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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, Feb 25, 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, Feb 25, 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, Feb 25, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-5.

Tue, Feb 25, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Learn how to turn your home into a "lifelong home" that's fit for everyone to live in regardless of age or ability.

Tue, Feb 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Children will be making a clay narwhal in February.

Tue, Feb 25, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
Fiction Addiction Book Club

Tue, Feb 25, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
School-age children, K-6th grade, are invited to the library for an hour of art exploration and fun. All supplies will be provided.... more
School-age children, K-6th grade, are invited to the library for an hour of art exploration and fun. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited. Please wear clothes you can get messy in.

Tue, Feb 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Children will be making a clay narwhal for February
This event is full

Tue, Feb 25, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Hosted by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM).

Tue, Feb 25, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Stories, fingerplays, music, related activities and a craft are all included in this storytime for children and their family members.

Tue, Feb 25, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Discuss world affairs in this program designed by the Foreign Policy Association.

Wed, Feb 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Children birth - 23 mos. old, accompanied by an adult caregiver, will enjoy this 30 min. lap-sit program. Songs, stories, finger plays... more
Children birth - 23 mos. old, accompanied by an adult caregiver, will enjoy this 30 min. lap-sit program. Songs, stories, finger plays and rhymes will encourage interaction and language development.

Wed, Feb 26, 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, Feb 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Munster - Children's Program Room
Learn new ways to play with your baby (birth to 23 months), while stimulating mental growth. Please register all attendees so we may... more
Learn new ways to play with your baby (birth to 23 months), while stimulating mental growth. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

Wed, Feb 26, 10:30am - 11:30am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-6.

Wed, Feb 26, 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, Feb 26, 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Homeschoolers in grades K-6th will make an art project with supplies provided by the library. Sign-ups are required and space is limited.

Wed, Feb 26, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-6.

Wed, Feb 26, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Explore China's capital city.

Wed, Feb 26, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Play Wii games, jam out on Guitar Hero or many other games!

Wed, Feb 26, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Merrillville - Quiet Study Room #3
Every Wednesday, in Quiet Study Room 3, 2020 Census Recruitment Advisors will be available to help you apply for Census employment. ... more
Every Wednesday, in Quiet Study Room 3, 2020 Census Recruitment Advisors will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are welcome!

Wed, Feb 26, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Each session includes a series of asanas (postures) & sequences of pranayam (breathing exercises) for good health. Please bring your own... more
Each session includes a series of asanas (postures) & sequences of pranayam (breathing exercises) for good health. Please bring your own mat to class.
This event is full

Wed, Feb 26, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Learn more about the not-for-profit organization Habitat for Humanity and find out what it takes to apply for one of their homes.

Wed, Feb 26, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Wed, Feb 26, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "I Will Send Rain" by Rae Meadows. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "I Will Send Rain" by Rae Meadows. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation desk a month prior to the event.

Wed, Feb 26, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Parlez-vous francais? French speakers of all skill levels are welcome to join us for conversations in French.

Thu, Feb 27, 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.

Thu, Feb 27, 10:15am - 11:30am
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "I Will Send Rain" by Rae Meadows. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "I Will Send Rain" by Rae Meadows. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation desk a month prior to the event.

Thu, Feb 27, 10:30am - 11:30am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Toddlers, 2 and 3 years of age, accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, music activities, and crafts.... more
Toddlers, 2 and 3 years of age, accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, music activities, and crafts. Activities will help to develop important pre-literacy skills.

Thu, Feb 27, 10:30am - 12:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Come join us for a movie and a snack as we watch the classic newsroom comedy The Maltese Falcon (1941), featuring legendary actors... more
Come join us for a movie and a snack as we watch the classic newsroom comedy The Maltese Falcon (1941), featuring legendary actors Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre. Running time: 100 min.

Thu, Feb 27, 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, Feb 27, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Highland - Quiet Study Room
Every Thursday, in our Study Room, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are... more
Every Thursday, in our Study Room, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are welcome!  

Thu, Feb 27, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join us for a relaxed, informal discussion of "I Will Always Write Back" by Caitlin Alifirenka. Limited copies available at the Munster... more
Join us for a relaxed, informal discussion of "I Will Always Write Back" by Caitlin Alifirenka. Limited copies available at the Munster Branch.

Thu, Feb 27, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Think you know pop culture and trivia? Come test your skills and win a SIP gift card! Topics include: Music, Sports, Food, Books, Video... more
Think you know pop culture and trivia? Come test your skills and win a SIP gift card! Topics include: Music, Sports, Food, Books, Video Games, History, and more!

Thu, Feb 27, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Join the green screen fun at Griffith-Calumet Twp Branch! Learn about green screen tech, write your own skit, or perform.

Thu, Feb 27, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Kids (6-10 years old) will learn about wind and participate in wind experiments and activities. Building science and literacy skills... more
Kids (6-10 years old) will learn about wind and participate in wind experiments and activities. Building science and literacy skills with the Leap into Science program and the Franklin Institute.

Thu, Feb 27, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Together with PFLAGCP-NWI, we are hosting a social, support, education, & networking space for LGBTQ+ teens & their allies. Teens... more
Together with PFLAGCP-NWI, we are hosting a social, support, education, & networking space for LGBTQ+ teens & their allies. Teens (12-18) are welcome. Parents/guardians can meet concurrently.

Thu, Feb 27, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Bring your projects and join us. Chat with fellow crafters and work on your project without the interruptions of home. All are welcome.