WILLARD LIBRARY REOPENS TO THE PUBLIC JUNE 29 WITH LIMITED HOURS AND LIBRARY EXPRESS SERVICES

Beginning Monday, June 29, both Willard Library locations will reopen to the public with reduced hours and services. Curbside pickup service will continue with new hours from 10am until noon, Monday through Friday, and 10 am – 4 pm on Saturdays. Library is closed July 3 and 4 for holiday. 

“We are excited to welcome our guests back to their library,” said Cathy Lucas, Director of Willard Library. “Guests will notice new safety protocols throughout our buildings. We’re ready to open our doors to serve the Battle Creek community with reduced hours and services to accommodate the 75% reduced occupancy requirements to ensure physical distancing.”  

Both library buildings have been specially adapted to minimize the risk of exposure to potential illness and to help guests maintain appropriate social distancing. Plexiglass shields have been installed at all public service desks. Increased cleaning schedules which meet or exceed public health guidelines have been implemented and hand sanitizer is available throughout the buildings.

 “Our business operations and available services have been changed to protect the public and our staff,” said Lucas, “but we are phasing in services as it is safe to do so.”

Available Library Express services include: in-person guest visits of up to one hour for information services, browsing, and materials checkout. Limited printing, copying, and faxing are also available. Virtual programs, curbside delivery, Books by Mail for homebound cardholders, and on-site and virtual information services continue to be offered.

Library services on temporary safety hold include: indoor book returns, Meeting Rooms, The Studio, notary service, on-site programming, newspapers, magazines, MakerKits, gathering space, and public amenities including water fountains.

Guests are asked to return all materials through the book drops to allow for the required 72-hour quarantine period. 

When visiting, guests are asked to wear a cloth face covering if they medically able to do so. Please refrain from entering library premises if you or a family member have tested positive for COVID-19 or are showing symptoms.

Temporary library hours for the week of June 29, 2020 are as follows:

Library Express Services

Monday through Thursday: 1pm - 5pm 

Curbside Service

Monday through Thursday: 10am - noon 

Future hours will be announced via the Library website and Facebook pages.

Heavenly Dairy Products

There is more to dairy than just milk. In this class, Mark Lyons, an experienced cheesemaker, will show you how to turn that milk into wonderful treats such as butter, cheese, buttermilk, crème fraîche, and Devonshire clotted cream.

Monday, July 6, 
7 p.m., 
Live streaming on Willard's Page, You Tube Page, Twitter, and willardlibrary.org

Heavenly Dairy Products

There is more to dairy than just milk. In this class, Mark Lyons, an experienced cheesemaker, will show you how to turn that milk into wonderful treats such as butter, cheese, buttermilk, crème fraîche, and Devonshire clotted cream.

Monday, July 6, 
7 p.m., 
Live streaming on Willard's Page, You Tube Page, Twitter, and willardlibrary.org

Meet a Beekeeper

Bees have been in the news lately as bee populations have been declining globally. Learn about the art of beekeeping from Ryan Mestdagh, vice president of the Battle Creek Bee Club. He will share his knowledge of native bees and talk about the Battle Creek Bee Club. Also, he will discuss things the community can do to help the bee population thrive.

Wednesday, July 8,
5 p.m.,
The program will stream live on Willard's Facebook Page, You Tube, Twitter, and website.

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 willardlibrary.org

Madcap Puppets LIVE Presents: Your Wish is Our Command

The Madcap puppeteer improvisers take us on an interactive journey through a fairy tale made up on the spot! The audience suggests locations, characters, and events in a hilarious, family-friendly invented fairytale.

Tuesday, June 30,
7 p.m.,
Click here to access the Zoom program.

Madcap Puppets LIVE Presents: Your Wish is Our Command

The Madcap puppeteer improvisers take us on an interactive journey through a fairy tale made up on the spot! The audience suggests locations, characters, and events in a hilarious, family-friendly invented fairytale.

Tuesday, June 30,
6 p.m.,
Click here to access the program on Zoom

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