Join the Friends of the West Lafayette Public Library for our annual Spring Book Sale. All proceeds support new materials and programming at the West Lafayette Public Library.

April 7 - 11, 2017

Fri 6:30-8pm, Preview night for Friends; join at door $15, students can join for $5
Sat 10-5pm: Regular price
Sun 1-5pm: Half-price
Mon 10-8pm: $5/bag
Tues 10-8pm: $3/bag

12,000 books; 90% donated; sorted; no buyer restrictions; .50-$5; Credit cards accepted

Learn more on our web site:


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April 17, at 6:45pm

In the Elm and Walnut Rooms

89 Minutes, Not Rated

Due to the Spring Book Sale, this movie has been moved to the third Monday in April. To speak of African cinema is to speak the name of Ousmane Sembene. Known as "the Father of African film," this was no easy title to bear, as shown in this personal essay about one of the world's greatest artists. Sembene! takes you from Dakar, Senegal, to the docks of Marseille, France, to New York City. In a career spanning 40 years, Sembene tasted the highs and the lows, only to re-invent himself with a powerful blend of documentary, French New Wave, and Realism, creating films that shocked the sociopolitical power structures of the day. Please call or come into the Library to learn the title of this film: 765-743-2261.

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Elm and Walnut Rooms

Reception March 24th 4:30pm-6pm

A collection of art work created by young local artists. As part of their commitment to bring art into the community, Youth Art Exhibition is dedicated to the educational and artistic advancement of the young talented artists in the West Lafayette community. The purpose of this show is to provide all young budding artists with opportunities to advance their talent. The exhibition is a valuable incentive for our young people; it encourages an appreciation for the art lovers and reflects the fine quality of art instruction and talent which exist in our community. 

Nick Schenkel's Book Reviews on WBAA


nickwbaaBOOK THIEVES: The Nazi looting of Europe's libraries and the race to return a literary ineritance

The thousands of book burnings during the 1930's sponsored by Nazi Germany were among the most significant acts of censorship by a government to date and, our author tells us, an ongoing effort by the regime to destroy exisiting Western cultural life and a failed paralell attempt to develop a Nazi centered culture with print as a cornerstone. This week's feature follows historians and librarians as they try to piece together the routes surviving books have taken, highlighting the families that receive books belonging to relatives who survive. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review. West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

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