Teen Lock-In: Black-light Glow Party

Celebrate the beginning of summer with a lock-in. Grab your friends and join the Youth Services staff after-hours for games, crafts, food, and fun all while glowing under black lights. Wear your best neon attire to show you've got that glow! This program is for those in fifth through 12th grades.

Friday, June 24, 6:30-8 p.m.,
Downtown Lower Level,
Please enter through the Downtown Lower Level side entrance

Making Waves Mondays: Instrument Petting Zoo with Rachel Behr

Certified music teacher Rachel Behr will help children explore musical instruments. Participants will make music with other children, who also are learning to play an instrument for the first time. This program is geared for children in kindergarten through second grade.

Monday, June 27, 10 a.m.,
Helen Warner Branch,
Click here to register

Monday, June 27, 6:30 p.m.,
Downtown Programming Room,
Click here to register

Let's Go Camping by the Water

Michigan may not be close to an ocean, but we have access to many streams, rivers, and lakes. Join us as we take a pretend camping trip at the library. This hands-on, interactive program includes fun camping crafts and stimulating play to prepare preschoolers to go on an actual camping trip. Participants may drop in any time between 10 a.m. and noon.

Tuesday, June 28, 10 a.m. to noon,
Downtown Programming Room,

Wednesday, June 29, 10 a.m. to noon,
Helen Warner Branch

Flower Creations with Dew Drop Fresh Designs in Burmese

The flowers are in full bloom so it’s time to pick some and enjoy their beauty. In this program taught entirely in the Burmese language, participants will learn to create a flower crown or flower bouquet. This program features Martha Thawnghmung and Laura Langford, of Dew Drop Fresh Designs, teaching guests how to use a variety of seasonal, garden-fresh flowers to make a unique creation to take home.

Wednesday, June 29, 5:30-7 p.m.,
Helen Warner Branch, Dean O. Barnum Amphitheater,
To register, please call 269-968-8166, ext. 568


Let's Talk About It

This virtual social service program, Let's Talk About It, strives to meet the needs of our community. Each month, Youth and Social Services Librarian Stephanie Boyd will explore a topic with a local organization that offers resources related to the issue.

First Thursday of the month,
6:30 p.m.,
June 2, July 7, and Aug. 4,
Video premiere on Willard's Facebook and YouTube channels

Super Tuesday: Air Zoo

Learn more about the ocean with staff members from the Air Zoo! Explore a variety of sea creatures, who call the ocean home; experiment with buoyancy and locomotion techniques; and create a marine critter to take home. Also, learn about the Earth’s limited water resources and how to protect these resources as we find out just how important the oceans are for our future. This program is geared for school-age children and their families.

Tuesday, July 12, 10 a.m.,
Helen Warner Branch,
Dean O. Barnum Amphitheater,

Tuesday, July 12, 6:30 p.m.
Downtown Programming Room