Never Again: Bosnia

Join us on December 9th, from 7 PM – 8:30 PM, for our virtual discussion with author, Jordan Steven Sher! We will be discussing his book “And Still We Rise,” as well as the horrors of genocide in Bosnia. This event will be taking place online via zoom, so be sure to register for free at!

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!

Dune (2021) Movie Screening

Mark your calendars! The finale to our book-into-film program series, a free screening of the new DUNE film, is coming soon! This event is open to all adults. Seats are limited and you MUST register with the library to attend!

Call 765-743-2261 or visit starting October 21st, 2021 to reserve your seats.

Thank you to the Friends of the West Lafayette Public Library and Wabash Area Lifetime Learning Association for sponsoring the film screening and discussions!

Library Garage Sale! (10/17/21)

In with the new – and out with the old!

We’ve been cleaning up and clearing out our areas here at the West Lafayette Public Library. And while we look forward to the new changes that our expansion and renovation project is bringing, we’re also finding lots of things that we just don’t need anymore. We’d love to pass those items on to our community!

You are invited to our Garage Sale, this SUNDAY (October 17th) from 12:00pm to 6:00pm, rain or shine. Items for sale will be located on the first floor of our parking garage and you may pay with cash or card. Book sale items will also be available to browse!

Want to support the Library but don’t have room at home for more stuff? We’re still gladly taking volunteers to help with the sale.

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:


  • 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

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.

Fall Book Discussion – Land of Big Numbers

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We welcome all readers to join us as we discuss the new release Land of Big Numbers by Te-Ping Chen. The two discussion dates will be followed by a virtual author meet & greet on September 27. Free copies of the book are available at WLPL while supplies last!

“Gripping and compassionate, Land of Big Numbers traces the journeys of the diverse and legion Chinese people, their history, their government, and how all of that has tumbled—messily, violently, but still beautifully—into the present.
Cutting between clear-eyed realism and tongue-in-cheek magical realism, Chen’s stories coalesce into a portrait of a people striving for openings where mobility is limited. Twins take radically different paths: one becomes a professional gamer, the other a political activist. A woman moves to the city to work at a government call center and is followed by her violent ex-boyfriend. A man is swept into the high-risk, high-reward temptations of China’s volatile stock exchange. And a group of people sit, trapped for no reason, on a subway platform for months, waiting for official permission to leave.
With acute social insight, Te-Ping Chen layers years of experience reporting on the ground in China with incantatory prose in this taut, surprising debut, proving herself both a remarkable cultural critic and an astonishingly accomplished new literary voice.” – From the publisher

The sessions are hosted by Purdue University Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center with partnership from Brian Lamb School of Communication and West Lafayette Public Library. Please contact with questions.

Te-Ping Chen is a writer and journalist currently living in Philadelphia. She currently writes for The Wall Street Journal. You can read more about her at