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 aaarcc@purdue.edu 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 te-pingchen.com.

STEAM Activities

Have you checked out a STEAM Kit yet?

Go Fly a Kite – May STEAM Club

Explore the forces that keep a kite in the air with just a simple sled kite! This is our final STEAM Club program of the school year, and one that can be done on your own on the next sunny, breezy day. Maybe to celebrate the end of the school year?

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Vertical Gardens – Video Tutorial

West Lafayette Public Library is excited to welcome the students of West Lafayette Climate! In March’s STEAM Club we will learn how to turn plastic bottles into a small-space vertical garden. Also find out about local work being done by youth and teens that focuses on responding to climate change.

View written instructions for this tutorial.

Your family might enjoy these books available through Evergreen Indiana:
Garden art : fun experiments to learn, grow, harvest, make, and play by Renata Brown
Gardening Projects for Kids by Whitney Cohen
Grow a Living Wall by Shawna Coronado
Small Space Vegetable Gardens by Andrea Bellamy


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!