Battle Creek, MI

Battle Creek is best known as the birthplace of cornflakes cereal which was invented by Will Keith Kellogg in 1906. This U.S. city is located in Southcentral Michigan and is home to over 51,000 residents and three major cereal companies including Kellogg Company. At one point, Battle Creek had over 100 different cereal companies. On a good day, visitors may be able to smell the scent of cereal in the air. Battle Creek was home to a basic training site for American soldiers during World War I. Battle Creek got its name from a skirmish between government land surveyors and Native Americans. Popular attractions in Battle Creek include Binder Park Zoo, Fort Custer Recreation Area, Leila Arboretum, Goguac Lake, and the Kingsman Museum. Visitors can visit W.K. house sites in Kellogg Park by appointment only. Battle Creek has fun special events, such as the World’s Longest Breakfast Table, the Taste of Battle Creek, and the International Festival of Lights.

Thursday, September 20th 2018

11:00am
Baby Time

Primary Event Type: Storytime Primary Age Group: Preschool Early literacy begins with early exposure to talking, singing, playing, reading, and writing. Children from birth to 2 years are invited to enjoy finger-plays,…

Willard Library
36 Minges Creek Place, Battle Creek, MI 49015, Helen Warner Branch
3:00pm
What's Cooking and Drumming at the Library

Primary Event Type: Teen Program Primary Age Group: Teen Students will have an opportunity to learn heart-healthy cooking and food preparation. Participants will learn how small changes can make big differences…

Willard Library
7 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek, MI 49017, Teen Room
5:00pm
Tween Nights

Primary Event Type: School Age Program Primary Age Group: School Age Students ages 9-14 are invited to a monthly teen night for special activities. Tweens will be able to become familiar…

Willard Library
7 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek, MI 49017, Teen Room
6:00pm
Early Childhood Connections Playgroup

Primary Event Type: Storytime Primary Age Group: Preschool This parent and child interactive playgroup led by Early Childhood Connections focuses on developmentally appropriate school readiness activities for children from birth to 5…

Willard Library
7 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek, MI 49017, Meeting Room

Wednesday, September 19th 2018

8:14pm
Noon Films: ""Scanning the Pyramids""

Primary Event Type: Adult Program Primary Age Group: Adult The Great Pyramid of Khufu has fascinated people for centuries. See what lies within, solving a 4,500-year-old mystery, by using noninvasive technologies including…

Willard Library
36 Minges Creek Place, Battle Creek, MI 49015, Helen Warner Branch
8:14pm
Noon Films: ""Weekend in Havana""

Primary Event Type: Adult Program Primary Age Group: Adult Host Geoffrey Baer travels to Havana to explore Cuba alongside the people who live there. Join him and three young and high-octane local…

Willard Library
36 Minges Creek Place, Battle Creek, MI 49015, Helen Warner Branch
8:14pm
Noon Films: ""The Cheetah Children""

Primary Event Type: Adult Program Primary Age Group: Adult For two years, cinematographer Kim Wolhuter shadows a cheetah mom and her cubs to reveal what it takes to turn cubs into predators.…

Willard Library
36 Minges Creek Place, Battle Creek, MI 49015, Helen Warner Branch

Monday, September 24th 2018

11:00am
Play Date at the Library

Primary Event Type: Storytime Primary Age Group: Preschool Play Date at the Library offers an opportunity to encourage curiosity and build self-confidence in children while they play and make new friends. This…

Willard Library
7 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek, MI 49017, Meeting Room
6:30pm
Play Date at the Library

Primary Event Type: Storytime Primary Age Group: Preschool Play Date at the Library offers an opportunity to encourage curiosity and build self-confidence in children while they play and make new friends. This…

Willard Library
7 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek, MI 49017, Meeting Room

Tuesday, September 25th 2018

11:00am
Discovering Nature With Leila Arboretum

Primary Event Type: Storytime Primary Age Group: Preschool As we get ready for winter so does the world outdoors. Leaves change color; grass stops growing; birds fly south; and flowers fade…

Willard Library
7 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek, MI 49017, Meeting Room

Wednesday, September 26th 2018

10:00am
A Good Yarn: Knit and Crochet Club

Primary Event Type: Adult Program Primary Age Group: Adult Anyone interested in fiber crafts is invited to attend the weekly knitting and crochet club. While working on their current projects, participants…

Willard Library
7 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek, MI 49017, Lower Level
11:00am
Discovering Nature With Leila Arboretum

Primary Event Type: Storytime Primary Age Group: Preschool As we get ready for winter so does the world outdoors. Leaves change color; grass stops growing; birds fly south; and flowers fade…

Willard Library
36 Minges Creek Place, Battle Creek, MI 49015, Helen Warner Branch
6:30pm
A Good Yarn: Knit and Crochet Club

Primary Event Type: Adult Program Primary Age Group: Adult Anyone interested in fiber crafts is invited to attend the weekly knitting and crochet club. While working on their current projects, participants will…

Willard Library
36 Minges Creek Place, Battle Creek, MI 49015, Helen Warner Branch

Thursday, September 27th 2018

11:00am
Baby Time

Primary Event Type: Storytime Primary Age Group: Preschool Early literacy begins with early exposure to talking, singing, playing, reading, and writing. Children from birth to 2 years are invited to enjoy finger-plays,…

Willard Library
36 Minges Creek Place, Battle Creek, MI 49015, Helen Warner Branch
6:00pm
Early Childhood Connections Playgroup

Primary Event Type: Storytime Primary Age Group: Preschool This parent and child interactive playgroup led by Early Childhood Connections focuses on developmentally appropriate school readiness activities for children from birth to 5…

Willard Library
7 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek, MI 49017, Meeting Room

Saturday, September 29th 2018

2:00pm
The Model T Genius

Primary Event Type: Adult Program Primary Age Group: Adult Alan Naldrett will talk about his book, Michigan's C. Harold Wills: The Genius Behind the Model T and the Wills Sainte Claire Automobile.…

Willard Library
7 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek, MI 49017, Meeting Room

Monday, October 1st 2018

1:00pm
Michigan Works! Southwest Strategies 4 Success

Primary Event Type: Adult Program Primary Age Group: Adult Michigan Works! Southwest offers its Strategies 4 Success program for job seekers at Willard Library. A representative will provide one-on-one assistance with resumes,…

Willard Library
7 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tuesday, October 2nd 2018

11:00am
Discovering Nature With Leila Arboretum

Primary Event Type: Storytime Primary Age Group: Preschool As we get ready for winter so does the world outdoors. Leaves change color; grass stops growing; birds fly south; and flowers fade…

Willard Library
7 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek, MI 49017, Meeting Room

Wednesday, October 3rd 2018

10:00am
A Good Yarn: Knit and Crochet Club

Primary Event Type: Adult Program Primary Age Group: Adult Anyone interested in fiber crafts is invited to attend the weekly knitting and crochet club. While working on their current projects, participants…

Willard Library
7 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek, MI 49017, Lower Level
11:00am
Discovering Nature With Leila Arboretum

Primary Event Type: Storytime Primary Age Group: Preschool As we get ready for winter so does the world outdoors. Leaves change color; grass stops growing; birds fly south; and flowers fade…

Willard Library
36 Minges Creek Place, Battle Creek, MI 49015, Helen Warner Branch
6:30pm
A Good Yarn: Knit and Crochet Club

Primary Event Type: Adult Program Primary Age Group: Adult Anyone interested in fiber crafts is invited to attend the weekly knitting and crochet club. While working on their current projects, participants will…

Willard Library
36 Minges Creek Place, Battle Creek, MI 49015, Helen Warner Branch

Thursday, October 4th 2018

11:00am
Baby Time

Primary Event Type: Storytime Primary Age Group: Preschool Early literacy begins with early exposure to talking, singing, playing, reading, and writing. Children from birth to 2 years are invited to enjoy finger-plays,…

Willard Library
36 Minges Creek Place, Battle Creek, MI 49015, Helen Warner Branch
4:00pm
Paws to Read to Sasha, the Gentle Black Lab

Primary Event Type: School Age Program Primary Age Group: School Age Stop by to meet Sasha, the Gentle Black Lab, and her owner, Karen Slack. Grab your favorite book or a new…

Willard Library
7 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek, MI 49017, Children's Room
5:00pm
Anime and Manga Meet-up

Primary Event Type: Teen Program Primary Age Group: School Age Students in fifth through 12th grades are invited to hang out in the Willard Teen Room and discuss their current favorite anime,…

Willard Library
7 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek, MI 49017, Teen Room
6:00pm
Early Childhood Connections Playgroup

Primary Event Type: Storytime Primary Age Group: Preschool This parent and child interactive playgroup led by Early Childhood Connections focuses on developmentally appropriate school readiness activities for children from birth to 5…

Willard Library
7 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek, MI 49017, Meeting Room

Monday, October 8th 2018

1:00pm
Michigan Works! Southwest Strategies 4 Success

Primary Event Type: Adult Program Primary Age Group: Adult Michigan Works! Southwest offers its Strategies 4 Success program for job seekers at Willard Library. A representative will provide one-on-one assistance with…

Willard Library
36 Minges Creek Place, Battle Creek, MI 49015, Helen Warner Branch
5:00pm
Teen Read Week: Painting the Stars

Primary Event Type: Teen Program Primary Age Group: Teen To celebrate Teen Read Week's theme of ""It's Written in the Stars,"" those in fifth through 12 grades are invited to try their…

Willard Library
36 Minges Creek Place, Battle Creek, MI 49015, Helen Warner Branch

Tuesday, October 9th 2018

11:00am
Discovering Nature With Leila Arboretum

Primary Event Type: Storytime Primary Age Group: Preschool As we get ready for winter so does the world outdoors. Leaves change color; grass stops growing; birds fly south; and flowers fade…

Willard Library
7 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek, MI 49017, Meeting Room
3:00pm
Teen Read Week: Rising Stars Talent Show

Primary Event Type: Teen Program Primary Age Group: Teen Those in fifth through 12th grades are invited to enjoy Teen Read Week's theme of ""It's Written in the Stars"" by participating in…

Willard Library
7 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek, MI 49017, Teen Room

Wednesday, October 10th 2018

10:00am
A Good Yarn: Knit and Crochet Club

Primary Event Type: Adult Program Primary Age Group: Adult Anyone interested in fiber crafts is invited to attend the weekly knitting and crochet club. While working on their current projects, participants…

Willard Library
7 W. Van Buren St., Battle Creek, MI 49017, Lower Level