Willard Library hosts open house events at its Battle Creek branches


The Willard Library at Battle Creek is ready to show off its new and improved spaces.

The public library is holding open houses on June 9 and 10 at its Helen Warner branch and downtown.

The Helen Warner branch at 36 Minges Creek Place closed for renovations in March and reopened May 31. The Open House begins at 5:15 p.m. on June 9, with a signing from the Dean O. Barnum Amphitheater and Joanne TenBrink Creative Space.

Barnum, a philanthropist and professor at Kellogg Community College, established the million-dollar Barnum-Willard Trust – the largest donation in the library’s 126-year history. TenBrink, a longtime resident of Battle Creek, donated over $95,000 to the Willard Library as part of her estate, along with some Creative Space gear inspired by TenBrink’s skills as a master. seamstress.

“The library is delighted with these generous donations which will be an investment in the future for the benefit of local residents,” library director Cathy Lucas said in a statement.

From 6 to 7 p.m., guests can explore the creative space and check out its new equipment, which includes a sewing machine, heat press, photo box, jewelry repair kit, and metal stamping. Door prizes will be given out and staff will demonstrate how to make craft projects with the equipment.

The open house marks the launch of creative technology programs at the branch library, through which open labs will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. most Tuesdays.

A mural will be exhibited at the downtown library

The downtown location of the Willard Library at 7 W. Van Buren St. will celebrate local artist Jaziel Pugh’s mural from 5-7 p.m. on June 10.

Pugh, a Battle Creek digital artist, illustrator, painter, and modern expressionist, created the large mural on the lower level of the downtown library during the COVID-19 pandemic. The mural, “Two Sides to Every Story”, includes images of popular characters from Pokémon, Peanuts, Hello Kitty and Sesame Street.

“The core of the mural is a juxtaposition between color and aesthetics,” Pugh said in a statement. “The mood that each wall gives is completely opposite to each other. Think about opposites like colorful and dull, light and dark, happy and sad.”

Guests must enter and exit the library through the side entrance on the lower level of the parking lot. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, visit willardlibrary.org.

Contact reporter Nick Buckley at [email protected] or 269-966-0652. Follow him on Twitter: @NickJBuckley


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