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Willard’s fall programs offer something for everyone

Some people may think a library is just a place to get books and DVDs, however during the past several years Willard has become the place to go for entertainment, education, life enrichment, and fun.

This fall, the library will present more than 170 programs, which are listed in the fall brochure! On some days—usually Wednesdays—we often have five programs in one day. We're even juggling events to find enough places to host all of them.

We have some outstanding adult programs this fall including:

  • More Than a Head Wrap Exhibit, starting Sept. 9 and ending with a head wrap workshop on Oct. 3
  • "A Midwife in Amish Country" featuring Kim Woodward Osterholzer. The author will talk about her experiences as a midwife to the Amish on Sept. 25
  • Welcome to the Graveyard with Brenda Sullivan, of the Gravestone Girls, giving a virtual tour of cemeteries including notable Michiganders' memorials.

Some of the most popular adult programs will be back: A Good Yarn: A Knit and Crochet Club; new craft classes including pyrography, which is using a heated tool to make designs on wood or leather; and thirdAGE programs on ethical wills, story time for grown-ups, and fraud prevention.

A Baby Expo, a Bilingual Story Time, and a "Hair Love" Story Time are some of the new children's programs planned for fall. We'll also have some favorites including Babytime, Little Explorers Story Time, and Playdates.

In addition, magician Cameron Zvara will be back to amaze everyone on Nov. 7, and Santa and the Reindeer will return in December. It's a great chance to take a holiday photo of the kids.

And, we haven't forgotten the teens. For those in fifth through 12 grades, we are introducing a new after-school program called "Take Your Dreams off the Shelf." On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, they will learn new skills, connect with community members, and explore cooking, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics), and entrepreneurship. They also will participate in book clubs, open mic, talent shows, and other fun activities.

If you enjoyed some goodies from JJ's Sweet Treats at BC Cargo this summer, you can give some of the credit to Willard's Generation E program. The owner, Jordan Edwards, got his start at the Gen E program. We're offering the seven-week series again for fifth- through eighth-graders beginning Oct. 7.

To find out more about the fall programs, grab a brochure at either library.

We hope to see a lot of you at the library this fall.

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Wednesday, 27 October 2021