Monday Lap Sit is Back!!!
We are happy to announce that lap sit will resume on Monday mornings at 10:30am & 11:15am in the Children's Activity Room.
Ms. Amanda Bean and Pepe the Penguin will lead the group with stories, fingerplays, and music!
Ongoing Children's Programs
Learn more about "Reading to the Dogs" & "Reading to the Cat and Dogs" - Read the article below the monthly children's department news to learn more about these programs. Check the monthly news to learn the date and location of the reading sessions. There are no programs in May or August. Registration is always required by the day before the reading session. You may register by phone or in person.
Lapsit for babies & toddlers who are too young to sit quietly for the regular story time and their parents or other caregivers. Mondays at 10:30 am and 11:15 am in the Children's Program Room. Lead by Volunteer Amanda Barche Lindberg from Ivy Tech. This is a good opportunity for families to make new friends and have fun at the library.
Story time is held each Tuesday at 10:30 am, Thursday at 4:00 pm, and Friday at 10:30 am in the Children's Program Room. Come and listen to Miss Linda read stories and help children create a craft. Parents and caregivers are expected to attend with their children. Programs are designed for 2 to 5 year olds, but older children are welcome to attend.
Many other special programs are held throughout the year.
Children's Department News - October 2015
Preschool story times: Tuesday & Friday: 10:30 a.m.; Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.
Story times are for children ages 2 and older and their caregivers. No registration or fee. Children's Activity Room. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
October 6, 8 & 9th: Fall stories: Leaves by David Ezra Stein, & Boo and Baa Have Company. Bear craft.
October 13, 15 & 16th: New books: Waiting (by Kevin Henkes) & Tulip and Rex Write a Story.
October 20, 22 & 23rd: New & old stories for the fall: Max the Brave, Mystery Vine & Creepy Carrots.
October 27, 29 & 30th: Penguin and Pumpkin and new Halloween stories: Pete the Cat's 5 Little Pumpkins & The Sweetest Witch Around. Halloween craft.
Lap Sit every Monday at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. in the Children's Activity Room. This program is for babies, toddlers and their families or caregivers. Make new friends while listening to simple stories and learn finger plays and songs with Miss Amanda, our new lapsit leader. No registration or fee.
Halloween Craft Day for Families
Saturday, October 3: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m
Walnut & Elm Rooms, 2nd floor
Our Halloween Craft Day is for children ages 2 and older and their families or caregivers. (An adult must stay with children who are 8 or younger.) There will be a selection of crafts to make to decorate your homes for Halloween, including paper Jack-O' lanterns, witches, cats, ghosts, bats & banners.
No registration or fee.
Saturday, October 10: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Walnut & Elm Rooms, 2nd floor
Children in preschool through grade 6 will have the opportunity to build with the library's collection of Lego blocks. Children who are ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Come and build and have fun! Structures will be on display in the lobby of the library, near the elevator, for one month.
No fee or registration.
WLPL Fall Book Fair
October 16th to 23rd
Please support your library by patronizing this event. There will be a large selection of items for people of all ages. Friday evening, October 16th, is for "Friends only." Patrons may join the Friends of the Library organization on the evening of the fair and at any time before the fair at the library. The book fair is a great place to find bargain books, movies, and cds for your family.
Check the library web page after October 1st for more information about the fair and about special events for families on Oct. 17th.
Reading to the Dogs
Saturday, October 24: 2 to 3 p.m.
Walnut & Elm Rooms
The dogs from Therapy Dogs International will be back and eager to listen to children read stories to them! Children may bring favorite books from home or choose books when they arrive at the library.
As a special treat, the dogs and their friends will be dressed in Halloween costumes. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes or dress as their favorite book characters.
Please call the library to register by Friday, October 23. If you have a reservation and need to cancel it, please let us know by Oct. 23rd.
Save the Date!
Thanksgiving Crafts for Families
Saturday, November 7, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Children's Department News - September, 2015
Preschool story times: Tuesday & Friday: 10:30 a.m.; Thursdays at 4:00
Story times are for children ages 2 and older and their families or caregivers. They include several stories and a craft.
Location: Children's Activity Room. No Registration. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
September 1, 3 & 4: New books about mice: Luke and the Little Seed and How to Catch a Mouse
September 8, 10 & 11: New cat and dog stories: Who Wants Broccoli? and Templeton Gets His Wish.
September 15, 17 & 18: More new books: Bear and Hare Go Fishing and T. L. C.
September 22, 24 & 25: Stories about the moon: The Moon Is Coming to Addy's House and Kitten's First Full Moon.
September 29, October 1 & 2: New books: Because Your Grandparents Love You and Finders Keepers
Lap Sit every Monday at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. in the children's activity room, first floor.
This program is for babies, toddlers, and their parents or caregivers. Make new friends, listen to simple stories, and learn finger plays and songs with Miss Amanda, our new lap sit leader.
*** No lap sit on September 7 (Labor Day holiday) ***
***The library will be closed on Monday, September 7, for Labor Day.***
September Special Events
Saturday, September 5th
Join us at Morton Center, 2nd floor, for crafts and stories.
Time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Room 208 (dance classroom)
Saturday, September 12: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Walnut & Elm Rooms
Children in preschool through grade 6 will have the opportunity to build with the library's collection of Lego blocks. Children who are ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. No fee or registration. The structures the children make will be on display in the lobby of the library, near the elevator, for one month after the club meets. Come and build and have fun!
Reading to the Cat & Dogs!
Saturday, September 19: 2 to 3 p.m.
Registration required by Friday, September 18, at 6 p.m.
Elm Room, 2nd floor
Presented by members of Caring Paws. Come and read to a certified therapy cat or dog. Readers should bring a book from home or select one when they arrive at the library. This program is for children ages 4 and older.
Family Fun Day @ the WLPL & Morton Community Center
Sunday, September 27: 1 to 4 p.m.
Details will be announced after Sept. 8.
Puppet show, magic show, One-Size-Fits-All, crafts, face-painting, snacks, & more!
Every child who attends the event will receive a free book, too.
Lots of fun for everyone!
Save the Date!
Halloween Crafts for Families
Saturday, October 3
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Walnut & Elm Rooms
Reading to the Dogs & Cat
Reading to the Cat and Dogs! and Reading to the Dogs!
At the West Lafayette Public Library, we are very fortunate to have members of two different therapy animal organizations bring their registered therapy animals to the library about 9 or 10 times a year. Children reserve a 15 minute time period for reading to the therapy animals. They may check out books at the library to read or bring favorite books from home. The reading dates are announced on the children's web page, in the children's department newsletter, and on posters in the children's department. At the end of the reading session, families with children who are not yet reading are welcome to visit the animals and talk to their partners. When people first hear about reading to therapy animals, their usual response is "Why would anyone want to read to a dog?" or "Do the dogs really listen?" The members of the Caring Paws organizations believe that dogs have a calming effect on most children and have helped children improve their read-a-loud skills.
Therapy animals have been coming to the WLPL for 8 years. The children's department is very happy to sponsor this popular program and appreciates greatly the people who volunteer time to bring their much-loved pets to the library. The animals come about 9 times a year. Please check the events section of the children's web site to learn when the next visit will be.
About Caring Paws
Caring Paws is a non-profit, volunteer organization based in the Greater Lafayette area. Caring Paws members visit nursing homes, retirement centers, schools, hospitals, and libraries seeking trained and registered therapy animals to interact with their patients, residents, and students.
All Caring Paws volunteer teams have been evaluated by a major national animal therapy organization, Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society). With a registered therapy animal, a facility can be assured of a visit from a pet and partner who will provide a safe and enjoyable experience.
The teams that are insured by Pet Partners present the "Reading to the Cat and Dogs!" programs. Some of the animals who visit the library are the cat, Grizzley, and the dogs Breeze, Calvin, Neville, and Sydney.
For more information, please contact the Caring Paws web site: www.caring-paws.org or the Pet Partners site: www.petpartners.org
All therapy animals are current on vaccinations and insured by the groups.
Therapy Dogs International (TDI)
Therapy Dogs International (TDI) was formed in 1976 in New Jersey so that dogs could be certified, insured and registered as volunteer Therapy Dogs. All registered dogs have been tested for therapy dog work by certified TDI evaluators and are current on vaccinations. While many dogs provide companionship in the home, not all dogs are qualified or have the temperament suited to be a therapy dog.
At the WLPL, our program is publicized as "Reading to the Dogs." Some of the dogs who visit the library are Daisy, Champ, Frankie, Java, Jill, & Sugar. TDI members also present a program on dog safety about once a year, as a service to our community.