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