Last Chance Blow-Out Book Sale

Starting Wednesday, February 24th West Lafayette Public Library is holding a last chance blow-out book sale! Stop in during our open hours to browse our collection and pick up your next favorite read.

Books of all genres are available. We have a large collection of children’s books, adult fiction, cookbooks, and everything in between!

Adult books are 2 for $1, children’s books are 4 for $1, and DVDS are $1 each.

STEAM Kits

We are so excited to offer kits that help you explore science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. These kits are fun for all ages!

Find kit check-out cards (similar to our New DVD system) in a binder near the games and puzzles on our first floor. Simply bring a card to the circulation desk to check out your kit.

Click on a picture below to go to the item record in Evergreen Indiana where you can see availability or place a hold. You can also view all kit records.

Use Guidelines:
– Kits can be checked out for seven days and renewed once.
– A maximum of two kits can be checked out by a household at a time.
– Fees will be assessed for damaged or lost kits. Maximum damaged/missing item amounts are listed on the check-out card.

Learn about architecture and exercise spatial thinking and fine motor skills when you try these structural challenges.

Create your own instruments and electronic music using the littleBits Synth kit.

Learn about space exploration, robots, and circuitry inspired by real space technology applications.

Learn programming and complete hands-on challenges with this fun robotic ball.

Use this simple engineering toy to create structures, shapes, moving objects, and more.

This introductory kit offers simple projects to learn about electricity and circuits.

Use snap circuits to learn about electricity and circuits with slightly more difficult projects and more pieces.

This Snap Circuit mini-kit is meant for those who are ready to explore and includes more complicated projects.

Learn how to make stop motion videos with StikBot Studio! Pose the figures and use the green screen options to put your figures anywhere in this world and beyond.

Keep watching this space for more kits!

Thank you to the Indiana Manufacturing Competitiveness Center for funding to enhance this collection. Learn more about IN-MaC.

Book Clubs for Black History Month and Beyond

West Lafayette Public Library is looking forward to collaborating with Purdue University Black Cultural Center on several virtual book discussion groups this spring and summer featuring memoirs, speculative fiction, graphic novels, and activist voices!
Free copies of each book are available on request as supplies last.

Each book will be discussed over the course of two meetings. The meetings do have separate registration forms – please make sure to complete both, or contact us with any questions!

ADULT

No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America by Darnell Moore
This memoir by writer & activist Darnell L. Moore has been called “an engaging meditation on identity and creativity.” Moore reflects on his experiences growing up poor, Black, & queer in New Jersey during the 80s and 90s. Recommended for readers 18+. 
Meetings on Feb 4 & 11 at 7:00 pm. 
Register at tinyurl.com/noashes2 by Feb 11.

How Long ‘til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin
Explore feminist and afro-centric speculative fiction, sci-fi, and fantasy by multiple-award winning author N.K. Jemisin. Pen America writes, “Jemisin’s stories are discerning, thought-provoking, and beautifully crafted, showcasing a master at work.” Each evening will discuss a selection of short stories from the book with room to explore. Recommended for readers 18+
Meets on February 16 & 25 at 7:00 pm
Register at tinyurl.com/howlongbook1 by Feb 17


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YOUTH & TEEN

New Kid by Jerry Craft
Craft’s Newberry and Coretta Scott King-award winning graphic novel finds 7th grader Jordan Banks torn between two worlds when his parents enroll him in a mostly-white prestigious private school instead of the art academy of his dreams. Open to readers in 4-8th grade.
Meets on March 16 & 19 at 3:00 pm
Register at tinyurl.com/newkidbook1 by March 15


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When They Call You a Terrorist (Young Adult edition) by Patrisse Cullors & asha bandele
Adapted for younger audiences, this bestselling work by Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors explores the author’s upbringing and influences and the larger civil rights movement still taking place today. School Library Journal says, “This book is more than the origin story of BLM and more than Khan-Cullors’s revolutionary journey. She creates space for difficult thoughts and conversations to begin.” Open to readers entering grades 7 -12.
Meets this summer! Dates TBD.
Watch for registration!

Email aschoolman [at]wlaf.lib.in.us with questions.

RESCHEDULED: Murder in 1985 – A Virtual Murder Mystery

There’s a murder to solve – and you’re the one that can solve it!

Adults (18+) can join us in this fun virtual murder mystery game. You can register as a CHARACTER or as an OBSERVER.

This event has been RESCHEDULED for Summer 2021. More details will follow closer to the event.

Any questions? Contact the library at 765-743-2261 or email librarian Ashley Meyer at ameyer@wlaf.lib.in.us

New Poetry Books

Take a look at some new poetry additions to the Library’s collection.
Click on the image to view it larger.
Click on any book cover to see it in our catalog.

Join our reading and crafting challenge!

2021 Reading Rug Challenge

Looking for a project that involves reading AND crafting?

Adults are invited to participate in a year-long latch hook project in which you’ll create your own Reading Rug.

Pick up your rug kit from the library. After you read a book (or read for 4 hours), visit the library again to pick up yarn to fill your rug. What color yarn you receive depends on the genre that you read.

In your initial kit, you’ll receive (1) rug canvas and (1) latch hook tool.

After you’ve read, visit during open or curbside hours to pick up your yarn. The current genre colors are as follows:

Add your yarn in any pattern you wish! Your goal is simply to fill it with the genres you’ve read by the end of the year!

At this time, only adult (18+) participants are invited to participate. No registration required; simply visit the Library to pick up your initial kit.

Any questions? Contact librarian Ashley Meyer at ameyer@wlaf.lib.in.us.

Silent Book Club is virtual in 2021!

Silent Book Club will resume beginning in January 2021 – with our meetings taking place virtually.

What IS Silent Book Club?

Silent Book Club is a book club that is all about what YOU want to read! Instead of reading the same book as everyone else, you read your own book and talk about it. It’s a low-stress way of talking about books – and maybe discovering your next great read from others!

A typical Silent Book Club meeting includes an hour of silent reading – hence the ‘Silent’ book club. While meetings are virtual, we’ll let you choose when and where to read before the meeting.

All meetings are held via Zoom on the last Saturday of the month at 5:00pm.
To get meeting information, please fill out this short form and the details will be emailed to you.

2021 Silent Book Club Dates
Saturdays @ 5:00pm

January 30th
February 27th
March 27th
April 24th
May 29th
June 26th
July 31st
August 28th
September 25th
October 30th
November 27th
December 18th

Looking for a Free Small Library?

Free Small Libraries are miniature wooden libraries placed around the community. If you find one, you are welcome to take any books you like – or leave any books you wish to share with others!

Did you know that there are 11 of these libraries around the West Lafayette area? Use the gallery and map below to find one close to you!

These Small Free Libraries are maintained by Lafayette Rotary and supported by the West Lafayette Public Library.

Voting in the 2020 Election

Important Dates

Monday, October 5 — Deadline to register
Tuesday, October 6 — Early voting begins
Thursday, October 22 — Absentee ballot application deadline
Saturday, October 31 — Early voting ends
Tuesday, November 3 — Election Day

Voter Information Quick Links

Indiana Voter Portal

  • Register to vote
  • Check your voting status
  • Request a form to vote by mail
  • Find your polling place
  • See who will be on your ballot

Tippecanoe County Elections & Voting

  • Voter registration information
  • Early voting locations and schedules
  • Election Day poll locations
  • Voting maps
  • Past election results

Indiana Secretary of State Election division

  • Voter registration information
  • Ways to Vote
  • Photo ID Law Information
  • Voter’s Rights
  • Information on how to be a Poll Worker

FAQs

How do I register to vote?

Please note that voter registration in Indiana closed on October 5.

  • Online: Visit the Indiana Voter Portal. You will need a valid Indiana Driver’s License or State Identification card.
  • At the BMV: If you are an Indiana resident, you may register to vote at any BMV branch. See the BMV Voter Information page.
  • By Mail: Download an Indiana Voter Registration Application form or pick one up from any of the following locations:
    • Your public library
    • City or County Clerk’s Office
    • BMV License Branch
    • Township Trustee’s Office

How do I vote early in Indiana?

Tippecanoe County has several early voting centers open between October 6 and October 31. See the locations and their schedules.

I’m a Purdue Student from another part of Indiana. What should I do?

Make sure to check your registration status to see the address on file before October 5!
College students can be registered at only one address. You can register to vote in Tippecanoe County or request an absentee ballot from your home county through the Indiana Voter Portal. To learn more about voting as a college student, visit https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2626.htm

I’m a Purdue Student from another state. What should I do?

If you are a Purdue Student from out-of-state, you will have to choose which state you want to vote in. Submit a paper application to register to vote in Indiana before October 5, or request an absentee mail-in ballot from your home state. If you vote in Indiana, see below for information on what to bring with you as a first-time Indiana voter.

How do I vote by mail in Indiana?

Your application to vote by mail (absentee) must be received by October 22, 2020! See the IN Secretary of State’s information page to learn about your eligibility to vote by mail, the proof of residency requirements, receive the forms to vote by mail, and be aware of all deadlines.

What do I need to bring with me when I vote?

IDs that meet certain requirements are required by Public Law 109-2005. All Indiana voters will need to have an ID with them that contains ALL of the following:

1. Display the voter’s photo 
2. Display the voter’s name, and the name must conform with the voter registration record 
3. Display an expiration date and either be current or have expired sometime after the date of the last General Election (November 8, 2016) 
4. Be issued by the State of Indiana or the U.S. government. IDs from other states WILL NOT be accepted.

See examples of accepted and not accepted forms of ID.

First-time Indiana voters who registered by mail will also need to bring one of the following:

  1. Indiana Driver’s License or Indiana State Identification Card, with the voter’s current name and address
  2. Any current and valid photo ID that contains the voter’s current name and address
  3. A current utility bill, with the voter’s current name and address
  4. A bank statement, with the voter’s current name and address
  5. Government check with the voter’s current name and address
  6. Paycheck with the voter’s current name and address
  7. Other government document that shows voter’s current name and address

You can obtain a FREE Voter Identification Card from the BMV; the document requirements are the same as a standard State ID card.

More information:

The Election Protection Hotline (multilingual) – A nonpartisan coalition dedicated to ensuring that all voters have an opportunity to cast a ballot that counts. Voter helplines are available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Tagalog.
Know your voting rights – The American Civil Liberties Union’s concise overview of what to do on the spot if your right to vote is impeded.
How to pick a candidate – An unbiased guide on what to consider when evaluating candidates from the League of Women Voters of Newton.
Ballotpedia.org – Information on all aspects of voting, the election cycle, the branches of government, candidates on the issues, and more!
OnTheIssues.org – Learn where candidates stand on important issues based on their public statements.
Indiana election security information

Wifi Hotspots available!

Going on a trip and needing wifi on the road?
In need of temporary internet while at home?

Residents of the Greater Lafayette community are welcome to check out a wireless hotspot from the West Lafayette Public Library.

You may place a hold on a hotspot by clicking here or by calling the Library at 765-743-2261. A limited quantity are available.

Hotspot Borrowing Guidelines:

  1. Only adult patrons (Resident or Reciprocal accounts) in good standing may check out a hotspot.
  2. Hotspots circulate for a period of 7 days.
  3. The devices may be renewed 1 time. This will happen automatically by the Evergreen Indiana system unless another person is waiting for the item. 
  4. Hotspots may be placed on hold. Patrons have 1 week to pick up the hotspot before their hold is cancelled and the item made available to the next patron in line. 
  5. Internet services on the hotspot will be remotely deactivated the day after the due date.
  6. During our limited open hours, hotspots may be returned to any public desk or bookdrop. 
  7. Due to the demand for hotspots, a patron (or another member of the patron’s household) may not check out a hotspot after returning it until a period of 7 days has passed. 
  8. All components must be returned in the condition that they were received – no substitutions accepted.
  9. Patrons are responsible for costs associated with damage, loss, or theft of the hotspot.
  10. Patrons will be charged for any missing parts in accordance with the replacement costs. If individual parts cannot be replaced, the patron will be charged for the entire unit. 
  11. Replacement costs as are follows:
    Hotspot Device – 75.00
    Case – 15.00
    Charging Cable – 10.00
    Total replacement cost –  100.00
  12. Patrons may not attempt to alter or reconfigure the firmware of the hotspot or to remove the battery.
  13. Patrons may not use or attempt to use the hotspot for illegal purposes, including (but not limited to) violations of licensing agreements and/or copyright laws.
  14. Patrons assume full responsibility for any damage to their personal devices resulting from malicious software or viruses downloaded via the hotspot.
  15. Patrons assume full responsibility to protect minor children from exposure to objectionable content on the Internet, including (but not limited to) pornography, violence and/or hate speech.

If it is determined that a patron displays a history of neglecting these guidelines, he or she may lose hotspot borrowing privileges.