December Creativity Lab Art Workshops

Local watercolorist and arts instructor Rena Brouwer will be sharing her talents with the community at the December Creativity Lab Art Workshop events!

Children and parents are invited to join us on Sunday, December 11 from 1:00 – 2:00 in the Children’s Activity Room to paint a friendly snowman, reminiscent of Stranger in the Woods. The Teen and Adult Workshop will follow at 2:30 in the Creativity Lab, where participants will paint a Winter Landscape.

All supplies for the workshops are provided free of charge, thanks to a grant from The Arts Federation, Indiana Arts Commission, and National Endowment for the Arts. There is no registration for the event, but each workshop is limited to 24 participants.

Rena has been heavily involved in the arts nation-wide, both teaching and exhibiting, for over 40 years. She is currently co-owner and Gallery Director of the Opera House Gallery of Contemporary Art in Delphi and active in numerous Indiana artists’ associations. To learn more about Rena Brouwer and her work, please visit

November Creativity Lab Art Workshop

Please welcome Kathleen Rollick as the instructor of our November CLAW sessions! Kathleen is a member of the Calligraphy Guild of Indiana and has created a beautiful and practical way to introduce participants of all ages to the basic strokes of gothic textura calligraphy.

Sessions will be held on Sunday, November 6. Join us in the Walnut Room at 2:00 for families and children under 12 years old, and in the same room at 3:30 for teens 13+ and adults. No registration is required, but each event has a participant capacity of 24 so please arrive early to secure a space. Contact with questions.

You can learn more about the Calligraphy Guild of Indiana at

Watch for upcoming news about our December workshops with watercolor artist Rena Brouwer.

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October’s Creativity Lab Art Workshop

We are excited to host Bekki Canine as our featured artist for the October CLAW sessions. Some of you may remember Bekki as the creator of the large planets art installation that hung above our east entrances celebrating the 2019 Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program.

Sessions will be held on Sunday, October 23. Join us in the Children’s Activity Room at 2:00 for families and children under 12 years old, and in the Creativity Lab at 3:30 for teens 13+ and adults. No registration is required, but each event has a participant capacity of 24 so please arrive early to secure a space. Contact with questions.

You can learn more about Bekki and read her artist’s statement at

Watch for upcoming news about our November workshops on hand-lettering techniques by Indiana Calligrapher’s Guild member Kathleen Rollick.

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West Lafayette Public Library is glad to announce the receipt of a generous grant from the Indiana Arts Commision and the The Arts Federation that will allow us to provide community programming centered around arts instruction and artistic recreation for all ages.

The Creativity Lab Art Workshops (CLAW) series will introduce participants to a new skill, artistic medium, or creative project in the library setting. Each session will be led by a guest artist from or with connections to the Greater Lafayette community. One Sunday session will be offered exclusively for adults and teens over 13 years old, while another session for families with children will offer a project more suited toward younger abilities.

These sessions are being held in the Library’s new Creativity Lab, a designated space for making and creating that has opened over the summer, and in the Children’s Activity Room. This program series will be offered free of charge to the public in an effort to welcome everyone into our remodeled library and to encourage further art exploration and appreciation within the Greater Lafayette community. 

Library Director, Nick Schenkel, states, “On behalf of The West Lafayette Public Library I’m pleased the Library can continue its tradition of bringing people of all ages together to explore artistic endeavors. Encouraging creativity is a mainstay of public library service to our community.”

For an opportunity to share your thoughts on shaping this series, please participate in this survey.

The Library is currently seeking teaching artist partners to be part of this exciting new opportunity for our community. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Ashley Fletcher at

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!


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


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

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. – Information on all aspects of voting, the election cycle, the branches of government, candidates on the issues, and more! – Learn where candidates stand on important issues based on their public statements.
Indiana election security information