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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.


Lunch Bunch Book Club

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain

Wednesday, January 18th
12 PM

Join us for lunch at Cornerstone Coffee in the Skylark Mall as we discuss Circling the Sun by Paula McLain. Circling the Sun brings to life a fearless and captivating woman — Beryl Markham, a record-setting aviator caught up in a passionate love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, who as Isak Dinesen wrote the classic memoir Out of Africa. Pick up a copy and join us on January 18th. New members are always welcome.

Upcoming selections:
February 15th: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
March 15: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
April 19: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
May 17: Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead


Free Legal Advice Clinic

Friday, January 20th
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


Craft Circle

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Tuesday, January 24th, 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, January 25th 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.

Game Night

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Wednesday, February 8th at 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!



Cook Book Club


Tuesday, February 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. January's theme is comfort foods. Upcoming themes: March 14- Chicken; April 11 - Pizza

No cost or registration required.


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.


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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