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CHILD AND VULNERABLE ADULT PROTECTION POLICY

Adopted by Administration and the Board of Trustees of the Lake County Public Library - 10/28/2021

This policy applies to all Lake County Public Library (LCPL) buildings and offsite events.

Child: Individual who is less than 18 years of age

Vulnerable Adult: Individual aged 18 or over whose ability to protect themself from violence, abuse or neglect is significantly impaired through physical or mental disability, illness, advanced age or otherwise

Staff: Employees of the Library who have contact with children and vulnerable adults in connection with their work duties

Volunteer: Individuals who have regular contact with children and vulnerable adults in connection with their volunteer activities at the Library

LCPL seeks to provide a safe and secure environment for children and vulnerable adults who visit the Library or are involved in Library programs and activities. The Library’s goal is to protect youth from incidents of misconduct or inappropriate behavior while also protecting staff and volunteers from false accusations.

LCPL encourages and welcomes children and vulnerable adults of all ages to use its facilities and services and to participate in its programs and activities. However, responsibility for the safety and behavior of children and vulnerable adults while at the Library rests solely with the parent, guardian or authorized caregiver and not with Library staff or volunteers. The following policies apply with respect to children and vulnerable adults on Library premises:

  • Library Staff and volunteers are not responsible for monitoring or supervising the safety and behavior of children or vulnerable adults on Library premises.
  • The parent or guardian of children or vulnerable adults on Library premises is solely responsible for ensuring the children or vulnerable adults are appropriately supervised and for the safety and behavior of the children or vulnerable adults.
  • If a child’s or vulnerable adult's behavior becomes disruptive to the operations of the Library, to other patrons or to Library staff, appropriate action in accordance with the Library’s policies and practices will be taken.

Staff and Volunteer Interaction with Children or Vulnerable Adults

The following policies apply with respect to interaction with children or vulnerable adults by Library staff and volunteers:

Staff and volunteers shall not accept or assume the responsibility for monitoring or supervising the safety and behavior of children or vulnerable adults on Library premises.

  • Staff and Volunteers shall not contact or communicate with children or vulnerable adults outside of the operations, programs and activities of the Library unless they have a prior, independent relationship with the children or vulnerable adults.
  • Staff and volunteers shall not in the presence or hearing of children or vulnerable adults use profanities, vulgarities; sexual innuendo, banter or jokes; or emotionally abusive language.
  • Staff and volunteers shall not share pornography or other obscene material with children or vulnerable adults Staff and volunteers shall not give or accept gifts or money without prior authorization from the employee’s supervisor.
  • Staff and volunteers shall not engage in conduct that involves using physical contact with a child or vulnerable adult (including without limitation touching, hugging, or kissing)
  • Staff and volunteers shall not engage in conduct that involves using physical contact to discipline a child or vulnerable adult (including without limitation touching, striking or hitting the child or vulnerable adult) except in the case of a necessity related to the health and welfare of the child, vulnerable adult, Library patrons, or Library staff or volunteers.
  • Staff and volunteers will not be in one-on-one no-visibility situations with children or vulnerable adults.
  • Staff and volunteers, to the extent possible and when feasible, should keep doors to rooms where programs and activities involving children and vulnerable adults are conducted open during the program or activity unless there is a window in the door or a window to the room.
  • Staff and volunteers should ensure that doors to rooms where programs and activities involving children and vulnerable adults are conducted should never be locked during the program or activity.
  • Staff and volunteers shall never assist any child or vulnerable adult with restroom usage. Any child or vulnerable adult too young or otherwise unable to provide for themselves regarding restroom usage should have a parent, guardian or authorized caregiver present to assist them.
  • Library staff shall not leave volunteers unattended with children and vulnerable adults.
  • Staff and volunteers are not permitted to remain alone after closing time with a child or vulnerable adult. Staff and volunteers will not give a child or vulnerable adult a ride home. Staff will not transport children or vulnerable adults to or from offsite activities.

Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

Child Safety in Public Libraries

Indiana Code (IC 31-33-5) requires that any individual who has reason to believe that a child is a victim of child abuse or neglect must immediately report such directly to the Indiana Department of Child Services (“DCS”) or to a local law enforcement agency. This mandatory reporting requirement includes reporting child abuse, including any sex offense against a child, committed by any Library Staff or Volunteers while on Library premises or while attending an offsite Library event. The following reporting procedures apply if a Library employee or volunteer has reason to believe that an act of child abuse or neglect has occurred, by any person, including any Library employee or volunteer:

  • The Library employee or volunteer shall themselves immediately report the occurrence directly to DCS or local law enforcement. DCS operates a toll-free hotline (1-800-800-5556) for people to call and report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect.
  • The Library employee or volunteer shall immediately report the occurrence to the Library’s Director.
  • The Director shall also report the occurrence to DCS or local law enforcement.
  • Director shall inform the Library Board of Trustee of the situation in an Executive Board session.
  • If the alleged child abuse or neglect involves allegations against a Library employee or volunteer, the Library employee or volunteer shall be immediately suspended from employment and/or volunteer activities pending the investigation of the allegations.
  • The Library’s Director shall immediately notify the Library’s liability insurance provider.
  • All Library employees and volunteers shall cooperate with any investigation of the incident by state or local authorities.
  • If the alleged child abuse or neglect involves allegations against a Library employee or volunteer, the Library’s Director will investigate the circumstances of the alleged child abuse or neglect.
  • Any Library employee or volunteer who is not determined to be innocent of the alleged child abuse or neglect shall be subject to permanent removal from any contact with children and vulnerable adults in connection with their work duties or volunteer activities as well as additional corrective and disciplinary action up to and including termination as an employee or volunteer as appropriate.

Reporting Vulnerable Adult Abuse and Neglect 

The same reporting procedure should be followed for any suspected acts of abuse and neglect of vulnerable adults as stated with children with the exception of notifying the Indiana Department of Child Services (“DCS”).

Children and Vulnerable Adults Protection Training

All Library staff and volunteers will be trained regarding youth protection issues. Such training for Staff and volunteers shall involve a review of the Library’s Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Policy and Indiana’s mandatory child abuse and neglect reporting requirements.

Upcoming Events
Tue, Oct 04, 10:15am - 10:45am
St. John - Children's Program Room
A 30 minute program for toddlers, ages 2-3 with their caregiver(s). We will read books, sing songs, and take home a craft!
This event is full

Tue, Oct 04, 10:30am - 10:50am
Highland - Children's Programming 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.
This event is full

Tue, Oct 04, 10:30am - 10:50am
Munster - Children's Program Room
Children will develop pre-reading skills as they enjoy stories, rhymes, music, and a craft. Must register.

Tue, Oct 04, 10:30am - 10:50am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early... more
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early literacy skills.
This event is full

Tue, Oct 04, 11:15am - 11:45am
St. John - Children's Program Room
A 30 minute program for toddlers, ages 2-3 with their caregiver(s). We will read books, sing songs, and take home a craft!

Tue, Oct 04, 11:30am - 12:15pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
4 and 5 year olds will hear stories and participate in music activities, rhymes, and other activities, with an emphasis on important... more
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, Oct 04, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Rhymes, books, music, and movement, designed to help with early literacy skills, for young children, birth - 23 months with an adult... more
Rhymes, books, music, and movement, designed to help with early literacy skills, for young children, birth - 23 months with an adult caregiver. Must register ahead of time.
This event is full

Tue, Oct 04, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Evan Hansen embarks on a journey of self-discovery when a letter he wrote for a writing exercise falls into the hands of a grieving... more
Evan Hansen embarks on a journey of self-discovery when a letter he wrote for a writing exercise falls into the hands of a grieving couple whose son took his own life. 2h17min; PG-13

Tue, Oct 04, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Teens will use block coding to program our robots through a Halloween themed obstacle course! All supplies will be provided. Ages 12-18.... more
Teens will use block coding to program our robots through a Halloween themed obstacle course! All supplies will be provided. Ages 12-18. Registration required.

Tue, Oct 04, 4:00pm - 4:20pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Lake Station Zoom Room
Join us via zoom for a family storytime for children 2-6 and their caregivers, featuring stories, fingerplays, and songs that teach... more
Join us via zoom for a family storytime for children 2-6 and their caregivers, featuring stories, fingerplays, and songs that teach pre-reading skills. Please register with an email to take part.

Tue, Oct 04, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Hobart - Programming Room
Earn volunteer hours while helping us plan teen programming and services. For grades 6-12.

Tue, Oct 04, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
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.

Tue, Oct 04, 6:05pm - 7:05pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Homebuying in 2022: Information for first time home buyers and current or previous home owners to consider when purchasing a home in... more
Homebuying in 2022: Information for first time home buyers and current or previous home owners to consider when purchasing a home in today's market.

Wed, Oct 05, 10:30am - 11:30am
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
Helps prepare adults for the USCIS immigration test for Citizenship.

Wed, Oct 05, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp Branch - Public Table
Folks of all ages are invited to a fun afternoon of Scrabble. Increase your vocabulary while having a great time! Bring a friend!

Wed, Oct 05, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters and crafts are welcome!

Wed, Oct 05, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
A space for kids that are home schooled where they can meet other kids and bond over various activities.

Wed, Oct 05, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Children ages 6 - 11 will participate in various bouncing and rolling activities, then make a table top game to take home!

Wed, Oct 05, 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.

Wed, Oct 05, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Cedar Lake - Public Tables
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!

Rescheduled
Wed, Oct 05, 5:00pm - 7:30pm
New date Thursday, October 06, 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Dyer-Schererville
Preview Purdue invites prospective students and parents in the Lake County area to come hear a formal presentation on Purdue University... more
Preview Purdue invites prospective students and parents in the Lake County area to come hear a formal presentation on Purdue University and the admissions process.

Wed, Oct 05, 5:00pm - 5:20pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Toddler and preschool aged children and their caregivers are invited to an early literacy storytime filled with books, songs, and rhymes.

Wed, Oct 05, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Teens are invited to join us for a special writing workshop with author, Sharon Biggs Waller.

Wed, Oct 05, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Each session will highlight a different artist- we will learn about their craft and try out their unique style for ourselves. 6 week... more
Each session will highlight a different artist- we will learn about their craft and try out their unique style for ourselves. 6 week program; sign up for all or choose individual sessions to attend
This event is full

Thu, Oct 06, 10:15am - 10:45am
St. John - Children's Program Room
A 30 minute storytime for children ages Birth-24 months, with their caregiver(s). We will sing songs, read books, bounce, wiggle, and move!
This event is full

Thu, Oct 06, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp
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, Oct 06, 10:30am - 10:50am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Babies and toddlers will participate in stories, nursery rhymes, finger plays, and music activities designed to enhance important... more
Babies and toddlers will participate in stories, nursery rhymes, finger plays, and music activities designed to enhance important pre-literacy skills.

Thu, Oct 06, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room A
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, Oct 06, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music, and a take home craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-6.

Thu, Oct 06, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago Library - Main Lobby
Technology can be tricky...Come to the library to see if we can help you with the issues you are having with your device. Patron must... more
Technology can be tricky...Come to the library to see if we can help you with the issues you are having with your device. Patron must bring their device with them. Please register.

Thu, Oct 06, 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 craft, that teach early... more
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early literacy skills.

Thu, Oct 06, 11:15am - 11:45am
St. John - Children's Program Room
A 30 minute storytime for children ages Birth-24 months, with their caregiver(s). We will sing songs, read books, bounce, wiggle, and move!
This event is full

Thu, Oct 06, 11:30am - 12:15pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Toddlers, 2 and 3 years of age, accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, and music activities. Activities... more
Toddlers, 2 and 3 years of age, accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, and music activities. Activities will help to develop important pre-literacy skills.

Thu, Oct 06, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Join the discussion of The Chain, which is our Once Upon a Crime Mystery Book Club selection for October. Pick up a copy at the Highland... more
Join the discussion of The Chain, which is our Once Upon a Crime Mystery Book Club selection for October. Pick up a copy at the Highland Branch.

Thu, Oct 06, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Join us as we read a spooky story and make Jack-O-Lantern beaded key chains.

Thu, Oct 06, 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Preview Purdue invites prospective students and parents in the Lake County area to come hear a formal presentation on Purdue University... more
Preview Purdue invites prospective students and parents in the Lake County area to come hear a formal presentation on Purdue University and the admissions process.

Thu, Oct 06, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Canceled
Thu, Oct 06, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Thu, Oct 06, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room D
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Thu, Oct 06, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster Branch - Children's Area
Children of all ages and reading levels will have the opportunity to read aloud to a Power Paws therapy dog and their volunteer.... more
Children of all ages and reading levels will have the opportunity to read aloud to a Power Paws therapy dog and their volunteer. Registration of all attendees is required.

Fri, Oct 07, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Create Halloween or Autumn themed luminaries during this session. One glass jar will be provided--you may bring additional jars of your... more
Create Halloween or Autumn themed luminaries during this session. One glass jar will be provided--you may bring additional jars of your own if you'd like. Registration is required.

Sat, Oct 08, 10:00am - 11:00am
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us and make a scarecrow wreath from a straw hat! All materials provided. Space is limited. Registration is required
This event is full

Sat, Oct 08, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Tweens, ages 10 to 13, will learn to use the library's green screen. Please register.

Sat, Oct 08, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
International Film Series. Adults only. Hebrew with English subtitles. 80 Minutes. Registration required.

Sat, Oct 08, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Invited you are! Enjoy you must! In celebration of Star Wars Reads month, children will have the opportunity to read to a Star Wars... more
Invited you are! Enjoy you must! In celebration of Star Wars Reads month, children will have the opportunity to read to a Star Wars character and enjoy Star Wars themed activities, crafts, and snacks.

Rescheduled
Mon, Oct 10, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
New date Monday, October 03, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Dyer-Schererville
International Film Series. Adults only. Hebrew with English subtitles. 80 Minutes. Registration required.

Canceled
Mon, Oct 10, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Canceled
Mon, Oct 10, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Tue, Oct 11, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Bring your current painting projects/materials for an opportunity to chat and create!

Tue, Oct 11, 10:15am - 10:45am
St. John - Children's Program Room
A 30 minute program for children, ages 4-6 and their caregiver(s). We will read books, sing songs, and take home a craft!

Tue, Oct 11, 10:30am - 10:50am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early... more
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early literacy skills.

Tue, Oct 11, 10:30am - 10:50am
Munster - Children's Program Room
Toddlers and their caregivers will enjoy storytime with books, rhymes, music, and a craft. All attendees (child & adult) must register.
This event is full

Tue, Oct 11, 10:30am - 11:00am
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Baby storytime is a half hour program which includes songs, stories, and sensory play for babies from Birth to 23 months and their... more
Baby storytime is a half hour program which includes songs, stories, and sensory play for babies from Birth to 23 months and their caregiver.

Tue, Oct 11, 10:30am - 10:50am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Children will develop pre-reading skills as they enjoy stories, music, and a take-home craft.

Tue, Oct 11, 11:30am - 12:15pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming 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.
This event is full

Tue, Oct 11, 11:30am - 12:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming 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.
This event is full

Rescheduled
Tue, Oct 11, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
New date Tuesday, October 11, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Merrillville
The Friends of the Library will hold a meeting.

Tue, Oct 11, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Merrillville - Staff Meeting Room
The Friends of the Library will hold a meeting.

Tue, Oct 11, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Monthly book discussion. NO TIME LIKE THE FUTURE by Michael J. Fox will be discussed.

Tue, Oct 11, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Do you like spooky stories? Do you wonder how they came to be? Join fellow fans at Lake Station-New Chicago for some history of... more
Do you like spooky stories? Do you wonder how they came to be? Join fellow fans at Lake Station-New Chicago for some history of hauntings in Indiana. You can even share your own.

Tue, Oct 11, 4:00pm - 4:20pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Children 2 & 3 years of age, and their caregivers, are invited to a toddler storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, and songs that... more
Children 2 & 3 years of age, and their caregivers, are invited to a toddler storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, and songs that teach early literacy skills.

Tue, Oct 11, 6:00pm - 7:45pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
We are proud to be hosting a support, education, & social space for LGBTQ+ teens & their allies. Teens (12-18) are welcome.

Wed, Oct 12, 10:30am - 10:50am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-6.

Wed, Oct 12, 10:30am - 10:50am
Munster - Children's Program Room
Stories, fingerplays, music, and a craft are all included in this storytime for children ages birth and up and their family members.... more
Stories, fingerplays, music, and a craft are all included in this storytime for children ages birth and up and their family members. Please register every person who plans to attend.

Wed, Oct 12, 10:30am - 10:50am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
This 20-minute lap-sit program uses songs and rhymes to foster language development.

Wed, Oct 12, 10:30am - 11:30am
Merrillville
Helps prepare adults for the USCIS immigration test for Citizenship.

Wed, Oct 12, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters and crafts are welcome!

Wed, Oct 12, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Homeschool children are invited to attend a program exploring a unique topic each month. The only requirement is imagination and... more
Homeschool children are invited to attend a program exploring a unique topic each month. The only requirement is imagination and registration!

Wed, Oct 12, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Dyer-Schererville Branch - Tutor Table
Book this one-hour session to learn how to access the library's free ebooks and downloadable audiobooks with the Libby and/or Hoopla app... more
Book this one-hour session to learn how to access the library's free ebooks and downloadable audiobooks with the Libby and/or Hoopla app on your smart phone, tablet, or mobile device.
This event is full

Wed, Oct 12, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Merrillville - Small Group Room #2
Receive individualized instruction in basic computer skills.
This event is full

Wed, Oct 12, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Dyer-Schererville Branch - Tutor Table
Book this one-hour session to receive individualized instruction in basic computer skills. Patron must bring their device with them.... more
Book this one-hour session to receive individualized instruction in basic computer skills. Patron must bring their device with them. Please register.

Wed, Oct 12, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
St. John - Children's Program Room
Children in grades K-6 are welcome to join us for a bad art workshop! We'll get silly and try to make ugly creations.

Wed, Oct 12, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Tweens and Teens, ages 8 to 15, can join this hour-long interactive program that encourages conservation and STEAM.

Wed, Oct 12, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Cedar Lake - Public Tables
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, Oct 12, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Children and their families are invited to create and play with lego in an hour of free play and fun.

Wed, Oct 12, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join the Page Turners as we discuss "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley. Books can be picked up at the St. John Branch Library.
This event is full

Wed, Oct 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Join us for a fun evening of crafting! We will be making monster eye canvas signs and have coloring pages available. Space is limited.... more
Join us for a fun evening of crafting! We will be making monster eye canvas signs and have coloring pages available. Space is limited. Registration is required for all attendees.

Wed, Oct 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Hobart Zoom Room
Join us for a night of virtual trivia! This game will feature comic book and comic book film trivia questions. Test your knowledge and... more
Join us for a night of virtual trivia! This game will feature comic book and comic book film trivia questions. Test your knowledge and win a prize! Ages 11 - 17. Registration is required!

Wed, Oct 12, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Each session will highlight a different artist- we will learn about their craft and try out their unique style for ourselves. 6 week... more
Each session will highlight a different artist- we will learn about their craft and try out their unique style for ourselves. 6 week program; sign up for all or choose individual sessions to attend
This event is full

Thu, Oct 13, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp
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, Oct 13, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Visit nostalgic scenes from American life through video. Featured this month: the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum; the... more
Visit nostalgic scenes from American life through video. Featured this month: the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum; the Butler Philharmonic; Georgetown, Kentucky; and pumpkin patches.

Rescheduled
Thu, Oct 13, 10:30am - 11:30am
New date Wednesday, October 12, 10:30am - 11:30am
Merrillville
Helps prepare adults for the USCIS immigration test for Citizenship.

Rescheduled
Thu, Oct 13, 11:15am - 1:15pm
New date Thursday, October 13, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp
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, Oct 13, 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music, and a take home craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-6.

Thu, Oct 13, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Come hang out and play some video games! We provide the video games...you bring your friends to join in on the fun! Ages 12-18.

Thu, Oct 13, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Decorate and enjoy some fall themed sugar cookies! All supplies will be provided. Ages 12-18. Registration required.

Thu, Oct 13, 4:00pm - 4:20pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Babies and their caregivers are invited to a special evening program where participants will hear stories, do finger plays, sing songs,... more
Babies and their caregivers are invited to a special evening program where participants will hear stories, do finger plays, sing songs, and take part in other pre-literacy activities.

Thu, Oct 13, 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Game master Milia will start the adventurers off in their new campaign. If you are a player looking for a D&D group or have always been... more
Game master Milia will start the adventurers off in their new campaign. If you are a player looking for a D&D group or have always been curious about the game come join us!
This event is full

Thu, Oct 13, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Thu, Oct 13, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Thu, Oct 13, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room D
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.