2022 Summer Reading Programs

Oceans of Possibilities

June 1st – July 31st

Dive into an Ocean of Possibilities at the Library this summer!

Use the READSquared app or site to log your reading minutes. When you’ve reached a reward visit the library to pick up your prize.


Early Literacy/Pre-K (birth to age 5)

Introducing the Early Literacy program for our youngest participants. If your child is right on the boundary of the two programs, please choose whichever you feel is a better fit. Children are welcome in one or the other program, but not both simultaneously. Track the time your child listens to books. Log their minutes, keep going as the minutes become hours. We have a prize for them for 5 hours (300 minutes) of reading/listening and another at 10 hours (600 minutes). Participants earn digital badges at READsquared immediately upon completion. Come in to the library to pick up their prizes. Prizes will be available from June 13 to July 31. Join us for storytimes and fun events with special visitors throughout the summer.

Children (grades K-6)

Track reading and listening time. Log your minutes, keep going as the minutes become hours. We have a prize for you for 5 hours (300 minutes) of reading and another at 10 hours (600 minutes) of reading. Earn digital badges at READsquared immediately upon completion. Come in to the library to pick up your prizes. Prizes will be available from June 13 to July 31. Too easy? Submit a book review and try a mission. We’d love for you to read with us all summer long! Book suggestions will be offered at every Wednesday Workshop session with an option for K-3 and another for kids grades 4-6.


Teen (entering grades 7-12)

Log your minutes read on the READSquared platform to dive deeper and earn prizes. Rewards on sign-up, at 600 minutes, and at 1,200 minutes of logged reading time. Attend Wednesday programs for a chance to earn a gift card, and come by on Friday afternoons for teen-only time in our new Creative Lab.

Download the teen program booklet.


Adult (age 18+)

Summer Reading is not just for kids! Adults (18 and older) are welcome to sign up for the Adult program. Record your minutes and earn prizes. Parents – you can record the minutes read to your children, too! Don’t forget to join us for weekly adults-only programs each Tuesday night.

Download the adult program list.

Volunteers needed in our NEW book shop!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED in our NEW library book shop, The Book Cellar!

Before we can open our new book shop to the public, we need volunteers that can help with initial setup and/or can commit to recurring hours once the shop is open.

Duties of a Book Cellar volunteer can include: moving and cleaning shelves (during the initial setup period), sorting incoming donations, stocking the book shop, staffing it during open hours, and helping customers.

If you are interested, please visit the Volunteering page of our website and fill out the application. Indicate that you are interested in the Book Shop help and you’ll be contacted soon to get started!

Link: https://wlaf.lib.in.us/volunteering/

If you have any questions about this volunteer opportunity, please contact the Library at 765-743-2261.

Take-And-Make Hot Chocolate Bomb

Stop by the West Lafayette Public Library to pick up your own Take-And-Make Hot Chocolate Bomb Kit. Starting on December 7th until December 11th, we will be handing out a limited number of hot chocolate bomb kits, and the instructional video for how to assemble them will go live on December 12th, at 2 PM. These kits are available to adults only, and are limited in quantity, so please be sure to stop by as soon as possible!

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 9 of these libraries around the West Lafayette area? Use the 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.

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