Stories at Sundown: Mosiac Storytelling Returns

A good story is not from memory, but from the heart. On the next "Stories at Sundown," Michael “Mac” McCullough’s guests will be two masters of the craft, Dick Strader and Nicole Mullis. We'll share our plans to bring back the Mosaic Storytelling Showcase series in the new year.

Monday, Jan. 24, 7 p.m.,
Live streaming on Willard's Facebook Page, YouTube, and

Burmese Author Interview: Aung Way

Burmese author and publisher Aung Way will discuss his life, his career in the world of literature, and his activism work for the Burmese community in an informal interview conducted in the Burmese language. The longtime political activist has published more than 38 books of poetry and essays and is best known for his poem “A Purple Wild Horse.” Aung came to the United States in 2008 and now resides in Lansing.

Thursday, Jan. 27, 6 p.m.,
Live streaming on Willard's Facebook Page, YouTube channel, and

‘Sisters in Arms’ With Kaia Alderson

This year’s African American Celebration will feature Kaia Alderson, author of “Sisters in Arms.” In the virtual presentation, Kaia will share her research and inspiration for her debut novel, answer questions, and do a short reading. Her novel reveals the untold story of the Six Triple Eight, the only all-Black battalion of the Women’s Army Corps, which made a dangerous voyage to Europe to ensure American service members received word from their loved ones during World War II. Kaia has a passion for discovering “hidden figures” in African American women’s history.

Wednesday, Feb. 23, 6 p.m.,
Live streaming on Willard's Facebook Page, YouTube, and

Operation Spring Cleaning: Organizing Your Genealogy Stuff

Everything is perfectly organized, said no genealogist ever! Megan Heyl will offer tips to organize the genealogical “stuff” you have collected from photos, paper, to paraphernalia. She will discuss what to keep and what to toss. In addition, she will share methods for digital organization.  
Thursday, Feb. 17, 6 p.m.,
Live streaming on Willard's Facebook Page, YouTube, and

Battle Creek Reads 2022: ‘The Book of Harlan’

“The Book of Harlan” by Bernice L. McFadden is Willard Library’s 2022 Battle Creek Reads book. In its 17th year, the program encourages the entire community to read one book and then hear the author talk. McFadden will speak about the book on April 21 at 6:30 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriot. The  novel centers on Harlan, an African American musician during the 1940s, as he travels to Paris during World War II and is held in an internment camp during the Nazi occupation. Click here to read more.

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.

Boho Yarn Decor
This trending wall item adds a positive self-affirmation to your home decor and has a variety of design options. Leave the yarn tassels long or short, asymmetrical or rounded. The "Have Courage" iron-on decal is optional and available in Burmese and Spanish.  
Tuesday, Jan. 18: Kits available,
Monday, Jan. 31, 6 p.m.: Video premiere on Willard's Facebook and YouTube channels

Macrame Magnet
Make a pretty macrame magnet for your fridge. We will use macrame cord to tie a lark's knot, which we learned for a previous craft, and learn a double, half-hitch knot to complete a three-row semi-circle. Then, glue a magnet on the backside to display it on your fridge.  
Tuesday, Feb. 1: Kits available from both libraries while supplies last
Monday, Feb. 14, 6 p.m.: Video premiere on Willard's Facebook and YouTube channels

Oriole Feeder
Be ready for the return of orioles in the next couple of months. This stringed platform provides a nice spot to display orange slices and the jar is perfect for holding orioles’ favorite grape jelly. While you wait for spring, you may fill the feeder with wild bird feed for wintering birds.   
Tuesday, Feb. 15: Kits available from both libraries while supplies last
Monday, Feb. 28, 6 p.m. : Video premiere on Willard's Facebook and YouTube channels


CANCELED: A Good Yarn: Knit and Crochet Club

Due to COVID, the Knit and Crochet Club has been canceled through the end of January.

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.

Please note: The Knit and Crochet Club is limited to the first 10 people who arrive.

Wednesdays, 10 a.m., 
Jan. 5, 12, 19, 26,
Downtown Creative Space, 

Sundays, 1 p.m., 
Jan. 9, 23, 30,
Helen Warner Branch

CANCELED: Maker Mondays: Genealogy Binder

Due to COVID, Maker Mondays have been canceled through the end of January.

Drop into the Creative Space downtown to learn about the new equipment and resources on Monday afternoons. Each month features a different project.
The January project will be using the vinyl cutter to create a personalized family tree research binder. Each binder contains printouts from to help with the research process. In addition, library staff will be available to answer questions about using library resources for family research.

Mondays, Jan. 3, 10, 24, and 31,
2-5 p.m.,

Downtown Creative Space