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: https://forms.gle/wEJEjvnXVE7upFyw5 

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

NEW Virtual Book Club for Grades 4-6

Starting this Fall, the West Lafayette Public Library will be holding a virtual book club for students in Grades 4 through 6!

This virtual book club will take place online via Zoom on Wednesdays, 12:15 pm – 12:45pm.

Books will be chosen after registration and will be provided free of charge to participants thanks to a generous donor.

This activity is limited to 15 students so be sure to register today if you are interested!

To register, please visit this link: https://forms.gle/YKaBVH5W8nVKdkR38

Please know that registering for this book club indicates a semester-long commitment to participate!

Any questions? Contact the library at 765-743-2261.

New Build-a-Buddy Program!

This October, we’re holding a new program for participants of all ages: Build-a-Buddy!

October’s Build-a-Buddy program is FULL.

Please look out for more details on November’s kit!

Voting in the 2020 Election

Important Dates

Monday, October 5 — Deadline to register
Tuesday, October 6 — Early voting begins
Thursday, October 22 — Absentee ballot application deadline
Saturday, October 31 — Early voting ends
Tuesday, November 3 — Election Day

Voter Information Quick Links

Indiana Voter Portal

  • Register to vote
  • Check your voting status
  • Request a form to vote by mail
  • Find your polling place
  • See who will be on your ballot

Tippecanoe County Elections & Voting

  • Voter registration information
  • Early voting locations and schedules
  • Election Day poll locations
  • Voting maps
  • Past election results

Indiana Secretary of State Election division

  • Voter registration information
  • Ways to Vote
  • Photo ID Law Information
  • Voter’s Rights
  • Information on how to be a Poll Worker


How do I register to vote?

Please note that voter registration in Indiana closed on October 5.

  • Online: Visit the Indiana Voter Portal. You will need a valid Indiana Driver’s License or State Identification card.
  • At the BMV: If you are an Indiana resident, you may register to vote at any BMV branch. See the BMV Voter Information page.
  • By Mail: Download an Indiana Voter Registration Application form or pick one up from any of the following locations:
    • Your public library
    • City or County Clerk’s Office
    • BMV License Branch
    • Township Trustee’s Office

How do I vote early in Indiana?

Tippecanoe County has several early voting centers open between October 6 and October 31. See the locations and their schedules.

I’m a Purdue Student from another part of Indiana. What should I do?

Make sure to check your registration status to see the address on file before October 5!
College students can be registered at only one address. You can register to vote in Tippecanoe County or request an absentee ballot from your home county through the Indiana Voter Portal. To learn more about voting as a college student, visit https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/2626.htm

I’m a Purdue Student from another state. What should I do?

If you are a Purdue Student from out-of-state, you will have to choose which state you want to vote in. Submit a paper application to register to vote in Indiana before October 5, or request an absentee mail-in ballot from your home state. If you vote in Indiana, see below for information on what to bring with you as a first-time Indiana voter.

How do I vote by mail in Indiana?

Your application to vote by mail (absentee) must be received by October 22, 2020! See the IN Secretary of State’s information page to learn about your eligibility to vote by mail, the proof of residency requirements, receive the forms to vote by mail, and be aware of all deadlines.

What do I need to bring with me when I vote?

IDs that meet certain requirements are required by Public Law 109-2005. All Indiana voters will need to have an ID with them that contains ALL of the following:

1. Display the voter’s photo 
2. Display the voter’s name, and the name must conform with the voter registration record 
3. Display an expiration date and either be current or have expired sometime after the date of the last General Election (November 8, 2016) 
4. Be issued by the State of Indiana or the U.S. government. IDs from other states WILL NOT be accepted.

See examples of accepted and not accepted forms of ID.

First-time Indiana voters who registered by mail will also need to bring one of the following:

  1. Indiana Driver’s License or Indiana State Identification Card, with the voter’s current name and address
  2. Any current and valid photo ID that contains the voter’s current name and address
  3. A current utility bill, with the voter’s current name and address
  4. A bank statement, with the voter’s current name and address
  5. Government check with the voter’s current name and address
  6. Paycheck with the voter’s current name and address
  7. Other government document that shows voter’s current name and address

You can obtain a FREE Voter Identification Card from the BMV; the document requirements are the same as a standard State ID card.

More information:

The Election Protection Hotline (multilingual) – A nonpartisan coalition dedicated to ensuring that all voters have an opportunity to cast a ballot that counts. Voter helplines are available in English, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Tagalog.
Know your voting rights – The American Civil Liberties Union’s concise overview of what to do on the spot if your right to vote is impeded.
How to pick a candidate – An unbiased guide on what to consider when evaluating candidates from the League of Women Voters of Newton.
Ballotpedia.org – Information on all aspects of voting, the election cycle, the branches of government, candidates on the issues, and more!
OnTheIssues.org – Learn where candidates stand on important issues based on their public statements.
Indiana election security information

September Children’s Department News

Hi Everyone!
The WLPL is not offering programs for children and their families at this time. We do offer limited days and hours of service and curbside collection of holds.
Current schedule of the days and times the library is open:
Mondays: Closed
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, & Fridays: Open noon to 4 + Curbside collection of holds available from 4 to 6 p.m.
Saturdays: Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. + Curbside collection of holds from 4 to 6 p.m.
Sundays: Closed
Craft bags are available again! The theme for the week of September 22 is Fall Animals: squirrel and owl crafts.

Patrons should enter the library through the doors on Columbia Street, which is on the south side of the library (the side that faces the garage).

The gates at the garage are now operating, so if you park in the garage, you will need to take a ticket to raise the gate. You will then get one free hour of parking.

Masks for all patrons age 3 and older are required. If you forget a mask, we have disposable masks at the door.
Visits are limited to 30 minutes.

Check the library’s website before you make a trip to the library. Because of the pandemic, we might need to change hours of service or close the library for a few days for extra cleaning.

We encourage patrons who do not feel comfortable being in the library to place desired materials on hold and collect them from the library during the curbside collection hours. Call the library after you arrive and then collect your materials at the table in the vestibule of the Columbia Street entrance. The materials will already be checked out to you, so there is no need to show your library card.

Steppin’ September Walking Challenge

Don’t let the pandemic keep you from being active! This September, join us for a month-long walking challenge. Your goal is to walk 150,000 steps by the end of the month.

You can download the sheet to participate below or pick up a physical copy at the library.

Completed sheets can be turned into the library or emailed to ameyer@wlaf.lib.in.us.

Happy stepping!