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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: Ducks in a Row

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

Display case filled with paper cut out decorations: Balloons, letters spelling Glad You're Back, bookworms, and books Glad You're Back

A white dog wearing glasses sitting on an old school desk with an open book. Books are Fun

A dog wearing glasses reading a book at an old timey school desk No, You Can't Borrow My Book

A 3D owl made of the pages of a discarded book Bookworm Owl

A young man sits at a picnic table reading under a large tree with splendid orange, yellow, and green leaves. Many leaves already litter the ground around him. Take a Break

R2D2 pushes a star wars book into a book drop outside Munster Branch R2D2 Returns Books

A waypointing sign showing destinations like Camelot, Who-ville, Panem, The Shire Your Next Adventure

Funny DVDs like Shazam, Rookie of the Year, and Skate Kitchen set on fake snow with snowflakes in the background Chase Away the Winter Blues

Bronze statue of two children reading on a bench Reading Statue

A small brown and white dog looking at the children's book Harry the Dirty Dog Harry Reads

Image of Bernie Sanders from the 2021 inauguration sitting with crossed arms and legs and very large mittens. Text reads Get Your Mittens on a good book. Get Your Mittens on a Good Book

A lamp in the shape of an open book, its pages glowing. It sits on top of a DVD called Enlighten Up, a book called Think by Guy P Harrison, and a book called The Dark Side of the Enlightenment by John Fleming Enlightenment

A chess board mid-game with chess instructional books stood up behind the board, one open on the corner. The novel The Queen's Gambit with the Netflix adaptation cover is in the foreground  The Queen's Gambit

The brick wall above a short bookshelf is decorated with a paper cut out of a large popcorn bag and scattered popcorn pieces. Letters spell out Pop into the library and check out a good movie  Movie Time

A row of ducks on a ledge - a few rubber ducks, a ceramic one, and in the middle Rosella wearing a face mask that looks like a duck bill  Ducks in a Row

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!

Upcoming Events
Thu, Apr 22, 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, Apr 22, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Munster Branch - Zoom - Zoom
Join us for a virtual discussion using Zoom. Copies of the book are available at the Munster Branch.

Thu, Apr 22, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Merrillville - Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Explore the giants of the redwood forest and find out how they are equipped to thrive among calamity! Email address required to register!

Fri, Apr 23, 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.

Sat, Apr 24, 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, Apr 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.

Mon, Apr 26, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Dip into the wetlands live and look for creatures to determine how healthy our wetlands are! Email address required to register!

Mon, Apr 26, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Griffith-Calumet Zoom Room
April features: "Mr. Dickens and His Carol" by Samantha Silva. Pick up a copy at the Griffith curbside and join us for a virtual chat!... more
April features: "Mr. Dickens and His Carol" by Samantha Silva. Pick up a copy at the Griffith curbside and join us for a virtual chat! Contact us at griffith@lcplin.org for event details.

Tue, Apr 27, 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, Apr 27, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Zoom
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah. Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up at... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah. Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up at Dyer-Schererville a month prior to the event.

Wed, Apr 28, 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, Apr 28, 10:30am - 11:00am
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join us for a special visit with Missy, a certified therapy dog. Email address required to register!

Wed, Apr 28, 11:00am - 12:15pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Who were the Puritans and Pilgrims who settled the Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay, and Connecticut colonies of the 1600's?

Wed, Apr 28, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago Library - Zoom
Join us virtually for our teen craft program! This month we will be making Blackout Poetry for National Poetry Month. Supplies are... more
Join us virtually for our teen craft program! This month we will be making Blackout Poetry for National Poetry Month. Supplies are limited to 10 participants. Must register by April 21. Ages 12-18.

Thu, Apr 29, 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, Apr 29, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Merrillville - Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join us as we visit Cape Canaveral National Seashore to visit with their nesting sea turtle population! Email address required to register!

Fri, Apr 30, 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 01, 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.