Beekeeper Don Snoeyink and some of  his bees

The Amazing Life of the Honey Bee

Don Snoeyink, owner of Thornapple Woodlands in Grand Rapids, will present a hands-on honeybee seminar. Participants will learn about the three types of bees in a hive and their respective roles; understand how bees find nectar, process it into honey and how honey is harvested; learn the nutritious and medicinal qualities of honey; and discover uses for beeswax. He also will answer questions.  In addition, participants will view honey bees safely in an observation hive, make a hand-rolled beeswax candle to take home, and taste honey from a beehive. This is a family-friendly program for all ages.

Friday, Aug 6, 11 a.m.
Helen Warner Branch Amphitheater

We're sorry registration is full

Beekeeper Don Snoeyink and some of  his bees

The Amazing Life of the Honey Bee

Don Snoeyink, owner of Thornapple Woodlands in Grand Rapids, will present a hands-on honeybee seminar. Participants will learn about the three types of bees in a hive and their respective roles; understand how bees find nectar, process it into honey and how honey is harvested; learn the nutritious and medicinal qualities of honey; and discover uses for beeswax. He also will answer questions.  In addition, participants will view honey bees safely in an observation hive, make a hand-rolled beeswax candle to take home, and taste honey from a beehive. This is a family-friendly program for all ages.

Friday, Aug 6, 11 a.m.
Helen Warner Branch Amphitheater

We're sorry registration is full

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.

The July STEAM Grab 'n' Go Kits are gone. The August kits will be available Aug. 2, while supplies last.

The August kit contains materials for the STEAM Soap Making video premiere on Thursday, Aug. 5, at 11 a.m.

Summer Activity Kits for Teens

Each month this summer, students in fifth through 12th grades may pick up a teen kit from either library while supplies last.

August: Let's Get Cooking with Ross
We'll cook some delicious and healthy food. This month's kit will have supplies and recipes. Chef and Battle Creek native Thomas Ross Dandridge will show how to make some delicious food in the video. After the premiere, the video will be available any time on Willard’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Monday, Aug. 2: Kits available from both libraries while supplies last
Monday, Aug. 9, 11 a.m.: Video premieres on Willard’s Facebook and YouTube channels

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

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

Tails and Tales Teen Bingo

Willard Library's 2021 Teen Summer Reading Program, Tails and Tales, gives students going in to grades five through 12 a chance to try something new with some fun challenges.

Your mission, should you choose to embrace your destiny, is to complete enough tasks on this card to earn a bingo. When you finish a challenge mark off that square. A bingo occurs when you complete five squares in a row either horizontal, vertical, or diagonal. And, the Free Space gives you an extra chance to get a bingo!

Once you score a bingo, return your card to either library location to claim your prize.

Or, level up by completing three bingos on your card and turn it in at either library to be entered in a drawing for grand prizes – gift cards to local businesses.

Friday, Aug. 13: Last day to turn in bingo cards for prizes and to enter in the drawing for grand prizes

Click here to download the bingo card in English

Click here to download the bingo card in Spanish

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