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 - August, 2015

August News


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Preschool story times: Tuesday & Friday: 10:30 a.m.; Thursdays at 4:00  

Story times are for children ages 2 and older and their families or caregivers.

Location: Children’s Activity Room. No Registration. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

August 4, 6 & 7: No story times for this week. “End of summer” break for the children’s librarians

Story times will resume on August 11.

August 11, 13 & 14: The Sky Is Falling & Billy & Goat at the State Fair

August 18, 20, 21: New books

August 25, 27 & 28: Old and new stories by Mo Willems: Knuffle Bunny:   A Cautionary Tale & I Will Take a Nap!

Lap Sit every Monday at 10:30 and 11:15 a.m. in the children’s activity room, first floor. This program is for babies, toddlers, and their parents or caregivers. Make new friends, listen to simple stories, and learn finger plays and songs.  On Aug. 10th the room will be open for parents to have a play group.  On August 17th, our new lap sit leader, Mrs. Amanda Bean, will be present to resume the lap sit programs. 


****Reminder:  No lap sit on August 3rd or 10th***


Summer Reading Club

Thank you for participating in our 2015 Summer Reading Club and attending our many programs. We had lots of fun, and we hope your families did, too.

Children may collect reading club prizes until Saturday, August 15th.


***August Events for Children***

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Lego Club

Saturday, August 8: 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Walnut & Elm Rooms


Lego Club is open to children of all ages. Come and build with the library’s Lego collection. After the program, children may display their creations in display cases in the library. Children who are younger than 9 must be accompanied by an adult.


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Reading to the Dogs!

Saturday, August 15: 2 to 3 p.m.

Walnut & Elm Rooms


Registration required by Friday, August 14th

Presented by members of Therapy Dogs International (TDI). Come and read to a certified therapy dog. Readers should bring a book from home or select one when they arrive at the library. Children who are not yet reading are invited to visit and pet the dogs at 3 p.m. This program is for children ages 4 and older. Free.




The children's department staff members would like to thank our July program presenters:  Katie Yankura-Swacha, yoga instructor at Morton Center, and the members of the Morton Center Dance Troupe.  Thank you for donating your time and skills to the library.


Please support our sponsors:  The Friends of the West Lafayette Public Library, Applebee's, Arni's, Arrowhead Bowl, Buccaneer Bay, Cold Stone Creamery, Insomnia Cookies, Malone's Gym, Monster Mini-golf, Orange Leaf, Panda Express, Penguin Books USA, Subway, Wal-Mart, & West Lafayette Parks & Recreation

We had a successful party for all summer reading participants on July 25.  The children's department appreciates the support of the teen volunteers and the staff who assisted with this event, the Friends of the West Lafayette Public Library, and Wal-Mart.




Save the Date!

Global Fest at the Morton Community Center

Saturday, September 5th




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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