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 - April 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 families or caregivers.
Location: Children’s Activity Room. Free; no registration
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 parents or caregivers. Make new friends while listening to simple stories and learning finger plays and songs. Free; no registration.
***Special Programs for children and their Families or Caregivers***
Saturday, April 11 Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Special Place: 1st floor, near the Northwestern Avenue entrance, across from the snack area and the book store
Children in preschool through grade 6 will have the opportunity to build with the library’s collection of Lego blocks. Children who are younger than 9 must be accompanied by an adult. No fee or registration. Come and build and have fun! The children’s creations will be placed on display in cases on the first floor near the entrance to the children’s department for 4 weeks.
Reading to the Cat and Dogs!
Saturday, April 25 Time: 2 to 3 p.m. Place: Walnut & Elm Rooms, 2nd floor
Registration required by Friday, April 24
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.
*** Special Events for Everyone ***
WLPL Spring Book Fair: Friday, April 10, to Friday, April 17
Come to the second floor of the library and find wonderful bargains! It’s a great way to support your family’s library and add to your collection of books and movies.
Friday, April 10: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
“Friends of the WLPL Only”
Join the Friends at the Check Out desk at any time or at the door on the night of the sale.
Saturday, April 11: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Full Price Sale
Sunday, April 12 (1 – 5 p.m.) & Monday, April 13 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.): Half Price Sale
Tuesday, April 14, & Wednesday, April 15 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.): $3 Bag of Books Sale
Thursday, April 16 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) & Friday, April 17 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.):
$1 Bag of Books Sale!
Check the web site and posters in the library the week before the sale for other activities during the book fair.
Sunday, April 12, 1:30 to 2:30: Caring Paws “Meet & Greet”
Members of Caring Paws and their pet partners who listen to children read to them at the WLPL will be visiting today. They will introduce their special pets and tell about their therapy animal program. Several dogs & Grizzly (the cat) will be excited to meet everyone, too. Please come & greet them!
If you have a pet dog, cat, or rabbit you feel would be a good therapy animal, this is a great opportunity to meet some Caring Paws members and learn about this program.
For information about Caring Paws, please consult caring-paws.org.
Coming soon … 2015 Summer Reading Program
The summer reading program this year is titled “Every Hero Has a Story!” It is for children who are age 2 through those who have just completed grade 6. Participants will receive a bag, a bookmark, and a reading record form on which they will list the books they read or the time they spend reading during the summer. Parents of pre-school children will record the titles of books that they read to their children.
Registration for the summer reading club will begin at the end of May. The date will be announced on the library’s web site and on posters in the library after May 1. Children will collect prizes during June and July as they work toward and reach their reading goals.
There will be special events for all children and their families and caregivers during June and July.
Please check our web site after May 1, for more information about this exciting and popular program.
There will be teen and adult reading clubs this summer, too.
Children's Department News - March 2015
Preschool story times: Tuesday & Friday: 10:30 a.m.; Thursdays at 4 p.m.
Story times are for children ages 2 and older and their families or caregivers.
Location: Children’s Activity Room. Free; no registration.
March 3, 5 & 6: New books: Breathe and Three Bears in a Boat.
March 10, 12, & 13: New books: Go To Sleep, Little Farm and Will You Be My Friend?
March 17, 19, & 20: Elmer stories, old and new.
March 24, 26, & 27 and March 31, April 2, & April 3: New spring stories.
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 parents or caregivers. Make new friends while listening to simple stories and learning finger plays and songs. Free; no registration.
***Special Programs for Children & their Families or Caregivers***
Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration with Pi Beta Phi
Sunday, March 1: 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Walnut & Elm Rooms
For children of all ages and their parents or caregivers.
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with the members of Pi Beta Phi sorority. Activities will include reading and listening to Dr. Seuss stories, games, face painting, and a small snack. This activity is for children of all ages. It is a "dropin"event, so plan on spending about 1/2 hour at the party. Since there will be college students hosting this event, parents do not need to stay at the program, unless their children are younger than 8. (However, they must remain in the library.) Free. No registration. Come and have fun!
Purdue Science Student Council Presents:
Adventures in Science
Saturday, March 7: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Target Age: Pre-K through grade 3
Children are invited to participate in hands-on experiments of all types for the curious explorer in every child! Make an Alka-Seltzer lava lamp, change the color of milk, make raisins dance, create a gas to inflate balloons, and make a rain cloud. Learn and have fun!
Caution, some of these experiments might be a little messy.
Free; no registration.
Saturday, March 14: 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Place: 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 younger than 9 years old must be accompanied by an adult. No fee or registration. Come and build and have fun! Structures created by the children will be on display in the cases near the children’s department on the first floor and near the meeting rooms on the second floor for 4 weeks.
Reading to the Dogs!
Saturday, March 28: 2 to 3 p.m.
Registration required by Friday, March 27
Presented by members of Therapy Dogs International (TDI). Come and read to a certified therapy dog. Readers should bring a book from home or select one when they arrive at the library. Children who are not yet reading are invited to visit and pet the dogs at 3 p.m. This program is for children ages 4 and older. Free.
Science Exploration Day for Kids
Saturday, March 28: Noon to 4 p.m.
1st floor, near the Northwestern Ave. Entrance of the Library
Target age: Students in Kindergarten - Grade 6
Golden Key International Honour Society and Tau Beta Pi engineering fraternity of Purdue University will be hosting a science exploration day to spark an interest in science and engineering in elementary school age children. There will be 7 science demonstrations and hands-on activities for kids and information centers for families. This is a “drop-in” program, with continuous activities, so bring your families and plan on spending about an hour getting excited about science! Free. No registration.
Save the Date!
WLPL Spring Fair
April 10th - 17th
Check the "Adults" web page after April 1st for more details.
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.