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 - March 2015

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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!



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Purdue Science Student Council Presents:

Adventures in Science

Saturday, March 7: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Elm Room

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.


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Lego Club

       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.

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Reading to the Dogs!

Saturday, March 28: 2 to 3 p.m.

Elm Room

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.


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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

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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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