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.

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
 Entertainment, crafts, games, face painting, snacks, Halloween costume parade,

door prizes & more!

Magician Mark Brandyberry:  1:30 to 2 p.m.

Therapy Dogs International "Meet & Greet":  1:30 to 2:30

One Size Fits All Improv Troupe from Civic Theatre: 2 to 2:45

Lafayette Symphony Orchestra Cushion Concert:  3 - 3:45

1 to 4:  Face painting, bean bag toss, mask making (1st floor of library)

Tour a police car and a fire truck  (Chauncey Avenue, between the library & Morton Center)

  1 to 4:  Demonstrations & Information Tables at Morton Community Center

2 to 4:  zombies vs. humans game for children ages 9 & older (library)

Free popcorn from Longhouse Farm!

Every child, age 12 and younger,  will receive a new book!  The book station will be on the first floor, near the Back Door Book Store and the Northwestern Avenue entrance.

Morton Community Center Activities

Children's Activities in the main foyer:

Play in the mud at Gail Johnston's clay table

Build & create with Youth Art Teacher Jeannette Rehmel

Meet & Greet Info Tables in the main foyer:

Bricks & Kidz Lego

Hoosier Ecology Center Presents Nature Kids Outdoor Discovery

Guitar,Yoga, Tai Chi, & Belly Dance Information Stations

Demonstrations, Performances, & Activities

Tai Chi:  1:15 to 1:30 & 2:45 - 3:00

MorDancN:  1:30 - 1:45

Guitar:  1:45 - 2:00 & 3 to 3:15

Yoga:  2:00 - 2:15 & 3:30 - 3:45

Belly Dance:  2:15 - 2:30




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.

There will be lots of newer books for children at this fair.  Be sure to visit the children's book tables for some great bargains for your kids!
Check the library web page after October 25th 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..




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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