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 tinyurl.com/noashes2 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 tinyurl.com/howlongbook1 by Feb 17
YOUTH & TEEN
New Kidby 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 tinyurl.com/newkidbook1 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 this summer! Dates TBD. Watch for registration!
Email aschoolman [at]wlaf.lib.in.us with questions.
Help WLPL and WL Climate Strike build a vertical garden in the library in March’s STEAM Club!
West Lafayette Public Library is excited to welcome the students of West Lafayette Climate Strike! In March’s STEAM Club we will learn how to turn plastic bottles into a small-space vertical garden that will be hung in our Sun Room for the community to watch grow! Bring your own plastic bottles (bottles of uniform size work best) to create even more planters that can be used in your own home. Participants will also learn about local work being done by youth and teens that focuses on responding to climate change and ways to get involved.
Gardening up the Walls is open to students in grades 4-6+ at any local school. We will meet at 4:30 at WLPL, and then walk across the street to the east side of Margerum City Hall to assemble our gardens. West Lafayette Public Library thanks the City of West Lafayette for lending outdoor space for our event!
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: Open noon to 6 p.m. Curbside collection of holds will also be available from 4 to 6 on 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 October 12 is Halloween. Make a lantern or ghost. The bags are on a table just outside the entrance to the children’s area. If you only come to the library to collect holds, tell the librarian when you give her your name for your held items, and a staff member will place a craft bag next to your materials.
Build a Buddy! Check the news to learn about our new Build a Buddy program for October.
Reminders: 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. If you think you might be in the garage for longer than one hour, be sure to have your ticket validated at any staff desk, before you exit the library.
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.
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’sSummer 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!