February 13, at 6:45pm

In the Elm and Walnut Rooms

83 Minutes, Not Rated

Director Rex Miller began searching for Althea Gibson’s story because of a photograph that hung on the wall of his childhood bedroom. Taken in 1960, it shows two brown-skinned women, dressed in their tennis whites, holding tennis rackets and standing on the front lawn of the Merion Cricket Club, a prestigious and highly restricted tennis club outside of Philadelphia. One woman was his mother, Millicent Miller. The other was Althea Gibson. Over the years he came to realize that most people–even in tennis–have little idea of who she was and all she accomplished. Not only did she succeed in tennis, but in golf and music as well. Fifty years after she broke the color barrier, the time has come for a fitting recognition of this great champion and trailblazer. WIth an innovative take on the historical documentary, it is lyrical, poetic, and fluid, blending archival materials, first person interviews, re-enactments, animation, and a fantastic score to tell Althea’s story and preserve her legacy. Please call or come into the Library to learn the title of this film: 765-743-2261.

Nick Schenkel's Book Reviews on WBAA


nickwbaaHIDDEN LIFE OF TREES: What they feel, how they communicate 

Trees are often dismissed as simple details that mark where civilization ends and the wilderness begins. Sometimes, even foresters forget the uniqueness that each individual tree possesses. Now translated in English, this week's feature rediscovers the beauty of trees and their very real fantastical nature. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.                           

                                                hidden life of trees


LFL Lincoln Park -small installation day 8 21 2015  


The West Lafayette Public Library is proud to announce the opening of a neighborhood Little Free Library and a walk-up library book return box in both Lommel Park and Lincoln Park (seen in the photo above) in West Lafayette.

Working with the West Lafayette Parks and Recreation Department, with funding from North Central Health Services (NCHS), the West Lafayette Library is expanding the network of library service points in West Lafayette.

The book drops and the little free libraries are now available for use in both parks.  Please use and enjoy these new West Lafayette Library services!  

 Read more about the Library’s book drops and little free libraries here. 


The West Lafayette Public Library is excited to offer the Freegal music download service to our patrons!

The West Lafayette Library's subscription with Freegal offers YOU free access to millions of song from over 10,000 labels including the Sony Music Catalog.


How Freegal Music Works:

  • Library users have a weekly download limit of three downloads (songs) per week. You will be able to keep track of your downloads in the upper right corner of the site. Every song has a sample clip you can listen to before you download.

  • The downloads on this site are all in the MP3 format with no DRM. This service will work with any MP3 player, including iPod, and can be loaded into iTunes. It works on both PCs and Macs. Check out our new mobile apps for iOS and Android devices!

  • Be sure to check out the browsing areas, especially Artists A to Z (on the "see all genres" page) and the genre lists (menu bar). Click on see all genres to view dozens of categories.

To access Freegal, go to and enter in your Library card number and password. *Please contact the Library if you require assistance.