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!

Children’s Programs Wednesdays

We are excited to share books and songs with you and your little one at our new temporary program space – The Bean in Margerum City Hall. Every Wednesday join Miss Melissa for stories and Miss Gail for music. These programs are free, no registration required and best suited for children 5 and under.



Anti-Racism Reading

As we watch events around the country and the world unfold, the West Lafayette Public Library joins others in expressing our support of those fighting for social justice. 

As a public library, it is our duty to create free and equitable access to materials that encourage our community members to learn, grow, and seek the truth — even when it’s challenging. We begin our efforts by increasing the visibility and availability of materials that shed light on the impact that economic injustice and systemic racism play in our lives.

We hope that we can play a role in fostering understanding and change. We are developing a resource list of library materials to help. These lists are just a beginning, so please join us in exploring these important materials and discovering more. 

Thank you to the Purdue Black Cultural Center for their time and to other members of the community who have helped us build this list.

Adult Non-Fiction

YA Non-Fiction and Fiction

Children’s Materials

Conversations About Race – Hoopla Collection

Anti-Racism Reading – Overdrive/Libby Collection

Black Lives Matter – Resource Guide from Purdue University Libraries

The West Lafayette Public Library is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a recipient of the Indiana Humanities Advancing Racial Equity grant. Indiana Humanities created the grant opportunity after the death of George Floyd with the intention to “help Hoosiers think, read and talk about racial injustice and systemic racism and to support libraries as key public humanities organizations in this work.”

The grant award has allowed us to purchase 62 items including feature films, documentaries, Adult non-fiction, and Young Adult and Children’s fiction and non-fiction. The books were chosen from a list provided by Indiana Humanities and determined by library staff to best fill gaps in the library’s collection around racism and social justice issues.

Please find a catalog list of our selections below:

Indiana Humanities Advancing Racial Equity Collection

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.