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Libratory Logo: The Libratory is a place for exploring, creating, and connecting!

Welcome to the Libratory!

Have a box of old photos you've been meaning to scan? Our special photo scanner makes it a breeze. We'll be adding even more digital conversion tools in the near future, too, turning the Libratory into an amazing place to explore, create, experiment, and digitize!

Hours:

By appointment only. To schedule time in the Libratory, call 219-769-3541 or email us at lab@lcplin.org.

Check in for updates to see when we'll be open for walk-ins, classes, and tours!

Our Equipment:

Epson FastFoto FF-640: Convert your physical photos into digital files! Scanning multiple photos at once is quick and easy.

Perfection V800: A flatbad scanner designed to handle 35mm film strips, 35mm slides, photos, and more.

Wolverine MovieMaker and Wolverine MovieMaker Pro: Convert 8mm and Super 8 film reels into digital files. Check out our “8mm & Super 8 Film Conversion Times” chart to plan your appointment.

We'll also help you learn to archive and maintain your new digital collection.

Coming Soon:

VHS-to-digital conversion equipment

3D printing

Libratory FAQ

Where is the Libratory?Our scanning station - scan photos, documents or slides!

The Libratory is located in Merrillville Branch just down the hall from the Book Sale Room.

Our address is 1919 W. 81st Ave, Merrillville, IN 46410. You can call us at 219-769-3541, or e-mail lab@lcplin.org to get in touch with us.

When is the Libratory open?

The Libratory is currently only open for one-on-one appointments. Check in for updates to see when we will be open for walk-ins, classes, and tours!

Who can use the Libratory?

Only LCPL patrons with Full Access Cards (red cards) in good standing are able to use the Libratory. Patrons under 18 require parent/guardian permission, and patrons 14 and under require parent/guardian supervision.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost to use Libratory equipment and software. You can bring your own jump drive to store your work, or jump drives with 8 GB of memory are available for purchase at the Circulation Service Desk for $8.00 each.

For film conversion, DVDs and Blu-Ray discs are available for purchase. DVDs are $1, Blu-Ray discs are $2, and paper sleeves to protect your discs are $0.15.

Will someone show me how to use the equipment and software?

We have prepared easy-to-follow quick-start guides for our equipment! Knowledgable staff will be on hand to answer any questions you have after following the guide. We're also happy to help you find books or online tutorials for anything else you're interested in learning.

More into independent study? LCPL full access cardholders have access to Lynda.com, an online learning company that helps anyone learn business, software, technology, and creative skills! Here are a few courses we suggest for learning about the basics. Log in with your library card number and PIN to get started.

How can I find out about classes and events happening in the Libratory?

Right now, we are only offering one-on-one appointments for the equipment in the Libratory. Check back later to see when we will begin offering courses and open lab times!

Upcoming Events
Tue, Jun 18, 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.

Tue, Jun 18, 10:00am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
What are you doing to take care of your brain? Participants will enjoy fun and interactive activities in four sessions presented by... more
What are you doing to take care of your brain? Participants will enjoy fun and interactive activities in four sessions presented by Linda Curley from Purdue Extension Services. Registration Required.

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
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. 

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
Toddlers and their adult caregivers will enjoy a storytime with books, rhymes, music, and a craft.

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 11:30am
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Where It Hurts by Reed Farrell Coleman

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
The Lake County Enviromobile is here! Kids will have fun playing a sorting game and learning more about recycling. This program is for... more
The Lake County Enviromobile is here! Kids will have fun playing a sorting game and learning more about recycling. This program is for kids 1st grade (6yrs old) and up.

Tue, Jun 18, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Large Meeting Room
This ancient empire needs no introduction. From the Circus Maximus to the Colosseum, Rome's beauty still flourishes.

Tue, Jun 18, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Families are invited to join us for a 45-minute story time. We will read books, sing songs, and do fun activities!

Tue, Jun 18, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids ages 4-5.

Tue, Jun 18, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Make a cyanotype print using a chemical solution, found objects, and the sun's rays. Registration required. Please wear clothing that... more
Make a cyanotype print using a chemical solution, found objects, and the sun's rays. Registration required. Please wear clothing that can be stained!

Tue, Jun 18, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Come to the library for an open play session designed for children with sensory challenges. Children of all abilities are also welcome... more
Come to the library for an open play session designed for children with sensory challenges. Children of all abilities are also welcome to attend. Caregivers must accompany participants to the program.

Tue, Jun 18, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Picture books, flannel boards, puppets, songs, fingerplays and a craft bring language to life in this fun program.

Tue, Jun 18, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Join us as Humane Indiana brings 5 animals and discusses the natural history of each species. We will explore the history of the rehab... more
Join us as Humane Indiana brings 5 animals and discusses the natural history of each species. We will explore the history of the rehab center, and what they provide for the wildlife in need.

Tue, Jun 18, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Join us for green screen fun at the library! You will be able to write your own skits and perform, while learning how to use the green... more
Join us for green screen fun at the library! You will be able to write your own skits and perform, while learning how to use the green screen technology. Please register. Ages 10-18.

Tue, Jun 18, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Brain Fitness Camp is meant to engage aging adults in fun and interactive activities that challenge thinking and help participants... more
The Brain Fitness Camp is meant to engage aging adults in fun and interactive activities that challenge thinking and help participants stay mentally active.

Tue, Jun 18, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Children will determine which common household items should end up in a landfill as waste and which are actually resources that should... more
Children will determine which common household items should end up in a landfill as waste and which are actually resources that should be recovered by reusing or recycling.

Tue, Jun 18, 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, Jun 18, 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, Jun 18, 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, Jun 18, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Join us for the screening of an anime movie or TV series. Ages 12-18. Please Register. Snacks will be served.

Tue, Jun 18, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
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.

Tue, Jun 18, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Play a friendly game of Chess or Go.

Wed, Jun 19, 10:15am - 10:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
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.

Wed, Jun 19, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
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.

Wed, Jun 19, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Children ages 2 & 3, accompanied by an adult caregiver, will enjoy a story time with books, finger plays, music and a craft.

Wed, Jun 19, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
New and expectant parents will learn how to care for their baby during the first 6 months of infancy. Class is geared towards anyone... more
New and expectant parents will learn how to care for their baby during the first 6 months of infancy. Class is geared towards anyone preparing for baby including mom, dad, and grandparents.

Wed, Jun 19, 11:15am - 11:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
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.

Wed, Jun 19, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Enjoy a movie during summer break. Bring the whole family! Rated PG ; 111 minutes Snacks are welcome (clear drinks only)! *Children... more
Enjoy a movie during summer break. Bring the whole family! Rated PG ; 111 minutes Snacks are welcome (clear drinks only)! *Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult 18+.

Wed, Jun 19, 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, Jun 19, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
A rogue star pilot and his trusty sidekick must come to the rescue of a Princess and save the galaxy from a ruthless race of beings... more
A rogue star pilot and his trusty sidekick must come to the rescue of a Princess and save the galaxy from a ruthless race of beings known as Spaceballs. PG. 96 min. Refreshments will be served.

Wed, Jun 19, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
First Man, the riveting story of NASA's mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. PG-13;... more
First Man, the riveting story of NASA's mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. PG-13; 138minutes.

Wed, Jun 19, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Veterinarian, Emily Hawrysio, from Hanover Vet Hospital will lead an interactive program on the subject of animal body language and pet... more
Veterinarian, Emily Hawrysio, from Hanover Vet Hospital will lead an interactive program on the subject of animal body language and pet safety.

Wed, Jun 19, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Teens will use paper and straws to make rockets. Who's rocket will go the farthest? Ages 12-18. Please register.
This event is full

Wed, Jun 19, 3:00pm - 3:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
In this brief 30-minute session, elementary students, who have finished kindergarten, will try different kinds of electronic gadgets.... more
In this brief 30-minute session, elementary students, who have finished kindergarten, will try different kinds of electronic gadgets. They'll even draw inky planets with a 3D pen! Please register.
This event is full

Wed, Jun 19, 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Children of all ages are invited to this special two part program! Bring your stuffed animal friend for storytime and a craft and then... more
Children of all ages are invited to this special two part program! Bring your stuffed animal friend for storytime and a craft and then leave them overnight for an adventure.

Wed, Jun 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Snacks will be served and plans will be made for upcoming projects. Bring your ideas and be prepared for a fun time.

Wed, Jun 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime for preschoolers and their families. Enjoy an evening storytime with books, finger plays, and music. Feel free to wear pajamas!

Wed, Jun 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Learn about how astronauts live aboard the International Space Station. Then try some astronaut food.

Wed, Jun 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Need help paying for Medicare? You may not be aware that there are many programs and resources available that may save you money. Don... more
Need help paying for Medicare? You may not be aware that there are many programs and resources available that may save you money. Don Camp will help you learn about cost-saving programs for Medicare.

Wed, Jun 19, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong... more
Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight.

Wed, Jun 19, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Visit many points of interest including the Cyclades Islands of Delos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete and the city of Heraklion. Join us... more
Visit many points of interest including the Cyclades Islands of Delos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete and the city of Heraklion. Join us as we explore Greece, and enjoy a local snack.

Thu, Jun 20, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Like to cross-stitch, knit, crochet, or do any other craft? Every Thursday, bring and work on your own project while enjoying the... more
Like to cross-stitch, knit, crochet, or do any other craft? Every Thursday, bring and work on your own project while enjoying the company of others.

Thu, Jun 20, 11:00am - 11:30am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Children of all ages are invited to this special two part program! Leave your stuffed animal at the library June 19th and come back the... more
Children of all ages are invited to this special two part program! Leave your stuffed animal at the library June 19th and come back the 20th for a party to see how much fun your friend had.

Thu, Jun 20, 11:30am - 1:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Jim Hubbard of SCORE will help new and existing business owners learn to create a business plan that works! You must register in... more
Jim Hubbard of SCORE will help new and existing business owners learn to create a business plan that works! You must register in advance. If you would like a lunch, there is a $10 charge.
Register

Thu, Jun 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Make a sun catcher out of glue, glitter and paint.

Thu, Jun 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
The Challenger Learning Center will present three different space-themed science stations for kids to explore. Come learn about Earth,... more
The Challenger Learning Center will present three different space-themed science stations for kids to explore. Come learn about Earth, the moon, and the planet Mars.

Thu, Jun 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Children will learn to identify 7 types of plastics and sort items by arranging a “living human bar graph”!

Thu, Jun 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Join our discussion about this inspirational title. Pick up a copy of the book at the Highland Branch.

Thu, Jun 20, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Teens will have their choice of space-themed crafts to make their summer dazzle.

Thu, Jun 20, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Working with acrylics & canvas, participants will follow an example to create an original piece of art. A $20 cash fee covers all... more
Working with acrylics & canvas, participants will follow an example to create an original piece of art. A $20 cash fee covers all materials. Registration is required.

Thu, Jun 20, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Learn to code by playing Minecraft or even making your own games. Recommended for grades 6 to 12. Beginners welcome!

Thu, Jun 20, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Children in grades K-6 will have fun making their own unique LEGO® creations. The only requirement is imagination!

Thu, Jun 20, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Every month, come to the library and make a different craft. This month we will be making space galaxy jars! All materials provided.... more
Every month, come to the library and make a different craft. This month we will be making space galaxy jars! All materials provided. Registration required.  

Thu, Jun 20, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Use the green screen to get lost in space!

Thu, Jun 20, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Inviting teens, ages 12-18, to LEGO® and Board Game Night. Stop in to build your creation or pick a board game to play instead. Please... more
Inviting teens, ages 12-18, to LEGO® and Board Game Night. Stop in to build your creation or pick a board game to play instead. Please register. Snacks will be provided.

Thu, Jun 20, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Working with acrylics & canvas, participants will follow an example to create an original piece of art. A $20 cash fee covers all... more
Working with acrylics & canvas, participants will follow an example to create an original piece of art. A $20 cash fee covers all materials. Registration is required.
This event is full

Thu, Jun 20, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Bring your projects and join us. Chat with fellow crafters and work on your project without the interruptions of home. All are welcome.