Shelf. Life

A look at what's happening at Willard

Memoir reading improves your awesomeness

I love reading memoirs and autobiographies. They give you a gliimpse into how another person navigates life, and if they're very good, they show that person's struggles and emotional breakthroughs. How does that improve your awesomeness? Well, accompanying another person on his or her journey helps you craft your unique story. It gives fresh insigh...
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Find a Job!

You may now search for jobs from Willard Library's website. AtoZ Databases is a very useful resource made available through the Michigan eLibrary (MeL). Just go to willardlibrary.org > Online Resources. Click on the AtoZ Databases icon . This service may be accessed from your home computer and a library card is not required. The "Find a Job" too...
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A Monolingual’s Journey

I've always wanted to learn another language, the great dream of a many monolinguals. I fantasize about acquiring a second language and expanding my world, perhaps traveling to exotic locales to meet new and interesting friends. But that's where it ends: the fantasy. The time and effort it actually takes to learn another language seem so daunting t...
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Be a Smarty Pants With Consumer Reports

What do sunscreen products, advice on tick proofing your yard, buying a new car, and finding out if your water bottle is slowly poisoning you with arsenic have in common? They are all covered in Consumer Reports. Many people ask to see the print version of this resource at the library. For even more information, a librarian at the Information Desk ...
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Celebrate poetry this month

April is National Poetry Month, and I am going to honor it by writing poetry, again. You see, I used to scribble poems in a spiral-bound journal when I was an angst-filled teenager. It was a cathartic process. The poetry was, I'm sure, quite bad. But that really didn't matter now that I look back on it. It was a way to express myself, connecting th...
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Write a Love Note to Battle Creek!

Melody Warnick will be at the Kool Family Community Center at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to talk about her book, This Is Where You Belong. Her visit is part of Willard Library's Love Where You Live program series. I hope you will come out and join us. Besides hearing Melody's story of how she grew roots in her adopted town of Blacksburg, Virginia, we will ...
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MyFreeTaxes offers help for many taxpayers

A new resource, MyFreeTaxes, is available to help people who earned less than $66,000 last year file their 2018 taxes online. We are really excited about this new website, which has been made available by a partnership between the United Way and H&R Block. The library will continue to be a resource for people to pick up their federal, state, an...
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Let’s Love Where We Live

This month, Willard will debut the Love Where You Live Series with the goal of fostering "A proud, inspired Battle Creek." We hope you'll enjoy these fascinating programs: A Special Evening With Richard Rothstein: The author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America will discuss how American governments in th...
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Willard donates Sojourner Truth books to schools

Willard Library recently donated books about Sojourner Truth to area schools to celebrate Sojourner Truth Week in late November. "The Sojourner Truth Institute approached Willard because we had partnered with the library earlier in the year, and it was a fantastic partnership," Kimberly L. Holley, director of the institute, said. "Since this was ab...
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