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 is a program 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. It is lead by Mrs.  Amanda Bean, who taught first grade at Cumberland Elementary school for 4 years before becoming a mom. This is a good opportunity for families to learn songs and fingerplays with their children, listen to new stories for very young children, and 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.  Check the montly newsletters at the children's desk and online.

Children's Department News - May 2016

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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.  Free; no registration

Playgroup every Monday from 10:30 to noon in the Children’s Activity Room

Babies, toddlers, preschool children and their parents or caregivers are welcome to gather in the activity room for an informal playgroup.  Make new friends and play with puzzles and the library’s collection of toys.  Amanda, our lap sit leader, is on maternity leave, but we are hoping to have a substitute teacher during the summer until she is able to return.  Free; no registration

No playgroup on May 30, as the library will be closed.


***The Library will be closed on Friday, May 6, while the library hosts a conference, and on Monday, May 30, in observance of

 Memorial Day ***

***Special Programs for children and their Families or Caregivers***

Lego Club

GymnastSaturday, May 14:   1 to 2:30 p.m.

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                Children in preschool through grade 6 will have the opportunity to build with the library’s collection of Lego blocks.  Children who are 8 & younger must be accompanied by an adult.  No fee or registration.  Come and build and have fun!  The children’s creations will be placed on display in cases on the first floor near the entrance to the children’s department for 4 weeks.

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2016 Summer Reading Program



               Our summer reading program is for children who are age 1 through those who have just completed grade 6. 

Participants will receive a bag, a bookmark, and a reading record form on which they will list the books they read or the time they spend reading during the summer.  Parents of pre-school children will record the titles of books that they read to their children.

Registration for the summer reading club will begin on May 23 & go through July 16th.  The first day to collect prizes will be June 6 & the last day will be August 13.

The children’s department will also host programs on Wednesdays and Saturdays in June and July.  They will be free and will require no registration.  Children do not need to participate in the reading club to attend the programs.

For a welcome to summer reading, the library and Morton Center will host a performance of My Plate the Musical by the Minnetrista Theatre Preserves from Muncie, Indiana, who also performed at the 2015 Family Fun Day.  The free performance will be held in the multi-purpose room of Morton center on Saturday, June 4, at 2 p.m.  No tickets will be required.

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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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