We are excited to be offering a series of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) programming again this spring, led by our dynamic STEM Assistant duo. Watch the Children’s page for info on programs for kids currently enrolled in grades 4-6 (or homeschool equivalent), and our Teen page for events for grades 7 – 12.

Program registration is strongly encouraged for each event. Follow the links on each page to our sign-up forms and for contact information.

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Curious about graphic novels and want to learn more about the Civil Rights Movement? Join us this evening for a creative program with the Purdue Department of English from 6:00-7:00 in Elm Room. Discuss graphic novels, the cultural significance of comics, and what makes a hero. All ages welcome!

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The "Big Read" for 2018-2019

The West Lafayette Public LIbrary is glad to partner with the English Department at Purdue aw we present our second annual “Big Read,” a voluntary common read program designed to link Purdue and Greater Lafayette readers.

With the help of campus and community partners, each year we select a great book, create a calendar of engaging events, and provide copies to English majors, Purdue students, local high schools, public libraries, and more. 

The “Big Read” book for 2018-2019 is The Underground Railroad. Colson Whitehead will be the guest speaker for our 2019 Literary Awards Banquet.

 
PULITZER PRIZE WINNER  |  NATIONAL BOOK AWARD WINNER  |  ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD WINNER  |  ZORA NEALE HURSTON/ RICHARD WRIGHT LEGACY FICTION AWARD

 

 

Visit the West Lafayette Public Library and check out a copy of "Underground Railroad"!

Nick Schenkel's Book Reviews on WBAA

 

nickwbaaTHE FORBIDDEN TEMPTATION OF BASEBALL

"The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball" is a book about two Chinese brothers' difficulty with adapting to American life after being sent by the Emperor to learn American ways. 

Though both struggle to maintain their Chinese identities in their new home, through time and the pursuit of the new American sport of baseball, one of the brothers slowly begins to integrate into American culture.  
Written for young readers, "The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball" tells a story set in late 19th century Amercia that can resonate with readers of all ages today. 

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