Each month, our social services information librarian, Stephanie Boyd, invites a local organization to discuss the resources they offer and the services they provide. Tune in every first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. on our YouTube channel or Facebook page to watch the live video premiere. You can also view our playlist of every Let’s Talk About It video on our YouTube page. Click here to view the Let’s Talk About It playlist.
FOR KIDS: We Are… A Black History Series for KidsThere is so much to learn about Black History beyond slavery and the civil rights movement. Let’s explore the resilience and creativity of Black people throughout the years. We Are… Innovators:Learn about the integral inventions created by African Americans. What is the difference between an entrepreneur and an inventor? You’ll then get a chance to produce your very own invention with provided materials. Monday, Feb. 5, 6 p.m.Downtown Programming Room We Are… Creators:Stand on the shoulders of local Black authors. Authors will have a short discussion about their writing process, and learn more about self publishing a book. The featured authors will facilitate a writing workshop. Monday, Feb. 12, 6 p.m.Downtown Programming Room We Are… Influencers:Learn interesting facts about local African American leaders past and present that have had an impact on our community. Go on a scavenger hunt, and win an awesome prize. Monday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m.Downtown Programming Room Stories in Black: Highlighting Black Joy In honor of Black History Month, we have collaborated with prominent African American community leaders to read children’s books highlighting Black joy. Tune in every Tuesday night to Willard Library’s Facebook and YouTube channels during the month of February to hear an amazing story and learn more about our local Black leaders and how reading has impacted their lives. Tuesdays, 6 p.m.Feb. 6, 13, 20, and 27Video premiere FOR ADULTS: Battle Creek Did Not Burn: An Oral History Project The Battle Creek Coalition for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation will host a screening of “Battle Creek Did Not Burn.” The project, aimed at rediscovering Battle Creek’s untold stories during the Civil Rights movement, was made possible by generous funding from the Binda Foundation. Join us for an engaging presentation of the film, as well as images and historical information, during this interactive event. Dive into the resilient narratives of the city’s past and come together to learn, reflect, and celebrate the strength that shaped Battle Creek during this transformative era. Saturday, Feb. 10, 1-3 p.m.Downtown Programming Room African American Celebration: A’Lelia Bundles Explores the Legacy of Madam C.J. Walker Join us for an inspiring evening with A’Lelia Bundles, author of Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker. Discover the remarkable journey of Madam C.J. Walker, who transformed her life by creating a revolutionary hair care formula for Black women. Bundles, Walker’s […]
Are you up for a challenge? We have a winter reading challenge for Babies & Toddlers, K-12 Grades, and Adults available. Pick up a reading log from the downtown children’s room, information desk, or the Helen Warner Branch starting February 1st. For babies, toddlers, children, and teens, read for at least 21 days during the month of February and track your progress on your log. When you complete the challenge, return the reading log to either library location by Friday, March 1st for a cool prize. Download the Babies & Toddlers or K-12 log below. Babies & Toddlers or K-12 For adults, for every book you read, fill in the title and author on your bookmark. Read 5 books and return your completed bookmark to either location by March 30 to be entered to win a prize! Download the adult winter reading bookmark here.