On the Road with Miss Stephanie: Leila Arboretum's Kaleidoscope Garden

Join Willard’s Miss Stephanie and Leila Arboretum’s Miss Katy as they collaborate at the arboretum’s Kaleidoscope Garden. School-age children will have a memorable in-person experience. Children will hear a story and take a tour of the Kaleidoscope Garden. In addition, they will explore the importance of plants. Learning will be encouraged through guided activities.

The program is geared for students in kindergarten through second grade and their families.

Tuesday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m.,
Leila Arboretum's Kaleidoscope Garden,
928 W. Michigan Ave.

Sensory Playdate

The Sensory Playdate provides inclusive, interactive programming for children with sensory processing or integration disorder. Miss Stephanie will lead interactive stories and therapeutic activities. This playdate allows children to play in a comfortable environment with their peers, and facilitates support among parents.

This program is designed for children who are developmentally 4-8 years.

Tuesday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m., 
Willard Meeting Room,
Wednesday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m., 
Willard Meeting Room

School Age Grab 'n' Go Kits

The September Grab ‘n’ Go Kits contain activities specifically for kindergartners, first- and second-graders. The materials supplement the virtual Bilingual Story Time and in-person Miss Stephanie on the Road program.

Wednesday, Sept. 1: Kits available from both libraries while supplies last

Smile for Your Library Card!

Celebrate September as Library Card Sign-up month by getting a Willard Library card. The library will roll out the red carpet to welcome guests at both locations. Once you're done, please take a selfie with your new library card or a usie with a friend or family member behind a large photo frame.

Willard Library card allows you to:

  • Borrow books, DVDs, and CDs
  • Download or stream ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, movies, and music
  • Receive email or text alerts when your holds are ready for pickup
  • Receive a courtesy reminder just before materials are due
  • Receive extra time on computers
  • Reserve a meeting room

Residents or property owners in the Battle Creek, Harper Creek, Lakeview, or Pennfield school districts are eligible for a free library card. Adults or parents must bring a photo ID with their current address to receive a card.

Children need to be in kindergarten or 5 years old to receive a card.

Take and Make: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) With Voces

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Voces representatives will lead this program about the cultural significance and observances of the Day of the Dead while creating sugar skulls. All of the materials to create a sugar skull are included in the Day of the Dead Take and Make Kit. The kits also have an additional surprise inside! Participants may bring their sugar skulls to the downtown library’s Creative Space for display in honor of Day of the Dead.

Monday, Sept. 27,
Kits available from both libraries while supplies last,
Monday, Oct. 11, 6 p.m.,
Live streaming on Willard's Facebook page, YouTube, and WillardLibrary.org

Teen Time

Willard Library welcomes students in fifth through 12th grades back to the library’s Teen Time program on the downtown library’s Lower Level. Students may hang out with friends and enjoy the library after school in a place just for teens.

Activities include:

  • Crafts
  • Board games and video games
  • Button maker
  • Technology (computers in some form, printing, etc.)
  • A safe and fun place to hang out after school!

School days, 2:30-5 p.m., 
Willard Downtown Lower Level,
Students may enter through the building’s side entrance in the parking lot