May Children’s Department News

Dear Parents:
Happy Spring! The children’s department staff misses our families and hope that you are all healthy and coping with staying in your homes, instead of enjoying your many activities, including visiting the library.
We have been busy ordering and processing new books for your children, creating materials for our summer reading club, making room on the shelves for new books, and working with the architects to finalize the plans for the construction of the new children’s area in the library.

Bad news: We do not yet know when the library will be opening again. We are planning a contactless “curbside pickup” of reserved items and intend to start that service on May 20. (Please see Nick’s announcement about this on the website.) We are developing plans for reopening the library at some time in the summer, too.
We will not be able to offer the “Lap Sit”, “Time for Twos”, “Music & Fun”, and Preschool Story and Craft programs until late summer or possibly early fall. Instead of lego builders club meetings and craft and science events during the summer, we will be creating weekly craft bags for children. (More information about the craft bags will be available when we open again.)
Good news: We will be offering summer reading clubs for children, teens, and adults. They will just be a little different this year …..

Our Children’s Summer Reading Club is for children who are ages 1 through 12. (Students who are entering 7th grade may participate in the children’s department club or the teen club.)
The program is for listeners as well as readers.
Children are not required to have a library card, but the registering adult must have an email address.
Children will have the choice of recording the number of pages, books, or minutes read.
Everyone will be able to register online. Parents will need to register their children. Check our newsletter and the library website in June to learn how to register your families.

Register: June 15 to July 26
Read: June 15 to July 26
Collect Prizes: Dates to be announced after July 1

IF the library is able to reopen during summer reading time, children may register in person at that time, if they prefer to use the paper forms to record their reading activity. Also, all children who register, either online or in person, will be able to collect their summer reading bags as soon as the library opens.
We will announce the dates of prize collection after we know when the library will be open again.
Happy Reading!

Upcoming Teen Career Panel

Careers in Computing
Sunday, February 23.
1:00 – 2:00 Hands-on demos
2:00 – 4:00 Panel
Find us at the west end of the 1st floor!

Have you ever wondered what it means to have a career in computing? Are you interested in learning the schooling needed to become a programmer? Do you just want to know how what your interests might lead to?

Join the West Lafayette Public Library STEAM Department for a Careers in Computing afternoon! Get hands-on at our demo stations featuring simulations, bots, and more. Then enjoy refreshments and get advice from tech professionals from a variety of jobs, backgrounds, and skillsets. Ask your own questions or just listen to the panelists as they discuss their careers in computing. 

Event panelists:
Ed Finkler – Software Developer, DelMar Software Development; Chair, Open Sourcing Mental Illness
Lynn Floyd – MIS Director, Indiana State Library
Sean Foley – ITAP Network Administrator, Purdue University
Mallory Herbert – Network Engineer, Wintek
Yue Zhao – Software Developer, DelMar Software Development

Jr. high, high school and college students welcome! RSVPs requested but not required.

Watch our Young Adult page for updates.

Coming soon: Careers in Natural Resources! Watch for our next event later this spring!

‘Have We Come a Long Way, Baby?’: An Indiana Women’s Suffrage Event

Dr. Laura Merrifield Wilson (University of Indianapolis) will be presenting her talk, “Have We Come a Long Way, Baby?” as part of the Indiana Women’s Suffrage Centennial celebration. 

Women comprise a majority of the population yet remain underrepresented within American government. One hundred years post-suffrage, this lack of representation presses the question of “why?” Laura’s talk addresses this question by bridging historical narratives with current statistics. 

6:30pm-8:00pm
Wednesday, March 4th
Walnut and Elm Rooms

Free and open to the public.

Children’s Department News – February 2020

Weekly Programs

Lap sit for babies and 1 year old children
Mondays at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m.

This program is for babies, toddlers, and their parents or caregivers. Make new friends while listening to very easy stories and learning songs with Miss Gail. Free; no registration.
Location: Children’s Activity Room
Note: There will be lap sit programs on February 17. (West Lafayette schools are closed that day. The library will be open.)

Time for Twos
Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Miss Gail is leading a story time for children who are 2 years old. It includes stories, songs, and a simple craft. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free; no registration.
Location: Children’s Activity Room
Note: There will be no session on the 4th Thursday of the month (February 27), as the library will not be open until noon on that day.

Music & Fun for children ages 2 and older
Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Children ages 2 and older and their parents or caregivers are invited to sing and dance with Miss Gail. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free; no registration.
Location: Walnut Room, 2nd floor of the library.

Preschool Story and Crafts for children ages 3 and older
Tuesdays and Fridays: 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Story and craft times are for children ages 3 and older and their families or caregivers. Free; no registration. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Location: Children’s Activity Room

Please check this website for library closings and the status of programs during inclement weather.

Special Programs for Children & their Families or Caregivers

Valentine’s Day Crafts
Saturday, February 1st: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Walnut & Elm Rooms

Children of all ages and their families or caregivers are invited to make decorations for Valentine’s Day. Children who are 8 and younger must have an adult stay with them. Free; no registration.

Lego Builders Club
Saturday, February 15th: 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Walnut & Elm Rooms

Children in preschool through grade 6 are invited to build with the library’s collection of Lego blocks. Children who are 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Free; no registration.

Reading to the Dogs!
Saturday, February 22: 2 to 3 p.m.
Walnut & Elm Rooms

Registration required by February 21.

Therapy dogs and their partners from Therapy Dogs International will be at the library to listen to children read to them. Children may bring books from home or select some at the library. This program is for children ages 4 and older.

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration
Saturday, February 29th
Walnut & Elm Rooms
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
(“Drop-in” for as long as you like.)

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday @ the library. This event is for children of all ages who enjoy Dr. Seuss’s many stories. There will be a story corner, crafts, games, and a snack.
Free; no registration. Children who are 8 years old and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Valentine’s Day Crafts for Families

Saturday, February 1st
Walnut & Elm Rooms
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Children of all ages and their families or caregivers are invited to make decorations for Valentine’s Day. Free; no registration. Children who are 8 years old and younger must have an adult stay with them at the event.

Lego Builders Club

Saturday, January 11th: 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Walnut & Elm Rooms

Children in preschool through grade 6 are invited to build with the library’s collection of Lego bricks. No fee or registration. Come and build and have fun!
Please note: Children who are 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.