Catherine Lucas


Libraries have been a significant part of my life, but Willard Library has always held a special place in my heart.

I remember coming to Willard as a child for story times, the summer reading program, and many children's events. I met my husband here when we were in high school.

Later in my career, I served as director of the NonProfit Alliance, which was housed at Willard and provided nonprofit management consulting. After returning to school for my master’s degree in library and information science, I joined Willard’s team as a reference librarian and later took on the role of Department Head of Reference and Local History Services. I became director in January 2020 after five years as assistant director. So all roads continually led me back to Willard!

I love both genealogy and research. I remember growing up and hearing family stories from my grandmother, who kept a treasure trove of notes and drawings. Over the years, those scraps of paper helped me piece together my own family history and inspired my passion to help others tell their family stories.

It has been exciting to watch Willard's rich digitized local history collection grow to include newspapers, yearbooks, probate records, and photo collections essential to families researching their local roots.

I am a proud Bearcat, Albion College Briton, Michigan Wolverine, and University of Illinois Fighting Illini.

Helping others find the answers and information that make a difference in their lives has always excited me. I am grateful that Willard Library has been my workplace home since 1995. I am a native of Battle Creek and am excited to be able to continue to reside in and serve the community. 

My hobbies include reading; travel, especially visiting nieces and nephews; cooking; music; and genealogy.

I hope you’ll stop by Willard so we can meet you and help you find what you’re looking for!