Peeks into the Past: Tales of Battle Creek

Take a tour of Battle Creek's past with local historians and preservationists in this monthly program. Drawing on Willard Library's archives and other resources, local stewards of our historic heritage will bring our city's history to life with vintage photographs and conversation.

Monday, April 19: Warren B. Shepard's house on Riverside Drive has been empty for decades, but local businessman Hans Stark is breathing new life into the home of Battle Creek's first teacher. We'll talk about the history of the "Shepard house" and the long-running efforts to preserve this relic of Battle Creek's earliest days.

Monday, May 24: To be determined:

7 p.m.,
Live streaming on Willard's Facebook Page, YouTube, Twitter, and WillardLibrary.org



Take and Make

Pick up a Take and Make Craft Bag from either library, watch the videos, and then use the supplies to make your own craft.

Magnetic Poster Hanger
This versatile magnetic poster hanger is the perfect home decor piece. It makes changing seasonal messages easy. It also provides a place for the kids’ or grandkids’ most recent artwork.  You can print off your favorite inspirational quote to display or use it for daily affirmations.  So many options! Create this look by simply gluing magnets between two bamboo strips of wood and attaching your choice of string, beads and tassels to the top. 
Tuesday, April 6: Kits available,
Monday, April 19, 6 p.m.: Video premieres on Willard’s Facebook and YouTube channels

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Car Diffuser
Create your own adorable diffuser with this kit and clip it in your car or around your workplace. The kit contains enough supplies to make one large diffuser or two small ones. We will arrange lava stones, white jade gemstones, and a tassel and attach it to a clip. A small vial of an energizing essential oil blend will be provided with the supplies. 

Tuesday, April 20: Kits available while supplies last
Monday, May 3, 6 p.m.: Video premieres on Willard’s Facebook and YouTube channels

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Resin Bookmark
If you love glitter and reading, this craft is perfect for you. You can easily make an entry-level resin craft with supplies from this kit. A reusable bookmark mold, glitter, and tassels are included. The final product is a crystal-clear bookmark decorated with beautiful glitter. Use as much or as little glitter as you like.

Tuesday, May 4: Kits available while supplies last
Monday, May 17, 6 p.m.: Video premieres on Willard’s Facebook and YouTube channels

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Tic-tac-toe Bag
Use beautiful, patterned heat-transfer vinyl to make this tic-tac-toe travel bag. Use it as a gift or throw it in your go-bag or car for those screen-free, downtime moments. Glass gems will be provided with the kit and can be easily stored in the bag.  
Tuesday, May 18: Kits available
Monday, May 31, 6 p.m.: Video premieres on Willard’s Facebook and YouTube channels

Take and Make

Pick up a Take and Make Craft Bag from either library, watch the videos, and then use the supplies to make your own craft.

Magnetic Poster Hanger
This versatile magnetic poster hanger is the perfect home decor piece. It makes changing seasonal messages easy. It also provides a place for the kids’ or grandkids’ most recent artwork.  You can print off your favorite inspirational quote to display or use it for daily affirmations.  So many options! Create this look by simply gluing magnets between two bamboo strips of wood and attaching your choice of string, beads and tassels to the top. 
Tuesday, April 6: Kits available,
Monday, April 19, 6 p.m.: Video premieres on Willard’s Facebook and YouTube channels

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Car Diffuser
Create your own adorable diffuser with this kit and clip it in your car or around your workplace. The kit contains enough supplies to make one large diffuser or two small ones. We will arrange lava stones, white jade gemstones, and a tassel and attach it to a clip. A small vial of an energizing essential oil blend will be provided with the supplies. 
Tuesday, April 20: Kits available while supplies last
Monday, May 3, 6 p.m.: Video premieres on Willard’s Facebook and YouTube channels

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Resin Bookmark
If you love glitter and reading, this craft is perfect for you. You can easily make an entry-level resin craft with supplies from this kit. A reusable bookmark mold, glitter, and tassels are included. The final product is a crystal-clear bookmark decorated with beautiful glitter. Use as much or as little glitter as you like.
Tuesday, May 4: Kits available while supplies last
Monday, May 17, 6 p.m.: Video premieres on Willard’s Facebook and YouTube channels

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Tic-tac-toe Bag
Use beautiful, patterned heat-transfer vinyl to make this tic-tac-toe travel bag. Use it as a gift or throw it in your go-bag or car for those screen-free, downtime moments. Glass gems will be provided with the kit and can be easily stored in the bag.  
Tuesday, May 18: Kits available
Monday, May 31, 6 p.m.: Video premieres on Willard’s Facebook and YouTube channels

Take and Make

Pick up a Take and Make Craft Bag from either library, watch the videos, and then use the supplies to make your own craft.

Mini Block Print Cards

Block printing can be done in a variety of ways.  We will create unique designs on a set of blank cards with the twine and block method. By wrapping twine around a wooden block, you can create multiple patterns to stamp on the cards. Add an optional “hi” with a pre-cut vinyl decal. Burmese card sets also are available.
Tuesday, March 23: Kits available,
Monday, April 5, 6 p.m.: Video premieres on Willard’s Facebook and YouTube channels

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Magnetic Poster Hanger

This versatile magnetic poster hanger is the perfect home decor piece. It makes changing seasonal messages easy. It also provides a place for the kids’ or grandkids’ most recent artwork.  You can print off your favorite inspirational quote to display or use it for daily affirmations.  So many options! Create this look by simply gluing magnets between two bamboo strips of wood and attaching your choice of string, beads and tassels to the top. 
Tuesday, April 6: Kits available,
Monday, April 19, 6 p.m.: **Video premiere

Neaten Your Nest with Michele Vig

Spring is here and many people use this time to do a little decluttering around their homes, but why stop there? Michele Vig, author of "The Guide to Holistic Decluttering" and founder of Neat Little Nest, will take you beyond spring-cleaning to the deeper side of decluttering. Using the methods discussed in her book, Michele will teach viewers how they can begin to declutter many aspects of their lives to bring a deeper and more fulfilling meaning to this common annual chore.

Tuesday, April 20, 6 p.m.,
Live streaming on Willard's Facebook Page, YouTube, Twitter, and WillardLibrary.org

Click here to view or download the program's handouts.

Neaten Your Nest with Michele Vig

Spring is here and many people use this time to do a little decluttering around their homes, but why stop there? Michele Vig, author of "The Guide to Holistic Decluttering" and founder of Neat Little Nest, will take you beyond spring-cleaning to the deeper side of decluttering. Using the methods discussed in her book, Michele will teach viewers how they can begin to declutter many aspects of their lives to bring a deeper and more fulfilling meaning to this common annual chore.

Tuesday, April 20, 6 p.m.,
Live streaming on Willard's Facebook Page, YouTube, Twitter, and WillardLibrary.org