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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
Heather, Highland Branch Head
Jo, Hobart Branch Head
Kate, 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
Sun, May 09, 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Mon, May 10, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
How did one 1800s fort stay so well-preserved, and why does it still echo through Californian history? Find out in this live... more
How did one 1800s fort stay so well-preserved, and why does it still echo through Californian history? Find out in this live tour! Email address required to register!

Mon, May 10, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Griffith-Calumet Zoom Room
May features: "The House on Tradd St" by Karen White. Pick up a copy at the Griffith curbside and join us for a virtual chat! Contact us... more
May features: "The House on Tradd St" by Karen White. Pick up a copy at the Griffith curbside and join us for a virtual chat! Contact us at griffith@lcplin.org for event details.

Mon, May 10, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Together with PFLAGCP-NWI, we are hosting a support, education, & networking space for LGBTQ+ teens & their allies. TEENS (12-18) are... more
Together with PFLAGCP-NWI, we are hosting a support, education, & networking space for LGBTQ+ teens & their allies. TEENS (12-18) are welcome. REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR ZOOM LOG-IN LINK.

Mon, May 10, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville Branch Library Zoom Room
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for intermediate level students.... more
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for intermediate level students. Classes are free.

Tue, May 11, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills.

Tue, May 11, 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Dyer-Schererville - Dyer-Schererville Zoom Room
Teens are invited to play online games while we hang out on Zoom! Bring your game ideas! We will brainstorm future program ideas. Ask... more
Teens are invited to play online games while we hang out on Zoom! Bring your game ideas! We will brainstorm future program ideas. Ask how (TAB) can count toward volunteer hours!

Wed, May 12, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters... more
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters child development and pre-literacy skills.

Wed, May 12, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Teens are invited to play the popular game of deception, Among Us. We'll work together to find the imposter. Is it you? You seem a... more
Teens are invited to play the popular game of deception, Among Us. We'll work together to find the imposter. Is it you? You seem a little sus. Ages 11 - 17.

Wed, May 12, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville Branch Library - Zoom
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for intermediate level students.... more
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for intermediate level students. Classes are free.

Thu, May 13, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All... more
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All books are available on Hoopla or Overdrive.

Thu, May 13, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Travel back in time with Flat Stanley to experience life in 1850's pioneer California. Email address required to register!

Fri, May 14, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Sat, May 15, 10:00am - 11:00am
Highland - Highland Zoom Room
Join us every 3rd Saturday of the month for Virtual Science Hour. Each month we will cover different science topics that are relevant to... more
Join us every 3rd Saturday of the month for Virtual Science Hour. Each month we will cover different science topics that are relevant to human health. Email is required to register.

Sat, May 15, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills.

Sun, May 16, 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Mon, May 17, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville Branch Library Zoom Room
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for intermediate level students.... more
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for intermediate level students. Classes are free.

Tue, May 18, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills.

Tue, May 18, 10:30am - 11:30am
Hobart Branch - Zoom Room
Our May 2021 title is The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott. Pick up a copy at the Hobart curbside and join us for a virtual chat!... more
Our May 2021 title is The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott. Pick up a copy at the Hobart curbside and join us for a virtual chat! Contact us at hobart@lcplin.org for event details.

Tue, May 18, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join the Gateway Arch National Park to explore the cultures, landscapes, and animals encountered by the Lewis and Clark on their journey... more
Join the Gateway Arch National Park to explore the cultures, landscapes, and animals encountered by the Lewis and Clark on their journey to map the West. Email address required to register!

Tue, May 18, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
St. John branch - Zoom Room
Teens are invited to play the popular game of deception, Among Us. We will work together to find the impostor. Is it your friend? Could... more
Teens are invited to play the popular game of deception, Among Us. We will work together to find the impostor. Is it your friend? Could it be you? You appear to be a little sus. Ages 11 - 17