Downtown Library Open for In-person Visits

Willard Library downtown, 7 W. Van Buren St., is now open to in-person visits Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m.

“We missed our visitors, and are excited to be able to re-open the downtown library to guests,” said Cathy Lucas, library director. “We appreciate your patience and understanding as we make everyone’s health and safety our top priority during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

As was the case previously, guests will be allowed one hour per day in the library. At this time, services include public computers, information assistance, browsing, materials checkout, printing, copying, scanning, and faxing.

Upon entry, guests must wear masks, which cover their noses and mouths, and will be given time-stamp stickers to display on their shoulders showing when their time ends.

In addition, the downtown library will continue to offer curbside service Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Helen Warner Branch, 36 Minges Creek Place, will continue to offer curbside service only Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

“The branch continues to be closed to ensure we can maintain the staffing levels needed to keep the downtown library open,” Lucas said. “If a staff member tests positive for the virus, those staff members who worked closely with him or her must quarantine for 10 days.”

How to use curbside pickup service

While in-person visits are not allowed, contactless curbside service is available for holds pickup, faxing, and printing at both libraries. Please remain in your vehicle to receive this service. We ask guests to wear masks while we are assisting them.

To reserve books, audiobooks, or DVDs, holds may be placed via:

After you receive a phone call, email, or text telling you that your holds are available you may visit the library you use.

At the downtown library, 7 W. Van Buren St.:

If you have a cell phone, the signs ask you to call 269-968-8166, ext. 512, for holds pickup and faxing. If you need to print, please call the same number and ask for ext. 513.

The parking spots in front of the library are labeled 1, 2, and 3. When you call we will ask what number spot you are parked in, your name, and look up your account. After we verify your information and what holds are available, we will check them out to you. We ask that you roll down the rear window of your vehicle so we may place a bag with your holds in the back seat. 

If you do not have a cell phone, you may call to schedule a pickup time or call us when you are leaving your home. Also, we watch for people in vehicles who have not been helped and visit the vehicle.

People who do not arrive by vehicles may go to the library’s front entrance and call the phone number on the sign and ask for the appropriate extension. Library staff will place a bag with your items on a cart outside the front door. Please make sure your name is on the receipt stapled to the outside of the bag. Please do not approach the cart until library staff have re-entered the library.

At the Helen Warner Branch, 36 Minges Creek Place:

The procedure is similar. The phone number is still 269-968-8166, but the extension is 600 for holds, printing, and faxing. 

To pick up holds, please pull under the front entrance overhang and call the number on the sign. If you do not have a cell phone, please park in spot No. 1 or No. 2, and we will be out to help you. 

If you would like to print or fax, please park in spot No. 1 or No. 2 as this service takes a bit longer than holds pickup. Please call the phone number on the sign and ask for ext. 600. Then, we will then be out to assist you.

If you do not have a cell phone, please wait in your vehicle, and we will be out to assist you.  If you walked, we will be out  to help you.

Additional information:

Only cash payment is accepted for printing and faxing.

Printing

Two options:

  • Use your phone to get on the library’s Wi-Fi (willard) and send it to the “willard wireless printer”
  • Email it to us
    • Downtown: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Helen Warner Branch: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cost

  • 10 cents per black and white page
  • 25 cents per color page

Faxing

  • $1 per page, no charge for cover sheet

Yoga to Boost the Immune System with Meghan Luchies

Regular yoga practice can help strengthen your body's vital organs and reduce stress on your body that may weaken your immune system. Join certified yoga instructor Meghan Luchies as she guides viewers through simple yoga flows that can help boost the immune system.

Wednesdays, Jan. 6, 13, 20, and 27,
Feb. 3, 10, 17, and 24,
6 p.m.,
Live streaming will be on Willard’s Facebook Page, YouTube, Twitter, and willardlibrary.org

African American Celebration With Motherland African Dishes

Motherland Cultural Connections will take participants on an exciting journey to Africa through interactive culinary experiences. Motherland’s vision is to bridge the cultural divide between Africans and the rest of the world.

Motherland Cultural Connections will present an interactive cooking experience. Attendees will virtually hang out in the kitchen to learn step by step how to make traditional African dishes as well as the culture and history behind them. This class will feature Yassa Chicken, which is a popular Senegalese and Gambian dish, and Goat Pepper Soup. Click here to get the recipes.

Dry ingredients kits for the recipes may be picked up at either library after Monday, Feb. 8, while supplies last

Friday, Feb. 12, 6 p.m.
Please click here to register to receive details on accessing the virtual program

African American Celebration With Motherland House Concert

Motherland Cultural Connections will take participants on an exciting journey to Africa through an interactive musical experience. Motherland’s vision is to bridge the cultural divide between Africans and the rest of the world.

The concert will be virtual and interactive and include traditional African beats, poems, and stories from multiples artists from several countries in Africa.

Friday, Feb. 26, 6 p.m.
Click here to register to receive details on accessing the virtual program

Windowsill Gardening with Joannée DeBruhl

Microgreens and sprouts are easy to grow and perfect to grow in a window. Joannée DeBruhl, who is passionate about organic farming, will show how to set up a windowsill garden so you can grow some tasty greens in just one to two weeks.

Pick up a Garden in a Bag kit from either library while supplies last, and watch the live program to learn how to start your garden.

The bag will contain black oil sunflower seeds, soil, and printed instructions. Participants will also need three small shallow containers (like plastic or plastic foam egg carton tops or plastic to-go containers) and a windowsill wide enough to hold the container, or a counter or table near a window. The temperature needs to be at least 60 degrees or warmer.

Tuesday, Feb. 16, 6 p.m.,
Live streaming on Willard's Facebook Page, YouTube, Twitter, and WillardLibrary.org