Father's Day Celebration

Children may celebrate that special man in their lives--fathers, father-like figures, or mentors--at this drop-in Father’s Day program. Youngsters may create art and craft projects and enjoy Father’s Day themed activities with their special person. The program is geared for children in preschool and older, their fathers, and families. Participants may drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and noon.

Tuesday, June 14, 10 a.m. to noon,
Willard Programming Room,

Wednesday, June 15, 10 a.m. to noon,
Helen Warner Branch

Wee Ones' Summer Fun

Wee Ones returns for the summer. Visit the library and enjoy seeing your child play with other babies and toddlers.

Thursdays, June 16, 30, and July 21, 10 a.m.,
Downtown Programming Room

Wee Ones' Summer Fun

Wee Ones returns for the summer. Visit the library and enjoy seeing your child play with other babies and toddlers.

Thursdays, June 16, 30, and July 21, 10 a.m.,
Downtown Programming Room

Peeks Into the Past: Tales of Maple Street

Take a virtual stroll in the Maple Street Historic District, comprised of three blocks along Capital Avenue Northeast between Fremont and Orchard streets. The district contains city's largest concentration of architecturally significant homes, built by the city's elite at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.

After the premiere, the program will be available on AccessVision

Monday, June 13, 6 p.m.,
Live streaming on Willard's Facebook Page, YouTube, and WillardLibrary.org

Making Waves Mondays: The Gilmore Music Festival Group

Come out and play... the piano. Hear a short performance by the Gilmore Music Festival Group and enjoy hands-on musical activities. You’ll even have a chance to try your hand at a keyboard. Come prepared to use your creativity and experience the joy of piano.

Monday, June 20, 10 a.m.,
Helen Warner Branch,
Click here to register

Monday, June 20, 6:30 p.m.,
Downtown Programming Room,
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Juneteenth Video Contest

Students are invited to enter this year's Juneteenth Video Contest sponsored by Willard Library, Moments Forever Photography, and the Juneteenth Family Day Committee.

Contest Rules and Requirements

  • The video contest is open to all students in grades 3 - 12 in the Battle Creek Area.
  • Students will share their own original thoughts in video format on the topic of "future leader:"
    • What does it mean to be a good leader?
    • How should a good leader act?
    • What kind of leader do you see yourself as?
    • What past/current leader inspires you to be a good future leader?
  • The video must be at least 30 seconds and no longer than 2 minutes with clear video and audio.
  • Please refrain from cursing, expletives, derogatory or discriminatory behavior, as determined by the contest judges (such entries will be eliminated from the competition).
  • Videos may not contain any copyrighted material (music, images, etc. or use any trademarks such as company names, logos, brands, etc.).
  • Parents and adults may assist and act as extras in video.
  • All video submissions become the property of the Battle Creek Juneteenth Family Day Committee, which retains nonexclusive rights to use the videos in the promotion and execution of the organization’s programs and activities.
  • Entries will be judged on the following criteria: length, clear audiovisual, creativity, originality, and closeness to the theme

    Videos must be submitted by noon on Friday, June 10, 2022

    More details
  • All participants will receive a Juneteenth Family Day T-shirt.
  • All videos will be played on the Battle Creek Juneteenth Celebration Facebook Page on Saturday, June 18, between noon and 2 p.m.
  • Winners will be announced at the Juneteenth Family Day Celebration in Claude Evans Park, 300 N. Washington Ave., in Battle Creek, on Saturday, June 18
  • All T-shirts and prizes must be picked up between 4-6 p.m. at the Juneteenth Family Day event on June 18