Virtual Book Club

We are pleased to announce another session of the Virtual Book Club especially for kids in grades 4-6. The V.B.C. will meet every other week on Tuesdays from 3:00 – 3:30 PM beginning August 24 until November 30 for a total of 8 meetings. Students will read one book a month (4 total). The titles are:

  1. Punished by David Lubar
  2. The Library of Ever by Zeno Alexander
  3. Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything In It by Sundee Tucker Frazier
  4. Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm

On the non-book weeks, we’ll examine poetry, plays, or another type of literature.

The first 10 students to register will receive a free copy of the books if they or their parent/guardian have a library card with the West Lafayette Public Library. If they are not one of the first 10 registered, participants may borrow a copy of the books through the library if they have a WLPL library card, or they may obtain a copy through a third-party seller.

Each participant will receive a binder with additional materials that will be available for pick-up beginning August 1.

Find the registration form here:

2021 Summer Reading Program

Join us for Tails & Tales!
June 1 – July 31
Open to children, teens, and adults of all ages!

Participating is easier than ever this year!

Visit and sign up for yourself or your whole family.

Record each day that you read (or listen to a reader) for 15 minutes or more.

Read for 30 days during the summer and earn a badge and a contribution to our community goal!

As a library, our goal is for the community to read a combined 5,000 days this summer. When we reach this goal, the Library will donate needed supplies to Wolf Park and Animal Advocates of Greater Lafayette on behalf of our readers!

Learn more about our ADULT and TEEN summer events.

Meet our Tails & Tales Organizations:
Wolf Park is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to behavioral research, education and conversation, with the objective of improving the public’s understanding of wolves and the value they provide to our environment.
WLPL will provide wildlife SNACKS & TREATS to our friends at Wolf Park, which will include cheese, SPAM, and nuts.
Animal Advocates of Greater Lafayette provides humane education to meet community needs, advocates for companion animal welfare, provides services and programs to support companion animal welfare, and works to ensure that every animal in our community is properly cared for and valued.
WLPL will provide TOYS, LEASHES, & NECESSITIES to our friends at Animal Advocates of GL for their annual Presents for Pets event.

Thanks to our sponsors:

Dear America and the Undocumented Immigrant Experience

We are excited to work once again with our partners across Purdue University to join in a book discussion series centered on Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas. The meetings will take place throughout March and are free to attend.

Dear America was called “A thought-provoking, moving, and highly personal memoir of Vargas’s struggle to belong. Recommended for all readers interested in immigration issues and American identity.”–Library Journal, Oct 15, 2018.

Free copies of the book are available to registrants on request as supplies last. 

Register at

The book discussion takes place in anticipation of Vargas’s engagement in Purdue University’s Pursuing Racial Justice Together speaker series on April 8, 2021. 

This book group is a community collaboration between the Purdue Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center (AAARCC) Reading Program, Purdue Latino Cultural Center (LCC) Lit Club, West Lafayette Public Library, and Purdue Immigrant Allies.

WLPL has many more titles for you to explore on this and related topics. Check out our virtual display below to view individual titles in Evergreen, view the whole list, or ask library staff to help.

Book Clubs for Black History Month and Beyond

West Lafayette Public Library is looking forward to collaborating with Purdue University Black Cultural Center on several virtual book discussion groups this spring and summer featuring memoirs, speculative fiction, graphic novels, and activist voices!
Free copies of each book are available on request as supplies last.

Each book will be discussed over the course of two meetings. The meetings do have separate registration forms – please make sure to complete both, or contact us with any questions!


No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black & Free in America by Darnell Moore
This memoir by writer & activist Darnell L. Moore has been called “an engaging meditation on identity and creativity.” Moore reflects on his experiences growing up poor, Black, & queer in New Jersey during the 80s and 90s. Recommended for readers 18+. 
Meetings on Feb 4 & 11 at 7:00 pm. 
Register at by Feb 11.

How Long ‘til Black Future Month? by N.K. Jemisin
Explore feminist and afro-centric speculative fiction, sci-fi, and fantasy by multiple-award winning author N.K. Jemisin. Pen America writes, “Jemisin’s stories are discerning, thought-provoking, and beautifully crafted, showcasing a master at work.” Each evening will discuss a selection of short stories from the book with room to explore. Recommended for readers 18+
Meets on February 16 & 25 at 7:00 pm
Register at by Feb 17



New Kid by Jerry Craft
Craft’s Newberry and Coretta Scott King-award winning graphic novel finds 7th grader Jordan Banks torn between two worlds when his parents enroll him in a mostly-white prestigious private school instead of the art academy of his dreams. Open to readers in 4-8th grade.
Meets on March 16 & 19 at 3:00 pm
Register at by March 15


When They Call You a Terrorist (Young Adult edition) by Patrisse Cullors & asha bandele
Adapted for younger audiences, this bestselling work by Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors explores the author’s upbringing and influences and the larger civil rights movement still taking place today. School Library Journal says, “This book is more than the origin story of BLM and more than Khan-Cullors’s revolutionary journey. She creates space for difficult thoughts and conversations to begin.” Open to readers entering grades 7 -12.
Meets July 20 and 23 from 2:00 – 3:30 at Purdue Black Cultural Center

Email aschoolman [at] with questions.

New Poetry Books

Take a look at some new poetry additions to the Library’s collection.
Click on the image to view it larger.
Click on any book cover to see it in our catalog.

Spring 2021 Virtual Book Club for Grades 4-6

Join your peers to read and discuss literature weekly! Every other week, students will be expected to read a predetermined book and be ready to discuss it together. The first book should be read by January 27. On the non-book weeks, we will discuss poetry, short stories, or another literary genre.

All reading materials will be provided to the students for FREE. Please note if you register after January 20, we cannot guarantee you a copy of the books.

To register, please fill out this form: 

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