Ongoing Children's Programs
Learn more about "Reading to the Dogs" - The next Reading to the Dogs or Reading to the Cat & Dogs programs will be: Saturday, June 7: 2 to 3 p.m. There will be no program in May or August. Registration is always required by the day before the reading session.
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 - August 2014
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.
Location: Children’s Activity Room. No Registration
July 29, 31, & August 1: Reptile stories and snake craft
August 5, 7 & 8 & August 12, 14 & 15: No story times for 2 weeks. “End of summer” break for the children’s librarians
August 19, 21 & 22: Construction stories: Road Builders and Go! Go! Go! Stop!
August 26, 28 & 29: Counting stories, including Snug as a Bug.
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.
***No lap sit on August 4th & 11th***
Summer Reading Club
Thank you for participating in our 2014 Summer Reading Club and attending our many programs. We had lots of fun, and we hope your families did, too.
*** Children may collect reading club prizes until Saturday, August 9th. ***
Winners of the summer reading club “End of Summer” contest will be notified by a message sent to their parent’s e-mail address or by phone by July 30.
Children who win a prize in the “End of Summer” contest should collect their prizes by Saturday, August 9, unless other arrangements are made with a staff member of the children’s department.
***August Events for Children***
Saturday, August 9
1 to 2:30 p.m.
Walnut & Elm Rooms
Lego Club is open to children of all ages. Come and build with the library’s Lego collection. After the program, children may display their creations in display cases in the library. Children who are younger than 9, must be accompanied by an adult.
Global Fest at the Morton Community Center
Saturday, August 30
International stories and crafts at Global Fest
Visit us in the “library room”, listen to a poem or short story, and make a craft. We will be on the second floor (room 208). Please check the library’s web site after August 26 for the hours of the event.
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.