June 1 – August 31
Bingo is back! Complete Bingos (up to 5) for a chance to win prizes! Pick up your Bingo card at the Willmar Public Library or print here. Alternatively, fill out this online form and be entered in a prize drawing to be picked up via curbside.
Ages 18+. Prizes sponsored by the Friends of the Willmar Public Library.
Take & Make: Cactus Painted Rocks
Available Starting August 2
Use this form to reserve your supplies to make your cactus painted rocks by Art’deavors by Grace. Library staff will contact you by phone or email when it is ready for pick up.
Limit one per person. Ages 18+ Craft difficulty level: Beginner
This project is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.
Nailed It! Challenge
August 2nd – August 29th
Put your creative skills to the test and try our Nailed It! Challenge! Each participant will receive an ingredients kit as well as a card with a photo of the dessert you’ll need to replicate. Email a photo of your finished work to firstname.lastname@example.org or message them to our Facebook page by August 29th.
Then, your masterpiece will be judged by how closely it matches the original as well as overall skill/presentation. If you win, you’ll receive a gift card! Winners in each age group will be announced on August 31st. All ages. One kit per person. Supplies are limited.
Prizes are sponsored by the Friends of the Willmar Public Library.
Thursday, August 5
Join our Facebook Group and play live trivia every other Thursday evening at 7PM.
Play solo or assemble a team. Ages 18+
Upcoming Date: August 19
Wednesday, August 18
Join us every third Wednesday at noon for a book discussion upstairs at the Willmar Public Library. This month’s selection is Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell. We meet in person at the library, or you may fill out this form to join via Zoom. New members always welcome!
September 15 – Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
October 20 – Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
Crafts & Coloring
Wednesday, August 25 at 2 PM
Join us every fourth Wednesday of the month from 2-3 PM upstairs at the Willmar Public Library. Bring any crafts or coloring you are working on and enjoy time with like-minded individuals. Don’t have anything to work on? Use the provided supplies for scratch art, coloring, extreme dot to dot, or paint by sticker. Ages 18+
Book Boxes contain several little surprise items that coincide with each book’s story.
How it works:
⚫︎ Check out a copy of the book that goes along with the book box (book boxes do not come with a copy of the book!)
⚫︎ Open the items as you reach specific chapters in the book (they will be labeled.)
After you’ve finished one of our book boxes, please consider taking a brief survey about them here:
Current Book Boxes (while supplies last):
Starting August 2nd – Maze Runner by James Dashner (teens & adults)
Box request form
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (all ages)
Box request form
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (all ages)
Box request form
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (teens & adults)
Box request form
Library of Things Checkouts
Books not your thing? Remember, you can use your library card to check out any items available in our catalog including: board games, yard games, fitness kits, audiovisual kits, active mind kits, and more!
Willmar Public Library Makerspace
Register here to use our Makerspace equipment. Equipment must be used in the library and consumable materials are not supplied. Makerspace users must agree to the Makerspace Policy and complete training on safety and equipment use. Reservations required.
At Home Library Service
Available to individuals within Willmar city limits who cannot physically visit the library due to temporary or long term disability or health or mobility challenges. Prior registration required.
Request seeds online and use our curbside service to pick them up!
Fill out this form with your selections.
You can also access the Seed Library in the Willmar Public Library during regular hours.
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.
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
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
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!