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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
Michael, 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, Jul 16, 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.
This event is full

Tue, Jul 16, 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, Jul 16, 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, Jul 16, 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, Jul 16, 10:30am - 11:30am
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Tue, Jul 16, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room
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.

Tue, Jul 16, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Large Meeting Room
The Republic of South Africa is often called the "Rainbow Country" because of its diversity, from sky-high mountains to beaches and... more
The Republic of South Africa is often called the "Rainbow Country" because of its diversity, from sky-high mountains to beaches and picturesque lakes. Come see all it has to offer.

Tue, Jul 16, 11:00am - 11:30am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Join us for a storytime under the stars! This unique storytime will take place inside a special planetarium dome. Space is very limited,... more
Join us for a storytime under the stars! This unique storytime will take place inside a special planetarium dome. Space is very limited, so all children AND caregivers must register!
This event is full

Tue, Jul 16, 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, Jul 16, 12:30pm - 3:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Bring your lunch and watch a fun family movie. In July we'll watch a classic movie about a group of kids who find an extra-terrestrial... more
Bring your lunch and watch a fun family movie. In July we'll watch a classic movie about a group of kids who find an extra-terrestrial friend and try to help him get home (121 minutes, rated PG).

Tue, Jul 16, 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, Jul 16, 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, Jul 16, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Ages 10 to 18, come design your own rocket then test how far it will fly with our rocket launcher.

Tue, Jul 16, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Explore the stars and planets up close in the traveling Digitarium. See the constellations and learn about space in this exciting... more
Explore the stars and planets up close in the traveling Digitarium. See the constellations and learn about space in this exciting program. Space is limited, so registration is REQUIRED!

Tue, Jul 16, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Join us for a discussion of The The Places in Between by Rory Stewart. Books are available for pick up at the Highland Branch.

Tue, Jul 16, 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, Jul 16, 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.
This event is full

Tue, Jul 16, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Preschoolers will enjoy stories, music, games, STEM, finger plays and make a craft.

Tue, Jul 16, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Dress up as your favorite Star Wars character and join us for our teen galaxy party! Snacks, drinks, games, trivia, and music provided.... more
Dress up as your favorite Star Wars character and join us for our teen galaxy party! Snacks, drinks, games, trivia, and music provided. Ages 11-18. Please register.

Tue, Jul 16, 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, Jul 16, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Join us for the screening of an anime movie or TV series. Ages 12-18. Please Register. Snacks will be served.

Tue, Jul 16, 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, Jul 16, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Play a friendly game of Chess or Go.

Wed, Jul 17, 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, Jul 17, 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, Jul 17, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program 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, Jul 17, 10:30am - 11:30am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Toddlers accompanied by an adult caregiver, will gain early literacy skills and enjoy stories, music, finger plays, and a craft.

Wed, Jul 17, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room
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.

Wed, Jul 17, 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, Jul 17, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Enjoy a movie during summer break. Bring the whole family! Rated PG ; 86 minutes Snacks are welcome (clear drinks only)! *Children under... more
Enjoy a movie during summer break. Bring the whole family! Rated PG ; 86 minutes Snacks are welcome (clear drinks only)! *Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult 18+.

Wed, Jul 17, 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, Jul 17, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Explore the stars up close in the traveling Digitarium. See the constellations and learn about space in this exciting program.
This event is full

Wed, Jul 17, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Join us while we make out of this world bath bombs! All materials will be provided. Registration is required, space is limited. Ages 10-18.

Wed, Jul 17, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world. PG;... more
A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world. PG; 105min.

Wed, Jul 17, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Can you navigate a robot? Can you stay on course? School-age kids who have finished kindergarten can come try out our robot obstacle... more
Can you navigate a robot? Can you stay on course? School-age kids who have finished kindergarten can come try out our robot obstacle course. Registration required.
This event is full

Wed, Jul 17, 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, Jul 17, 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.

Wed, Jul 17, 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, Jul 17, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Participants will learn a simple Japanese stab binding technique.

Wed, Jul 17, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
The Mutual UFO Network, MUFON, is the world's oldest and largest civilian UFO investigation & research organization. Stewart Hill will... more
The Mutual UFO Network, MUFON, is the world's oldest and largest civilian UFO investigation & research organization. Stewart Hill will be here to share more info about UFOs and answer questions.

Wed, Jul 17, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Dive into the universes of Spider-Man! Miles Morales, the latest Spider-Man of his dimension, works with Spider-Gwen, Spider-Ham, and... more
Dive into the universes of Spider-Man! Miles Morales, the latest Spider-Man of his dimension, works with Spider-Gwen, Spider-Ham, and others to defeat Kingpin. Rated PG. 117 minutes.

Wed, Jul 17, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Part of ACLU of Indiana's "Speaking Freely" series, presenter Kit Malone will discuss topics involving the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals... more
Part of ACLU of Indiana's "Speaking Freely" series, presenter Kit Malone will discuss topics involving the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals in Indiana and beyond. Please register.

Wed, Jul 17, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
In this book, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon... more
In this book, veteran technology journalist Ashlee Vance provides the first inside look into the extraordinary life and times of Silicon Valley's most audacious entrepreneur.

Wed, Jul 17, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Presents a seven-day sightseeing tour of Holland a.k.a the Netherlands, including Amsterdam. Join us as we explore Holland and enjoy a... more
Presents a seven-day sightseeing tour of Holland a.k.a the Netherlands, including Amsterdam. Join us as we explore Holland and enjoy a local snack. Registration required.

Thu, Jul 18, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting 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, Jul 18, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Children and their families are invited to engage with the Challenger Learning Center's Space Stations! The three stations include "Back... more
Children and their families are invited to engage with the Challenger Learning Center's Space Stations! The three stations include "Back to the Moon", "Mars Madness", and "What's the Matter?".

Thu, Jul 18, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
School-age children are invited to the library for an exciting car LEGO® build where everyone gets to race their creations on a special... more
School-age children are invited to the library for an exciting car LEGO® build where everyone gets to race their creations on a special track.

Thu, Jul 18, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Come and meet an owl, a hawk, a turtle, a skunk and an opossum during this presentation on animals by Humane Indiana.

Thu, Jul 18, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Drop in and make colorful and sparkly slime while learning about the states of matter.
This event is full

Thu, Jul 18, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Animal handler Mark will be bringing in critters from his animal collection. From feathered and furry friends to creepy crawlies, this... more
Animal handler Mark will be bringing in critters from his animal collection. From feathered and furry friends to creepy crawlies, this program has something fun for the whole family!

Thu, Jul 18, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Children's Program Room
What can you do with 100 water balloons? Come find out! School-age kids who have finished kindergarten are invited to join us outside.... more
What can you do with 100 water balloons? Come find out! School-age kids who have finished kindergarten are invited to join us outside. Be ready to get wet. In case of rain, the event will be indoors.

Thu, Jul 18, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Join our Inspirational Book Discussion as we discuss Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan. Pick up a copy at the Highland Branch.

Thu, Jul 18, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program 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, Jul 18, 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, Jul 18, 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, Jul 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Kids (Grades K-5) will have a blast playing this GIANT TWISTER GAME! Wear your socks and get ready to twist, reach, stretch, don't... more
Kids (Grades K-5) will have a blast playing this GIANT TWISTER GAME! Wear your socks and get ready to twist, reach, stretch, don't fall! And have fun.

Thu, Jul 18, 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, Jul 18, 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, Jul 18, 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.