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Winter Reading

Book Your Winter Getaway!

"Book Your Winter Getaway", the annual winter reading program sponsored by the Pioneerland Library System and its member libraries, will begin January 3, and run through March 3, 2017.

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, metal bookmark, or coloring book 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.

Visit the Willmar Public Library for more information and to get your reading log.


Free Legal Advice Clinic

Friday, February 17th
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


Serene Scenes

Serene scenes: stress reducing coloring for adults

Wednesday, February 22 at 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.


Books & Brews

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Friday, February 24th,

Want to talk about that awesome book you just read? Stuck in a rut and need some suggestions? Adults 21+ are welcome to join us for a fun and casual book chat at Foxhole Brewhouse.


Craft Circle

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Tuesday, February 28th, 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.


Cook Book Club

Chicken and waffles with peaches and cream

Tuesday, March 14th
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. March's theme is chicken. New members are always welcome. Upcoming themes: April 11 - Pizza; May 9 - Bacon; June 13 - Childhood Favorite.

No cost or registration required.


Game Night

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Wednesday, March 8th 6:30 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!


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Spring Technology Classes

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

Gmail 101

Wednesday, March 1; 2-3 PM

Learn how to email using Gmail. This class will cover how to send & receive email, how to use attachments, and more! Participants must be proficient with a mouse and keyboard. Register here


Using the Cloud

Tuesday, March 7; 2-3 PM

Have you heard of the Cloud, but you're not quite sure what that means or where to go to access it? In this class we will take a look at some common cloud applications and learn how easy and convenient cloud computing can be. Register here


Buying & Selling on eBay

Wednesday, March 15; 2-3 PM

For the person just starting out on eBay. Learn your way around and some tips for a better experience. Register here


Windows 10 Basics

Thursday, March 23; 6:30-7:30 PM

Learn how to navigate Windows 10. Participants must be proficient with a mouse and keyboard. Register here


Lunch Bunch Book Club

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Wednesday, March 15th
12 PM

Join us for lunch at Cornerstone Coffee in the Skylark Mall as we discuss Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. Commonwealth tells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families’ lives. Pick up a copy and join us on March 15th. New members are always welcome.

Upcoming selections:
April 19: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
May 17: Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


Bullet Journaling

Bullet Journaling

Saturday, March 25th; 10AM

Learn about bullet journaling, a customizable and forgiving organization system that can be used as a to-do list, planner, and diary. Register online to receive your free journal.


One Book Willmar Featuring
Author Faith Sullivan

Thursday, March 30; 6:30 PM

Faith Sullivan

Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse by Minnesota author, Faith Sullivan, is the novel selected for Willmar’s first ever Community Read. The purpose of a Community Read is to offer a community an opportunity to read, think, talk, listen and grow together. Sullivan will be speaking at the Willmar Public Library on Thursday, March 30th at 6:30 PM. Because of limited seating it will be necessary to have a ticket for the event. Tickets are free and may be picked up at the Willmar Library after March 1st.


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

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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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