A devastating flu pandemic arrived and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end. The Traveling Symphony has dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band’s existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed.
“Delicious” by Ruth Reichl and “Safe from the Sea” by Peter Geye are the books chosen for Willard Library's 2016 Battle Creek Reads program.
Reichl, who finished at the top of the voting results, will talk on Thursday, March 10. Geye will discuss his book on Thursday, Jan. 14.
Although "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” by Gabrielle Zevin received the second-most votes, she is writing a new book for her loyal readers and is not making appearances.
A son returns home to reconnect with his estranged and dying father thirty-five years after the tragic wreck of a Great Lakes ore boat that the father only partially survived and that has divided them emotionally ever since. When his father for the first time finally tells the story of the horrific disaster he has carried with him so long, it leads the two men to reconsider each other.
Willard received almost 200 votes and over 1,100 checkouts for the Battle Creek Reads finalists. Willard is finalizing details for the authors to come to Battle Creek. Stay tuned for details.
Billie Breslin has traveled far from her home in California to take a job at Delicious!, New York’s most iconic food magazine. When Delicious! is abruptly shut down, Billie agrees to stay on in the empty office, maintaining the hotline for reader complaints in order to pay her bills. In a hidden room in the magazine’s library, Billie finds a cache of letters written during World War II by Lulu Swan to the legendary chef James Beard. Lulu’s letters provide Billie with a richer understanding of history, and a feeling of deep connection to the young writer whose courage in the face of hardship inspires Billie to comes to terms with her fears, her big sister and her ability to open her heart to love.
In 1911, Hiram Bingham III climbed into the Andes Mountains of Peru and “discovered” Machu Picchu. While history has recast Bingham as a villain who stole both priceless artifacts and credit for finding the great archeological site, Mark Adams set out to retrace the explorer’s perilous path in search of the truth—except he’d written about adventure far more than he’d actually lived it.
Battle Creek Reads finalists revealed
The five finalists for Battle Creek Reads are:
Stop by Willard Library or the Helen Warner Branch to pick up a copy of one or all of the books. Between Aug. 15 and Aug. 31, patrons will be able to vote on their favorite books to be selected as the 2016 Battle Creek Reads.
A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over--and see everything anew.
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.