Now you have even more to love about your Willard Library digital collection on hoopla. New hoopla Flex Borrows! In addition to the 10 hoopla Instant borrows you receive each month with your Willard Library card, you now will have 5 hoopla Flex borrows you can use on thousands of specially marked hoopla Flex eBooks and Audiobooks. Unlike the 10 hoopla Instant Borrows you receive each month, hoopla Flex Borrows don’t have any monthly expirations. Each hoopla Flex title you Borrow is available for 21 days and if you run out of Flex Borrows, you can just return a checked out Flex item and borrow another title. Don’t forget to check your holds on hoopla. Your holds will expire in 48 hours. You can Read, Watch, and Listen to more than 950,000 eBooks, audiobooks, comics, movies, music, or television titles that are available to stream or download. You can sign up for hoopla with your Willard Library card at hoopladigital.com and download the hoopla app from your app store. Have other questions about how this expanded version of hoopla works? Call our Digital Media Librarian, Stefan Jovanovich, at 269-968-8166, ex. 523.
Discover. Grow. Connect. These three words illustrate Willard Library’s purpose. They reflect not an outcome or final destination, but highlight a dynamic process — a journey — for realizing a better future. Discovery is the process of learning things about yourself and the world around you. It is the feeling you get when beginning an adventure. The uplift that comes from fueling your passion and finding your strength. The energy provided by exploring different ideas. Growth is powered by embracing new experiences. It is the courage to take the next step. The freedom found in learning new skills and developing new abilities. The confidence that comes from following your dreams to realize your full potential. Connection is all about relationships. It is the joy of meeting new people and making new friends. The spirit of letting your voice be heard to express yourself fully. It is being who you are while building a vibrant, caring community with others. Children are usually the quickest to recognize the magic at Willard Library. Eyes wide and smiles big, they are eager for stories, singing, art, and play. Early literacy is firmly established with frequent trips to the library. The Library is a place where teens can relax in a safe environment. They can engage in structured programming, do homework, work on projects with friends, all in space bursting with creativity. Adults and families can take classes, hear presentations, use the Creative Space, research anything under the sun, access the internet, find books to read and movies to watch, conduct meetings, study undisturbed, have a one-on-one with a helpful librarian, and much, much more. Willard Library is a place where imagination ever expands. It is your inspiration, your toolkit, your catalyst for reaching out and going beyond. Willard Library empowers you, your family, and your neighbors to create a proud, inspired Battle Creek. Matt Willis, Director
February 1st is the first day of Willard’s 21-Day Read Aloud Challenge. This challenge, sponsored by www.readaloud.org, encourages parents to read aloud to their children 15 minutes a day for 21 days straight. Reading aloud to your child fosters a love for reading, grows your child’s vocabulary, and improves comprehension.