1997 Annual Report


Expanding Technology

LakeNET, the community-based information network for Lake County, Indiana, continued to expand and maintain its service, giving users easy access to local databases and informational documents; and local interactive information resources. - www.thetimesonline.com/lakenet

Lake County Public Library created a site on the World Wide Web. - www.lcplin.org

Internet workstations installed at all Lake County Public Library locations providing Internet access to patrons.

"Basic Windows" and "Navigating the 'Net" training for the public offered at the Central Library and branches.

TeleCirc, offering patrons information regarding their library card record from the Library's computerized voice, was installed. TeleCirc number is 219/756-9356.

Dialpac offers the Library's computer catalog and community information file to patrons with a microcomputer and a modem at home, business or school.

Grant Awards

The Indiana State Library awarded a LSCA grant of $3,000 to increase access of library materials and services to senior citizens.

LCPL received an AmeriCorps grant to create a Library Literacy Service Corps in which participants were trained to be literacy tutors, Internet lab assistants, and information desk assistants.

Grant of $1,000 from the Indiana Humanities Council awarded to fund the "Let's Talk About It" Book Discussion Series based on the Asia in US project.

Received Library Services Construction Act (LSCA) grant of $53,006 for Talking Books Services.

Indiana Commission on Community Services grant of $2,456 for Learn and Serve tutoring project.

Technology Fund grant of $19,369 to make catalog available via the Internet.


From financial seminars, craft workshops, and health screenings to pre-school storyhours, babysitting training and book reviews, the Lake County Public Library offered a wide variety of programs for adults and children. The following list highlights special programs from the year:

National Issues Forum, mediated by Richard Parker, discussed current issues facing our nation including our system of civil justice, the environment, and governing America.

The "Writers Live at the Library" Literacy Fair, funded by a grant to the American Library Association from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, featured readings and book signings by local authors and booth displays by area writing groups.

The Writing Your Memoirs course was offered for the third straight year.

High school students participated in the Reader Leader program, tutoring younger students with reading skills and activities.

The Summer Reading Program, "Read Across America" was offered to children of all ages throughout the Lake County Public Library system.

A series of travel videos was offered by the Highland Branch.

The Friends of LCPL sponsored a program on Dickens and the City of London presented by Linda Putnam followed by an English Tea.


The Lake County Public Library has been enhanced by the generous donations of the following local organizations:

The Cedar Lake Eagles Ladies Auxiliary #2529 donated $500 to purchase additional books on tape.

Kappa, Kappa, Kappa, Inc. Epsilon Zeta Chapter donated $500 to the Hobart Branch for Children's programming.

The Michigan City Lions Club donated $3,800 to purchase multi-use computer equipment for the Talking Books Services.

The Friends of Lake County Public Library donated $15,000 to the Lake County Public Library Foundation and $2,300 for children's programming with funds raised from the Annual Book Sales, Entertainment Book sales and the Book Sale Room.

Lake County Public Library Foundation donated $43,000 for the purchase of library materials. Funds were raised through the 1997 READ-A-THON, Hoosier Harvest Wine Tasting and Annual Campaign, totaling over $57,364.


The Lake County Public Library system holds:

1,288,636 adult and 620,746 children's items were circulated.

The Reference Staff conducted an average of 7,900 transactions per week.

130,207 individual patrons had a library card.

There were 39,954 non-resident individual borrowers and 5,171 reciprocal borrowers.

A total of 2,910 programs for adults, young adult and children were offered with 63,936 participants.

1998 Administration and Support Members

Library Administration
Carol A. Derner, Director*
Larry Acheff, Assistant Director

Board of Trustees
Robert W. Marszalek, President
Arthur N. Giannini, Vice President
Ella Gilbertson, Secretary
Susan E. Buczek, Treasurer

Marilyn M. Caruthers
Sophie Misner
Luis Pabey
Dennis Tobin

Friends of LCPL (1997):
Halina Wertz, President
Glen Greta, 1st Vice President
Helene Such, 2nd Vice President
Jean Oppenheim, Secretary
Linda Crawford, Treasurer

Library Foundation:
Margaret Kuchta, President
Andrew Kyres, Vice President
Barbara Klawans, Secretary
Ray Howell, Treasurer
Carol A. Derner, Executive Secretary

Jeffrey Batson
Frank Giberson
Larry Graham
Jeffrey Johnson
Dean Jones
Irene Ketchum
Marc Leuthart
Michael McIntyre
Sophie Misner
Judith Petrou
Marti Ross
Nancy J. Rudy
Tom Surovek

*Named Outstanding Librarian for 1997 by the Indiana Library Federation