4th Grade Student Essay Competition from the Young Readers Center

Check out this exciting opportunity from the Indiana State Library!

4th Grade Student Essay Competition – Indiana’s Great Outdoors!

Why are nature and Indiana’s waterways so important? Fourth graders! Write an essay, and you could be honored at a virtual Statehood Day celebration!

First Place: CollegeChoice 529 Deposit of $250!

2nd, 3rd, and 4th Place Winners: CollegeChoice 529 Deposits of $150!

Entry forms are available here: http://www.in.gov/library/statehood.htm

— ESSAY CONTEST RULES AND DEADLINES —

  • The competition is open to any Indiana 4th grade public, private, or homeschooled student, in the 2021-2022 school year.
  • A panel of judges will choose 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winners.
  • Essays must range from 100 to 300 words, handwritten or typed.
  • Essays must be submitted with an entry form.
    • Individual entries should use the 2021 Individual Entry form.
    • Class sets should use the 2021 Group Entry Form. The following information should be included on each essay for class sets: student name, teacher name, and school name.
  • All Entries may be mailed OR emailed.
    • Mail your entries to: Indiana Center for the Book / Indiana State Library / 140 N. Senate Ave / Indianapolis, IN 46204
    • Mailed essays must be postmarked by Friday, October 22, 2021.
  • OR:

Writing Prompt: Indiana’s Great Outdoors! Why are nature and Indiana’s waterways so important? Essays should be well organized and reflective of the theme. Judges are looking forward to seeing your students’ interpretation of the theme. Some ideas to help them include: Why is nature important? How do you enjoy nature in Indiana? Why are water and other natural resources important? What outdoor recreational spots in Indiana are special to you? Why is nature important to a great state?

Winners of the essay contest will be honored on Friday, December 10, 2021 in a ceremony that may be in-person or may be virtual. The winners will be expected to record their essays for a virtual ceremony. In-person ceremonies may take place at the Indiana Statehouse or other locations, pandemic permitting.

Questions? Email youngreaderscenter@library.in.gov.

This contest supports the following Indiana Educational Standards: 4.W.3.2, 4.W.4, 4.W.6.1 all, 4.W.6.2 all. The Indiana Center for the Book hosts this essay competition to commemorate Indiana’s 205th Statehood Day.

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.

We look forward to seeing you!

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.