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Essex Serpent


Love and Other Consolation Prizes

Designing with Succulents

Little Fires Everywhere

The Golden House

Young Jane Young

The Vietnam War

The Girl Who Takes and Eye for an Eye

Sing, Unburied, Sing

My Brother’s Husband

Mrs. Fletcher


Road Food

The Woman Who Smashed Codes

A Stash of One’s Own

Adult Page

Winter Reading

Reading is Snow Much Fun - 2018 - Winter Reading Program

January 2 - March 30, 2018

"Reading is Snow Much Fun" will begin January 2 and run through March 30. The program, open to ages 18 and beyond, is held every year during the winter months and rewards readers for doing what they love to do --- read. Participation is simple. Receive up to 2 of the following prizes (while supplies last): mug, tote bag, flash drive or can holder for every five library books you read or listen to. Then, keep reading for more chances to win a gift card from the final drawing. Stop by the library to pick up a reading log or print one here.


Make and Take: DIY Calendar Blocks

calendar blocks

Saturday, January 13th
10 AM

Use paint and Mod Podge to create your own unique calendar blocks to take home. No cost, but registration is required. Register here.

Upstairs at the Willmar Public Library. Ages 18+


Lunch Bunch Book Club

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Wednesday, January 17
12 PM

The next book club meeting will be at Cornerstone Coffee in the Skylark Center. Join us for lunch as we discuss Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann. This book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians. New members are always welcome.

Upcoming books:
February 21: Chilbury Ladies Choir by Jennifer Ryan
March 21: Radium Girls by Kate Moore
April 18: The Dry by Jane Harper


Craft Circle

yarn and knitting needles

Tuesday, January 23
4-6 PM

Do you enjoy knitting? Do you crochet, needlepoint, sew or partake in another craft? Bring your craft and enjoy time with like-minded individuals. All skill levels are welcome. Don’t have a craft to work on? Use the provided supplies for iris paper folding. The Craft Circle meets every fourth Tuesday of the month from 4-6 PM upstairs at the Willmar Public Library.


Serene Scenes

Serene scenes: stress reducing coloring for adults

Wednesday, January 24th, 2PM

Join us as we partake in the latest relaxation technique – coloring. Not just for kids anymore, coloring has been shown to have a calming effect on the mind and promote wellness. Coloring pages, supplies and refreshments will be provided.


Winter Technology Classes

Computer keyboard

All classes are held at the Willmar Public Library Multi-Purpose Room and are free of charge. Registration required for all classes

Selling on eBay

Wednesday, January 17th from 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Register here

Gmail 101

Tuesday, January 30th from 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Regsiter here

Modern Resumes with Canva

Tuesday, February 13th from 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Register here

Overdrive Basics: Using the Libby App

Wednesday, February 21st from 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Register here


Memory Loss Information Sessions

West Central Dementia Awareness Network

Questions about Memory Loss? Attend a one-hour informational session! Everyone welcome. No charge to attend and no registrations. From 2- 3 PM upstairs at the Willmar Public Library. Sponsored by the West Central Dementia Awareness network. For more information, contact Jody Loseth at 320-444-8027 or Made possible in part by a state grant awarded through the Minnesota Board on Aging.


Thursday, January 18
From 2- 3 PM upstairs at the Willmar Public Library

This film is from the HBO documentary series, The Alzheimer's Projects. It is a collection of 5 family portraits that illustrates caring for different stages of Alzheimer's Disease.

Dementia Friends

Thursday, February 15
From 2- 3 PM upstairs at the Willmar Public Library

This presentation teaches five key messages about dementia. People with dementia need to be understood and supported in their communities. Learn small ways that you can make a positive difference in the life of someone living with dementia.

Living with Alzheimer's: For Caregivers - Early Stages

Thursday, March 15 and April 19
From 2- 3 PM upstairs at the Willmar Public Library

When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, friends and family have many questions. Join us for a series of programs that provide answers to questions that arise in early and middle stages of the disease. (Middle stages will be in May and June.)


Blade Runner 2049

Movie Night for Adults

Tuesday, February 6
5:30 PM

In 2049 L.A., a cop known as K hunts down android laborers who have gone rogue. But when he uncovers a shocking conspiracy involving the robots, K searches for the one person who might have answers: a law-enforcement agent who once had his job. Rated R.


Cook Book Club


Tuesday, February 13
7 PM

Are you looking for new recipes or a great way to meet other foodies? Join the Cook Book Club at the Willmar Public Library. This club will meet the second Tuesday of the month at 7 PM upstairs at the library. Everyone brings a dish to share and a copy of the recipe based on the theme. January's theme is Cajun. New members are always welcome. No cost or registration required.

Upcoming themes:
March 13: Vegetarian
April 10: Seafood


Game Night

Scrabble tiles

Wednesday, February 14
6-8 PM

The Willmar Public Library will be hosting Game Night on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:00 PM upstairs at the library. Invite your friends to play some of the library’s games or bring a favorite from home. Board games, card games, Wii and more! Everyone 18+ welcome. No cost and no registration. Refreshments provided.


Free Legal Advice

The Central Minnesota Legal Services offers free legal advice. Registration is required and must be done through the organization. Call them at (320) 403-1051 to schedule an appointment. Note: No criminal matters accepted through this clinic.

LSC: Legal Services Corporation - America's partner for equal justice


We Want Your Input!

As always, we welcome your input for programs you'd like to see or perhaps would like to lead at the library. Use this survey or contact us via phone or email with your input. For any questions about programs, email staff or call us at (320) 235-3162.


Book A Librarian

Laptop and ebook reader

Set up an hour long, one-on-one appointment with a librarian for help with computer skills, tablets, research and more! Appointments can be made in person, via phone (320-235-3162) or through our online form.


Personalized Reading Recommendation Service

WPL Recommends: Personalized Reading Recommendation Service

Stuck in a reading rut? Looking for a great read? Or a gift idea for a friend or family member? Ask a librarian! Fill out this form and tell us a little bit about your tastes, or the tastes of the person you have in mind. A member of our team of avid readers will create a hand-picked list of books and authors you might enjoy. The more you can tell us, the better our suggestions will be!


Adult Librarian:
Syrena Maranell

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