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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 friend even built a birdhouse for backyard-feathered friends! Among the birds spotted were robins, warblers, blue jays, hummingbirds, phoebes, grosbeaks, and orioles.

Our friends celebrated nature and Michigan authors by reading The House With a Clock In its Walls, American Buffalo, Ruby's Birds, Born a Crime, South of Superior, and Into The Jungle, and one friend discovered Battle Creek crime writer, Bob Holderbaum's, new book Trestle Of Death: Murder Unpunished.

We challenged our Willard community to celebrate family and friends by watching community-themed movies and TV shows. Among the movies watched were Dumbo, Coco, and Big Fish.

Collectively, our Willard community would like out-of-towners to know:

  • The library and The Battle Creek Shopper News are the best sources of current events
  • The parks and memorials are great places to relax
  • Go to Bridge Park and Goguac Lake for a nice walk
  • Eat at Clara's on the River
  • Take a walk through Downtown Battle Creek during Christmas
  • Check out the beautiful pieces on the Art Walk
  • If you like good coffee and doughnuts, visit Cafe Rica, Corner Cafe, or Station 66.

I leave you with one Willard friend's favorite spots to feel close to nature:

  1. Willard Beach
  2. Bailey Park
  3. Linear Path
  4. Friendship Park.

What has been your favorite part of the summer?

Don't forget, you have until Sunday, Sept. 8, to turn in your summer challenge in exchange for a nifty Love Where You Live blue fanny pack! We only ask that you complete at least six of the challenges.

Jade is reading "Beneath The Tamarind Tree" by Isha Sesay and listening to "Her Secret" by Shelley Shepard Gray.

Participants receive a Love Where You Live fanny pack.
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Saturday, 11 July 2020