December Creativity Lab Art Workshops

Local watercolorist and arts instructor Rena Brouwer will be sharing her talents with the community at the December Creativity Lab Art Workshop events!

Children and parents are invited to join us on Sunday, December 11 from 1:00 – 2:00 in the Children’s Activity Room to paint a friendly snowman, reminiscent of Stranger in the Woods. The Teen and Adult Workshop will follow at 2:30 in the Creativity Lab, where participants will paint a Winter Landscape.

All supplies for the workshops are provided free of charge, thanks to a grant from The Arts Federation, Indiana Arts Commission, and National Endowment for the Arts. There is no registration for the event, but each workshop is limited to 24 participants.

Rena has been heavily involved in the arts nation-wide, both teaching and exhibiting, for over 40 years. She is currently co-owner and Gallery Director of the Opera House Gallery of Contemporary Art in Delphi and active in numerous Indiana artists’ associations. To learn more about Rena Brouwer and her work, please visit https://www.renabrouwer.com/

Reading Buddies

New and learning readers in Kindergarten through 3rd grade can now sign up for a Reading Buddy!

Reading Buddies are high school reading mentors who volunteer their time to be a friendly ear to your budding bookworm. Each young reader will spend 15 minutes with their Buddy, reading a book of their choice. You can bring a book from home or choose one from our Reading Buddies bin.

Reading aloud to a friendly listener helps children develop confidence, interest in reading, and improved reading fluency. Teen volunteers serve as positive role models for young students and gain leadership skills. Being part of the program helps both volunteers and families be a stronger part of our library community!

Reading Buddies are currently available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 4:00 – 5:00 and Saturday from 10:30 – 11:30 or 2:00 – 3:00. Call 765-743-2261 or visit our Children’s Department to sign up for a 15 minute Reading Buddies session. You can sign up for a weekly slot or try out a one-time session. You can also sign up online.

November Creativity Lab Art Workshop

Please welcome Kathleen Rollick as the instructor of our November CLAW sessions! Kathleen is a member of the Calligraphy Guild of Indiana and has created a beautiful and practical way to introduce participants of all ages to the basic strokes of gothic textura calligraphy.

Sessions will be held on Sunday, November 6. Join us in the Walnut Room at 2:00 for families and children under 12 years old, and in the same room at 3:30 for teens 13+ and adults. No registration is required, but each event has a participant capacity of 24 so please arrive early to secure a space. Contact afletcher@wlaf.lib.in.us with questions.

You can learn more about the Calligraphy Guild of Indiana at https://www.calligin.org/home

Watch for upcoming news about our December workshops with watercolor artist Rena Brouwer.

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October’s Creativity Lab Art Workshop

We are excited to host Bekki Canine as our featured artist for the October CLAW sessions. Some of you may remember Bekki as the creator of the large planets art installation that hung above our east entrances celebrating the 2019 Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program.

Sessions will be held on Sunday, October 23. Join us in the Children’s Activity Room at 2:00 for families and children under 12 years old, and in the Creativity Lab at 3:30 for teens 13+ and adults. No registration is required, but each event has a participant capacity of 24 so please arrive early to secure a space. Contact afletcher@wlaf.lib.in.us with questions.

You can learn more about Bekki and read her artist’s statement at http://bekkicanine.com/

Watch for upcoming news about our November workshops on hand-lettering techniques by Indiana Calligrapher’s Guild member Kathleen Rollick.

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WLPL WINS GRANT AWARD FOR COMMUNITY ART WORKSHOPS

West Lafayette Public Library is glad to announce the receipt of a generous grant from the Indiana Arts Commision and the The Arts Federation that will allow us to provide community programming centered around arts instruction and artistic recreation for all ages.

The Creativity Lab Art Workshops (CLAW) series will introduce participants to a new skill, artistic medium, or creative project in the library setting. Each session will be led by a guest artist from or with connections to the Greater Lafayette community. One Sunday session will be offered exclusively for adults and teens over 13 years old, while another session for families with children will offer a project more suited toward younger abilities.

These sessions are being held in the Library’s new Creativity Lab, a designated space for making and creating that has opened over the summer, and in the Children’s Activity Room. This program series will be offered free of charge to the public in an effort to welcome everyone into our remodeled library and to encourage further art exploration and appreciation within the Greater Lafayette community. 

Library Director, Nick Schenkel, states, “On behalf of The West Lafayette Public Library I’m pleased the Library can continue its tradition of bringing people of all ages together to explore artistic endeavors. Encouraging creativity is a mainstay of public library service to our community.”

For an opportunity to share your thoughts on shaping this series, please participate in this survey.

The Library is currently seeking teaching artist partners to be part of this exciting new opportunity for our community. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Ashley Fletcher at afletcher@wlaf.lib.in.us.

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