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Monsoon Mansion

Minnesota 1918

Adjustment Day

Hiking Waterfalls in Minnesota

The Overstory

There There

The Kiss Quotient

How Hard Can It Be

The Death of Mrs. Westaway


Unrtamed Mushrooms

My Patients and Other Animals

Days of Awe

Moon Brow

Then She Was Gone

The Female Persuasion

The Mars Room

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Master Gardeners Table Topics

Master Gardeners Table Topics: New Topics Monthly

Do you have questions about your yard or garden? Ask a Master Gardener! Each month a display, with books and handouts, will highlight a new topic. Also on Tuesdays from 1-3 PM a Master Gardener will be at the library to answer your questions.

September: Fall Lawn Care

Don't forget to check out some seeds from the Seed Library while you are here.


Lunch Bunch Book Club

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Wednesday, September 19
12 PM

The next book club meeting will be at Cornerstone Coffee in the Skylark Center. Join us for lunch as we discuss The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. The Alice Network is a historical novel about two women -- a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947 -- who are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption.

Upcoming books:
October 17: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
November 21: Leondardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson


Craft Circle

yarn and knitting needles

Tuesday, September 25
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, September 26
2-4 PM

Join us every fourth Wednesday of the month and discover the relaxing effects of coloring. Coloring pages and supplies will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own from home. Refreshments provided.


Moving Words

Minnesota Book Awards presented by BNSF Railway

Thursday, September 27, 6:30 PM
Free and open to the public

Four Minnesota authors will participate in readings and discussion of their award-winning books as part of a statewide tour. The Willmar Public Library and The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the Minnesota Center for the Book, will present an author event as part of the Moving Words series, a tour of Minnesota Book Award winners across Minnesota.

Authors Jack El-Hai, Geoff Herbach, Wendy Webb, and Diane Wilson will come together for readings and discussion on Thursday, September 27, 6:30 PM, at Willmar Public Library Multi-Purpose Room, 410 5th Street SW, Willmar. This event is free and open to the public. ASL interpretation will be provided.

Featuring multi-genre, Minnesota Book Award-winning authors, Moving Words is an opportunity for writers and readers to explore various themes together: the impact of literature in their lives, their connection as fellow Minnesotans, and the lens through which we read.


Cook Book Club

Tuesday, October 9
7 PM

A woman and man cooking together

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. October's theme is recipes from TV/movies. New members are always welcome. No cost or registration required.

Upcoming Themes:
October 9: Recipes from TV/movies
November 13: Thai
December 11: Appetizers
January 8: Pasta


Game Night

Wednesday, October 10
6-8 PM

Scrabble tiles

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.


Preschool for Adults

Preschool for Adults

Wednesday, October 17
7 PM

Ever wish you could go back to preschool? Join us for Preschool for Adults and enjoy sensory activities, crafts, games, and cookies & juice. Everything but nap time! FREE and open to everyone 18+.


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!

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