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Head Outdoors with Willard


If I ask you to imagine a library activity, you probably think of something inside, right? This winter, Willard Library offered indoor story times with partners from the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary and Leila Arboretum. As we move into spring and summer, we will have some outdoor experiences for all ages, too!

What is That Bird?

Check out (literally) Willard Library's Maker Kit for beginning bird watchers. We've got binoculars, a digiscope kit (for taking bird pictures with your phone), a digital bird song identifier, and a field guide to help you enjoy and identify the local bird life. Did you know that Battle Creek has a pair of peregrine falcons that are often visible from Willard Library?

For Green Thumbs

While you're browsing Willard's Maker Kit collection, check out our landscaping kit to help you design your outdoor space and fill it with plants that will thrive. Both library locations have many books on Michigan vegetables, flowers, and other plants to help you plan your garden. Put them on hold with the Willard app or ask a librarian to pull some for you.

Getting Started in Fly Fishing

Starting on March 18, join Willard Library and Paul "Jake" Jakubiak from Uncle Jake's Fly Shop to try your hand at fly fishing.Learn the basics of fly fishing, discuss the conservation ethic of local anglers, talk about Calhoun County waterways, and get your hands wet with this part lecture, part hands-on series.

Try Forest Bathing

In February, Willard Library offered a session exploring the science behind the popular Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, or forest bathing, for relaxation and physical health. On May 18, try it for yourself with a guided walk by Cayla Samano, a certified Forest Therapy Guide, at Woodland Park. The Calhoun County Trailway Alliance also maintains current information about local trails.

Get Ready to Ride

On Saturday, May 11, Willard Library is partnering with Team Active to do a Bike Safety Check for National Bike Month. Get your wheels ready for Bike to Work Week (May 13-19) or get the kids' bikes checked out for warm weather fun. You can also learn from other adult riders as well as wheeled families about their favorite routes.

See you outside!

Leah Dodd is the director of Willard Library and a life-long birder. In fact, her first word was "bird," followed by "dog" and then "fish. "She is currently listening to Then She Was Gone on the Hoopla Digital app.

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Saturday, 11 July 2020