Adult Summer Reading Program

This year’s Adult Summer Reading Program Oceans of Possibilities uses an app, ReadSquared, which is a fun and easy way to keep track of your summer reading. ReadSquared provides games and challenges to play between reads as well as the opportunity to create to-read lists and the ability to connect with other Willard Library readers.

ReadSquared Registration Directions

To sign-up, create an account here OR download the mobile READsquared App from your app store.

If using the app, select Willard Library from the drop-down menu:

  1. Select "Myself
  2. Select age from drop-down menu.
  3. After you have registered, stop by Willard Library or the Helen Warner Branch to pick up your prize for earning your first badge!

Every four days you read you earn 100 points. You receive one badge for every 100 points earned. Once you've earned enough points to collect 10 badges hopefully by Aug. 2, you'll receive a completion certificate that you may print and return to Willard Library or Helen Warner Branch no later than Aug. 5 to be entered in a grand-prize drawing.

What if I  prefer a paper summer reading log?

Stop by downtown or the Helen Warner Branch to pick up a paper summer reading log or you may download one here:
English
Spanish
Burmese

Take and Make Kits

Pick up a Take and Make Craft Bag from either library, watch the video, and then use the supplies to make your own craft

Travel Jewelry Tin
Pick up a Take and Make Craft Bag from the downtown library, watch the video, and then use the supplies to make your own craft.
Convert a hinged tin into a practical, velvet-lined travel container for your jewelry.  It's a convenient way to store your rings and earrings so they don't get lost in your travel bag or purse.
Tuesday, June 21: Kits available from both libraries while supplies last
Tuesday, July 5, 6 p.m: Video premiere on Willard's Facebook and YouTube channels

Reading Journal
Enjoy the adult summer reading program and learn about setting up a reading journal that can be used throughout the year. You may record your books, set goals, or rate the ones you've read.   
Tuesday, July 5: Kits available from both libraries while supplies last
Monday, July 18: Video premiere on Willard's Facebook and YouTube channels

Summer Gnomes
Gnomes seem to be everywhere right now; make your own adorable summer gnome with a felt flower hat.
Tuesday, July 19: Kits available from both libraries while supplies last
Monday, Aug. 1, 6 p.m.: Video premiere on Willard's Facebook and YouTube channels

Let's Talk About It

This virtual social service program, Let's Talk About It, strives to meet the needs of our community. Each month, Youth and Social Services Librarian Stephanie Boyd will explore a topic with a local organization that offers resources related to the issue.

First Thursday of the month,
July 7 and Aug. 4,
Video premiere on Willard's Facebook and YouTube channels

LBGTQ & A

Celebrate Battle Creek Pride and test your knowledge at the third annual LBGTQ & A, a live trivia game show featuring local residents competing for prizes. This evening is part of the 2022 Battle Creek Pride Week festivities.

Thursday, July 14, 6 p.m. ,
Miller-Stone Building, 77 Capital Ave. NE,
Assembly Room


Battle Creek Pride Festival

Join Willard Library and the entire community at Leila Arboretum for the 2022 Pride Festival, a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex culture and pride in Battle Creek. This annual event brings LGBTQ community members, LGBTQ businesses, allies, and organizations together to celebrate diversity, inclusion, and belonging. This year's festival includes local vendors, food trucks, live music, entertainment, giveaways and other fun.

Be sure to visit Willard Library's children's activities center with free books, games, and face painting.

Saturday, July 16, 1-7 p.m.,
Leila Arboretum Fantasy Forest

A Good Yarn: Knit and Crochet Club

Anyone interested in fiber crafts is invited to attend the weekly knitting and crochet clubs.  While working on their current projects, participants will share tips, patterns and get to know others in our community with this shared interest.

Wednesdays, 10 a.m.,
July 6, 13, 20, and 27,
Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31,
Downtown Creative Space

Creative Space Open Lab - Helen Warner Branch

Here's your chance to explore the brand new Joanne TenBrink Creative Space at the Helen Warner Branch during Open Lab. The area will be open for self-serve use or beginner orientations for the vinyl cutter, sewing machine, heat press, mug press, and photo box. The creative services librarian will be available to help during this time.

Tuesdays, 9-11 a.m., 
July 19, and 26, 
Aug. 9, 16, 23, and 30, 
Helen Warner Branch Joanne TenBrink Creative Space

Creative Space Open Lab - Downtown

Here's your chance to explore Willard's Creative Space. The area will be open for self-serve use or beginner orientations for the vinyl cutter, heat press, film scanner, and the recording booth. The creative services librarian will be available to help during this time.

Thursdays 9-11 a.m.,
July 14, 21, and 28,
Aug. 4, 11, 18, and 25,
Downtown Creative Space

Maker Mondays

Drop into the Creative Space to learn how to use the laser cutter on Monday afternoons. Each month will feature a different project.

May will feature laser etching into wood to make a personalized bookmark.   
July: GPS Coordinate Keychain
August: Leather Keychain

Mondays, 2-5 p.m., 
July 11, 18, and 25,
Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29,

Downtown Creative Space

Genealogy Cafe

Learn how to use Willard's genealogy digital resources such as city directories, newspapers, and yearbooks. Users also may learn how to get started using Ancestry Library Edition. Drop by the Information Desk between 2 and 3 p.m., and a librarian will assist you with these resources.

Tuesdays, Aug. 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2-3 p.m.,
Downtown Information Desk

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