Pick up a “I love Willard Library” window cling at either library.

February is Love Your Library Month, but here at Willard, we feel the love all year long!

My favorite chair at the library is at the Information Desk. When I'm out slinging books and answering questions, I hear from area residents and guests to our community that they appreciate the study rooms at downtown Willard, the vibe of the Helen Warner Branch, our collection of print and digital products, our free programs for all ages, and most of all, our helpful staff at both locations. These are fun conversations to have, and best of all, they aren't unusual. Willard Library values the ongoing support it receives from the community.

How can you show that you love your Willard Library?

The number one way to show support for any library is to use it! We monitor the number of library cards in use, items borrowed each month, visitors to our buildings and programs, and many other measures of use. Don't be shy—check out an armload of books and movies, sign up the whole family for library cards, and try an app or two for digital content at home and work. You aren't a bother; you are the reason we exist.

The next best way to love your library is to tell a friend. You love Willard, I love Willard, but does your neighbor even know Willard? If you find value in the collections, services, and programs that you get at your local library, tell someone. We would like to welcome them into the Willard family. Check-in on Facebook when you visit Willard Library or the Helen Warner Branch in person; it's one way to show that the library is worth your time. Your endorsement is more powerful than any advertisement that we can create.

My final recommendation on how to love your library is to tell us what you need. Are we missing something from the collection? Let's see if we can order it. Do you have an idea for a program? Help us see new opportunities. Was something less than ideal at your last visit? Please give us a chance to make it better.

You may have joined us in our Love Where You Live series this winter. This seemed like the natural response to all of the love that the Battle Creek community has shown Willard over the years.Let's celebrate Willard Library and Battle Creek together.

Leah Dodd is the director of Willard Library.