Looking for a Free Small Library?

Free Small Libraries are miniature wooden libraries placed around the community. If you find one, you are welcome to take any books you like – or leave any books you wish to share with others!

Did you know that there are 11 of these libraries around the West Lafayette area? Use the gallery and map below to find one close to you!

These Small Free Libraries are maintained by Lafayette Rotary and supported by the West Lafayette Public Library.

STEAM Activities

ARTEMIS MOON POD ESSAY CONTEST

Aspiring astronauts and spirited space buffs enrolled in grades K – 12 are invited to submit an essay about their imagined expedition to the Moon’s South Pole to NASA. Prizes include virtual Artemis Explorer sessions with NASA, trips to the Johnson Space Center, and an invitation to the Artemis-1 Launch!

Follow these tutorials to learn how to draw components of the Artemis program, including amazing crew suits, rockets, and rovers!

We invite patrons to share their art and essays with us! Essays will be shared with the community after the NASA contest closes on December 17.

DREAM, BUILD, and CREATE – Civil Engineers in Action

All around the world, engineers are pushing the limits of ingenuity and innovation in unexpected, imaginative, and amazing ways. Dream Big: Engineering Our World, a giant-screen film about engineering, takes viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds. Along the way, the audiences witness how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow.
View the documentary on any of the available dates at any time: Nov 10, Nov 14, Nov 17, or Nov 24. Register to receive the link and passcode.

MEET ENGINEERING DREAM TEAMS

Did you know that engineers are already imagining floating cities? How about meeting engineers who play Minecraft or dance hip hop? Join us online to meet to meet young, diverse engineers making a difference in communities across the country and across the world.

  • Women in Engineering | 
  • Cities of the Future | 
    Technology is constantly changing. Find out how cities now and in the future will change. Engineers are already thinking about cities that float. What about cities on the Moon or Mars? 
  • Black Engineers | 
  • El Futuro se Diseña/The Future is Designed (Spanish Language) | 
  • Chats with Change Makers featuring Avery Bang | 
    High school host Tiffany will chat with Avery, a Civil Engineer and CEO of Bridges to Prosperity where she leads her global team in building trailbridges in some of the most isolated places on earth. Hear her stories, ask questions, and stay tuned for a fun engineering challenge kids can do away from their screens, whether they are learning at home or in the classroom.
  • Engineering Extravaganza | 

PLAYFUL BUILDING

Join from home on November 19 at 4:30!
Learn how parks are designed and create your own city park! How do you choose between a skatepark, pool, and ice-cream stand or trails and a pond?
Open to grades 4 and up.
REGISTER HERE by November 13 to receive information on supplies and the Zoom link.

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.

October 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: 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.

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!