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.

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

Library Reopening Information

The West Lafayette Public Library will reopen on Tuesday, July 7th with new hours and safety procedures in place.

We’re happy to have you back! Please do your best to adhere to the following safety standards.

While you are visiting the Library, please limit your visits to 30 minutes or less. This allows staff to maintain a clean environment between patron visits.

Masks are REQUIRED to be worn for the entire duration of your visit. We will have a limited quantity available if you do not have one.

If you are not feeling well, we ask that you do not visit the Library until you are feeling better. In the meantime, we encourage you to look into our digital resources or curbside pickup options.

Contactless Pickup (Curbside Service)
We understand that not everyone is ready to enter the Library again; that’s okay! Curbside service will be available Tuesday through Saturday from 4:00pm to 6:00pm.

To use this service, place holds on items you wish to check out either online through the Evergreen catalog or by calling the Library. Your items are ready once you receive a Hold Notification email. You then have one week to pick up your items during our curbside hours.

Please note: we will check out these items to you ahead of time.

When you arrive at the Library, call us to let us know you are here. Your items will be bagged and distributed contactlessly through our Columbia St. vestibule.

Holds may also be picked up at the circulation desk during open hours.

Safety and Cleaning Measures
We want everyone to be safe and feel comfortable while using the Library. As such, we have enacted the following practices.

The Building:
In addition to our normal cleaning service, the Library has hired additional staff to clean and sanitize all public areas while we are open to the public. Special attention will be given to high traffic areas and the Children’s Department. Public computers will be cleaned by staff after each patron use.

Library furniture has been rearranged to allow for optimal social distancing and will be cleaned routinely during public use.

Hand sanitizer will be placed throughout the building for public use.

The Materials:
All items that are returned will undergo a quarantine of at least 72-hours before being handled by Library staff. If you receive overdue notices for material you’ve already returned, don’t worry; the Library does not charge overdue fines. The quarantine process will not cause fines to accrue on your account.

Likewise, any incoming Evergreen Indiana, SRCS, or InterLibrary Loan materials will undergo the same quarantine. If you’re wanting an item from another Library, please keep this short delay in mind if the item is needed by a particular date (for book clubs, etc.)

The Staff:
All Library staff are required to complete self-assessments of health before reporting to work each day. While working in the building, staff will wear face masks and those working on public desks will be stationed behind plexiglass screens.

Meeting Rooms
Until further notice, all meeting rooms are closed. All meeting room reservations have been canceled.

Library Programs
Recurring in-person Library programs (such as storytimes, craft days, etc.) have been canceled.

Our librarians are working hard to provide you with alternate programs through virtual or take-home activities. This includes programs being held as part of our Summer Reading Program. For more information on these, please visit the News page.

Public Computers
Public computers are available for use with a 30-minute time limit per day.

Please note: there are no computers available in the Children’s Department. If a child needs to use a computer, they may use those available in the adult areas.

The Library offers mobile hotspots for checkout. If you are able to use one of these at home, we highly encourage you to do so! Hotspots may be checked out at the first floor circulation desk and can be checked out for one week at a time.

Printing/Faxing Service
If you need documents printed, feel free to email the files to us at refdesk@wlaf.lib.in.us. Staff will print the documents before your arrival and have them ready for pickup. You may pick up your documents during curbside hours, if you prefer.

If you need documents faxed, you may also email the files to us at refdesk@wlaf.lib.in.us, if you are able. Staff can fax the pages and then email the confirmation page back to you.

If you cannot email the documents that you need printed or faxed, you may still use our self-service processes while the Library is open. We can also offer staff assistance with this during curbside hours.

Currently, there is no charge for printing (black and white, up to 20 pages).

New Parking Garage Instructions
The Library’s new parking garage gate system will be active beginning July 7th. When you arrive at the garage, take a ticket from the entry gate.

You have one (1) hour of free parking, regardless of your destination. Present your ticket at the exit gate and you will not be charged for parking.

If you exceed one (1) hour of parking and you were in the Library for all of that time, your parking is free. See a staff member to have your ticket validated before leaving the Library.

If you exceed one (1) hour of parking and you were visiting the surrounding area, you will charged at a rate of $3/hour (maximum $10/day).

The Library will not validate parking used while the Library is closed.

No monthly parking passes are being sold at this time.

Donations
At this time, we can accept small donations. You may bring these to the circulation desk during open hours.

Large donations or donation pickups are handled by the Friends of the West Lafayette Public Library. Please contact the Friends for more information.

Questions?
Things have drastically changed and we know it’s a lot to take in. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call us at 765-743-2261 or email refdesk@wlaf.lib.in.us. Our phone/email hours are Mon-Sat 10am to 6pm.

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!