Oceans of Possibilities Summer Reading Program

To encourage everyone to read Willard Library offers four summer reading programs for all ages. Reading logs and bingo cards may be picked up from both libraries. Youngsters may turn in their completed logs and bingo cards to either library by Aug. 12 to be entered into a grand-prize drawing for a $100 Visa gift card in all age groups.

Babies and Toddlers
Parents may do activities that support literacy with those from birth through 4 years to complete squares on bingo cards. Three prizes may be received throughout the game.

School Age
Those going into kindergarten through fourth grade are encouraged to read daily and check off pictures on the log. Books, magazines, even comics, count toward this goal. Three prizes may be earned throughout the game.

By completing squares on a bingo card, those going into fifth through 12th grades may receive an amazing completion prize just right for taking to the beach!

Adults Summer Reading Goes Digital
This year’s Adult Summer Reading Program uses an app, ReadSquared, which is a fun and easy way to keep track of 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, download the mobile READsquared App and create an account. READsquared also may be used online here.

After you have registered, stop by Willard Library or the Helen Warner Branch to pick up a 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 drawing for one of three grand prizes.

What if I prefer a paper summer reading log?
Stop by the checkout desk at Willard Library or the Helen Warner Branch to pick up a paper summer reading log.

Super Tuesday: Air Zoo

Learn more about the ocean with staff members from the Air Zoo! Explore a variety of sea creatures, who call the ocean home; experiment with buoyancy and locomotion techniques; and create a marine critter to take home. Also, learn about the Earth’s limited water resources and how to protect these resources as we find out just how important the oceans are for our future. This program is geared for school-age children and their families.

Tuesday, July 12, 10 a.m.,
Helen Warner Branch,
Dean O. Barnum Amphitheater,

Tuesday, July 12, 6:30 p.m.,
Downtown Programming Room,

Day cares and camps with six or more children must register for this program by calling 269-968-8166, ext. 518.

Read With Friends

This family program allows parents and children to sit back and be swept away by a new book. A member of the Youth Services staff will read the first few chapters of the book on video then families may finish reading the book at home. The program is geared for students in grades three through five.

The books will be available at Downtown Children's Room or the Helen Warner Branch while supplies last. In addition, both books are available for free downloading or streaming through Willard’s digital app, Libby.

“Song for a Whale” by Lynne Kelly
This is a story of a deaf girl's connection to a whale whose song can't be heard by his species, and the journey she takes to help him.
Friday, July 15: Book available for pickup,
Friday, July 22, 2 p.m.: Video premiere on Willard's Facebook and YouTube channels

Cameron Zvara: Comedy Magician and Entertainer

Enjoy an evening of fun with comedy magician and entertainer Cameron Zvara. Cameron’s show is filled with mind-blowing magic, comedy, juggling, music, and tons of audience participation. A Willard Library favorite, he will have audiences of all ages roaring with laughter.

Tuesday, July 19, 5 p.m.,
Helen Warner Branch

Wee Ones' Summer Fun

Wee Ones returns for the summer. Visit the library and enjoy seeing your child play with other babies and toddlers.

Thursday, July 21, 10 a.m.,
Downtown Programming Room

Movie Night at Willard Library

The Making Waves Mondays series concludes with showing a special ocean-themed movie. Families are welcome to bring snacks to enjoy during the movie.

Here are some clues to guess the movie:

  • The characters visit the Italian Riviera
  • Two best friends go on a fun adventure, but the fun is threatened by a big secret
  • The movie premiered in 2021 and is rated PG.

Monday, July 25, 6 p.m.,
Willard Programming Room

Super Tuesday: Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary

Get up-close and personal with several reptile species from the Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary in Athens. Don’t miss this opportunity to see and learn about these unique animals that live right here in Michigan!

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 10 a.m.,
Helen Warner Branch,
Dean O. Barnum Amphitheater

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 6:30 p.m.,
Downtown Programming Room,

Day cares and camps with six or more children must register for this program by calling 269-968-8166, ext. 518.