Healing Together: Community, Connection, and Fellowship

The tragic events unfolding in Myanmar are extremely difficult to witness. Whether from watching news reports or hearing from friends and family about the tragedies, many are experiencing feelings of anger, helplessness, anxiety, and loss.

Take part in a virtual, supportive discussion with presenters Dr. Than Oo, M.D.; Psychotherapist Shoni Newhouse, LPC; and Willard Library’s staff member Tluang Mawi.

Everyone is welcome to post questions and comments on Facebook or YouTube as the live, virtual program airs.

All ages are encouraged to participate in the free program, which will be conducted in the Burmese language.

Wednesday, April 28, 7 p.m.,
Live streaming on Willard's Facebook Page, YouTube, Twitter, and WillardLibrary.org


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.

Magnetic Poster Hanger
This versatile magnetic poster hanger is the perfect home decor piece. It makes changing seasonal messages easy. It also provides a place for the kids’ or grandkids’ most recent artwork.  You can print off your favorite inspirational quote to display or use it for daily affirmations.  So many options! Create this look by simply gluing magnets between two bamboo strips of wood and attaching your choice of string, beads and tassels to the top. 
Tuesday, April 6: Kits available,
Monday, April 19, 6 p.m.: Video premieres on Willard’s Facebook and YouTube channels

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Car Diffuser
Create your own adorable diffuser with this kit and clip it in your car or around your workplace. The kit contains enough supplies to make one large diffuser or two small ones. We will arrange lava stones, white jade gemstones, and a tassel and attach it to a clip. A small vial of an energizing essential oil blend will be provided with the supplies. 

Tuesday, April 20: Kits available while supplies last
Monday, May 3, 6 p.m.: Video premieres on Willard’s Facebook and YouTube channels

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Resin Bookmark
If you love glitter and reading, this craft is perfect for you. You can easily make an entry-level resin craft with supplies from this kit. A reusable bookmark mold, glitter, and tassels are included. The final product is a crystal-clear bookmark decorated with beautiful glitter. Use as much or as little glitter as you like.

Tuesday, May 4: Kits available while supplies last
Monday, May 17, 6 p.m.: Video premieres on Willard’s Facebook and YouTube channels

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Tic-tac-toe Bag
Use beautiful, patterned heat-transfer vinyl to make this tic-tac-toe travel bag. Use it as a gift or throw it in your go-bag or car for those screen-free, downtime moments. Glass gems will be provided with the kit and can be easily stored in the bag.  
Tuesday, May 18: Kits available
Monday, May 31, 6 p.m.: Video premieres on Willard’s Facebook and YouTube channels

NEW DATE! Battle Creek Reads Author Talk

The virtual program with Etaf Rum, author of "A Woman is No Man," has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. Technical problems prevented the author from joining the April 13 discussion.

Hear Etaf talk about her novel, which is one of two 2021 Battle Creek Reads selections. The story is about three generations of Palestinian American women tied to their Arab culture and comforted during times of violence while struggling with their individuality.

The book is available in:

  • Print
  • CD book
  • Hoopla ebook and audiobook
  • Libby ebook and audiobook
  • Overdrive ebook and audiobook

Thursday, April 22, 6:30 p.m.,
Streaming live on Willard's Facebook Page, You Tube, Twitter, and website



DIY With Beth

Each month, DIY expert Beth Williamson presents a new project to take something old and turn it into something new.

Rope Basket
What's better than an attractive rope basket in which you can store whatever your heart desires? Why, making it yourself in the custom colors of your choice, of course!  

Wednesday, April 14, 7 p.m.,
Video premieres on Willard’s Facebook and YouTube channels


Drawer Decor
Let's show those dresser drawers some love and make them pop! You'll love their new look so much you just might want to leave them open.
 
Wednesday, May 12, 7 p.m.,
Video premieres on Willard’s Facebook and YouTube channels

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.,
Upcoming guests:

  • April 12: George Franklin, former Kellogg executive and author,
  • April 26: Willard Reference Librarian Jade Woodridge. She coordinates the Book Club in a Bag and Battle Creek Reads programs. In addition, she orders fiction for Willard.
  • May 3: Justin Andert, program manager at Second Muse, a community-sourced entrepreneur incubator,
  • May 10: Jose Luis Orozco Jr., executive director of Voces,
  • May 17: T.R. Shaw, author, CEO of Shaw Communications, and longtime community volunteer,

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

Neaten Your Nest with Michele Vig

Spring is here and many people use this time to do a little decluttering around their homes, but why stop there? Michele Vig, author of "The Guide to Holistic Decluttering" and founder of Neat Little Nest, will take you beyond spring-cleaning to the deeper side of decluttering. Using the methods discussed in her book, Michele will teach viewers how they can begin to declutter many aspects of their lives to bring a deeper and more fulfilling meaning to this common annual chore.

Tuesday, April 20, 6 p.m.,
Live streaming on Willard's Facebook Page, YouTube, Twitter, and WillardLibrary.org

Click here to view or download the program's handouts.

Introduction to Tai Chi With Julie Kaminski

Tai Chi instructor Julie Kaminski, of Senior Health Partners, returns to lead viewers through a simple, 30-minute tai chi practice while gradually introducing them to 21 forms of Sun Style Tai Chi. It is an activity that people of all ages and abilities can participate in and benefit from.

Thursdays, April 22 and 29, and May 6, 13, 20, and 27, 10 a.m.,
Live streaming on Willard's Facebook Page, YouTube, Twitter, and WillardLibrary.org


Peeks into the Past: Tales of Battle Creek

Take a tour of Battle Creek's past with local historians and preservationists in this monthly program. Drawing on Willard Library's archives and other resources, local stewards of our historic heritage will bring our city's history to life with vintage photographs and conversation.

Monday, April 19: Warren B. Shepard's house on Riverside Drive has been empty for decades, but local businessman Hans Stark is breathing new life into the home of Battle Creek's first teacher. We'll talk about the history of the "Shepard house" and the long-running efforts to preserve this relic of Battle Creek's earliest days.

Monday, May 24: To be determined:

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