2000 Annual Report


Branch Highlights

Black Oak Branch

Honorable Scott King, Mayor of Gary, used the branch to host a town meeting for the Black Oak community. 75 townspeople expressed their concerns to the mayor.

The U.S. Census Bureau placed a representative at the branch on weekdays to assist local people with their census forms. 50 people stopped in during this time for assistance in completing their forms.

109 children were involved in the Children's Summer Reading Program.

Throughout the year, 1064 Black Oak residents used their library cards.

Cedar Lake Branch

The Adult Summer Reading Program successfully debuted in June and July, resulting in 254 entries and positive feedback from readers.

Adult fiction circulation was up 2.5 percent in June from the previous June.

All magazines became circulating including the current issues. Periodical circulation jumped 28.7 percent in 2000.

Forty-First Branch

Total 2000 circulation increased due to:

Griffith Branch

The first annual Adult Summer Reading Program was offered. During the 8-week session, Griffith averaged 80-90 participants. The highest participation for one week was 110 adults.

The Children's Summer Reading Program was also very successful with a total number of 421 children.

Highland Branch

Highland had the highest circulation of periodicals system-wide.

The Adult Summer Reading Program had 662 entries.

The children volunteers for the Summer Reading Program volunteered 1,100 hours during the summer. $7,400 in coupon donations were received and $775 in monetary donations.

Highland staff continued to sponsor programs with Sand Ridge Bank. The programs regularly drew 75 people or more. The "History of Teibels" program attracted more than 110 patrons. Only 110 could be seated in the meeting room; several had to be turned away. Two other programs that were stopped at 110 were the "History of Tiffany Lamps" and a music presentation of popular songs through the ages.

Hobart Branch

The library was continually full throughout the year.

There were 770 entries in the Adult Summer Reading Program.

New video shelving was added so that the nonfiction videos could be expanded. The DVD collection was added and circulated well.

Lake Station Branch

There were 740 entries in the Adult Summer Reading Program.

AV media circulation increased by 2%.

An increase in use by Lake Station patrons was seen by 5.8%.

Lake Station had a 142.8% increase in PLAC usage -- 708 more checkouts than last year.

New Chicago Branch

The Adult Summer Reading Program had a high number of entries -- 742.

Munster Branch

There was a substantial increase in CD-ROM circulation for the second year in a row. Most notable, 2,089 juvenile CD-ROMs circulated in 2000 compared to 590 in 1999. Munster had the highest circulation of all the branches for this medium.

AV circulation was up an impressive 21.7%.

It was another terrific year for the Read-A-Thon in Munster. 307 students raised a total of $13,140.06 compared to $10,112.02 raised by 237 students in 1999, including a 29.5% increase in participation. Frank H. Hammond was the top ranking school among the 32 that participated this year, raising $5,960.27. Munster students raised more than one-third of the total amount collected by 851 students throughout the LCPL system.

Dyer-Schererville Branch

Collection development, with a concentration in reference sources, was a priority for the professional staff.

Dyer-Schererville installed informational banners that hang from the ceiling. These banners assist patrons in locating the circulation desk, books on tape and videos. They can be seen and read from long distances.

The Adult Summer Reading Program had 629 participants.

St. John Branch

Video circulation at St. John accounted for about 20% of the total circulation.

The Adult Summer Reading Program had 134 participants.

Grants and Gifts

A ParenTech grant of $2,500 was given to Children's Services. The grant money was used to purchase an additional Gateway PC for public use in Children's Services.

The Altrusa Club of the Indiana Dunes awarded a special project grant of $300 to be used to help defray the cost of registration for the Red Cross baby-sitting class at Black Oak, Forty-First, Lake Station and New Chicago.

The Hobart, Dyer-Schererville and St. John Branches received gift funds from the local chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa this year. The funds assisted the branches in purchasing incentives for the Summer Reading Program.

The Wellness Council of America granted the Hobart Branch Library the Bronze Well Workplace Award for improving the health and wellness of the employees.

Mary Grogan, Assistant Head of Reference Services, earned the Social Security Administration's Regional Communicator's Award. Because of Mary's personal attention to the Social Security Administration, they were able to update their Web page and further their public affairs goals of educating residents of Northwest Indiana about the services they provide.


The Lake County Public Library system holds:

Lake County Public Library Foundation

Established in 1984, the LCPL Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization formed by leaders of the community to administer funds received through donations and special fund raising events to provide a continuing source of income for the Library. The tax deductible donations are used to purchase books, magazines, videos, and related materials for the Library. Because the gift is invested and only the annual interest is used for the purchases, the gift is a perpetual endowment benefiting LCPL.

The LCPL Foundation's 14th annual Read-A-Thon was held from January 17 through February 25.  Over 13,000 brochures were distributed throughout the library system for participating schools and students. The net income was $23,145.38.

On Sunday, October 22, the Foundation held a Halloween Mystery Dinner fund-raiser at Innsbrook Country Club. This was the first time the Foundation held a mystery dinner. A net profit of $7,585.71 was raised.

2000 Administration and Support Members

Library Administration
Larry Acheff, Director
Ana Grandfield, Assistant Director
Sue Buczek, Administrative Services Manager

Board of Trustees
Arthur Giannini, President
Nenad Radoja, Vice President
Ella Gilbertson, Secretary
Susan E. Buczek, Treasurer

Michael Davis
Robert Marszalek
Sophie Misner
Dennis Tobin

Friends of LCPL
Jean Oppenheim, President
Lee Bernstein, 1st Vice President
Linda Crawford, 2nd Vice President
Sue Joys, Secretary
Judith Nelson, Treasurer
LCPL Foundation
Ray Howell, President
Barbara Klawans, Vice President
Larry Graham, Secretary
Dean Jones, Treasurer

David Buls
Jeffrey Johnson
Andrew Kyres
Marc Leuthart
Michael McIntyre
Sophie Misner
Michael Troxell
Irene Ketchum
Margaret Kuchta
Judith Petrou
Patricia Rees
Marti Ross
Tom Surovek

On April 14, during National Library Week and National Volunteer Week, the Friends of the Library held its annual meeting to elect new officers and to recognize the Library volunteers for their dedication and time. 49 people attended.

The Friends held two annual book sales in May and October which brought in $2,820.41. The book sale room raised $19,114.72. The Friends presented a check to the Foundation for $15,000 in January, which they have done every year since the Foundation was established in 1983.