STEAM Kits

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.

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

Learn about space exploration, robots, and circuitry inspired by real space technology applications.

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

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 this summer! Dates TBD.
Watch for registration!

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

STEAM Activities

Have you checked out a STEAM Kit yet? Learn more!


Vertical Gardens – March 11

Help WLPL and WL Climate Strike build a vertical garden in the library in March’s STEAM Club! 

West Lafayette Public Library is excited to welcome the students of West Lafayette Climate Strike! In March’s STEAM Club we will learn how to turn plastic bottles into a small-space vertical garden that will be hung in our Sun Room for the community to watch grow! Bring your own plastic bottles (bottles of uniform size work best) to create even more planters that can be used in your own home. Participants will also learn about local work being done by youth and teens that focuses on responding to climate change and ways to get involved.

Gardening up the Walls is open to students in grades 4-6+ at any local school. We will meet at 4:30 at WLPL, and then walk across the street to the east side of Margerum City Hall to assemble our gardens. West Lafayette Public Library thanks the City of West Lafayette for lending outdoor space for our event!

Register your child or ask questions here by March 9. An email confirming the event or detailing an alternative weather plan will be sent to all registrants on Wednesday, March 10.

Flipped-out Furniture

Did you miss our February program? We’ll be sharing the details soon!