Adult Programs

All Willard Library programs are free with a valid Willard Library card.
 

Battle Creek Reads Author Ted Gup

A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness -- And a Trove of Letters -- Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression, by Ted Gup, is an inspiring account of America at its worst - and Americans at the best - woven from the stories of Depression-era families who were helped by gifts from the author's generous and secretive grandfather. 

Thursday, December 4
7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
Burnham Brook Community Center

 

Battle Creek Reads Author Christina Baker Kline

Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

Thursday, January 29
7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00 p.m.)
Lakeview Middle School Auditorium

   

Whatever Happened to Idlewild?

Idlewild, Michigan, was once a thriving community steeped in African American culture and entertainment. Coy Davis Jr. will present his documentary Whatever Happened to Idlewild and host a discussion.

Thursday, February 12
6:30 p.m.
Willard Library Meeting Room

 

Noon Film Series

Join us for documentaries, cookies and coffee each Thursday at 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 8
Sriracha: A Documentary
When it comes to condiments, Americans aren’t just reaching for ketchup and mustard anymore. This film explores the unconventional history of the flavorful Asian chili sauce that has a cult following across the nation. Spice up your life with this fun documentary!

 

Thursday, January 15
Selection from: TheRoosevelts: An Intimate History
Watch a portion of Ken Burns’ newest documentary series that explores the linked lives of Theodore, Eleanor, and Franklin Roosevelt with a single narrative. Spanning the years from Theodore’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962, The Roosevelts offers an unprecedented look at a family that changed the American political landscape forever.

 

Thursday, January 22
Orphan Trains
In 1853, minister  Charles Loring Brace founded the Children's Aid Society to help the homeless children of New York City. Hear the remarkable stories of some of the more than 150,000 orphans who were sent West by train to begin new lives with farm families. Prepare for Orphan Train author Christina Baker Kline’s visit to Battle Creek with this documentary.

 

Thursday, January 29
Parrot Confidential
Intelligent, talkative parrots are one of the world’s most popular pets. But unlike dogs and cats, parrots have not been domesticated. With a lifespan of up to 70+ years and an intense need to bond, parrots’ life in captivity doesn’t always have a happy ending. From the wilds of Costa Rica to suburban America, a lovable, quirky cast of parrots will reveal their unforgettable tales and the bittersweet world they share with humans.

 

Thursday, February 5
Resurrecting Richard III
In this documentary, a team of historians study the bones of England’s King Richard III, which were unearthed from beneath a parking lot in 2012. The researchers gain some unexpected insights when they meet Dominic, a modern-day body double for the medieval king. Dominic trains to fight, ride, and joust like a king, while the team learns more about Richard’s diet and lifestyle by performing tests on his bones. History buffs will enjoy this multi-faceted look into the life of one of England’s legendary monarchs.

 

Thursday, February 12
TINY: A Story About Living Small
Christopher is a young man working toward a unique goal: to build his own tiny house and live in the wilderness. This film follows his journey constructing a tiny house and takes us to meet several other tiny-house owners who explain their unique, simplified lifestyle.