On the Road with Miss Stephanie: Leila Arboretum's Kaleidoscope Garden

Join Willard’s Miss Stephanie and Leila Arboretum’s Miss Katy as they collaborate at the arboretum’s Kaleidoscope Garden. School-age children will have a memorable in-person experience. Children will hear a story and take a tour of the Kaleidoscope Garden. In addition, they will explore the importance of plants. Learning will be encouraged through guided activities.

The program is geared for students in kindergarten through second grade and their families.

Tuesday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m.,
Leila Arboretum's Kaleidoscope Garden,
928 W. Michigan Ave.


Early exposure to talking, singing, playing, reading, and writing are the building blocks of literacy. Children from birth through their second year will enjoy finger-plays, nursery rhymes, rhythmic activities, books, and free play with their caregivers.

Thursdays, Sept. 9, 16, 23, and 30, 10 a.m.,
Willard Downtown Meeting Room

Bonus Babytime!

If you missed Thursday’s Babytime or just want some extra Babytime, enjoy the video premiere on Fridays featuring Miss Beth and Miss Chelsea leading nursery rhymes and rhythmic activities.

Fridays, Sept. 10, 17, and 24, 10 a.m.,
Video premiere on Willard's Facebook and YouTube channels

Take and Make: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) With Voces

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Voces representatives will lead this program about the cultural significance and observances of the Day of the Dead while creating sugar skulls. All of the materials to create a sugar skull are included in the Day of the Dead Take and Make Kit. The kits also have an additional surprise inside! Participants may bring their sugar skulls to the downtown library’s Creative Space for display in honor of Day of the Dead.

Monday, Sept. 27,
Kits available from both libraries while supplies last,
Monday, Oct. 11, 6 p.m.,
Live streaming on Willard's Facebook page, YouTube, and WillardLibrary.org

Smile for Your Library Card!

Celebrate September as Library Card Sign-up month by getting a Willard Library card. The library will roll out the red carpet to welcome guests at both locations. Once you're done, please take a selfie with your new library card or a usie with a friend or family member behind a large photo frame.

Willard Library card allows you to:

  • Borrow books, DVDs, and CDs
  • Download or stream ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, and music
  • Receive email or text alerts when your holds are ready for pickup
  • Receive a courtesy reminder just before materials are due
  • Receive extra time on computers
  • Reserve a meeting room

Residents or property owners in the Battle Creek, Harper Creek, Lakeview, or Pennfield school districts are eligible for a free library card. Adults or parents must bring a photo ID with their current address to receive a card.

Children need to be in kindergarten or 5 years old to receive a card.

Jump into Fall: Bilingual Story Time in English and Burmese

Jump into Fall with Miss Nicole and Miss Mawi as they explore the season and the many things to enjoy about this time of year. Follow along in English and Burmese as they read “In the Middle of Fall” by Kevin Henkes. Young ones will listen to a story and create two crafts. The crafts will be a fall-themed painting scene and making your own tissue paper fall tree. Supplies for the crafts are included in the October School Age Grab ’n’ Go Kits.

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m.,
Video premiere on Willard's Facebook page and YouTube channel