sidebarAre you currently enrolled in high school, Ivy Tech, or Purdue and have an interest in fun, games, and STEM? Are you considering in a career in education or just like working with children and youth? Looking for an unusual and rewarding resume-builder? Consider volunteering for our fall board game design or spring computer coding programs!

Our Fall board game design camp is currently recruiting volunteers. Sessions will be on Wednesdays evenings from Sept 19 - November 14, 2018. No prior experience is required, but you must:

  • Be interested in learning new things
  • Enjoy working with kids and youth
  • Be punctual
  • Be a team player and work well with others
  • Undergo a background check

If you’re interested, please click on the appropriate link below and we will be in touch! Please let us know no later than August 30. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

I am in high school and want to assist with the elementary school STEM Club on Wednesdays from 4:30 - 5:45

I am a college/university student and want to assist with the teen Game Makers program on Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30

Information on volunteering for the Spring programs will be available in December.

FLLJRInfo

FIRST LEGO League Jr. is an elementary STEM program meant to facilitate the building of teamwork, leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills at a young age. Teams of up to six children and two adults work together to create a project inspired by the game's theme (Mission Moon in the 2018-2019 season). Projects from the area will be exhibited and presented to a group of judges at a science fair-like Expo to take place next spring. The more FLL Jr. teams in an area, the bigger and more fun the Expos! 

The West Lafayette Public Library is hosting an information session on FIRST LEGO League Jr. on September 16, 2018 from 2:00-3:00 PM in the Elm Room. This information session is meant for educators, parents, scout leaders, or any adult looking to help start or volunteer with a STEM enrichment activity for ages 6 to 10. It is free and open to the public, however we encourage you to RSVP at the link below for purposes of providing enough refreshments and handouts.

Information about FIRST LEGO League Jr. can be found here: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/flljr/team-basics

Please RSVP here by Friday, Sept 14.

 

 

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Check out this website for ongoing updates and opportunities to add your voice to the conversation :  Chauncey Hill Mall

 

 

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In conjunction with Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, the West Lafayette Public Library, through a grant from Duke Energy Foundation, now offers Reminisce Kits available to the community. Reminisce Kits offer older adults and their families, friends and caregivers the opportunity to initiate and share discussion on familiar subjects and experiences such as Farm Life, Seashore, Birds and more.

Through personal reminiscing, older adults with memory impairment can experience an elevated mood and a feeling of empowerment, along with the positive effects from the support and attention of a caregiver or family member.

West Lafayette Public Library’s Reminisce Kits contain multi-sensory items including a theme-based CD, books, puzzles and tactile objects to facilitate conversation and foster engagement.

Greater Lafayette community members may check out Reminisce Kits for three weeks with a current West Lafayette Public Library card.  For more information, contact the Library at (765) 743-2261. 

Nick Schenkel's Book Reviews on WBAA

 

nickwbaaTHE FORBIDDEN TEMPTATION OF BASEBALL

"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