Young Adults

Upcoming Programs

All activities open only to participants in 7th – 12th grades.
Some programs may require advance registration or have limited seating. Please arrive at the program start time unless noted as a drop-in event.


Art Core @ Ringel Gallery
60 Square Inches XX
Saturday, Jan 28
1:00 – 3:00
Stewart Center – 128 Memorial Mall Drive

West Lafayette Public Library is partnering with Purdue Galleries to offer three exclusive opportunities to walk among artists at Ringel Gallery! View pieces with interpretation by Galleries staff and explore new artistic mediums and ideas.
1:00 meet-up and 3:00 departure is on Purdue University campus at the Loeb Playhouse/Stewart Center doors at 128 Memorial Mall Drive. We will meet just inside the doors before proceeding to the gallery. WLPL does not provide transportation to or from the Gallery.
No registration required. This program is strictly for students in 7th – 12th grades. Please contact Teen Department staff with questions.


Creatives Café ***TIME CHANGE***
Saturday, Feb 4
2:30 – 3:30 (Drop-in anytime)

Teen artists – join other creatives and be as social as you want (or don’t want)! A new art challenge will be offered each week or you can work on your own project in a supportive environment. All skill levels are welcome here. Snacks and drinks provided.

Creativity Lab Arts Workshop for Teens and Adults –Tie dye
Sunday, Feb 5
3:30 – 5:00

Details TBA

Anti-Valentine Nailed-it!
Friday, Feb 10
2:00 – 4:00

Inspired by the TV show, our anti-valentines themed Nailed It! contest will challenge your creative brain and test your culinary skills. Who can re-create the best version of the edible masterpiece presented and go home with a prize!?

Taxes for Teens
Saturday, Feb 11
11:00 – 12:30

If you have your first job it’s time to do your taxes. And don’t worry – we’ll make it easy and FREE! You will need:
– your social security number
– your W-2 form
– direct deposit information for your bank (encouraged but optional).

Pizza lunch will be provided as a reward for your hard work!
In partnership with United Way of Greater Lafayette.
Contact with questions about this program.

Graphic Novel Writing Workshop Storyboarding & Brainstorming
Saturday, Feb 11
1:00 – 3:00

Learn how to build storylines, plots, and sequences with Purdue English Department graduate students who are passionate about graphic novels.

Graphic Novel Writing WorkshopWorldbuilding
Saturday, Feb 18
1:00 – 3:00

Develop all the details that create an immersive world with Purdue English Department graduate students who are passionate about graphic novels.

Graphic Novel Writing WorkshopCharacters & Dialogue
Saturday, Feb 25
1:00 – 3:00

You have a story and a world. What about the characters? Learn how to write dialogue and populate your story with Purdue English Department graduate students who are passionate about graphic novels.

Volunteering at the Library

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 use your artistic talents.

NOTE: We are currently only accepting volunteers in specific interest areas at this time (10/27/22). Learn more on our volunteer page.

Learn more about volunteering at the library.

Using the library

Evergreen Indiana
Use our catalog to search West Lafayette Public Library and the entire Evergreen Indiana library consortium. Log in to your account to place holds for pickup!

E-books, audiobooks, graphic novels, TV, movies, and music! Get 10 checkouts per month from WLPL, plus Bonus Borrows that don’t count toward your limit.

Indiana Digital Library (Libby app)
Use the Overdrive or Libby app to browse and use these e-books, e-audiobooks, and magazines. Login using your library card number and PIN.

Award Winners List
Need to read an award-winning book? Use this list to quickly find and request books in Evergreen that have received Alex, Rosewater, Printz, Odyssey, Stonewall, Morris, and other awards, arranged by award and year.

Request an e-book or audiobook!
If you can’t find what you’re looking for, fill out this form and we’ll help you get it!

Ask Rose
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Homework Hotline provides FREE math and science homework help to Indiana students in grades 6-12

Purdue OWL
Purdue’s Online Writing Lab is here to help you with all your writing questions!

A collection of online academic databases, test prep materials, career info, and more! Find Rosetta Stone and Learning Express career and test prep center here.