojourner Truth, Underground Railroad, and C.W. Post.
A collection of local interviews conducted Dave Eddy, a news host, at Access Vision.
Discover the wills and probate records of your family members and ancestors to learn what they left behind. The Calhoun County Probate Index (1835 - 1915) will provide the the probate file number to locate the probate records for an individual.
"Safe from the Sea," Peter Geye's first novel is set on the lakeshore of northern Minnesota. "Safe from the Sea" is the story of a son who returns home to reconnect with his estranged and dying father. Thirty-five years earlier, the tragic wreck of a Great Lakes ore boat divided them. Peter Geye will talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at the Kool Family Community Center, 200 W. Michigan Ave., in Battle Creek.
The Local and Family History Department of Willard Library is located in the Helen Warner Branch at 36 Minges Creek Place (off Beckley Road, just south of I-94). The hours are Mondays through Thursdays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, September through April, 1 p.m. to 5p.m.
“Delicious!” is the first fiction work by Ruth Reichl, who was restaurant critic for The New York Times and the last editor-in-chief of now defunct Gourmet magazine. Reichl draws from her Gourmet days for “Delicious,” which is about a young woman who leaves California to take a job at a food magazine in New York. Shortly after her arrival, the magazine folds, but she stays on to maintain the reader hotline. She discovers a girl’s letters to chef James Beard written during World War II, and the intriguing story unfolds. Ruth Reichl will talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 10, at the Binda Performing Arts Center, 450 North Ave., in Battle Creek.
The Local and Family History Department has extensive local historical resources including primary and secondary source materials that document the history of Battle Creek, with a secondary emphasis on Calhoun County and the state of Michigan. Limited information is also available for surrounding communities, and the mid-Atlantic, Eastern and North Central United States.
Items in this collection are not available for circulation, with the exception of manuals and guides. Some duplicate items are available in the non-fiction collection for circulation. Resources include:
Join us downtown or at the Helen Warner Branch for activities and materials for kids and teens. We have train sets, puzzles, coloring pages and more available in the Children's room everyday. The teen room features after school activities M-F from 2:30-5:00. Check out the links below to see more programs offered.