Young Adults

Upcoming Events: Career Panels

Careers in Computing
Sunday, February 23.
1:00 – 2:00 Hands-on demos
2:00 – 4:00 Panel
Find us at the west end of the 1st floor!

Have you ever wondered what it means to have a career in computing? Are you interested in learning the schooling needed to become a programmer? Do you just want to know how what your interests might lead to?

Join the West Lafayette Public Library STEAM Department for a Careers in Computing afternoon! Get hands-on at our demo stations featuring simulations, bots, and more. Then enjoy refreshments and get advice from tech professionals from a variety of jobs, backgrounds, and skillsets. Ask your own questions or just listen to the panelists as they discuss their careers in computing. 

Event panelists:
Ed Finkler – Software Developer, DelMar Software Development; Chair, Open Sourcing Mental Illness
Lynn Floyd – MIS Director, Indiana State Library
Sean Foley – ITAP Network Administrator, Purdue University
Mallory Herbert – Network Engineer, Wintek
Yue Zhao – Software Developer, DelMar Software Development

Jr. high, high school and college students welcome! RSVPs requested but not required.

Coming soon: Careers in Natural Resources!


Be a STEAM Mentor!
Grade range: 9-12 (or homeschool equivalent)
Students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 can become volunteer STEAM Mentors and assist in planning and presenting programs for grades 4-6 with the Teen Librarian and STEAM Library Assistant. Volunteers in this program need to love trying new things, work well on a team, and be able to serve as a positive role model. This is a stepping stone to an opportunity for the STEAM Library Assistant position and looks great on applications.

Time commitment: STEAM Mentors help with an after-school youth program twice per month for about two hours (4 hours or less per month) and attend 2-3 planning sessions each semester. Generous snacks provided.

Mentors are expected to attend at least 50% of all meetings and events.

We will re-open this opportunity in August 2020. Until then, any questions can be directed to

West Lafayette Jr. Sr. High School Library Lunches
We are partnering with the Media Center this year to offer the Book Party Library Club and we need members! Stop in and talk to Mrs. Windler if you’re interested.

Other Volunteer Opportunities
Earn service hours, gain work experience, and have fun volunteering at West Lafayette Public Library in the YA/Teen department! As a volunteer you might keep our Teen area sparkling and organized, help recommend books to other readers, assist with programs, or create media and outreach. Limited opportunities may be available throughout the school year and over school breaks. Contact with questions!

Teen Library Volunteer Application
Library Photo Waiver

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