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 - April 2015

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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

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 and their Families or Caregivers***

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Lego Club

Saturday, April 11 Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Special Place: 1st floor, near the Northwestern Avenue entrance, across from the snack area and the book store

            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 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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Reading to the Cat and Dogs!

Saturday, April 25 Time: 2 to 3 p.m. Place: Walnut & Elm Rooms, 2nd floor

Registration required by Friday, April 24

            Presented by members of Caring Paws. Come and read to a certified therapy cat or dog. Readers should bring a book from home or select one when they arrive at the library. This program is for children ages 4 and older.


*** Special Events for Everyone ***


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WLPL Spring Book Fair:    Friday, April 10, to Friday, April 17

           Come to the second floor of the library and find wonderful bargains! It’s a great way to support your family’s library and add to your collection of books and movies.

Friday, April 10: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

“Friends of the WLPL Only”

Join the Friends at the Check Out desk at any time or at the door on the night of the sale.

Saturday, April 11: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Full Price Sale

Sunday, April 12 (1 – 5 p.m.) & Monday, April 13 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.): Half Price Sale

Tuesday, April 14, & Wednesday, April 15 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.):  $3 Bag of Books Sale

Thursday, April 16 (10 a.m. to 8 p.m.) & Friday, April 17 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.):

$1 Bag of Books Sale!


Check the web site and posters in the library the week before the sale for other activities during the book fair.

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Sunday, April 12, 1:30 to 2:30: Caring Paws “Meet & Greet”

            Members of Caring Paws and their pet partners who listen to children read to them at the WLPL will be visiting today.   They will introduce their special pets and tell about their therapy animal program. Several dogs & Grizzly (the cat) will be excited to meet everyone, too. Please come & greet them!

            If you have a pet dog, cat, or rabbit you feel would be a good therapy animal, this is a great opportunity to meet some Caring Paws members and learn about this program.

            For information about Caring Paws, please consult



Coming soon … 2015 Summer Reading Program

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            The summer reading program this year is titled “Every Hero Has a Story!” It is for children who are age 2 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 at the end of May. The date will be announced on the library’s web site and on posters in the library after May 1. Children will collect prizes during June and July as they work toward and reach their reading goals.

There will be special events for all children and their families and caregivers during June and July.

Please check our web site after May 1, for more information about this exciting and popular program.

There will be teen and adult reading clubs this summer, too.


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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