Evening, Saturday Hours Expanded

Evening and Saturday hours for in-person visits at Willard Library have been expanded.The new, temporary hours for Willard downtown and the Helen Warner Branch will be:

Open to guests:

  • Monday through Thursday noon to 8 p.m. 
  • Friday noon to 6 p.m. 
  • Saturday 1-5 p.m. 

Curbside service:

  • Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to noon 

The current library mask guidelines are consistent with the CDC guidelines, which say masks must be worn inside public buildings except for people who:

  • Are fully vaccinated 
  • Are younger than 2 years old 
  • Cannot medically tolerate a face mask 
  • Are asked to temporarily remove a face mask for identification purposes 
  • Are communicating with someone who is deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing and whose ability to see the mouth is essential to communication.


Adult Summer Reading Program

Willard’s Adult Summer Reading Program encourages everyone to read anything—books, magazines, ebooks, audiobooks, or newspapers.

For each day, you read or complete a challenge mark off a picture. When you have marked off all 60 items, bring your card to either library before Aug. 13, and you will be entered in a drawing to win gift cards to local restaurants and businesses.

Click here to download the form in English or Spanish

DIY With Beth

Do you have a household item that needs a little love? A project you've read about but have yet to tackle? Let's do it together. Beth Williamson shows how to make your house a home, take that drab piece or area, and make it fab.

June: Embroidery Hoop Terrarium
Love plants, but don't want to worry about caring for them? Beth has the perfect project for you this month! The best part? It's made from artificial succulents. No muss, no fuss. So fab!
Wednesday, June 16
7 p.m.,

Video premieres on Willard’s Facebook and YouTube channels

Coming soon: July 21

Take and Make

Pick up a Take and Make Craft Bag from either library, watch the videos, and then use the supplies to make your own craft. Kits available from both libraries on the designated day while supplies last. Videos premiere on Willard’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

Michigan Keychain
Apply precut vinyl to a 3-inch clear acrylic disc to create a Michigan keychain. Attach it to your favorite bag to show your love for our state.
Tuesday, June 1: Kits available
Monday, June 14, 6 p.m.: Video premieres on Willard’s Facebook and YouTube channels

Sunglasses Bag
Summer is finally here. Keep those shades handy and protected with this sunglass bag project. Decorate the bag with heat transfer vinyl.  A “hello sunshine” iron-on decal is included.
Tuesday, June 15: Kits available
Monday, June 28, 6 p.m.: Video premiere

Bite Relief Stick
Soothe those bug bites with a homemade bite relief stick containing a chamomile-infused coconut oil, beeswax, and a comforting essential oil blend.
Tuesday, June 29: Kits available
Monday, July 12, 6 p.m.: Video premiere

Cooling Spray
Cool down from the summer heat with this DIY cooling spray. Keep this small glass spray bottle with you on warm days. Simply spray around the neck or feet for an instant cooling effect. Keep the bottle and the refill liquid in the fridge for extra coolness.
Tuesday, July 13: Kits available
Monday, July 26, 6 p.m.: Video premiere

Wooden Photo Clipboard
The wooden photo clipboard takes multiple steps to complete, but the final project is beautiful. We will stain the wood and then apply paint using a precut “this is us” vinyl stencil.
Tuesday, July 27: Kits available
Monday, Aug. 9, 6 p.m.: Video premiere

Hair Scrunchies
Style your hair with new DIY scrunchies. Use a no-sew method to make one of these cute and trendy accessories.  
Tuesday, Aug. 10: Kits available
Monday, Aug. 23, 6 p.m.: Video premiere

Why Family Historians Need to Tell Their Stories

In this TED-style talk, storyteller and amateur nature photographer Laura Hedgecock will illustrate (literally and figuratively) the importance of family stories in genealogy and how stories can connect us to people we never had a chance to know. She also will share tips on connecting future generations with their ancestors through stories.

Tuesday, June 22, 6 p.m.,
Live streaming on Willard's Facebook Page, YouTube, Twitter, and WillardLibrary.org

Illustration of two women cardio drumming

Cardio Drumming with Ambitions Nutrition

Can we get a drum roll please? Be a part of Willard’s first in-person fitness program this year. Amanda Hammock, owner of Ambitions Nutrition, will lead participants through a one-hour beginner’s cardio drumming session. Drumsticks, yoga balls, and buckets will be supplied.

Wednesday, June 23, 6 p.m.
Helen Warner Branch Parking Lot
Please click here to register as space is limited

Stories at Sundown

Willard’s talk show, Stories at Sundown, shines a light on people who make a difference in our community. Host Michael McCullough, Willard community engagement and local digital collection librarian, interviews guests about authors, books, films, and other work relevant to our times.

Mondays, 7 p.m.,
June 7, 14, and 21; July 12 and 19; Aug. 2, 9, and 16, 7 p.m.,
Live streaming on Willard's Facebook Page, YouTube, Twitter, and WillardLibrary.org


Peeks into the Past: Tales of Battle Creek

Take a tour with local historians and learn the stories behind some of Battle Creek's most notable historic landmarks. Peeks into the Past is a monthly, live conversation during which viewers can ask questions or share their own tales of Battle Creek.

The June program will focus on Aviation Pioneers in Battle Creek. 

Mondays, June 28, July 26, Aug. 23,
7 p.m, 

Live streaming on Willard's Facebook Page, YouTube, Twitter, and WillardLibrary.org

Summer Yoga Flow with Meghan Luchies

Regular yoga practice offers many benefits for both your mental and physical health. No matter what goals you have set for yourself this season, finding a simple exercise routine, working to improve your health, or allowing time for reflection or relaxation, yoga has something to offer everyone. Join Certified Yoga Instructor, Meghan Luchies, as she guides viewers through a weekly one-hour yoga flow session.

To continue the Summer Reading Program theme, “Tails and Tales,” Meghan’s dog, Happy, a Coton de Tulear, may join some of the yoga classes.

Wednesdays, 6 p.m.,
July 7, 14, 21, and 28,
Aug. 4, 11, 18, and 25,
Live streaming on Willard's Facebook Page, YouTube, Twitter, and WillardLibrary.org

Beekeeper Don Snoeyink and some of  his bees

The Amazing Life of the Honey Bee

Don Snoeyink, owner of Thornapple Woodlands in Grand Rapids, will present a hands-on honeybee seminar. Participants will learn about the three types of bees in a hive and their respective roles; understand how bees find nectar, process it into honey and how honey is harvested; learn the nutritious and medicinal qualities of honey; and discover uses for beeswax. He also will answer questions.  In addition, participants will view honey bees safely in an observation hive, make a hand-rolled beeswax candle to take home, and taste honey from a beehive. This is a family-friendly program for all ages.

Friday, Aug 6, 11 a.m.
Helen Warner Branch Amphitheater
Please click here to register at as space is limited