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 - July 2015

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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. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

June 30, July 2 & 3: New book: Interstellar Cinderella.

July 7, 9 & 10: New books: Whose Shoe? and Prince of a Frog

July 14, 16 & 17: Rainbow Fish stories

July 21, 23 & 24: New stories: You Nest Here with Me and Bear Ate Your Sandwich

July 28, 30 & 31: More silly stories: Yellow Copter and Don’t Push the Button!

Toddler, Mom, & Baby Playgroup: Every Monday, the children’s activity room will be from 10:30 a.m. to noonfor an informal play group. 

Free; no registration.

            Until we find a new lap sit leader, the library will host a parent (or caregiver) & baby/toddler playgroup on Monday mornings. Make new friends, read stories, and play with the library’s toys.

Our lap sit teacher, Amanda, is no longer able to lead the lap sit program.  If anyone is a preschool teacher or has a degree in early childhood education and would like to be the lap sit teacher, please talk to Linda, our children’s librarian, or to Nick, our library director. Thank you.


*** The library will be closed on July 4th & July 5th in observance of Independence Day ***




July Events for Children


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Lego Club

Saturday, July 11:  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 8 & younger must be accompanied by an adult. No registration. Free.


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Summer Reading Club: Every Hero Has a Story!


            Reminder: Children enrolled in the summer reading club are encouraged to read and collect their prizes during July. (The last day to register is July17.) Children may collect reading club prizes until August 15. Come in soon for the best selection of prizes!


Summer Reading Club Important Dates to Remember


Register: May 26 to July 17

Read: May 26 to July 31

Collect Prizes: June 10 to August 15

Summer Reading Club Party: July 25: 2 to 4 p.m.



July Summer Reading Club Programs

for Children of all ages and their Families or Caregivers

Place: Walnut & Elm Rooms (2nd floor) Time: 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. unless noted

No registration or fees.  Children may attend these programs without being enrolled in the reading club.

Children who are 8 & younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday July 1 & 4th: No programs

Wednesday, July 8: Board Games Day. Bring board games from home or use the library’s to play “old-fashioned” games with your family and friends.

*Saturday, July 11: Lego Club for children of all ages. Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 15: Yoga Superheroes: Join Katie Yankura of Morton Center to learn some superhero poses to strengthen your body.

*Wednesday, July 22: Summer Lego Club for children of all ages. Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m.; Walnut & Elm Rooms

*Saturday, July 25: Library Party with crafts & activities for children, teens, & adults. Place: Walnut & Elm Rooms & Amphitheater; Time: 2 to 4 p.m. Check the website during the week of July 20 for more details.

Wednesday, July 29: Morton Dance Troupe demonstration and workshop



The children's department staff members would like to thank our June program presenters:  Elizabeth Lincourt, artist with the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, Jake McGill, graphic artist, and Rocky Killion, super magician.  Thank you for donating your time and skills to the library.


Please support our sponsors:  The Friends of the West Lafayette Public Library, Applebee's, Arni's, Arrowhead Bowl, Buccaneer Bay, Cold Stone Creamery, Insomnia Cookies, Malone's Gym, Monster Mini-golf, Orange Leaf, Panda Express, Penguin Books USA, Subway, Wal-Mart, & West Lafayette Parks & Recreation




Reading to the Dogs & Cat

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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: or the Pet Partners site:

     All therapy animals are current on vaccinations and insured by the groups.


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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.

      TDI Chapter 267 is a Greater Lafayette Chapter of Therapy Dogs International. Our local volunteer teams visit schools, mental health facilities, nursing homes, camps for children and are wonderful tail waggin' tutors at library reading programs. For more information about our organization, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

      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.



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