1998 Annual Report


Grant Awards

For the second year, 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.

Received Library Services Construction Act (LSCA) grant of $56,505 for Talking Books Services.

The Indiana Literacy Foundation,Inc. awarded a grant of $6,000 to LCPL for Students as Tutors Project.

Received Indiana Heritage Research grant of $2,500 to produce a Catalog of the Archival Collection at the Lake County Public Library.


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, moderated by Mark Furukawa, discussed current issues facing our nation including Illegal Drugs, Our Nation's Kids and At Death's Door.

The Writing Your Memoirs course was offered for the fourth straight year. A WYM course was also offered to English As A Second Language Students at the Munster Branch.

The Friends of LCPL sponsored a program on antiques with Larry Sydow and honored volunteers for their hours of service.

Book Discussion Groups were established at the branches.

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

Computer training sessions were conducted at all locations.

The Northwest Indiana Storytellers Guild conducted monthly workshops for both young adults and adults.

Preschool Storyhour for children ages 3 to 5 were held throughout the year at all locations.


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

The Hobart Eagles Auxiliary #2498 donated $500 to Highland Branch for programming.

Kappa,Kappa,Kappa,Inc. Zeta Psi Chapter donated $150 for the purchase of materials for the Special Needs Books Project.

Altrusa International of the Indiana Dunes provided funds for the Reader Leader program.

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 Book Sale Room, the two Annual Book Sales, coupon book sales, and other fund raisers.

The LCPL Foundation donated $42,124 for the purchase of library materials. Funds were raised through the 1998 Read-A-Thon, the "Fabulous at 40!" Wine Tasting and Annual Campaign, totaling over $46,660.


The Lake County Public Library system holds:

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

126,025 individual patrons had a library card.

A total of 3,089 programs for adults, young adults and children were offered with 64,950 participants.

7,725 visits were made by patrons to the computer lab at the Central Library.

1999 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
Nenad Radoja
Dennis Tobin

Friends of LCPL (1998)
Jean Oppenheim, President
Linda Crawford, 1st Vice President
Lee Bernstein, 2nd Vice President
Doris Lackovitch, Secretary
Judith Nelson, Treasurer
Library Foundation:
Margaret Kuchta, President
Ray Howell, Vice President
Barbara Klawans, Secretary
Dean Jones, Treasurer
Carol A. Derner, Executive Secretary

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