4th Grade Student Essay Competition from the Young Readers Center

Check out this exciting opportunity from the Indiana State Library!

4th Grade Student Essay Competition – Indiana’s Great Outdoors!

Why are nature and Indiana’s waterways so important? Fourth graders! Write an essay, and you could be honored at a virtual Statehood Day celebration!

First Place: CollegeChoice 529 Deposit of $250!

2nd, 3rd, and 4th Place Winners: CollegeChoice 529 Deposits of $150!

Entry forms are available here: http://www.in.gov/library/statehood.htm

— ESSAY CONTEST RULES AND DEADLINES —

  • The competition is open to any Indiana 4th grade public, private, or homeschooled student, in the 2021-2022 school year.
  • A panel of judges will choose 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place winners.
  • Essays must range from 100 to 300 words, handwritten or typed.
  • Essays must be submitted with an entry form.
    • Individual entries should use the 2021 Individual Entry form.
    • Class sets should use the 2021 Group Entry Form. The following information should be included on each essay for class sets: student name, teacher name, and school name.
  • All Entries may be mailed OR emailed.
    • Mail your entries to: Indiana Center for the Book / Indiana State Library / 140 N. Senate Ave / Indianapolis, IN 46204
    • Mailed essays must be postmarked by Friday, October 22, 2021.
  • OR:

Writing Prompt: Indiana’s Great Outdoors! Why are nature and Indiana’s waterways so important? Essays should be well organized and reflective of the theme. Judges are looking forward to seeing your students’ interpretation of the theme. Some ideas to help them include: Why is nature important? How do you enjoy nature in Indiana? Why are water and other natural resources important? What outdoor recreational spots in Indiana are special to you? Why is nature important to a great state?

Winners of the essay contest will be honored on Friday, December 10, 2021 in a ceremony that may be in-person or may be virtual. The winners will be expected to record their essays for a virtual ceremony. In-person ceremonies may take place at the Indiana Statehouse or other locations, pandemic permitting.

Questions? Email youngreaderscenter@library.in.gov.

This contest supports the following Indiana Educational Standards: 4.W.3.2, 4.W.4, 4.W.6.1 all, 4.W.6.2 all. The Indiana Center for the Book hosts this essay competition to commemorate Indiana’s 205th Statehood Day.

Children’s Programs Wednesdays

We are excited to share books and songs with you and your little one at our new temporary program space – The Bean in Margerum City Hall. Every Wednesday join Miss Melissa for stories and Miss Gail for music. These programs are free, no registration required and best suited for children 5 and under.

We look forward to seeing you!

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

FAQs

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

Anti-Racism Reading

As we watch events around the country and the world unfold, the West Lafayette Public Library joins others in expressing our support of those fighting for social justice. 

As a public library, it is our duty to create free and equitable access to materials that encourage our community members to learn, grow, and seek the truth — even when it’s challenging. We begin our efforts by increasing the visibility and availability of materials that shed light on the impact that economic injustice and systemic racism play in our lives.

We hope that we can play a role in fostering understanding and change. We are developing a resource list of library materials to help. These lists are just a beginning, so please join us in exploring these important materials and discovering more. 

Thank you to the Purdue Black Cultural Center for their time and to other members of the community who have helped us build this list.

Adult Non-Fiction

YA Non-Fiction and Fiction

Children’s Materials

Conversations About Race – Hoopla Collection

Anti-Racism Reading – Overdrive/Libby Collection

Black Lives Matter – Resource Guide from Purdue University Libraries

The West Lafayette Public Library is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a recipient of the Indiana Humanities Advancing Racial Equity grant. Indiana Humanities created the grant opportunity after the death of George Floyd with the intention to “help Hoosiers think, read and talk about racial injustice and systemic racism and to support libraries as key public humanities organizations in this work.”

The grant award has allowed us to purchase 62 items including feature films, documentaries, Adult non-fiction, and Young Adult and Children’s fiction and non-fiction. The books were chosen from a list provided by Indiana Humanities and determined by library staff to best fill gaps in the library’s collection around racism and social justice issues.

Please find a catalog list of our selections below:

Indiana Humanities Advancing Racial Equity Collection

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!