Watch a Live Butterfly Metamorphosis

Willard Library is live streaming the amazing metamorphosis from caterpillar to Painted Lady Butterfly.

Willard downtown and the Helen Warner Branch both have caterpillars, and they may be watched anytime. To witness this exciting transformation, click on the location you wish to watch:

Helen Warner Branch or

Downtown library

Watch as the caterpillars eat the concentrated food at the bottom of the cups. As they eat, they crawl, spin silk, and grow to many times their original sizes.

Within 5-10 days, the caterpillars will make the fascinating change into chrysalises.

Then, chrysalsies will be moved into a habitat, where in 7-10 more days metamorphosis occurs, and they become Painted Lady Butterflies!

And, eventually we will release them outside!

Several farm animals watching a pig read a book

Tails and Tales Summer Reading Program

Willard’s 2021 Summer Reading Program, Tails and Tales, promotes the joys of reading. Reading logs may be picked up at either library. As an incentive, children from birth to this fall’s fourth graders may earn prizes for reading or being read to. Prizes will be available after every 20 days of reading. Participants may claim their prizes through curbside service or in person at either library. Participants who read a total of 60 days and turn in their logs in by Aug. 13 will be entered into a grand-prize drawing for a gift certificate to a local business.

Click here to download the form in English or Spanish.

  • Monday, June 7: Reading begins
  • Friday, June 25: Prize one available for 20 days of reading
  • Friday, July 16: Prize two available for a total of 40 days of reading
  • Friday, Aug. 6: Prize three available for a total of 60 days of reading
  • Friday, Aug. 13: Last day to claim prizes and be entered in grand-prize drawing

Read With Friends

This family program allows you to sit back and be swept away by a new book each week. Youth Services staff members will read the first few chapters of a book aloud, and then families may finish reading the book.

Each month’s book bundle will be available for pick up at the beginning of the month at both libraries while supplies last. In addition, each book is also available for downloading or streaming on Hoopla and/or Libby.

Tuesdays 11 a.m.
*Video premiere

  • June 15: “Saving Winslow” by Sharon Creech
  • June 22: “The Secret Zoo” by Bryan Chick
  • June 29: “The Wild Robot” by Peter Brown
  • July 13: “Monster and Boy” by Hannah Barnaby
  • July 20:  “From the Desk of Zoe Washington” by Janae Marks
  • July 27: “Emmy and the Incredible Shrinking Rat” by Lynne Jonell
  • Aug. 3: “Monsters and Mold” by Asia Citro

We're sorry, the June Read With Friends bundles are gone

July bundles will be available Thursday, July 1, while supplies last

August bundles will be available Monday, Aug. 2, while supplies last

Plastic frogs are in a bin of marbles

Little Explorers: Feeling Froggy Sensory Bags

Sensory bins and sensory bags create experiences for little ones to explore new materials and concepts safely. Miss Chelsea will show viewers how to create a froggy-filled sensory bin or sensory bag using the materials provided in the June Little Explorers on the Go Bags.

Thursday, June 17, 11 a.m.,
Video premieres on Willard’s Facebook and YouTube channels

The cover of the book "Bear Sees Colors" with a bear

Little Explorers: It's a Colorful World

Babies and preschoolers may create a world of color any way they wish during this fun story time. They will hear the book “Bear Sees Colors” by Karma Wilson and then paint using the smush no-mess method or if you’re feeling adventurous let the youngsters go all in and embrace the chaos with finger paints. Materials will be in the June Little Explorers on the Go bags.

Thursday, June 24, 11 a.m.,
Video premieres on Willard’s Facebook and YouTube channels

A toy pig surrounded by straws, flat sticks, string, and counting cubes

The Three Little Pigs STEAM Edition

Many of us have heard the fairy tale "The Three Little Pigs," but have you ever tried to build a house? Join Miss Chelsea and Miss Tynisha as they try to figure out which material is the best to design a miniature house. Will it be straws, sticks, or counting cubes? Use the materials from the June STEAM Grab 'n' Go Kit to find out for yourself.

Wednesday, June 23, 11 a.m.,
Video premieres on Willard’s Facebook and YouTube channels

An open pizza box with foil on the lid and  a somre inside the box surrounded by campig books

STEAM: Make a Solar Oven, and Bake a Snack

First, we'll show you how to make a solar oven using STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, And Mathematics) knowledge. Then, we’ll harness the energy from the sun and make a yummy snack. Discover the world of solar energy and all the things you can cook with your new, environmentally friendly oven. Supplies for this program are available in the June STEAM Grab ’n’ Go Bags.

Wednesday, June 30 a.m., 11 a.m.,
Video premieres on Willard’s Facebook and YouTube channels

Little Explorers on the Go Bags

This summer, the library’s youngest guests may now have the full Grab 'n' Go Bag experience with the Little Explorers on the Go Bags. Each bag contains activities that supplement the virtual programs on Thursdays at 11 a.m. The programs are geared to those from birth through 4 years.

Bags will be available at both libraries on the first of each month while supplies last:

Summer STEAM Grab 'n' Go Kits

The summer Grab 'n' Go Kits are jam-packed with activities to supplement the virtual STEAM programs on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Each program has a coordinating activity that provides a way to deepen children's understandings of science, math, and art. These kits are geared for those going into kindergarten through fourth grade.

At the beginning of each month, kits will be available from both libraries while supplies last.

We're sorry, the June STEAM kits are gone

July kits will be available Thursday, July 1, while supplies last

August kits will be available Monday, Aug. 2, while supplies last

Little Explorers: ‘Plant the Tiny Seed’: A Bilingual Story Time

During this interactive, bilingual story time, youngsters will enjoy hearing the book, "Plant the Tiny Seed" by Christie Matheson, and act out the story. This is a cute tale about planting a seed and how the magic of nature makes it grow into a flower. In addition, the program, which is in Burmese and English, will include a finger play/song and a craft.

Thursday, July 1, 11 a.m.,
Video premieres on Willard’s Facebook and YouTube channels

STEAM: Dinosaurs Galore

Travel back to the Age of Dinosaurs by making dinosaur eggs. This hands-on, slightly messy but super fun activity is sure to be a hit. Then visit either library and walk among the dinosaurs as you compare your footprints to these mighty reptiles.

The materials will be included in the July STEAM Grab 'n' Go Kits.

Wednesday, July 14, 11, a.m.,
Video premieres on Willard’s Facebook and YouTube channels

Shake Your Tail Feather Dance Party

We've made it past the halfway mark of Willard’s Summer Reading Program, so let's celebrate our progress with a dance party! Our favorite DJ, Cory Boedecker, will be playing the tunes to keep the party moving. Don't miss this opportunity to shake your tail feather with your favorite library friends.Social distancing guidelines will be followed.

Thursday, July 8, 6-7:30 p.m.,
Helen Warner Branch Amphitheater

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