Latino Americans 500 Years of History


Children's Department : JOB OPENING - High School Page


  • Sort and shelve books and other materials in the correct location of the children's department
  • Learn how to search for materials on the library's catalog and become proficient enough to teach patrons how to use the catalog computers
  • Work one weekend day, and at least one evening per week. Occasionally adjust work schedule to meet the needs of the department
  • Move tables and chairs and help prepare the children's activity room and second floor meeting rooms for programs and craft events
  • Help reorganize the meeting rooms and activity room after special programs
  • Complete a variety of tasks in the children's room in addition to sorting and shelving books, including preparation of program materials, folding fliers, and maintaining the area
  • Help with off-site events occasionally, such as The West Lafayette Farmer's Market
  • Help train and supervise teenage volunteers in such tasks as enrolling children in the summer reading club and giving club prizes to them
  • Perform other duties as assigned



  • Dependable – come to work on time as scheduled, ready to work
  • Able to work with minimal supervision
  • Friendly and courteous
  • Enjoy working with children and their parents or caregivers
  • Able to work with people of various cultures and backgrounds
  • Self-starter
  • Attentive to details, especially when sorting and shelving books
  • Able to alphabetize and order numbers
  • Able to lift and carry 25 pounds
  • Must be currently enrolled in local high school or school-recognized home school program
  • Must be at least 15 and able to get a work permit from school


  • Familiarity with children's books

Email resume or letter of interest to Ms. Linda Klein, West Lafayette Public Library This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A 2014 Film About an Indian Family in France


foodMonday, December 14 at 6:45 p.m.

at the West Lafayette Public Library

124 minutes, PG


Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is an extraordinarily talented and largely self-taught culinary novice. When he and his family are displaced from their native India and settle in a quaint French village, they decide to open an Indian eatery. However, Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), the proprietress of an acclaimed restaurant just across the street, strongly objects. War erupts between the two establishments, until Mallory recognizes Kadam's impressive epicurean gifts and takes him under her wing. Please call or come into the Library to learn the title of this film: 765-743-2261.


Nick's Picks on WBAA

Nick Schenkel's Book Reviews on WBAA

Nick on WBAA    


Matthew Prior has a life as unfortunate as it gets. After quitting his job and losing his family's savings on a sunk website, he desperately scrambles to salvage his marriage, career, and home. While The Financial Lives of the Poets seems incredibly dismal, reviewers have described Jess Walter's story as terribly funny, relatable, and simply a good time.   West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

                                                                                                                        Financial Lives of The Poets          

Little Free Libraries and Book Drops

LFL Lincoln Park -small installation day 8 21 2015  


The West Lafayette Public Library is proud to announce the opening of a neighborhood Little Free Library and a walk-up library book return box in both Lommel Park and Lincoln Park (seen in the photo above) in West Lafayette.

Working with the West Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department, with funding from North Central Health Services (NCHS), the West Lafayette Library is expanding the network of library service points in West Lafayette.

The book drops and the little free libraries are now available for use in both parks.  Please use and enjoy these new West Lafayette Library services!  

Read more about the Library’s book drops and little free libraries here.