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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.

Carol Daumer Gutjahr, Director
John Brock, Assistant Director-Finance & Operations
Roddretta Waxton, Assistant Director-Public Library Services
Nick Bliss, Technology Services Coordinator
Erika Stolarz, Branch Services Coordinator

Branch Management Team:

Chris, Merrillville Branch Head
Jon, Cedar Lake Branch Head
Beth, Dyer-Schererville Branch Head
Jane, 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

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Or write to us at:
1919 West 81st Ave
Merrillville, Indiana 46410

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Upcoming Events
Sat, Mar 02, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Join us with your current projects (knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, embroidery, etc.) to chat and create! Bring your own supplies, and... more
Join us with your current projects (knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, embroidery, etc.) to chat and create! Bring your own supplies, and other attendees would be happy to instruct on crochet as needed.

Sat, Mar 02, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Join us and create a unique painting with assistance from local artist Mary Stang-Helm. Cash fee of $25 paid at time of event covers all... more
Join us and create a unique painting with assistance from local artist Mary Stang-Helm. Cash fee of $25 paid at time of event covers all materials. Class begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Sat, Mar 02, 10:00am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Curious minds of all ages will learn how to view the April 8th solar eclipse safely and receive a pair of viewing glasses. Please... more
Curious minds of all ages will learn how to view the April 8th solar eclipse safely and receive a pair of viewing glasses. Please register everyone who will be attending.

Sat, Mar 02, 10:00am - 10:30am
St. John - Children's Program Room
Stories, fingerplays, music, related activities and a craft are all included this this storytime for children and their family members.

Sat, Mar 02, 10:00am - 11:00am
Munster - Large Meeting Room
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.

Sat, Mar 02, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
In this program participants will get the opportunity to read to a therapy dog. Ages 6-11. Registration is required.

Sat, Mar 02, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Like board games? So do we! Come on in and join us for a fun-filled game session. We provide the games...you provide the energy!

Sat, Mar 02, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Join us at the library to play Bingo! All ages are welcome to play. Winners will be able to choose from a variety of small prizes.

Mon, Mar 04, 10:30am - 11:30am
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
This program aims to help prepare adults for the USCIS test. Requires intermediate English language skills.

Mon, Mar 04, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Small Group Room #2
Are you having laptop, smartphone, or tablet issues? Book this one-hour session to receive individualized assistance with your... more
Are you having laptop, smartphone, or tablet issues? Book this one-hour session to receive individualized assistance with your technology problems. Patron must bring their device with them.

Mon, Mar 04, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you're a Ken. PG-13;... more
To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you're a Ken. PG-13; 114mins.

Mon, Mar 04, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Come and enjoy this afternoon movie with us! Popcorn and snacks will be served. Seating is limited. Registration is required. All... more
Come and enjoy this afternoon movie with us! Popcorn and snacks will be served. Seating is limited. Registration is required. All attendees will receive a pair of eclipse glasses.

Mon, Mar 04, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
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.

Mon, Mar 04, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Earn volunteer hours and help the St. John Branch create teen programs, displays, and more! Refreshments will be served. Grades 6-12.... more
Earn volunteer hours and help the St. John Branch create teen programs, displays, and more! Refreshments will be served. Grades 6-12. Please register.

Mon, Mar 04, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Teens in 6th-12th grades are invited to join the Chess Club. Please register and bring your own board.

Mon, Mar 04, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B,Meeting Room C,Meeting Room D
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Mon, Mar 04, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Are you a fan of anime or manga? If so, come to our monthly Teen Anime Club to find new anime to watch. We watch 3-4 episodes of your... more
Are you a fan of anime or manga? If so, come to our monthly Teen Anime Club to find new anime to watch. We watch 3-4 episodes of your choosing each month. Ages 12-18.

Mon, Mar 04, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room,Munster Zoom Room
Teens get volunteer hours! Help plan programs and projects at the library. Interested teens, ages 11 - 17, can attend. Zoom available.... more
Teens get volunteer hours! Help plan programs and projects at the library. Interested teens, ages 11 - 17, can attend. Zoom available. Please register.

Mon, Mar 04, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Join us for a night of trivia! This game will feature trivia questions on music. Test your knowledge and win a prize! Ages 11-17. Must... more
Join us for a night of trivia! This game will feature trivia questions on music. Test your knowledge and win a prize! Ages 11-17. Must register first and bring a device for Kahoot to answer questions.

Mon, Mar 04, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Do you have questions about the upcoming solar eclipse? Join us this evening to learn more about eclipses and how to view properly. All... more
Do you have questions about the upcoming solar eclipse? Join us this evening to learn more about eclipses and how to view properly. All registered attendees will receive a pair of viewing glass.

Tue, Mar 05, 10:15am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
This is a 45 minute program for toddlers, ages 2-3, with their caregiver(s). We will read books, sing songs, and make a craft!
This event is full

Tue, Mar 05, 10:15am - 10:45am
Munster - Large Meeting Room
In this program babies and toddlers, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy rhymes, books, music, and movement designed to help... more
In this program babies and toddlers, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy rhymes, books, music, and movement designed to help early literacy skills.

Tue, Mar 05, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for this month's travel film about the Galapagos Islands. Runtime: 52 mins. Light refreshments will be served. Please register.

Tue, Mar 05, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, music and a craft that teach early literacy skills. ... more
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, music and a craft that teach early literacy skills. Please register all attending.

Tue, Mar 05, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
This is a storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach... more
This is a storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early literacy skills. Please register all attending.
This event is full

Tue, Mar 05, 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.

Tue, Mar 05, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Join fellow baby and toddler caregivers after our storytime for a cup of coffee or tea and some conversation. Storytime attendance is... more
Join fellow baby and toddler caregivers after our storytime for a cup of coffee or tea and some conversation. Storytime attendance is not required.

Tue, Mar 05, 11:00am - 11:30am
Munster - Large Meeting Room
In this program babies and toddlers, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy rhymes, books, music, and movement designed to help... more
In this program babies and toddlers, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy rhymes, books, music, and movement designed to help early literacy skills.

Tue, Mar 05, 11:30am - 12:15pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
During this storytime 4 and 5 year olds will hear stories and participate in music activities, rhymes, and other activities, with an... more
During this storytime 4 and 5 year olds will hear stories and participate in music activities, rhymes, and other activities, with an emphasis on important early pre-reading skills.

Tue, Mar 05, 11:30am - 11:50am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
In this program, toddlers and their adult caregivers will enjoy a storytime with books, rhymes, music, and a craft. Registration Required.

Tue, Mar 05, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Join us for a movie! When a retired engineer is called upon to rescue a failing satellite, he insists that his equally old teammates... more
Join us for a movie! When a retired engineer is called upon to rescue a failing satellite, he insists that his equally old teammates accompany him into space. PG13/130 minutes.

Tue, Mar 05, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Enjoy an evening of Irish music with local musician (and Ireland native) Kieran Byrne. Hear an array of Irish songs, traditional and... more
Enjoy an evening of Irish music with local musician (and Ireland native) Kieran Byrne. Hear an array of Irish songs, traditional and contemporary, during this hour event. Please register.

Wed, Mar 06, 10:30am - 11:30am
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
This program aims to help prepare adults to pass the Citizenship test at USCIS in Chicago.

Wed, Mar 06, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Do you enjoy crafting? Do you wish you had friendly people to work with on those crafts? Bring your current project and enjoy the... more
Do you enjoy crafting? Do you wish you had friendly people to work with on those crafts? Bring your current project and enjoy the company every Wednesday! All crafts are welcome.

Wed, Mar 06, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
The Basement Bunch with Debbie Rodriguez will be hosting a series of classes on how to make greeting cards.

Wed, Mar 06, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
St. John - Children's Program Room
Kids in grades K-6 are welcome to play a life-size board game.

Wed, Mar 06, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Cedar Lake - Cedar Lake Public Tables
Join us and work on your crafts at the library! Bring yarn and a size H crochet hook or size 7 knitting needles and cotton yarn - or... more
Join us and work on your crafts at the library! Bring yarn and a size H crochet hook or size 7 knitting needles and cotton yarn - or bring along a project you're already working on!

Wed, Mar 06, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Why should the kids get to have all the fun? Join us on the 1st Wednesday of each month for adult Dungeons & Dragons and experience the... more
Why should the kids get to have all the fun? Join us on the 1st Wednesday of each month for adult Dungeons & Dragons and experience the adventure! Seats are limited, so registration is required.
This event is full

Thu, Mar 07, 10:15am - 10:45am
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Babies and toddlers ages birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books,... more
Babies and toddlers ages 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.

Thu, Mar 07, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Bring any low-mess craft (e.g., knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, coloring, origami, jewelry-making) and enjoy meeting and sharing ideas... more
Bring any low-mess craft (e.g., knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, coloring, origami, jewelry-making) and enjoy meeting and sharing ideas with other crafters in this twice-monthly club.

Thu, Mar 07, 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, Mar 07, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
This is a storytime program featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-6.
This event is full

Thu, Mar 07, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Author and artist Samuel Love will lead a free 6 week workshop series about developing and executing oral history projects. This... more
Author and artist Samuel Love will lead a free 6 week workshop series about developing and executing oral history projects. This workshop series is designed for ages 65+ but is open to all.

Thu, Mar 07, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Elementary aged homeschool students are invited to join us for a unique art or STEM project each month.

Thu, Mar 07, 11:00am - 11:30am
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a take home craft, that teach... more
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a take home craft, that teach early literacy skills. Please register all attending.

Thu, Mar 07, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Small Group Room #2
Are you having laptop, smartphone, or tablet issues? Book this one-hour session to receive individualized assistance with your... more
Are you having laptop, smartphone, or tablet issues? Book this one-hour session to receive individualized assistance with your technology problems. Patron must bring their device with them.
This event is full

Thu, Mar 07, 11:15am - 11:45am
St. John - Large Meeting 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.

Thu, Mar 07, 11:30am - 12:15pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Program for toddlers, 2 and 3 years of age, accompanied by a caregiver to participate in stories, finger plays, and music activities.... more
Program for toddlers, 2 and 3 years of age, accompanied by a caregiver to participate in stories, finger plays, and music activities. Activities will help to develop important pre-literacy skills.

Thu, Mar 07, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Join the discussion of The Woman in the Library, which is our Once Upon a Crime Mystery Book Club selection for March. Pick up a copy at... more
Join the discussion of The Woman in the Library, which is our Once Upon a Crime Mystery Book Club selection for March. Pick up a copy at the Highland Branch.

Thu, Mar 07, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Join us on our journey: Heroes of Sol'an, 5th edition family friendly Dungeons and Dragons campaign for preteens. New players welcome.

Thu, Mar 07, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B,Meeting Room C,Meeting Room D
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Thu, Mar 07, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Children's Area
In this program children will have the opportunity to read aloud to a Power Paws therapy dog and their volunteer. Please register all... more
In this program children will have the opportunity to read aloud to a Power Paws therapy dog and their volunteer. Please register all those planning to attend.

Fri, Mar 08, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Join us as we speed solve Rubik's Cube puzzles. All skill levels are welcome. Rubik's Cubes are supplied.

Sat, Mar 09, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Interested in any of the needle arts including knit, crochet, cross-stitch, and more? Join us for an opportunity to chat and create.... more
Interested in any of the needle arts including knit, crochet, cross-stitch, and more? Join us for an opportunity to chat and create. Please bring your own projects.

Sat, Mar 09, 10:00am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Get ready for spring with painted and paper wrapped candles. All materials will be supplied. Space is limited, so registration is required.
This event is full

Sat, Mar 09, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Kids ages 6 months through 3 years old, and their caregivers, will enjoy interacting at various block play stations. Special blocks for... more
Kids ages 6 months through 3 years old, and their caregivers, will enjoy interacting at various block play stations. Special blocks for older kids will also be available on high tables.

Mon, Mar 11, 10:30am - 11:30am
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
This program aims to help prepare adults for the USCIS test. Requires intermediate English language skills.

Mon, Mar 11, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Family caregivers and guardians of teen and adult dependents are invited to join us for coffee, discussion, and support.

Mon, Mar 11, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Small Group Room #2
Are you having laptop, smartphone, or tablet issues? Book this one-hour session to receive individualized assistance with your... more
Are you having laptop, smartphone, or tablet issues? Book this one-hour session to receive individualized assistance with your technology problems. Patron must bring their device with them.

Mon, Mar 11, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
The Mystery Loves Company book club will be discussing "Things We Do in the Dark" by Jennifer Hillier.

Mon, Mar 11, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The incredible story of a young Irish filmmaker who becomes completely paralyzed from Motor Neurone Disease, but goes on to direct an... more
The incredible story of a young Irish filmmaker who becomes completely paralyzed from Motor Neurone Disease, but goes on to direct an award winning feature film through the use of his eyes. 1hr20min

Mon, Mar 11, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Preschoolers are invited to this storytime program where they will have an opportunity to practice early literacy skills. Please... more
Preschoolers are invited to this storytime program where they will have an opportunity to practice early literacy skills. Please register all attendees!

Mon, Mar 11, 1:00pm - 1:40pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Join us for a storytime for kids 4-5 years old, featuring stories, music and craft, that help develop early literacy skills. Attendees... more
Join us for a storytime for kids 4-5 years old, featuring stories, music and craft, that help develop early literacy skills. Attendees must register.

Mon, Mar 11, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
In this program, children (grades K-5) may free build with the library's LEGO® blocks or build a 'challenge' project.

Mon, Mar 11, 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
This is a storytime program for preschoolers and their families. Enjoy an evening storytime with books, finger plays, and music. Feel... more
This is a storytime program for preschoolers and their families. Enjoy an evening storytime with books, finger plays, and music. Feel free to wear pajamas!

Mon, Mar 11, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Programming Room
Join us as participants craft a mini mushroom garden to attract the fairies (and add charm to our decor). Please dress to paint. Also,... more
Join us as participants craft a mini mushroom garden to attract the fairies (and add charm to our decor). Please dress to paint. Also, please register! *Note: We will NOT be using live fungi.

Mon, Mar 11, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B,Meeting Room C,Meeting Room D
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Mon, Mar 11, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Teens will learn to make mini plushies using felt and hot glue! Ages 12-18. Registration is required.

Mon, Mar 11, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Inviting teens, ages 12-18, to TAB, LEGO®, and Board Game Night. Play games and help plan upcoming teen programs for the Highland... more
Inviting teens, ages 12-18, to TAB, LEGO®, and Board Game Night. Play games and help plan upcoming teen programs for the Highland branch. Registration required. Snacks will be provided.

Mon, Mar 11, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Teens, ages 12 to 18, are invited to play video games on the Nintendo Switch. We will have games available for the group to play. Please... more
Teens, ages 12 to 18, are invited to play video games on the Nintendo Switch. We will have games available for the group to play. Please register.