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Upcoming Events
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Mar 19, 10:00am - 10:45am
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. "Letter T"

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Mar 19, 10:30am - 11:00am
This half hour lap-sit program is for children ages birth to 23 months and their caregivers. We use songs, rhymes, and finger plays to... more
This half hour lap-sit program is for children ages birth to 23 months and their caregivers. We use songs, rhymes, and finger plays to encourage interaction and foster language development. 

St. John - Large Meeting Room
Tue, Mar 19, 10:30am - 11:30am
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.

Hobart - Children's Program Room
Tue, Mar 19, 10:30am - 11:30am
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Munster - Children's Program Room
Tue, Mar 19, 10:30am - 11:30am
Preschool children will enjoy stories, songs, a craft and other activities. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count... more
Preschool children will enjoy stories, songs, a craft and other activities. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

St. John - Children's Program Room
Tue, Mar 19, 10:30am - 11:30am
Toddlers and their adult caregivers will enjoy a storytime with books, rhymes, music, and a craft.

Munster - Large Meeting Room
Tue, Mar 19, 10:30am - 11:30am
Iran formerly Persia is the biggest county in the Middle East. See the verdant oasis, turquoise cupola mosques and cultural and... more
Iran formerly Persia is the biggest county in the Middle East. See the verdant oasis, turquoise cupola mosques and cultural and architectural relic sites. Approx. 60 min

Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Tue, Mar 19, 11:00am - 11:45am
Families are invited to join us for a 45-minute story time. We will read books, sing songs, and do fun activities!

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Mar 19, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Picture books, flannel boards, puppets, songs, fingerplays and a craft bring language to life in this fun program.

St. John - Large Meeting Room
Tue, Mar 19, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Adults can try all kinds of sports activities on the Nintendo Wii including bowling, golf, archery, racing, and more! Wii is easy to... more
Adults can try all kinds of sports activities on the Nintendo Wii including bowling, golf, archery, racing, and more! Wii is easy to learn, and lots of fun! Registration required.

Acheff Gallery
Tue, Mar 19, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Duo Sequenza's instrumental duo will perform 'Words Made Music' in the Acheff Gallery.

Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Tue, Mar 19, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Come in and try Minecraft Pi. Play by yourself or with others. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
This event is full

Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Mar 19, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Preschoolers, ages 4, 5 & 6 will hear stories, enjoy music, games, STEM, finger plays and make a craft to take home.

Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Tue, Mar 19, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Join us for the screening of the second season of this new hit TV series. Ages 12-18. Please Register. Snacks will be served.

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Mar 19, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books,... more
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books, music, and movement designed to help early literacy skills.

Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Tue, Mar 19, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Learn to play Chess or Go.
This event is full

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Mar 20, 10:15am - 10:45am
Children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregivers, will enjoy storytime, which involves 30 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs,... more
Children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregivers, will enjoy storytime, which involves 30 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs, stories and a craft.

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Mar 20, 10:30am - 11:00am
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books,... more
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books, music, and movement designed to help early literacy skills.

Hobart - Children's Program Room
Wed, Mar 20, 10:30am - 11:00am
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books,... more
Babies and toddlers, birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books, music, and movement designed to help early literacy skills.

Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Mar 20, 10:30am - 11:30am
Children ages 2 & 3, accompanied by an adult caregiver, will enjoy a story time with books, finger plays, music and a craft.

Munster - Children's Program Room
Wed, Mar 20, 10:30am - 11:30am
Preschool children will enjoy stories, songs, a craft and other activities. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count... more
Preschool children will enjoy stories, songs, a craft and other activities. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

St. John - Large Meeting Room
Wed, Mar 20, 10:30am - 11:30am
Adults can try all kinds of sports activities on the Nintendo Wii including bowling, golf, archery, racing, and more! Wii is easy to... more
Adults can try all kinds of sports activities on the Nintendo Wii including bowling, golf, archery, racing, and more! Wii is easy to learn, and lots of fun! Registration required.

Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Wed, Mar 20, 10:30am - 12:00pm
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. 

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Wed, Mar 20, 11:15am - 11:45am
Children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregivers, will enjoy storytime, which involves 30 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs,... more
Children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregivers, will enjoy storytime, which involves 30 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs, stories and a craft.

St. John - Large Meeting Room
Wed, Mar 20, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
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!

Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Wed, Mar 20, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Christopher Robin, now a family man living in London, receives a surprise visit from his old childhood pal, Winnie-the-Pooh. 1hr 43 min... more
Christopher Robin, now a family man living in London, receives a surprise visit from his old childhood pal, Winnie-the-Pooh. 1hr 43 min Rated PG

Hobart - Children's Program Room
Wed, Mar 20, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math, children in kindergarten-5th grade can enjoy experimenting, designing, building,... more
Using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math, children in kindergarten-5th grade can enjoy experimenting, designing, building, computing, & crafting!

Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Wed, Mar 20, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Join us for our bad art challenge! We will use a variety of materials to make bad art. We will vote to see whose art is the WORST!... more
Join us for our bad art challenge! We will use a variety of materials to make bad art. We will vote to see whose art is the WORST! Prepare to get messy, wear old clothes. Ages 6-15.

Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Wed, Mar 20, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
We'll watch a movie, or episodes from an anime series. We'll also have art supplies on hand if you want to draw, sketch, or get creative... more
We'll watch a movie, or episodes from an anime series. We'll also have art supplies on hand if you want to draw, sketch, or get creative or bring in your own sketchbook and projects to work on.

Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Wed, Mar 20, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Wed, Mar 20, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Several retirees are lured by the promise of indulgent living at a low price for a retirement home in India. Upon arriving they find... more
Several retirees are lured by the promise of indulgent living at a low price for a retirement home in India. Upon arriving they find that the restoration of the sophisticated hotel has stalled.

Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Wed, Mar 20, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Ireland: a vibrant green island set in the wild Atlantic Ocean! Visit Dublin, Kildare, the Wicklow Mountains, and Jerpoint Abbey. Join... more
Ireland: a vibrant green island set in the wild Atlantic Ocean! Visit Dublin, Kildare, the Wicklow Mountains, and Jerpoint Abbey. Join us as we explore Ireland, and enjoy a local snack.