2021 Summer Reading Program

Join us for Tails & Tales!
June 1 – July 31
Open to children, teens, and adults of all ages!

Participating is easier than ever this year!

Visit westlafayette.readsquared.com and sign up for yourself or your whole family.

Record each day that you read (or listen to a reader) for 15 minutes or more.

Read for 30 days during the summer and earn a badge and a contribution to our community goal!

As a library, our goal is for the community to read a combined 5,000 days this summer. When we reach this goal, the Library will donate needed supplies to Wolf Park and Animal Advocates of Greater Lafayette on behalf of our readers!

Learn more about our ADULT and TEEN summer events.

Meet our Tails & Tales Organizations:

www.wolfpark.org
Wolf Park is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to behavioral research, education and conversation, with the objective of improving the public’s understanding of wolves and the value they provide to our environment.
WLPL will provide wildlife SNACKS & TREATS to our friends at Wolf Park, which will include cheese, SPAM, and nuts.

www.animaladvocatesgl.org
Animal Advocates of Greater Lafayette provides humane education to meet community needs, advocates for companion animal welfare, provides services and programs to support companion animal welfare, and works to ensure that every animal in our community is properly cared for and valued.
WLPL will provide TOYS, LEASHES, & NECESSITIES to our friends at Animal Advocates of GL for their annual Presents for Pets event.

Thanks to our sponsors:

STEAM Activities

Have you checked out a STEAM Kit yet?

Go Fly a Kite – May STEAM Club

Explore the forces that keep a kite in the air with just a simple sled kite! This is our final STEAM Club program of the school year, and one that can be done on your own on the next sunny, breezy day. Maybe to celebrate the end of the school year?

REGISTER TO RECEIVE A KIT


Vertical Gardens – Video Tutorial

West Lafayette Public Library is excited to welcome the students of West Lafayette Climate! In March’s STEAM Club we will learn how to turn plastic bottles into a small-space vertical garden. Also find out about local work being done by youth and teens that focuses on responding to climate change.

View written instructions for this tutorial.

Your family might enjoy these books available through Evergreen Indiana:
Garden art : fun experiments to learn, grow, harvest, make, and play by Renata Brown
Gardening Projects for Kids by Whitney Cohen
Grow a Living Wall by Shawna Coronado
Small Space Vegetable Gardens by Andrea Bellamy


STEAM Kits

Have you taken our Kit feedback survey yet? Help us gain support for and improve our Kit collection with these five easy questions!


Help choose our next STEAM Kit! Community poll is open until May 15.


We are so excited to offer kits that help you explore science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. These kits are fun for all ages!

Find kit check-out cards (similar to our New DVD system) in a binder near the games and puzzles on our first floor. Simply bring a card to the circulation desk to check out your kit.

Click on a picture below to go to the item record in Evergreen Indiana where you can see availability or place a hold. You can also view all kit records.

Use Guidelines:
– Kits can be checked out for seven days and renewed once.
– A maximum of two kits can be checked out by a household at a time.
– Fees will be assessed for damaged or lost kits. Maximum damaged/missing item amounts are listed on the check-out card.

Learn about architecture and exercise spatial thinking and fine motor skills when you try these structural challenges.

Design, build, and evaluate your own rubber band roadsters!

Learn about gravity, energy, friction and more as you experiment with forces & learn how they affect motion!

Create your own instruments and electronic music using the littleBits Synth kit.

Explore magnetism with bar magnets, compasses, electromagnets, and more!

micro:bit lets you learn entry level electric circuitry and programming skills through several guided activities.

A beginner microscope and 55 slides

Use a ray box, mirrors, and guided activity cards to learn how light can be bent, bounced, combined, and separated!

Learn programming and complete hands-on challenges with this fun robotic ball – currently unavailable.

Use this simple engineering toy to create structures, shapes, moving objects, and more.

This introductory kit offers simple projects to learn about electricity and circuits.

Use snap circuits to learn about electricity and circuits with slightly more difficult projects and more pieces.

This Snap Circuit mini-kit is meant for those who are ready to explore and includes more complicated projects.

Learn how to make stop motion videos with StikBot Studio! Pose the figures and use the green screen options to put your figures anywhere in this world and beyond.

Keep watching this space for more kits!

Thank you to the Indiana Manufacturing Competitiveness Center for funding to enhance this collection. Learn more about IN-MaC.

Book Clubs for Black History Month and Beyond

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!

ADULT

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


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YOUTH & TEEN

New Kid by 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


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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 July 20 and 23 from 2:00 – 3:30 at Purdue Black Cultural Center
REGISTER HERE

Email aschoolman [at]wlaf.lib.in.us with questions.