Shelf. Life

A look at what's happening at Willard

Battle Creek Reads 2021 focuses on ‘Ties that Bind Us’

We are dedicating the 2021 Battle Creek Reads to the Ties That Bind Us. Ties can provide comfort, pulling you back to the ones you love. Ties can become strength, unbreakable in the face of danger. Sometimes these ties can keep you grounded when all you want to do is fly away… We have selected two great books to share with you through the annual Ba...
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Introducing Collection Highlights

While the library buildings are closed to in-person visits, we are bringing the library to you! Beginning today, we will promote new materials in the collection with daily posts on Facebook. We hope this will help people place holds on books they will enjoy. If you see or hear of a book that interests you, place a hold on willardlibrary.org; the ap...
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Your Next Great Read: Fall Fixations

Are you curious about what your favorite library staff members have been reading these past few weeks? Check out these staff picks: The Great Pretenders: The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness by Susannah Cahalan In the early 1970s, David L. Rosenhan, a psychologist from Stanford, conducted an experiment in which eight san...
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The Reality of Black Science Fiction

Science fiction has always been deeply rooted in the events of the era. Fears of politics, injustice, war, science, and famine have been bleeding into the science fiction genre since storytelling began. Mary Shelley's Frankenstein personified our fears of meddling with creation and the ethics of scientific discovery; Godzilla , the most recognizabl...
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Your Next Great Read: Pandemic Perusing

Are you curious about what your favorite library staff members have been reading these past few weeks? Check out these staff picks: Pandora's Lab: Seven Stories of Science Gone Wrong by Paul A. Offit, M.D. ­ "It is crazy and only gets crazier! Each chapter is a story/brief history about these acts of science as a sort of cautionary tales about how ...
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#OwnVoices: Willard’s new mini-displays

Willard Library celebrates all voices, cultures, and sexual orientations. Because of this, we have created mini-displays highlighting #OwnVoices authors in our collection. If you are unfamiliar with the #OwnVoices movement, it's a movement started by Corinne Duyvis, who first began using the hashtag on Twitter in 2015 to bring attention to books fe...
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On Stuttering

Setting politics aside, it was a courageous thing for Brayden Harrington to stream in front of the world during the Democratic National Convention, proudly speaking about his stuttering and how much meeting a fellow stutterer years ago changed his life. Until the age of 19, I had only met one other stutterer in my life and the experience was not as...
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Celebrate Mother’s Day with books about mom

As we approach Mother's Day, I would like to share these inspiring, emotional, funny books about motherhood and being a parent. Some are from the point of view of the child about their mother, others are from the mother's point of view. What remains clear is the bond between them remains strong even through times of hardship. All of these titles ar...
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Join the Couch Club

Calling all readers! Are you missing human interaction as much as we are? Do you miss connecting with your fellow readers or librarians? Well, we miss you; so, we invite all of you to join us for book discussions! In May, we will host a weekly Couch Club, where you can chat about books without leaving your couch. Each week, we will separately read ...
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Three great books to download

As our shelter in place order continues and your reading pile dwindles, here's a look at three popular reads that can be downloaded with Willard's Overdrive or Libby apps. "Little Fires Everywhere" by Celeste Ng With the release of Hulu's series adaptation of "Little Fires Everywhere," Ng's novel has topped lists and charts from Amazon to book club...
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Good reads for a wintry month

Each month, the library's staff meet to discuss books we've been reading. Here are some of our favorites from February. The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld This book takes place before The Butterfly Girl , as readers are introduced to Naomi, a private investigator with the uncanny ability to find people. Naomi is enlisted to find a child who has been ...
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Find Your Next Great Read

Willard Library staff members have done a wide variety of reading and watching this month. Reading: Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfeld This book parallels the stories of investigator Naomi, who has the "uncanny ability for finding missing children" and an abused 12-year-old girl by the name of Celia. Hill Women by Cassie Chambers If you've read Hillbil...
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No turkeys among the staff's November selections

The library staff has done a wide variety of reading, listening, and watching this month. Listening to: Frozen II Soundtrack (available from Willard's Hoopla app) If you've seen Frozen II in theaters, don't miss a chance to sing along to this soundtrack. Hollywood's Bleeding by Post Malone (also available from Hoopla) A bit of hip-hop/rap, mixed in...
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Read what the library staff is reading

We've enjoyed a wide variety of reading, listening, and viewing during October. Listening to: Grump by Liesl Shurtliff One staff member is listening to this children's book with her children. It is the tale of Grump, one of Snow White's dwarfs, in an alternate telling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from the point of view of a dwarf. In this tal...
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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ fans: Check out these read-alikes

If you've read The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood (or enjoyed the series on Hulu), take a look at these books that channel similar themes of womanhood and motherhood in a dystopian future where women's bodies are no longer their own: Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich Successful births have declined. Unsuccessful births entail defo...
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Head wrap display offers glimpses into fashion, cultures

The Beautifully Wrapped Head Wrap exhibit, curated by Zarinah El-Amin Naeem, opened at Helen Warner Branch on Sept. 9. Since opening, this exhibit has garnered plenty of attention on social media. The display includes 32 photos and four mannequin busts of exotic and cultural stylings of head wraps. My favorite photograph is of a man and woman dress...
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Foreign Movie Fun from Korea, Japan, and Ireland

Foreign movies, like books, offer the ultimate escape from the norm of daily life. Let's travel the world and go back in time with these great foreign movies: Northern Limit Line (2015). If you like military dramas such as Black Hawk Down and Men of Honor, you'll enjoy this gut-wrenching movie about the 2002 sinking of a South Korean naval ship by ...
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Summer Reading Challenge leads to fun

The Adult Love Where You Live Summer Challenge is off to a great start. We have received many fabulous summer adventure responses, and I wish I could list them all! Here are a few highlights from our Willard Library community: Our Willard friends bird watched at the Kellogg Sanctuary, a nature preserve, Leila Arboretum, and their backyards. One fri...
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What we’re reading during June

We've enjoyed some great books this month! Check them out: Audiobooks: The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates Two of our staff members are currently reading/listening to this bestselling title. Described as "semi-autobiographical. Gates often refers back to her time working with Microsoft and the experiences that brought her to this book. She writes a...
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Check out the staff's May reading recommendations

Willard staff has enjoyed some great reads and audio books this month. Check them out: Audiobooks Ghost (Track series Book 1) by Jason Reynolds (Young Adult) Patina (Track series Book 2) by Jason Reynolds As someone who has run track for 11 years, I was pleasantly surprised to find this series about track. Reynolds captures the heart of track and f...
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