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How to Become a Fiction Writer:
Presented by James Zarzana

James Zarzana

Wednesday, May 31
6:00 PM

Science fiction writer and professor emeritus, James Zarzana, will be presenting upstairs at the Willmar Public Library on May 31 at 6 PM. Zarzana has published two books in a series of four, The Marsco Dissidant and Marsco Triumphant. Hear first-hand what it takes to become a fiction writer. No cost and no registration.


Summer Computer Classes

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Classes are free of charge and are held upstairs in the Willmar Public Library Multi-Purpose Room.

Selling on eBay

Wednesday, June 7th from 2-3 PM
Discover how to sell your items on eBay. We’ll cover what you need to know about posting your item for sale, how to manage fees and shipping, and providing good customer service. Register here

Gmail 101

Wednesday, June 14th from 2-3 PM
Learn how to:

This class is for participants who already have a Gmail account and password and for those who want to create one. Register here

Microsoft Word: Resumes

Wednesday, July 19th from 2-3 PM
Whether you already have a resume or need to start from scratch, come learn how to use Microsoft Word to create a professional looking resume. Basic Word skills required. Register here


NEW Willmar Walking Book Club

A Gentleman in Moscow

June 13th at 8:30 AM
Join the Willmar Walking Book Club to discuss books and enjoy a casual walk every other Tuesday at 8:30 AM. New members are always welcome. Wear comfortable shoes and bring a bottle of water if you would like.

Our first walking book club will be Tuesday, June 13. We will meet outside the Willmar Public Library, and enjoy a mile (or so) walk while discussing A Gentleman in Moscow (up to Book 3). On Tuesday, June 27th we will discuss the remainder of the book. A Gentleman in Moscow is about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.

Upcoming dates:
June 27th
July 11
July 25
August 8
August 22
September 5
September 19


Cook Book Club

Peanut butter and jelly sandwich

Tuesday, June 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 based on the theme. May's theme is Childhood Favorite. New members are always welcome.

Upcoming themes: July 11 - Indian
August 8 - My Specialty
September 12 - Slow Cooker Recipes
No cost or registration required.


Game Night

Scrabble tiles

Wednesday, June 14
6-8 PM

The Willmar Public Library will be hosting Game Night on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 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. Prizes for winners!


Free Legal Advice Clinic

Friday, June 16
The Central Minnesota Legal Services offers free legal advice at the library every third Friday of the month. 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


Lunch Bunch Book Club

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

Wednesday, June 21
12 PM

NEW LOCATION - Meeting Room at Deidra's Espresso Cafe, 309 Lakeland Dr SE #6. Join us for lunch at Deidra's Espresso Cafe as we discuss Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney. A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop. Pick up a copy and join us on June 21st. New members are always welcome.

Upcoming Selections:
July 19: The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts
August 16: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
September 20: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
October 18: The Spy by Paulo Coelho


Craft Circle

yarn and knitting needles

Tuesday, June 22, 4-6 PM

The Craft Circle is a supportive environment for individuals to craft and learn from each other. Bring your knitting, crochet, needlepoint or other craft project and work on it with other like-minded individuals. Don't have a craft to bring? Use the provided supplies for iris paper folding.


Serene Scenes

Serene scenes: stress reducing coloring for adults

Wednesday, June 28, 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.


Silent Book Club

Open book with message: I like to party and by party I mean read books.

on hold until September 21
Looking for a different type of book club? With Silent Book Club there's no assigned reading. It's about taking time out of your busy schedule to simply relax and read. Put down your phone, pick up a book, and spend quality time with fellow book lovers. BYOB (Bring Your Own Book) to LuLu Bean's Coffehouse on Thursday, May 18th at 6 PM for some well-deserved reading time.


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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