Be sure to check out our Program Calendar for upcoming programs and to get registered!
Program Event Calendar
Our LEGO club is a hit. Themes and tasks are presented, but the kids are encouraged to build whatever their imaginations can create. Participants have an opportunity to share their creation with the group before it goes in to the display case for the week.
Free, no registration required. For ages 5+ or parent supervised help for younger patrons. LEGO Club takes place on the third Monday of each month from 4-5pm. We supply the LEGOs.
(October 29, 2015) Our second annual event was a hit. Therapy Dogs International, Lafayette Chapter, joined us for a Tail Waggin’ Reading program. Snacks and games were provided while the kids took turns reading to the dogs and their friendly handlers. Dogs and participants dressed up in their Halloween costumes. Even our youngest book enthusiasts showed board books to the patient dogs. For two of the therapy dogs, this was their first ‘site visit’ as official therapy dogs! We are excited that they chose OPL to be the place to start. Looking forward to continuing our work with TDI in the future.
Prophetstown History & Wildlife Presentation
(September 9, 2015) Angie Manuel returned to the library for a special presentation about Prophetstown History. From the geographical traits and natural wildlife, to how the natives utilized these multi-functional resources. The kids had a great time doing a mock dig, like archeologists do at the state Park, and exploring the table filled with pre & post contact Native utensils. The library looks forward to participating in the state park’s 6th annual trail of scarecrows again this year. A big thank you to Angie for coming out to the library.
ALL-IN Block Party at the Otterbein Street Festival
(August 1, 2015) The Block Party was a huge hit for the Otterbein community. Nearly 100 people participated in the ten different challenges set up at the street festival. Challenges included writing down an inspirational quote, testing your civic knowledge, declaring your Indiana-versary, and exploring another country’s music with a traditional folk dancing demonstration by Ruth Black. Completed scorecards were turned in to the library table and names went in to the drawing for an Ipad Mini. Justice Johnson was the winner of the Ipad Mini. The Otterbein Public Library was one of seven organizations in the state of Indiana to host a block party this year. Lauren would like to thank Indiana Humanities for accepting her grant application and looks forward to bring more interactive programs like this to our community.
SRP 2015: Superhero workout and Fire Truck
Our last Wednesday Program was a combination event. Cindy Cox of Cindy Cox fitness and the Otterbein Fire Department did an awesome job getting the kids moving and talking about fire safety and health. To forshadow next year’s summer reading theme (2016) of Health and Safety.
SRP 2015: Magic Don
Magic Shows have been a hit this summer. Don entertained the adults and the kids alike. From torturing the OUMC camp councilors to having the kids bust a light bulb in a bag with their superpowers! Super entertaining.
SRP 2015: Clint’s Teen Survival Course
Starting fires, creating shelter, and catching food were all demonstrated at the park across the street from the library. For two hours teens and kids also practiced making snares and learning tricks for survival; like how Vaseline and cotton balls make the perfect fire starter.
SRP 2015: Animal Adaptations with IN DNR
Angie Manuel from Indiana’s State Park, Prophetstown, brought along some furry, scaly, and feathery friends. The kids loved the animal program.
June 10, 2015: Professor Steve came to the library to show us how we can all be like Superman with the help of science. From creating our own vortex, slowing down time, and levitation, the kids loved it. We look forward to our future Wednesday programs!
SRP 2015: Creating our superhero biographies and cuffs.
June 5, 2015: Summer Reading programs are in full swing. The kids created their own superhero biographies, writing down their strengths and weaknesses. They decided on a name based off their special powers, ranging from “Ball Man,” with magical baseball powers to “Destructive Diamond Girl,” and her glittery cuffs. The cuffs were made out of decorated toilet paper tubes and lots of creativity. The kids are leaving their creations at the library until the entire outfit is complete. Next week will be masks and capes.
SRP 2015: Lafayette Symphony Orchestra Cushion Concert
Summer Reading programs started June 1st. Every Wednesday is a special program in June and July. We started off with a performance from Melissa with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra and her harp. She talked about how she plays, things to listen for, and the different parts of the harp. We look forward to continuing the Cushion Concert in 2016.
Fancy Nancy Tea Party
Our 2nd annual Mother’s Day celebration was a hit. ON Friday May 8th, 30 people joined us (17 girls and 13 moms/grandmas) for an evening of snacks, crafts, and stories. We played Fancy Nancy BINGO, shared what we loved about moms, took pictures in the photo booth area, and decorated our own mugs to take home. The highlight of evening was listening to Otterbein’s own Fancy Nancy (Nancy Lee) read about Mother’s Day Brunch and Delectable Cupcakes and then we decorated sugar cookies. Lots of Fancy Nancy Books were checked out afterwards. We look forward to doing this again in 2016, Mother’s Day week.
April Pinterest: Mother’s Day Necklaces
We made photo pendants for Mother’s Day or special occasions. It was a hit and we look forward to May’s Pinterest Night: Cement planters. Pinterest is the last Thursday of each month.
Laser Show at Otterbein Elementary
The Otterbein Public Library hosted its annual spring program at the town’s elementary school. This year it was an awesome light show performance with music and water vapor fog. We are excited to get the kids pumped for “Every Hero Has A Story,” our summer reading program theme.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (1KB4K)
We are excited to announce that we are establishing a 1,000 books before kindergarten challenge. Parents of any age child is encouraged to track the number of books they read to their children before reaching kindergarten. It is easy to sign up, just come to the library and tell the person at the front desk. You will receive an information sheet and a 1oo book animal chart to start tracking your progress. You will be pleasantly surprised at how quickly that first sheet will be filled. Anyone can read to him/her, and reading a book multiple times counts as well as storytime. Turn in your sheet for a sticker and a fresh 100 book page, reach 1,000 and the child will receive a custom tote bag and an unparalleled sense of accomplishment. Have them ready to go to school!
Mother Goose on the Loose StoryTime
Every Tuesday at 10:30am it is Mother Goose Storytime! Great for ages 0-3 years old. No registration required, just show up! It is a half hour nursery rhyme program that incorporates musical instruments, social skills, colored scarves, and of course books! An independent craft or activity will be set up in the children’s area afterwards for parents and children to socialize and work on fine and gross motor skills. We are excited to see this program continue to blossom and include the 1,000 books before kindergarten challenge.
Mother-Son Date Knight
A dedicated time for mothers and sons to bond, the theme was a knightly affair. There were snacks, books, and a javelin toss. Calligraphy and era garb were available for kids to try on and the favorite part of the evening was the marshmallow catapults. We had over 22 boys with their moms participate in the program and we look forward to seeing them this summer for our reading program.
Our monthly craft night has been a continued success. For January we made Valentine’s Day banners for the upcoming holiday. In February we made these lovely St. Patrick’s Day Wreaths and March was twine eggs filled with Easter candy. It is the last Thursday of each month so be sure to get signed up, under the Events Calendar Tab.
Murder Mystery Dinner & Silent Auction
The library hosted it’s first fundraiser and it was a huge success. Over 64 people purchased tickets and showed their support for the library’s programming. The dinner was catered by the Nite Owl and the theme was a masquerade. 18 of the guests were participants in the murder mystery skit. They mingled with other guests giving details and spreading rumors about the other characters. It was a hit and we look forward to doing it again in February 2016.
Tail Waggin’ Reading
Therapy Dogs International came to the library for a special Halloween event. Several handlers and their dogs were dressed in custom along with the participants. Kids took turns reading to the different dogs and rotating every couple of minutes. This program is designed to boost kids confidence in reading out loud and in groups, in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. We look forward to doing it again the last week of October 2015.
Other Previous Events:
Astronomy Night (with Purdue University’s Astronomy Club), Krafty Kids Workshop (with the Ellis Family), Fancy Nancy Tea (a Mother’s Day event), and of course Summer Reading Programs.
Library Events Calendar
You will find a convenient calendar listing all the upcoming library programs and events here.