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Upcoming Events
Sat, Dec 10, 10:00am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Learn simple crochet stitches to create a dish cloth. Bring a skein of worsted weight cotton yarn and a size H crochet hook. Space is... more
Learn simple crochet stitches to create a dish cloth. Bring a skein of worsted weight cotton yarn and a size H crochet hook. Space is limited, so registration is required.

Sat, Dec 10, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Kids ages 6 months through 3 years old and their caregivers will enjoy interacting at various block play stations. Registration for all... more
Kids ages 6 months through 3 years old and their caregivers will enjoy interacting at various block play stations. Registration for all children & adults attending is required.
Registration is now closed

Sat, Dec 10, 12:00pm - 12:20pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Griffith-Calumet Zoom Room
Young children and their caregivers are invited to participate in a family story time via zoom. Please register with an email to take part.

Sat, Dec 10, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
International Film Series. Adults only. German, French, English with English subtitles. 100 Minutes. Registration required.

Sat, Dec 10, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Children's Department - Basement Back Lobby
For the holidays, we are offering each family in our community the opportunity to come get a holiday photo taken in front of our green... more
For the holidays, we are offering each family in our community the opportunity to come get a holiday photo taken in front of our green screen. Two (2) photos per family.

Sat, Dec 10, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Families are invited to join us for a fun holiday activity! Each family will work together to build and decorate their own gingerbread... more
Families are invited to join us for a fun holiday activity! Each family will work together to build and decorate their own gingerbread house. Please Register In Advance
Registration is now closed

Mon, Dec 12, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Join Mystery Loves Company as they discuss this enthralling tale about the 1911 theft of the Mona Lisa from the Louvre.

Mon, Dec 12, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
International Film Series. Adults only. German, French, English with English subtitles. 100 Minutes. Registration required.

Mon, Dec 12, 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a take home craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-5.

Mon, Dec 12, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Play Scrabble or other games with friends and meet new ones. Games will be provided but feel free to bring your own. Join the fun!

Mon, Dec 12, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming 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, Dec 12, 5:30pm - 6:15pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Storytime for preschoolers and their families. Enjoy an evening storytime with books, finger plays, and music. Feel free to wear pajamas!
This event is full

Mon, Dec 12, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
If you missed a project from a previous session or found you really loved a certain craft project, now is your chance to explore using... more
If you missed a project from a previous session or found you really loved a certain craft project, now is your chance to explore using leftover supplies. Please register!

Mon, Dec 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Decorate and enjoy some hot cocoa! We will have sprinkles, whipped cream, peppermint sticks, and more! Cookies will also be provided.... more
Decorate and enjoy some hot cocoa! We will have sprinkles, whipped cream, peppermint sticks, and more! Cookies will also be provided. Ages 12-18. Registration required.

Mon, Dec 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Kids and their families are invited for a fun night of holiday cheer! We will make ornament, hear holiday stories, and have hot... more
Kids and their families are invited for a fun night of holiday cheer! We will make ornament, hear holiday stories, and have hot chocolate & cookies. Everyone who attends must register.
This event is full

Mon, Dec 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Join us at the library to create your own snowflake decoration. Registration is required. Supplies will be provided. Ages 15 and up.

Tue, Dec 13, 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, Dec 13, 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, Dec 13, 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,... 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, Dec 13, 10:30am - 1:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Bring your current painting projects/materials for an opportunity to chat and create!

Tue, Dec 13, 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 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!

Tue, Dec 13, 10:30am - 10:50am
Munster - 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.
This event is full

Tue, Dec 13, 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, Dec 13, 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, Dec 13, 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, Dec 13, 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,... 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.

Rescheduled
Tue, Dec 13, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
New date Tuesday, December 13, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Merrillville
The Friends of the Library will hold a meeting.

Tue, Dec 13, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Merrillville - Staff Meeting Room
The Friends of the Library will hold a meeting.

Tue, Dec 13, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
Monthly discussion. "THE NIGHTINGALE" by Kristin Hannah will be discussed.

Canceled
Tue, Dec 13, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Merrillville
THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah will be discussed.

Tue, Dec 13, 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, Dec 13, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Children ages 6 - 11 are invited to make a variety of holiday crafts from around the world!

Tue, Dec 13, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Welcome back to Great Decisions! During this program we'll watch a video produced by the Foreign Policy Association about foreign policy... more
Welcome back to Great Decisions! During this program we'll watch a video produced by the Foreign Policy Association about foreign policy issues and discuss what we've learned.

Tue, Dec 13, 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, Dec 14, 10:30am - 10:50am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
This 20-minute lap-sit program uses songs and rhymes to foster language development.

Wed, Dec 14, 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.

Wed, Dec 14, 10:30am - 10:50am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music, and a take home craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-6.

Wed, Dec 14, 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, Dec 14, 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!
This event is full

Wed, Dec 14, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Merrillville - Small Group Room #2
Receive individualized instruction in basic computer skills.
This event is full

Wed, Dec 14, 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.

Wed, Dec 14, 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, Dec 14, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Cedar Lake - 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, Dec 14, 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. Finished creations will be... more
Children and their families are invited to create and play with lego in an hour of free play and fun. Finished creations will be displayed in the library for the rest of the month!

Wed, Dec 14, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join the Page Turners Book Club as we discuss "Mr. Dickens and His Carol" by Samantha Silva. Books will be available at the St. John... more
Join the Page Turners Book Club as we discuss "Mr. Dickens and His Carol" by Samantha Silva. Books will be available at the St. John Branch check out desk.
This event is full

Wed, Dec 14, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Kids, tweens, and family can play board and card games at the library. Please register!

Wed, Dec 14, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
The choir group Wolffgang, from Hobart High School, will perform a Christmas Concert for the public on Wednesday Dec. 14th at 6pm.

Wed, Dec 14, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Programming Room
Earn volunteer hours while helping us plan teen programming and services. For grades 6-12.

Wed, Dec 14, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Get in the holiday spirit with these crafts! We will be making a trio of Popsicle stick ornaments. Space is limited. Registration is... more
Get in the holiday spirit with these crafts! We will be making a trio of Popsicle stick ornaments. Space is limited. Registration is required for all attendees.

Thu, Dec 15, 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, Dec 15, 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, Dec 15, 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, Dec 15, 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, Dec 15, 10:30am - 10:50am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Babies and their caregivers will participate in stories, nursery rhymes, finger plays, and music activities designed to enhance... more
Babies and their caregivers will participate in stories, nursery rhymes, finger plays, and music activities designed to enhance important pre-literacy skills.

Thu, Dec 15, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Highland
Receive individualized instruction in basic computer skills.

Thu, Dec 15, 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, Dec 15, 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, Dec 15, 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!

Thu, Dec 15, 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.
This event is full

Thu, Dec 15, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Join the Indiana Dunes State Parks rangers to find out how animals and plants in our area adapt to winter! Registration of each person... more
Join the Indiana Dunes State Parks rangers to find out how animals and plants in our area adapt to winter! Registration of each person in attendance is mandatory - do not just register the child!

Thu, Dec 15, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Join the Indiana Dunes State Parks rangers to find out how animals and plants in our area adapt to winter! Registration of each person... more
Join the Indiana Dunes State Parks rangers to find out how animals and plants in our area adapt to winter! Registration of each person in attendance is mandatory - do not just register the child!

Thu, Dec 15, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Join us as we play around with some of the library's robotic and tech kits.

Thu, Dec 15, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Join us as we make ornaments with holiday messages written in binary! All supplies will be provided. Space is limited, please register.... more
Join us as we make ornaments with holiday messages written in binary! All supplies will be provided. Space is limited, please register. Ages 11-18

Sat, Dec 17, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Interested in any of the needle arts including knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, and more? Join us for an opportunity to chat and... more
Interested in any of the needle arts including knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, and more? Join us for an opportunity to chat and create. Bring your own project.

Sat, Dec 17, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Dyer- Schererville Library - Children's Area
Children will have the opportunity to read aloud to a Power Paws therapy dog and their volunteer.

Canceled
Sat, Dec 17, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Childrens Area
Children will have the opportunity to read aloud to a Power Paws therapy dog and their volunteer.

Sat, Dec 17, 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, Dec 17, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Create a snowman out of a tealight, ribbon, pom-poms, and more! Can be made into an ornament or magnet. Ages 12-18. Registration required.

Canceled
Sat, Dec 17, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago
Bring your craft projects from home and join us to chat with fellow crafters and work on your project without the interruptions of home.... more
Bring your craft projects from home and join us to chat with fellow crafters and work on your project without the interruptions of home. All are welcome.

Sat, Dec 17, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart - Programming Room
Teens are welcome to join us for our Oreo® Cookie Taste Test Challenge! Registration is required. Ages 11-17. You will need to bring... more
Teens are welcome to join us for our Oreo® Cookie Taste Test Challenge! Registration is required. Ages 11-17. You will need to bring your own blindfold.

Canceled
Mon, Dec 19, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Dyer-Schererville
De-stress and relax with pencils and coloring sheets provided by the library -- or bring your own!

Mon, Dec 19, 2:00pm - 4:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Come and enjoy this holiday movie with us! Seating is limited. Registration is required.

Mon, Dec 19, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Children (grades K-5) may free build with the library's LEGO® blocks or build a 'challenge' project.

Mon, Dec 19, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Use your imagination & provided supplies to decorate cookies. Registration is Required. All Ability programs are geared towards adults... more
Use your imagination & provided supplies to decorate cookies. Registration is Required. All Ability programs are geared towards adults with special needs but are open to all.
This event is full

Mon, Dec 19, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Library is YOUR library. Help your local library create programs and initiatives that help and interest you. We'll brainstorm and... more
The Library is YOUR library. Help your local library create programs and initiatives that help and interest you. We'll brainstorm and discuss ways to improve teen programs.

Mon, Dec 19, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Merrillville - Small Group Room #1
Receive individualized instruction in basic computer skills.
This event is full

Mon, Dec 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Calling all teen Anime and Manga fans! Come out and join other Anime fans as we watch a couple Anime episodes, do a fun activity and... more
Calling all teen Anime and Manga fans! Come out and join other Anime fans as we watch a couple Anime episodes, do a fun activity and have snacks.
This event is full

Mon, Dec 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Join us at the library to make a variety of holiday ornaments. All materials will be provided. Registration is required. Ages 12-18.

Mon, Dec 19, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
A selection of board and card games will be available for you and fellow teens to play. Registration are required. Ages 12 - 18. Snacks... more
A selection of board and card games will be available for you and fellow teens to play. Registration are required. Ages 12 - 18. Snacks will be provided.