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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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Summer Reading Bingo

Summer Reading Bingo

June 5th - August 25th

The Willmar Public Library is encouraging adults to read this summer with a bingo challenge. Readers, ages 18 and up, may pick up their bingo card at the library or print one here. Participants complete a horizontal or vertical line by writing the title of the book read in the corresponding box, and then bring the card to the Information Desk for a chance to win a prize. All non-prize winners and blackouts will be entered in to the grand prize drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card.


Colored pencils

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.


Craft Circle

yarn and knitting needles

Tuesday, July 25th, 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, July 26th, 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, August 8
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. August's theme is My Specialty. New members are always welcome. No cost or registration required.

Upcoming themes:
September 12 - Slow Cooker Recipes


NEW Willmar Walking Book Club

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

August 8th 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.

We will meet outside the Willmar Public Library, and enjoy a mile (or so) walk while discussing Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman up to chapter 20. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes ... the only way to survive is to open your heart. On August 22nd we will discuss the remainder of the book.

Upcoming dates:
August 8 - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine up to Ch. 20
August 22 - Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine - Remainder
September 5
September 19


Game Night

Scrabble tiles

Wednesday, August 9
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.


Lunch Bunch Book Club

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Wednesday, August 16
12 PM

Join us for lunch at Deidra's Espresso Cafe as we discuss Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. 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:
September 20: Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
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.

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.


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

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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