Dear America and the Undocumented Immigrant Experience

We are excited to work once again with our partners across Purdue University to join in a book discussion series centered on Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by journalist and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas. The meetings will take place throughout March and are free to attend.

Dear America was called “A thought-provoking, moving, and highly personal memoir of Vargas’s struggle to belong. Recommended for all readers interested in immigration issues and American identity.”–Library Journal, Oct 15, 2018.

Free copies of the book are available to registrants on request as supplies last. 

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The book discussion takes place in anticipation of Vargas’s engagement in Purdue University’s Pursuing Racial Justice Together speaker series on April 8, 2021. 

This book group is a community collaboration between the Purdue Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center (AAARCC) Reading Program, Purdue Latino Cultural Center (LCC) Lit Club, West Lafayette Public Library, and Purdue Immigrant Allies.

WLPL has many more titles for you to explore on this and related topics. Check out our virtual display below to view individual titles in Evergreen, view the whole list, or ask library staff to help.

Contactless Pickup

Check out our fun how-to video!!!

West Lafayette Public Library still offers Contactless Pickup!

Our contactless pickup hours are currently 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Patrons may place holds via the Evergreen Catalog, or over the phone (765-743-2261). Generally, holds take 1 business day to fill.

How does it work?

Step one: Place items on hold via phone (765) 743-2261 or online.

Step two: You will receive a confirmation email or a phone call from the Library that your books have been checked out to you. This indicates that your books will be ready for pick up. 

Step three: To pick up your items, please come to the Library during our curbside hours: 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Upon arrival, please call the Library at 765-743-2261, and a staff member will place your items in the Columbia St vestibule.

Step four: Wait for the staff member to place your items on a table in the Columbia Street Vestibule. Once the staff member is safely back in the Library you may retrieve your items.