Friends Fall Book Fair begins October 31, 2014

The Friends of the Library Fall Book Fair for 2014

begins on Halloween Friday, October 31 with a Friends of the Library Member preview from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.  This special preview is open to Friends Members only - but you can join the Friends of the Library at the door!*

Saturday November 1 the Book Sale opens to the public with thousands of books starting at only 50 cents and ranging up to $2.00 for hardcover titles and a bit more for "giftable" better books.  

Sunday ALL books are half price!  And Monday brings the Fall Book Fair Bag Sales: all the books you can pack in a grocery bag for $3 on Monday and Tuesday - only $1 per bag on Wednesday through Friday.

We hope you'll join us for a great selection of books and friendly folks who join in shoping and browsing.

*A one year membership - entry to two Friends Preview nights at the Book Fair -  is $15.00 for individuals or families; $5.00 for students.

Halloween Crafts for Families 2014



Halloween Crafts for Families
Saturday, October 4: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Walnut & Elm Rooms
All children & their families or caregivers are invited to make crafts for Halloween. Come and make Jack-o-Lanterns, ghosts, bats, cats, witches, pirate hats, Halloween banners, & other decorations.
Free. No registration.

Children age 8 & younger must have an adult stay with them at the event.

Childrens Department News - October, 2014

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Weekly Programs

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 caregivers.

September 30, October 2, & 3: New books: Peanut Butter & Cupcake and Super Swooper Dinosaur.
October 7, 9, & 10: Stories about firefighters: Flashing Fire Engines and Curious George & the Firefighters.
October 14, 16 & 17: Stories about animals in the fall. Fall craft.
October 21, 23, & 24: New Halloween stories and craft, including It's Pumpkin Time!, Penguin & Pumpkin, & Mouse's First Halloween.
October 28, 30, & 31: Pumpkin Trouble and monster 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 families or caregivers. Make new friends while listening to simple stories and learn finger plays and songs.

No registration or fee.

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  October Events 

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Contest for 4 tickets for Flat Stanley
Presented by Purdue Convocations
Family pack of 4 tickets for the performance at Purdue. One entry per child
Contest dates: September 27 through October 27.
Performance Date: November 16th Ticket drawing: October 28
Enter the contest by 8 p.m. on Monday, October 27.



Halloween Craft Day for Families
Saturday, October 4: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Walnut & Elm Rooms
Our Halloween craft day is for children ages 2 and older and their families or caregivers. (An adult must stay with children who are 8 or younger.) There will be a selection of crafts to make to decorate your homes for Halloween, including paper Jack-O' lanterns, witches, cats, ghosts, & banners. No registration or fee.


Lego Club
Saturday, October 11: 1 to 2:30 p.m.

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 ages 8 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. No fee or registration. Come and build and have fun! Structures will be on display in the lobby of the library, near the elevator, for one month.

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Reading to the Dogs & Cat!
Saturday, October 18: 2 to 3 p.m. Elm Room.

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 call the library to register by Friday, October 17.


Family Fun Day
Sunday, October 26: 1 to 4 p.m.
For children and their families or caregivers
No admission fee or registration
Music, crafts, face painting, "One Size Fits All" improv group from Civic Theatre, snacks, games, Halloween costume parade, door prizes, and more!
Every child who attends will receive a new book!

Check the library web page after October 15th for more activities.


Friends of the WLPL Fall Book Fair:
October 31st to November 7th
Please support your library by patronizing this event. There will be a large selection of items for people of all ages. Friday evening, October 31, is for "Friends only." Patrons may join the Friends of the Library organization on the evening of the fair and at any time before the fair at the library. The book fair is a great place to find bargain books, movies, and cds for your family.
Check the library web page after October 15th for more information, especially about special activities being planned for Saturday, November 1st. The Purdue Science Student Council will have a science experiments demonstration for children in the children's activity room on November 1st, from noon to 3 p.m..




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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.

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