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Photos of teen and adult activities: crochet, books, craft supplies, computer work

Something to Do

While Staying Home

Isolating at home is the responsible thing to do, but no one ever said it was the most fun thing in the world. We're here to make it a little better, because teens and adults need enrichment just as much as kids do.

This page will be updated periodically with new activities!

Just Added:

Check here for the newest activities just added to the page!

Virtual Puzzle: So Many Books!

Virtual Escape Room

Can you make it to the end?

Tests of the Worthy Chapter 1: Trial of Cunning and Insight

Tests of the Worthy Chapter 2: Trial of Strength

 

Video Guides: Crafts & Activities

Check out our playlist of crafts and how-tos (designed specially to be done with materials you probably have at home - no need to run to the craft store). We've included some tutorials on how to use our lesser-known online collections, as well!

Virtual Jigsaw Puzzles

Tip: To make the puzzles more challenging, click the rotate icon when you first open them! Or, click the grid icon to give the puzzle more (or less!) pieces.

 Purple Trees at Merrillville Branch

Sign and books Practice Shelf Care

Gnome on top of a stack of gardening books Gnome Sweet Gnome

Black tote with neon green handles. Books are popping out the top LCPL Bag O' Books

A terrier reading the book Ivan the Terrier Ivan the Terrier

The Reader statue wearing a red mask Mask Up Hoosiers!

A bronze frog sitting cross legged under a rainbow with books on meditation, coping, and being happy Peace, Love, & Books

An open book sitting on a tray in the grass with a vase of purple flowers, a teapot, a cracker and cheese plate, and a mug that says bookmarks are for quitters Bookmarks are for Quitters

Two stormtroopers behind a library desk. One is on the phone, the other is offering a book for his inspection These are Not the Books You're Looking For

The display case at lake station new chicago branch with paper decorations of books and paper letters spelling Our Books Missed You Our Books Missed You

A book lying open on a table with two stacks of books in front of it, and beyond that library shelves filled with books So Many Books

Other Things to Do

Printables and other simple crafts and activities to try out!

Indoor Scavenger Hunt

Outdoor Scavenger Hunt

National Library Week BINGO

Teen Reading BINGO

Drawing Prompts

Writing Prompts

Outside To-Do List

Inside To-Do List

No-Sew T-shirt Bag (watch our video tutorial, too!)

Pictionary Prompts

Charades Prompts

Library-Themed Word Search

Book growing a treeGenealogy Corner

Brushing up on your family history? We can help.

Online Genealogy Research Tools

How to Find Genealogy Webinars During Quarantine

Using City Directories for Genealogy (Video) 

Read This!

LCPL staff picks for teens and adults


Want more?

Try our Reader's Advisory Tumblr!

Get your garden growing with one of our gardening books!

Upcoming Events
Sun, Sep 20, 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
Registration is now closed

Tue, Sep 22, 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. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Tue, Sep 22, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join us virtually as we talk to a park ranger from Mammoth Cave National Park about an amazing underground world! You need Zoom... more
Join us virtually as we talk to a park ranger from Mammoth Cave National Park about an amazing underground world! You need Zoom capability and an email address to attend. 

Tue, Sep 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Zoom Room
Join us for a virtual Teen Advisory Board meeting! Earn volunteer hours while we discuss future teen program ideas for the St. John... more
Join us for a virtual Teen Advisory Board meeting! Earn volunteer hours while we discuss future teen program ideas for the St. John Library. Must register by September, 2020. Ages 10-17.

Wed, Sep 23, 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. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Wed, Sep 23, 10:45am - 12:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Professional writer, Patrick Thornton has created a program to show researchers and genealogists at all levels, how to write engaging... more
Professional writer, Patrick Thornton has created a program to show researchers and genealogists at all levels, how to write engaging family stories to share with current and future generations.

Thu, Sep 24, 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. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Thu, Sep 24, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join a ranger in Crystal Cove State Park in California, and learn about tidal pools as she explores one live! You must have an email... more
Join a ranger in Crystal Cove State Park in California, and learn about tidal pools as she explores one live! You must have an email address to register.

Fri, Sep 25, 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

Fri, Sep 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Talk to a ranger who works in the beautiful Grand Canyon National Park! To register, you must have an email address.

Sat, Sep 26, 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. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Sun, Sep 27, 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

Tue, Sep 29, 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. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Tue, Sep 29, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Zoom Room
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "An Extraordinary Union." Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up during curbside hours... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "An Extraordinary Union." Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up during curbside hours at Dyer-Schererville a month prior to the event.

Tue, Sep 29, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Did you know there's a herd of bison not far from Lake County? We'll visit them with the Nature Conservancy in this program! You must... more
Did you know there's a herd of bison not far from Lake County? We'll visit them with the Nature Conservancy in this program! You must have an email address to attend.