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 - December, 2014

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Weekly Programs in the Children's Department

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

December 2, 4 & 5: New stories: Dog Loves Books & Dog Loves Drawing.

December 9, 11 & 12: New and old stories: Little Blue Truck’s Christmas & Mo Willems’ Waiting Is Not Easy!

December 16, 18 & 19: Celebrate the holidays with stories about this season of giving and sharing. We will make a holiday craft.

December 23: No story time

December 30: Story time @ 10:30.  Favorite 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, listen to simple stories, and learn finger plays and songs.

No program on December 22.

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Holiday Hours

The library will close at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 23rd

December 24 & 25: Library closed for Christmas vacation.

Friday opening time (Dec. 26): noon. 

***No lap sit or story time during the week of December 22.***

December 30: Library closes at 3 p.m.

December 31 & January 1: Library closed for New Year’s Holiday.

January 2: The library will open at noon. No story.

***Please check the library’s web site for closings during inclement weather.***


Special Programs for Families

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Winter Holiday Family Craft Day

Saturday, December 6

1 to 4 p.m. Location: Walnut & Elm Rooms

Bring your families to the library to make winter holiday crafts to decorate your homes, including  ornaments, wreaths, baskets, Santa, stars, trees, reindeer, angels, snowflakes, & Olaf the Snowman and other crafts with the characters from the movie "Frozen."  Free.   No registration. This event is for children of all ages, but an adult must stay with children who are younger than 9.

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Lego Club

Saturday, December 13

Time: 1 to 2:20 p.m. Location: 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 must be accompanied by an adult. No fee or registration. Come and build and make new friends! Structures will be on display for one month in cases near the children’s area & on the second floor, near the Walnut & Elm meeting rooms.

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Reading to the Cat and Dogs!

Saturday, December 13

2 to 3 p.m., Children’s Activity Room; For children ages 4 and older

            The Caring Paws therapy cat and dogs 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. At the end of the reading session, there will be a short “meet and greet” opportunity for children who are not yet reading and their parents or caregivers.

Please register by Friday, December 12.

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***New in the children's area:  "School Projects Reference Cart"***

The children's department now has a "School Projects Reference Cart."    Books about subjects that are being studied at Cumberland and Happy Hollow School are on this cart and are for use at the library.   Since the demand for these resources for reports and projects is high they cannot be checked out,  but you can photocopy/photograph pages you want to take home.

The cart is located next to the catalog computers in the children's area. Please ask a staff member if you need assistance with the books.  

Topics at this time include American history, Native Americans, Pilgrims, animals in winter, and explorers.  In January, more topics will be added as we increase our non-fiction collection.



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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