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Indiana Legislative Update: The bill has changed yet again

HB 1447 Passed

April 28 UPDATE: The Indiana Legislature added some of the language of SB 12 into HB 1447. However, public libraries have been removed from the language; as passed, this bill only applies to school libraries.

Under this new legislation, schools will be required to have a process in place to allow individuals to challenge books on school library shelves. Most schools already have such processes in place.

The difference is that the 'educational defense' for keeping an item on shelves no longer applies: librarians can not claim that a book should be included solely because it is educational. Furthermore, the felony charge has been maintained in the final version of this bill. This means that if, after the above-mentioned challenge process has been exhausted, a prosecutor still finds the material to be harmful to minors under existing Indiana law, they may bring felony charges.

However, educators may use a 'scope of employment' defense to argue that providing materials falls within their job duties. You can read more about the content of the bill here.

HB 1447 quickly passed both the House and Senate and now heads to Governor Holcomb's desk.

We are relieved that public libraries have been spared the most concerning aspects of this legislation, but we are aware that this is not the end of the battle against censorship.

We would like to thank everyone who contacted their legislators to support their libraries. We would also like to thank all of the legislators who listened, paused, and considered the ramifications of such legislation. 

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APRIL 21 UPDATE: After the defeat of language calling for felony charges against librarians and educators in SB 12 and SB 380 earlier in April, the Indiana legislature is once more considering criminalizing librarians and educators for the materials on their shelves.

You can read about the revival of this legislation here.

We don't know for sure which bill this language will be slipped into this time, but we do expect it will be heard next week.

The fact of the matter is that local processes are already in place for parents or other concerned parties to challenge items on library shelves. These processes work and we support them.

The only thing legislation like this does is punish educators and librarians who give challengers a result they don't like - with felony charges and mandatory jail time.

What Can I Do?

The current legislative session has ended and the bill has been passed as it is described on this page. If you would like to share your opinion on the results, you can find your representative's contact information here.

Our Concerns

Here is the general gist of our concerns with the language from the original version of this bill, SB 12:

  • Charging librarians and educators with felonies is not an appropriate response to the issue of challenging books.
  • It is a librarian or educator’s job to ensure that children have access to a range of well-reviewed quality books. They are trained and follow objective processes for material selection.
  • Libraries and schools already have processes in place for challenging books on their shelves, and these processes work.

Wait, what happened to SB 380?

SB 380 was an education bill about graduation rates that, at the last minute, had language from SB 12 inserted into an amendment. SB 12 is a bill about book challenges in school and public libraries.

With this amendment, SB 380 became a serious concern for libraries and educators because it meant we could be charged with a level 6 felony for the materials on our shelves. A level 6 felony comes with mandatory jail time (minimum 6 months). Level 6 felony charges are usually brought for things like strangulation, fraud, and property theft.

However, on April 10, the committee passed SB 380 WITHOUT the SB 12 amendment!

Upcoming Events
Sat, Jul 20, 9:00am - 9:30am
Griffith-Calumet - Woodland Park
Young children and their families are invited to join us at Woodland Park for a storytime with books, songs, rhymes, and a guided tour... more
Young children and their families are invited to join us at Woodland Park for a storytime with books, songs, rhymes, and a guided tour through the on-site Story Walk.

Sat, Jul 20, 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, Jul 20, 11:00am - 12:00pm
St. John Branch - Patio
Teens will learn to create a tie dye shirt using ice! You must bring your own 100% white cotton t-shirt. Event will be outside, weather... more
Teens will learn to create a tie dye shirt using ice! You must bring your own 100% white cotton t-shirt. Event will be outside, weather permitting. Ages 12-18. Registration required.

Canceled
Sat, Jul 20, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago
Bring your craft projects from home and join us to chat with fellow crafters while working on your project without the interruptions of... more
Bring your craft projects from home and join us to chat with fellow crafters while working on your project without the interruptions of home. All are welcome.

Sat, Jul 20, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Celebrate adventure at your Library with two hours of fun playing Wii Sports.

Sat, Jul 20, 2:00pm - 4:20pm
Hobart - Programming Room
We will have a reality-bending adventure watching this matinee film while munching on popcorn and candy and drinking coffee, lemonade,... more
We will have a reality-bending adventure watching this matinee film while munching on popcorn and candy and drinking coffee, lemonade, or water. Rated PG-13; 140 minute runtime.

Sat, Jul 20, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Come in and design a map of your own fantasy world! All materials will be provided, registration is required. This program is available... more
Come in and design a map of your own fantasy world! All materials will be provided, registration is required. This program is available for ages 10 and up.

Mon, Jul 22, 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

Mon, Jul 22, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
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.
This event is full

Mon, Jul 22, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Families are welcome to bring a picnic-style lunch and enjoy a movie at the library each Monday during Summer Reading. Rated PG; 101... more
Families are welcome to bring a picnic-style lunch and enjoy a movie at the library each Monday during Summer Reading. Rated PG; 101 minute runtime.

Mon, Jul 22, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Bring the whole family! The room will be lighter, the volume will be lower, and audience members can move around, talk, and sing. Snacks... more
Bring the whole family! The room will be lighter, the volume will be lower, and audience members can move around, talk, and sing. Snacks are welcome! Rated PG; 112 minute runtime.

Mon, Jul 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Come hear some spooky stories in July!

Mon, Jul 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Children will learn how to use and re-use items to make fun games!

Mon, Jul 22, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Come and enjoy this afternoon movie with us! Popcorn and snacks will be served. Seating is limited. Registration is required.

Mon, Jul 22, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Hobart - Programming Room
Come join us for some fun experimenting with technology and playing around with robotics!

Mon, Jul 22, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Kids and their families will have an adventure going through our camp-out escape room, presented by the Teen Advisory Board. Please... more
Kids and their families will have an adventure going through our camp-out escape room, presented by the Teen Advisory Board. Please register.
This event is full

Mon, Jul 22, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Record your summer of adventures by journaling! You can submit (2) photos to hobart@lcplin.org the week prior, and we will print them in... more
Record your summer of adventures by journaling! You can submit (2) photos to hobart@lcplin.org the week prior, and we will print them in color for you to add that personal touch.

Mon, Jul 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
A selection of board games (and snacks!) will be provided for you and fellow teens to play. A Nintendo Switch will be available with... more
A selection of board games (and snacks!) will be provided for you and fellow teens to play. A Nintendo Switch will be available with multiple games. Registration is required. Ages 12 - 18

Mon, Jul 22, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Teens, ages 12 – 18, are invited to create a landscape themed diamond painted coaster. All material and snacks will be provided. Space... more
Teens, ages 12 – 18, are invited to create a landscape themed diamond painted coaster. All material and snacks will be provided. Space is limited. Registration required.

Mon, Jul 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
Join us to make your own buttons featuring designs of your choice! All supplies will be provided but feel free to bring any images you'd... more
Join us to make your own buttons featuring designs of your choice! All supplies will be provided but feel free to bring any images you'd like to use to make a button.

Mon, Jul 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - 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.
This event is full

Tue, Jul 23, 10:15am - 11:00am
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Children will develop pre-reading skills as they enjoy stories, music, and a craft.

Tue, Jul 23, 10:30am - 10:50am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Babies and toddlers birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books, music,... 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.
This event is full

Tue, Jul 23, 10:30am - 11:30am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
In this program, children will develop pre-reading skills as they enjoy stories, music, and a craft.

Tue, Jul 23, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Babies and toddlers birth-23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books, music,... 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.
This event is full

Tue, Jul 23, 10:30am - 1:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Join us and bring your current painting projects/materials for an opportunity to chat and create!

Tue, Jul 23, 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, Jul 23, 11:00am - 11:30am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Parents and caregivers of children, birth-23 months, are welcome to chat with one another and enjoy a refreshment while children explore... more
Parents and caregivers of children, birth-23 months, are welcome to chat with one another and enjoy a refreshment while children explore with books and puzzles! Registration is required.

Tue, Jul 23, 11:30am - 11:50am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Babies and toddlers birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books, music,... 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.  
This event is full

Tue, Jul 23, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
This is a storytime program for babies and toddlers birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, filled with rhymes,... more
This is a storytime program for babies and toddlers birth - 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, filled with rhymes, books, music, and movement designed to help early literacy skills.

Tue, Jul 23, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Join us for a series of informative sessions about Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia with the Purdue Extension.

Tue, Jul 23, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Adventure Begins at the Library! Come watch an adventure film for the Summer Reading Program's Movie Matinee. Rated PG-13. Runtime of... more
Adventure Begins at the Library! Come watch an adventure film for the Summer Reading Program's Movie Matinee. Rated PG-13. Runtime of 112 mins.

Tue, Jul 23, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Patrons are invited to engage in a livestream conversation with Elizabeth Acevedo about The Poet X, and the power of poetry. Attendees... more
Patrons are invited to engage in a livestream conversation with Elizabeth Acevedo about The Poet X, and the power of poetry. Attendees will watch the event on a large screen.

Tue, Jul 23, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Online
Join a livestream chat with author Elizabeth Acevedo about The Poet X, and the power of poetry.

Tue, Jul 23, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Munster - Children's Program Room
Join us for a storytime program featuring stories, fingerplays, music, and an in person craft that teach pre-reading skills. This... more
Join us for a storytime program featuring stories, fingerplays, music, and an in person craft that teach pre-reading skills. This program is for kids 4 to 6 years of age and their caregivers.
This event is full

Tue, Jul 23, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Join the Fact or Fiction Book Club in discussing "The Art Thief" by Michael Finkel. Copies are available at the Highland Branch.

Tue, Jul 23, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart - Programming Room
Join us to watch episodes of shounen and adventure anime.

Tue, Jul 23, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Dyer-Schererville Zoom Room
The Virtual Between the Lines book discussion group will read "The Lioness" by Chris Bohjalian. Books for this discussion can be picked... more
The Virtual Between the Lines book discussion group will read "The Lioness" by Chris Bohjalian. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the Dyer-Schererville branch a month prior to the event.

Tue, Jul 23, 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Have you seen people playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and want to try it yourself? We will be playing the fantasy RPG "Dragonbane",... more
Have you seen people playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and want to try it yourself? We will be playing the fantasy RPG "Dragonbane", a game similar to D&D. Beginners are welcome. For ages 12-18.

Tue, Jul 23, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Merrillville - Small Group Room #3
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

Tue, Jul 23, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join the Calumet Astronomical Society to learn about various topics on the cosmos!

Wed, Jul 24, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Babies and toddlers birth to 23 months of age, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy this program filled with rhymes, books,... more
Babies and toddlers birth to 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, Jul 24, 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.

Wed, Jul 24, 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, Jul 24, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join us for an afternoon of making crafts! We will have a wide variety of craft supplies for you to create something special.
This event is full

Wed, Jul 24, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Come hang out at the library and play the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii and board games! We provide the games...you bring your friends... more
Come hang out at the library and play the Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii and board games! We provide the games...you bring your friends to join in on the fun! Ages 12-18.

Wed, Jul 24, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Children will learn about the important design and construction of a landfill by making their own edible version.

Wed, Jul 24, 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, Jul 24, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
We'll watch episodes from an anime series. We'll also have art supplies on hand if you want to draw, sketch, or get creative or bring in... more
We'll watch episodes from an anime series. We'll also have art supplies on hand if you want to draw, sketch, or get creative or bring in your own sketchbook and projects to work on.

Wed, Jul 24, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Programming Room
Adventurers wanted! Join us for summer role-playing sessions featuring perilous quests, intrepid evil, and an unforgettable journey.

Wed, Jul 24, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Join us for an hour of family fun with karaoke and refreshments! We have lots of Disney tunes to choose from!

Wed, Jul 24, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Twin Oaks Park
Join us at Twin Oaks Park for a storytime in the park. This family storytime welcomes children ages 2-6 and their family members to... more
Join us at Twin Oaks Park for a storytime in the park. This family storytime welcomes children ages 2-6 and their family members to enjoy stories, songs, and fun.

Wed, Jul 24, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Stuffed animals are invited to a campout with Cecily the Giraffe and Ray the Elephant.

Wed, Jul 24, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Join us for a game night for the grown ups. We will have board games and the Nintendo Switch.

Thu, Jul 25, 10:00am - 11:30am
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Children ages birth - 3, and their families, are invited to this program where they can explore and play with a variety of blocks. Block... more
Children ages birth - 3, and their families, are invited to this program where they can explore and play with a variety of blocks. Block play helps children develop motor and problem solving skills.

Thu, Jul 25, 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, Jul 25, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
This is a storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids ages 4-6. Please register... more
This is a storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids ages 4-6. Please register each child and adult planning to attend.

Thu, Jul 25, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - Meeting Room A
All Ability: Hangout is a program designed for adults with special needs. Each session we will read picture books and do an activity... more
All Ability: Hangout is a program designed for adults with special needs. Each session we will read picture books and do an activity centered around a theme. Caretakers must stay in the room.

Thu, Jul 25, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Join us as we read a story and enjoy sensory supporting stations of play. Space is limited. Please register every child and adult attending.
This event is full

Thu, Jul 25, 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.

Thu, Jul 25, 11:15am - 12:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines book discussion group will read "The Lioness" by Chris Bohjalian. Books for this discussion can be picked up at... more
The Between the Lines book discussion group will read "The Lioness" by Chris Bohjalian. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the Dyer-Schererville branch a month prior to the event.

Thu, Jul 25, 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.
This event is full

Thu, Jul 25, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A,Merrillville Zoom Room
Ever wondered how to take care of those old photographs, scrapbooks, and stories passed down from generation to generation? This session... more
Ever wondered how to take care of those old photographs, scrapbooks, and stories passed down from generation to generation? This session has got you covered.

Thu, Jul 25, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join us for an informal and relaxed discussion of Sara Novic's "True Biz". Copies are available at the Munster branch.

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District presents Pollinator Heroes! Children, ages 6-11, will explore the importance of... more
Lake County Soil and Water Conservation District presents Pollinator Heroes! Children, ages 6-11, will explore the importance of pollinators in the food chain and environment with a hands-on activity.
This event is full

Thu, Jul 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Children, ages 5 and up, are invited to meet some local pond critters and do fun water experiments
This event is full

Thu, Jul 25, 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Join us as we read a story and enjoy sensory supporting stations of play. Space is limited. Please register every child and adult attending.

Thu, Jul 25, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Join us and play video games from across the decades during our summer game fest!

Thu, Jul 25, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart - Programming Room
Embrace your inner sleuth and work to solve a mystery using a Hunt a Killer Moon mystery set. Each session will feature a new goal.

Thu, Jul 25, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Merrillville - Board Room
Meeting of the Lake County Public Library Board of Trustees

Thu, Jul 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Join us for stories, songs, and dancing! Wear your pajamas if you wish!

Thu, Jul 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
During our next adult craft night, we'll create a field of lavender using acrylic paints on a square canvas. No painting experience... more
During our next adult craft night, we'll create a field of lavender using acrylic paints on a square canvas. No painting experience necessary!
This event is full

Fri, Jul 26, 10:00am - 10:30am
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
A representative from Patti's All American Gymnastics will be visiting and doing an interactive program with an obstacle course, a... more
A representative from Patti's All American Gymnastics will be visiting and doing an interactive program with an obstacle course, a craft, and a story for children ages 3-5!
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Fri, Jul 26, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Families of kids ages 11 and under are invited to dress up as your favorite book character and join us for a costume party. We'll have... more
Families of kids ages 11 and under are invited to dress up as your favorite book character and join us for a costume party. We'll have bookish games and activities. Registration Required.

Fri, Jul 26, 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join us for a movie projected on the big screen!

Fri, Jul 26, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Join us for Movie Fridays. Every Friday, a different family film will be shown.

Fri, Jul 26, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Children of all ages and their families are invited to the library for some movie fun. Join us every Friday for old favorites as well as... more
Children of all ages and their families are invited to the library for some movie fun. Join us every Friday for old favorites as well as new titles.

Fri, Jul 26, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
The whole family can enjoy a fun movie at the library! Children must attend with an adult. Registration is required.

Fri, Jul 26, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
An ordinary LEGO construction worker is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the LEGO universe into eternal... more
An ordinary LEGO construction worker is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the LEGO universe into eternal stasis. Runtime: 101 mins; rated PG.

Fri, Jul 26, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hobart Branch - Children's Area
Meet and read to a local LCC K-9 comfort dog and its handler. LCC K-9 comfort dogs show kindness and calm to people throughout the... more
Meet and read to a local LCC K-9 comfort dog and its handler. LCC K-9 comfort dogs show kindness and calm to people throughout the community and beyond, making them excellent listeners.

Sat, Jul 27, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Children are welcome to come and open play chess in our meeting room! Chess boards will be provided if you don't have one!

Sat, Jul 27, 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, Jul 27, 2:00pm - 4:50pm
Hobart - Programming Room
We will have an epic adventure watching this matinee film while munching on popcorn and candy and drinking coffee, lemonade, or water. ... more
We will have an epic adventure watching this matinee film while munching on popcorn and candy and drinking coffee, lemonade, or water. Rated PG-13; 170 minute runtime.

Mon, Jul 29, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Families are welcome to bring a picnic-style lunch and enjoy a movie at the library each Monday during Summer Reading. Rated PG; 105... more
Families are welcome to bring a picnic-style lunch and enjoy a movie at the library each Monday during Summer Reading. Rated PG; 105 minute runtime.

Mon, Jul 29, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Bring the whole family! The room will be lighter, the volume will be lower, and audience members can move around, talk, and sing. Snacks... more
Bring the whole family! The room will be lighter, the volume will be lower, and audience members can move around, talk, and sing. Snacks are welcome! Rated PG; 87 minute runtime.

Mon, Jul 29, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Teens & Tweens (9-17 years old) try to build the tallest, fastest, coolest roller coaster with miscellaneous recycled materials and... more
Teens & Tweens (9-17 years old) try to build the tallest, fastest, coolest roller coaster with miscellaneous recycled materials and building supplies. Please register.

Mon, Jul 29, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Book Buddies will be discussing "The Reading List" by Sara Nisha Adams.

Mon, Jul 29, 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, Jul 29, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Programming Room
Record your summer of adventures by journaling! You can submit (2) photos to hobart@lcplin.org the week prior, and we will print them in... more
Record your summer of adventures by journaling! You can submit (2) photos to hobart@lcplin.org the week prior, and we will print them in color for you to add that personal touch.