The Library will be open until 3 pm on Wednesday, November 25,

The Library will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day, November 26

and will open at Noon (12 pm) on Friday, November 27.

Our best wishes to you for a happy Thanksgiving Holiday!

Note: The Library's book/media drop-off boxes outside the library, outside West Lafayette's Payless Grocery and in Lincoln and Lommel Parks will be open 24/7 during the holiday period.


Children's Department : JOB OPENING - High School Page


  • Sort and shelve books and other materials in the correct location of the children's department
  • Learn how to search for materials on the library's catalog and become proficient enough to teach patrons how to use the catalog computers
  • Work one weekend day, and at least one evening per week. Occasionally adjust work schedule to meet the needs of the department
  • Move tables and chairs and help prepare the children's activity room and second floor meeting rooms for programs and craft events
  • Help reorganize the meeting rooms and activity room after special programs
  • Complete a variety of tasks in the children's room in addition to sorting and shelving books, including preparation of program materials, folding fliers, and maintaining the area
  • Help with off-site events occasionally, such as The West Lafayette Farmer's Market
  • Help train and supervise teenage volunteers in such tasks as enrolling children in the summer reading club and giving club prizes to them
  • Perform other duties as assigned



  • Dependable – come to work on time as scheduled, ready to work
  • Able to work with minimal supervision
  • Friendly and courteous
  • Enjoy working with children and their parents or caregivers
  • Able to work with people of various cultures and backgrounds
  • Self-starter
  • Attentive to details, especially when sorting and shelving books
  • Able to alphabetize and order numbers
  • Able to lift and carry 25 pounds
  • Must be currently enrolled in local high school or school-recognized home school program
  • Must be at least 15 and able to get a work permit from school


  • Familiarity with children's books

Email resume or letter of interest to Ms. Linda Klein, West Lafayette Public Library This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A 2014 Film About an Indian Family in France


foodMonday, December 14 at 6:45 p.m.

at the West Lafayette Public Library

124 minutes, PG


Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is an extraordinarily talented and largely self-taught culinary novice. When he and his family are displaced from their native India and settle in a quaint French village, they decide to open an Indian eatery. However, Madame Mallory (Helen Mirren), the proprietress of an acclaimed restaurant just across the street, strongly objects. War erupts between the two establishments, until Mallory recognizes Kadam's impressive epicurean gifts and takes him under her wing. Please call or come into the Library to learn the title of this film: 765-743-2261.


Nick's Picks on WBAA

Nick Schenkel's Book Reviews on WBAA

Nick on WBAA    


Matthew Prior has a life as unfortunate as it gets. After quitting his job and losing his family's savings on a sunk website, he desperately scrambles to salvage his marriage, career, and home. While The Financial Lives of the Poets seems incredibly dismal, reviewers have described Jess Walter's story as terribly funny, relatable, and simply a good time.   West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel has a review.

                                                                                                                        Financial Lives of The Poets          

Latino Cultural Grant

LA 11.19.15
























Description of the Episode - Empire of Dreams (1880-1942)

Widespread immigration to the U.S. from Latin countries begins – first with a small group from Cuba, then a larger one from Mexico. Both flee chaos and violence in their home country and are attracted by opportunities in the United States. During the 1920s, immigration is encouraged with the expanding U.S. economy. Mexicans and Mexican Americans build a thriving community in Los Angeles and look forward to a bright future. But when the economic boom of that 1920s ends with the catastrophic Depression of the thirties, the pendulum swings. Immigrants encouraged to immigrate in the 20s are deported en masse in the 30s. Puerto Ricans, also caught in the depths of the Depression, rebel against U.S. rule on the Island, and eventually gain Commonwealth status from the U.S. Government.