Adult Services

Winter Reading

Snow is Falling, Books are Calling. Winter Reading Program 2020

January 2 – March 2

There is a chill in the air and snow on the ground. That can only mean one thing – it’s time for Winter Reading! This program rewards you for what you love doing – reading! Participants will receive up to two prizes for every five books they read or listen to. It’s easy to participate since all you have to do is write down the title and author of the books you read. Audiobooks, eBooks, and regular books all count towards the total. At the end of the program, all the reading records will be entered in the grand prize drawing. Adults 18 and over, stop at the Information Desk from January 2, 2020 to March 2, 2020 to participate or print a reading record here.





Movie Matinee

Friday, January 17
2 PM

Set in late 1968 and early 1969, Judy portrays Judy Garland hustling in Swinging London after successfully securing an engagement in Talk of the Town. Behind the scenes, her tumultuous life continues on, battling with her manager and her ex-husband. Rated PG-13



Roaming Readers: A Walking Book Chat

Walking feet

Wednesday, January 22
8 AM

Enjoy a casual walk while discussing your latest reads and favorite books. Meet at Kandi Mall main entrance. Every 4th Wednesday at 8 AM.



Crafts & Coloring

Crafts and coloring

Wednesday, January 22

Join us every fourth Wednesday of the month from 2-4 PM upstairs at the Willmar Public Library. Bring any crafts you are working on and enjoy time with like-minded individuals. Don’t have a craft to work on? Use the provided supplies for iris paper folding, coloring, extreme dot to dot, or paint by sticker.



A Taste of Poland

Thursday, February 6
6 PM

Join us as we explore a different country every first Thursday of the month. This month try a variety of snacks, listen to music, and answer trivia from Poland. No cost and no registration. Everyone age 18+ is welcome. Upstairs at the Willmar Public Library.



Make & Take: Paper Snowflake Trees

Saturday, February 8
10 AM

Use the provided supplies to make a hanging or potted paper snowflake tree. No cost, but registration is required.  Please register here. Ages 18+




Let’s Dish! Community Potluck

Tuesday, February 11
7 PM

Stuck in a recipe rut? Join us at the Willmar Public Library every second Tuesday of the month at 7 PM upstairs in the multi-purpose room for Let’s Dish! Community Potluck. Everyone brings a dish to share and a copy of the recipe based on the theme. February‘s theme is Pasta. No cost or registration required.

Upcoming Dates: 
March 10: Coconut



Lunch Bunch Book Club

Wednesday, February 19
12 PM

The next book club meeting will be at Cornerstone Coffee in the Skylark Center. Join us for lunch as we discuss The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates. This is the dramatic story of an atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children—the violent and capricious separation of families—and the war they waged to simply make lives with the people they loved. New members are always welcome.

Upcoming Selections:
March 18: Three Women by Lisa Taddeo
April 15: The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
May 20: Inland by Téa Obreht



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!