OPENING UPDATE: Governor eases library restrictions

Today, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order that allows libraries to open Monday, June 8, after being closed for COVID-19, subject to guidelines established in previous executive orders. 

Staff will return on-site next week to check-in materials that have been returned during the past three months, ready the facility, and prepare for contactless curbside service.  

We know that everyone is excited to return to the library, and so are we!  Our staff have worked hard on a phased reopening to the public, and we have appreciated your patience. We have missed seeing all of you and look forward to beginning by providing curbside service in the next few weeks,” Willard Library Director Cathy Lucas said.

We will continue to phase in services gradually following the opening of curbside service consistent with executive orders, OSHA standards, and public health guidelines. The health and safety of our guests and staff members is our highest priority so please expect some new procedures when the library reopens. 

Please watch here for updates. Anyone with questions may call 269-968-8166, ext. 513, orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



On Friday, Gov. Whitmer extended the closure of places of public accommodation, including libraries, through at least June 12 (E.O. 2020-100). While our buildings are closed and we are prohibited from entering the building or providing in-person services, Willard Library continues to provide digital materials via download, virtual reference services, resources, and many virtual programs. For details, explore our Facebook page or website! We miss you.

Today And Tomorrow: Battle Creek Views

Hearing from people who played a major role in Battle Creek's history will make this interview series an invaluable resource to those wanting to uncover Battle Creek's story. Jim Richmond, with his deep community knowledge, is the perfect moderator to lead this conversation about where we've been and where we're going.


  • June 3: John Harper, former City Commissioner, local entrepreneur, and lawyer
  • June 10: Steve Jessup, health tech entrepreneur, accountant, former chair of the Battle Creek Community Foundation
  • June 17: TBD
  • June 24: TBD

7 p.m.,
Live streaming on Willard's Facebook Page, You Tube, and

20-minute Qigong With Julie Kaminski

Tai chi instructor Julie Kaminski leads a simple, 20-minute practice to cultivate vital energy. Qigong is a Chinese system of breathing exercises, body postures and movements, and mental concentration, intended to maintain good health and control the flow of vital energy.

Mondays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29,
10 a.m.,
Live streaming on Willard's Facebook Page, You Tube, and

Stories at Sundown

Poetry, short stories, and excerpts from favorite books are on tap for Stories at Sundown, a story time for adults. Michael McCullough, Willard community engagement and local digital collection librarian, welcomes a different guest each week and invites you to sit back and relax as he reads at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Tuesdays, June 2, 9, 23, and 30, 
7:30 p.m.,
Willard Library's Facebook Page

20-minute Yoga with Amanda Wallace

This 20-minute, online yoga session will help you relax, become more centered and bring balance to your body, mind and soul. Certified instructor Amanda Wallace, of Yoga Everywhere, has been teaching since 2015.

Tuesdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30,
9 a.m.,
Live streaming on Willard's Facebook Page, You Tube, and

Yoga Flow with Meghan Luchies

Stress related to uncertainty, anticipation, and fear can wreak havoc on our health. A yoga practice can help you get grounded. Willard presents Meghan Luchies, a certified instructor with Essential Yoga, in a live-streaming yoga practice. She will guide participants through a basic flow, focusing on breathing and self-acceptance.

Mondays and Wednesdays,
May 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, and 27,
June 1,3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24, 29,
5:30 p.m.
Live streaming on Willard's Facebook Page, You Tube, and

Guided Meditation With Amanda Wallace

Certified instructor Amanda Wallace’s classes are designed to help you achieve a healthier state of mind and bring calm to your day. Wallace, of Yoga Everywhere, has been teaching since 2015.

Tuesdays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30,
9:30 a.m.,
Live streaming on Willard's Facebook Page, You Tube, and

Help available with digital services

While Willard Library is closed, help is available with the digital services. You may call 269-968-9166 or contact us through chat at the bottom right of the website during the library's regular hours:

  • Mondays through Thursdays: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.,
  • Fridays: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
  • Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Several options for downloading materials are available:

  • Hoopla: ebooks, audiobooks, comics, music, TV shows, and movies;
  • Libby: ebooks and audiobooks;
  • Overdrive: ebooks and audiobooks; 
  • RB Digital: dozens of magazines;
  • Freegal Music: Songs and albums for streaming or downloading;

Click here to learn more.