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Ingrid Norrise, LCPL Director

From the Director

A library is information. It's education. We're a place where you can go to find the answer to any question, whether through accessing the Internet or by asking our information specialists. Everything we do, every class we provide, is dedicated to furthering our mission: to give everyone, regardless of social class or circumstance of birth, the opportunity to improve his or her life.

We're here because we believe that everyone deserves that chance. As James Truslow Adams put it in his 1931 book The Epic of America, "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement." We want that for every person who walks through our doors.

Everyone needs something different to achieve their "better and richer and fuller" life, and it is our goal to support them all. That's why we have English as a second language classes for adults, pre-literacy classes for kids, and computer-literacy classes for anyone who needs them. That's why we provide one-on-one technology support to help you learn to use your devices. If you need help filing for unemployment, you can do that here. Looking for the perfect college, or trying to find a grant to start your own business? Head to the library.

We're here because we believe in the individuals who make up our community. By providing you with the tools you need to learn and grow and succeed, we know that we're not just helping one person, but strengthening our communities as well.

We know that what we do may change but as your needs change, the library changes to match. Once upon a time, people who wanted to educate themselves needed textbooks. Today, you need digital resources and Internet access. You need to download, to upload, to connect, to meet up. We'll help you do that. And whatever you need in the future to keep improving, we'll provide that too – after all, we're a library, and we're here because we believe in you. We're here because you are. There's no better reason.

So, when in doubt, when you have questions, when you're not sure what comes next: turn to the library. We believe in you, and we'll help you get what you need.

And if what you need is simply a good book... well, we have those too.

View LCPL's Strategic Plan for 2017 - 2021

Library Leadership Team

The Lake County Public Library is led by a diverse team of people who use their individual strengths and talents to benefit the library. With many years of experience in the administration of library services, each offers something unique and valuable to the operation of our library system.

Ingrid Norris, Director
John Brock, Assistant Director-Finance & Operations
Roddretta Waxton, Assistant Director-Public Library Services
Nick Bliss, Technology Services Coordinator
Carol Daumer Gutjahr, Branch Services Coordinator

Branch Management Team:

Erika, Merrillville Branch Head
Jon, Cedar Lake Branch Head
Chris, Dyer-Schererville Branch Head
Beth, Griffith-Calumet Twp Branch Head
Linda, Highland Branch Head
Rachel, Hobart Branch Head
Julie, Lake Station-New Chicago Branch Head
Susan, Munster Branch Head
Holly, St. John Branch Head

Contact Us via Email
Or write to us at:
1919 West 81st Ave
Merrillville, Indiana 46410

Reference question? Use our Ask a Librarian form.

Upcoming Events
Tue, May 21, 9:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
The class is designed to help adults improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills, focusing on the necessary civic... more
The class is designed to help adults improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills, focusing on the necessary civic information to prepare for American citizenship.

Tue, May 21, 10:00am - 10:45am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early... more
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early literacy skills. "Summer"

Tue, May 21, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for an informal conversation about the town of St. John and its history. While you're here, grab a cup of coffee (or tea or... more
Join us for an informal conversation about the town of St. John and its history. While you're here, grab a cup of coffee (or tea or cocoa) on us! Registration required.

Tue, May 21, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Children's Program Room
Toddlers and their adult caregivers will enjoy a storytime with books, rhymes, music, and a craft.
This event is full

Tue, May 21, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Vietnam, the 2700 year old country with natural beauties from Silver Waterfall and the Bay of the Descending Dragon, it has become an... more
Vietnam, the 2700 year old country with natural beauties from Silver Waterfall and the Bay of the Descending Dragon, it has become an international tourist destination. Approx. 60 min

Tue, May 21, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Come in and try Minecraft Pi. Play by yourself or with others. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Tue, May 21, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Preschoolers, ages 4, 5 & 6 will hear stories, enjoy music, games, STEM, finger plays and make a craft to take home.

Tue, May 21, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
$35* is due at time of class. Participants who successfully complete the course will earn a CPR Course completion card valid for 2... more
$35* is due at time of class. Participants who successfully complete the course will earn a CPR Course completion card valid for 2 years. Taught by certified CPR instructor, Paula Thompson, RN.

Tue, May 21, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
Free nutrition class!

Tue, May 21, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Join us for the screening of a new anime movie or series. Ages 12-18. Please Register. Snacks will be served.

Tue, May 21, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Children (completed grades K-5) may free build with the library's LEGO® blocks or build a 'challenge' project. Constructions will be... more
Children (completed grades K-5) may free build with the library's LEGO® blocks or build a 'challenge' project. Constructions will be displayed in the library until the next LEGO® Club meeting.

Tue, May 21, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for an educational seminar to learn about all your Medicare choices. This is a free session for informational purposes. Perfect... more
Join us for an educational seminar to learn about all your Medicare choices. This is a free session for informational purposes. Perfect whether you're just getting started or looking to learn more.

Tue, May 21, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Kids in 5th grade to 12th grade (at least 11 years old by May 31st) train to be volunteers for the Griffith-Calumet Township Branch... more
Kids in 5th grade to 12th grade (at least 11 years old by May 31st) train to be volunteers for the Griffith-Calumet Township Branch Summer Reading Program.

Tue, May 21, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Join us while we decorate flower pots and plant flowers in those pots! All materials will be provided. Registration is required due to... more
Join us while we decorate flower pots and plant flowers in those pots! All materials will be provided. Registration is required due to limited materials. Ages 10-18.

Tue, May 21, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Teens, ages 11 (before June 1st) -18, interested in working as a Summer Reading Volunteer, must attend one of the volunteer meetings.... more
Teens, ages 11 (before June 1st) -18, interested in working as a Summer Reading Volunteer, must attend one of the volunteer meetings. Parents of first-time volunteers should plan to attend.

Tue, May 21, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Clear out the clutter! Professional Organizer Erin Kelly will share her top tips on how to get and stay organized. A question and... more
Clear out the clutter! Professional Organizer Erin Kelly will share her top tips on how to get and stay organized. A question and answer session will follow the program.

Tue, May 21, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Learn to play Chess or Go.
This event is full

Wed, May 22, 10:30am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
This half hour lap-sit program for kids from birth to 23 months old uses songs, rhymes and finger plays to encourage interaction and... more
This half hour lap-sit program for kids from birth to 23 months old uses songs, rhymes and finger plays to encourage interaction and foster language development.

Wed, May 22, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
This half hour lap-sit program uses songs and rhymes to foster language development.
This event is full

Wed, May 22, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
An experienced labor nurse will help expectant parents prepare for labor by providing education and advice on the labor experience. She... more
An experienced labor nurse will help expectant parents prepare for labor by providing education and advice on the labor experience. She will help parents feel prepared for the birth of their baby. 

Wed, May 22, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters are welcome, no matter what craft... more
Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters are welcome, no matter what craft you enjoy!

Wed, May 22, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
The first planned city in America, Washington D.C. became the country's grandest repository of national institutions, historical relics,... more
The first planned city in America, Washington D.C. became the country's grandest repository of national institutions, historical relics, museums, monuments, and memorials.

Wed, May 22, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Play Wii games, jam out on Guitar Hero or many other games!

Wed, May 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Teens who have finished 5th grade or higher, will be trained for volunteering for the summer.

Wed, May 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Whether you are turning 65 or are just new to Medicare, you may have questions. Don Camp will help you learn about the different parts... more
Whether you are turning 65 or are just new to Medicare, you may have questions. Don Camp will help you learn about the different parts of Medicare and how to choose a plan that may meet your needs.

Wed, May 22, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Wed, May 22, 6:00pm - 8:15pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for this month's Classic Film selection: the 1940 Rebecca. Runtime: 130 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Registration... more
Join us for this month's Classic Film selection: the 1940 Rebecca. Runtime: 130 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Registration Required.

Wed, May 22, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Teens, ages 11 (before June 1st) -18, interested in working as a Summer Reading Volunteer, must attend one of the volunteer meetings.... more
Teens, ages 11 (before June 1st) -18, interested in working as a Summer Reading Volunteer, must attend one of the volunteer meetings. Parents of first-time volunteers should plan to attend.

Wed, May 22, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Orhan's Inheritance" by Aline Ohanesian. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Orhan's Inheritance" by Aline Ohanesian. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation desk a month prior to the event.