Can a painting move? Can an image speak? Purdue University Galleries and Saint Alexis Orthodox Church are partnering to present a lecture series this summer at the West Lafayette Public Library.

Come learn about the living tradition and spiritual significance of icon painting in the Christian East from experts in iconography. This series of viewings and accompanying lectures will feature artwork from Purdue Galleries's collection.

June 24: Lecture by Professor Ashley Purpura on understanding the language of icons.
July 15: Lecture by Iconographer Fr. Jerome Sanderson on the spiritual practice of creating icons.
August 12: Lecture by Iconographer Mother Katherine on African icons and the modern iconographer’s practice.

All lectures will be from 3-4:30PM in the Elm Room of the West Lafayette Public Library and are free and open to the public.
Please contact Purdue University Galleries with any questions.

Nick Schenkel's Book Reviews on WBAA



"The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball" is a book about two Chinese brothers' difficulty with adapting to American life after being sent by the Emperor to learn American ways. 

Though both struggle to maintain their Chinese identities in their new home, through time and the pursuit of the new American sport of baseball, one of the brothers slowly begins to integrate into American culture.  
Written for young readers, "The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball" tells a story set in late 19th century Amercia that can resonate with readers of all ages today. 

West Lafayette Public Library Director Nick Schenkel's review.                        forbidden temptation cover 0                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             



It's a summer of rock at the library! Play Libraries Rock Bingo and attend summer programs to earn tickets to our end of summer prize drawings! Come into the library for more information and to get registered. Click here to see our teen program.

Prizes available to players over 21 include: 
Specialized Align Bike Helmet from Hodson’s Bay 
60 Min Massage at Rejuvenate Massage 
1lb box from Wolf’s Chocolates 
$20 gift card to Scotty’s Brewhouse 
2 Tickets to Lafayette Symphony Orchestra 
Bike Tune-Up from Virtuous Cycles 
$20 gift card and goodie bag from Brokerage Brewery 
Wine Tasting for 10 at Wildcat Creek Winery


2 2018 TMurphy tab color 300


“Reading Takes You Everywhere!”

WLPL 2018 Summer Reading Club
For all children ages 1 to those who have just completed grade 6
Register: May 21 to July 15
Read: May 21 to July 31
Collect Prizes: June 4 to August 11
Children may register for the club at the children’s desk.
Please note: The library does not open until 12:00 (noon) on the following days: Thursday, May 24, & Thursday, June 28.
It opens at 1:00 p.m. on Sundays.


Overdrive service has been reinstated for reciprocal cardholders (those patrons with a blue card).

You may access the Library's Overdrive catalog by clicking the logo above or HERE.