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The Radium Girls


How to Be Human


The Awkward Age

City of Light, City of Poison

Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures, 1935-1961

Our Short History

New York 2140

Paradise Lost

Native Plants of the Midwest

The Boy on the Bridge

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

Ginny Moon

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Coloring Contest for Adults

Pick up your coloring sheet from the Willmar Public Library or download and print. Then, turn in your completed sheet by September 29th to be entered into the contest for a $25 gift card.


Pushing the Limits

Pushing the Limits

The Willmar Public Library will host a free three-part, STEM reading, viewing and discussion series for adults called Pushing the Limits. The library is one of 50 public libraries nationwide receiving grants to host the series. Pushing the Limits brings together human interest videos, scientists, books, and people like you who are interested in exploring accessible strategies for adapting to a new climate.

Group discussion events will be held once per month on the following themes:

Pushing the Limits reading list: The Water Knife, Isaac's Storm and Forty Signs of Rain

All programs will be held upstairs at the Willmar Public Library. All of the free copies of the books have been claimed, but you can still participate by checking out the books from the library. Register here or call the library at (320) 235-3162.

This national program has been developed by a team of library professionals, scientists, and filmmakers. Their organizations include the Califa Group (a California-based library consortium), Dawson Media Group, and Goodman Research Group -- with generous funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.


Willmar Walking Book Club

Camino Island by John Grisham

Tuesday, September 19th at 8:30 AM
Camino Island by John Grisham

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.

We will meet at Thompson Park on Ella Ave, and enjoy a one mile (or so) walk along the bike trail while discussing Camino Island by John Grisham. Camino Island is about the heist of priceless manuscripts from Princeton, a bookseller who dabbles in the black market, and a young novelist with a severe case of writer’s block.


Lunch Bunch Book Club

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Wednesday, September 20
12 PM

Join us for lunch at Deidra's Espresso Cafe as we discuss Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. Lincoln in the Bardo is a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. Pick up a copy and join us on August 16. New members are always welcome.

Upcoming Selections:
October 18: The Spy by Paulo Coelho


Silent Book Club

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

Thursday, September 21 at 6PM
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. We will start with a brief introduction and share some reading recommendations and then read so BYOB (bring your own book).


Serene Scenes

Serene scenes: stress reducing coloring for adults

Wednesday, September 27, 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.


Cook Book Club


Tuesday, October 10;
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 and a copy of the recipe based on the theme. October's theme is casseroles. New members are always welcome. No cost or registration required.

Upcoming themes:
November 14: Copycat Recipes
December 12: Chinese
January 9: Cajun
February 13: Brunch


Game Night

Scrabble tiles

Wednesday, October 11; 6-8 PM
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.


Craft Circle

Eleven perler

Tuesday, October 24;
4-6 PM

Are you excited for the second season of "Stranger Things"? Join us for a special "Stranger Crafts" edition of Craft Circle on Tuesday, October 24th from 4-6 PM. Make a character magnet out of Perler beads and snack on some Eggos because in a world of tens, we know you're an Eleven!


West Central Dementia Awareness Network (WCDAN) Informational Sessions

West Central Dementia Awareness Network: WCDAN

Questions about memory loss? Attend a one-hour session at the Willmar Public Library multi-purpose room. Everyone is welcome. No charge and no registration. For more information contact Jody at 320-444-8027 or email Jody. Made possible in part by a state grant awarded through the Minnesota Board on Aging.

Dementia Friends

Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 2-3 PM
This presentation teaches five key messages about dementia. People with dementia need to be understood and supported in their communities. Learn small ways that you can make a positive difference in the life of someone living with dementia in your community.

"The Memory Loss Tapes"

Thursday, October 19, 2017 from 2-3 PM
This film is from the HBO documentary series, “The Alzheimer’s Project.” It captures the devastating experience of memory loss from the point of view of persons with the disease.

Know the 10 Signs – Early Detection Matters

Thursday, November 16, 2017 from 2-3 PM
If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes, it’s time to learn the facts. Early detection of Alzheimer’s disease gives you a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies, and plan for the future.

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Thursday, December 21, 2017 from 2-3 PM
Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias are not a normal part of aging. This presentation is for anyone who would like to know more about Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.


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

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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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