Children's Department News - July 2016




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.


Lap Sit is back! We now have a leader for the lap sit for July.  Miss Camille will read stories and teach songs to babies, toddlers, and their parents or care-givers.  There will also be time to play with the toys and socialize.  Day:  Every Monday except July 4th.   Times:  10:30 and 11:15.  Children’s Activity Room.  Free; no registration.

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*** The library will be closed on July 3rd & 4th in observance of  Independence Day. ***


Summer Reading Club:  



               Reminder:  Children enrolled in the summer reading club are encouraged to read and collect their prizes during July.  (The last day to register is July 16.) Children may collect reading club prizes until August 13 Come in soon for the best selection of prizes!


Summer Reading Program Special Events @ the WLPL - July, 2016


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     All programs are free and do not require registration.  They are for all children and their families or care-givers.  Children do not need to be participants in the Summer Reading Club to attend these activities.  For more information, please check the children’s page of the website or ask a staff member at the children’s desk the week before the event is scheduled to occur.

Children 8 years old & younger must be accompanied by an adult.

All programs will be held in the Walnut & Elm Rooms (2nd floor).

All programs begin at 2 p.m. & last for 1 hour unless noted by **.

The doors to the Walnut & Elm Rooms will open at the time the program is listed to begin.  If you arrive early, please go to the children’s area and explore our large collection of books and movies while you wait.  Do not wait in the teen department on the second floor, as that area is reserved for teens.  For safety reasons, please do not wait on the stairs.  Thank you!

***No programs on July 2nd or 6th – Independence Day Break***

**Saturday, July 9                   Lego Club (1 to 2:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, July 13               LOVE Sculpture/Stamp Project with Kathy Trout of ArtSmart Indiana.  Children will use a four letter word relating to Indiana to create a unique project.

Saturday, July 16                    On your Mark, Get Set, Fly!  (Paper Airplane Day)  Children will make paper airplanes and fly them in the amphitheater, which is next to the Northwestern Ave. entrance to the library.  Weather permitting, they will make their own targets with chalk on the bricks of the amphitheater.

**Wednesday, July 20          Lego Club (2 - 3:30 p.m.)

Saturday, July 23                  On your Mark, Get Set, Dance! (Disney Dancing Day) Children will exercise their bodies and minds through dance.  Joselyn Cooks, from

                                                     Morton Center Dance Troupe, will lead a workshop in which the girls and boys will learn how to prepare their bodies to dance, learn some simple dance steps, and dance to Disney songs.

Wednesday, July 27            Fitness Fun with Miss Gabi of Miracle Fitness.  Be ready to move and exercise your body and mind with Miss Gabi.  Fun for everyone!


July Events that are not part of the Summer Reading Club

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Reading to the Dogs!

Saturday, July 30th; Time:  2 to 3 p.m.  Place:  Walnut & Elm Rooms

Registration required by Friday, July 29th

               Presented by members of Therapy Dogs International.  Come and read to a certified therapy 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.

Please note:  Visitors, other than the parents and siblings of children who are reading to the dogs, are welcome to greet the dogs and talk to therapy dog team members only at 3 p.m., so that the readers are not disturbed



The staff of the children’s department would like to thank all the people, organizations, and businesses who helped make our summer a success:  Bess Witcosky, Kim Fields, LaVerne Mikhail, Joselyn Cooks, Nick Schenkel, Kathy Trout, Beth Will, the Friends of the West Lafayette Public Library, Applebee’s, Arni’s, Arrowhead Bowl, Cold Stone Creamery, Hot Box Pizza, Insomnia Cookies, Malone’s Gymnastics, Miracle Fitness, Penguin Random House Publishing Company, Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Subway,  West Lafayette Parks and Recreation, and all the teen volunteers who registered children and gave them prizes in the children’s department. 

  We would not be able to have such high quality programs without their help.





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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