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Services, Forms, and Job Resources

Find forms and documentation, local services and resources, and articles and skill building tools to help with your job search!

 

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Career Cruising

Learn more about a career path here! Career Cruising contains information about different careers as well as the steps you'll need to take to begin your own (such as courses of study required for different careers). Tips for using Career Cruising

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Driving-Tests.org

Everything you need to prepare to take your Indiana driving test! Contains FAQs and practice tests for cars, motorcycles, and CDL. Resources also available in Spanish!

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This resource may only be used within the library Foundation Directory Online

Find grants, foundations, and other funding for your latest project! Note: This tool is available only at Merrillville Branch.

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Gale Business Entrepreneurship

"How to" articles and guides for small businesses, including getting your business started and sample business plans.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Virtual bookshelf containing hundreds of e-textbooks on several topics. Search by keyword (ex: "genealogy") to narrow results
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INSPIRE

A searchable database of databases, free to all Indiana residents. INSPIRE works at any LCPL location, but you can also create an account confirming your Indiana residency for home access. More info on home access

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Legal Forms Library (Gale)

Find sample forms and actual forms available for use – examples include adoption forms, divorce forms, and landlord/tenant forms. View Tutorial

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Lynda.com

A library of video courses taught by industry experts. Learn business, software, technology, and creative skills! Take courses in 3D animation, music production, marketing, programming languages, and more.

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Mango Languages

Free languages courses in many languages. Some offer specialized language courses geared toward specific careers. View Tutorial

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NWI 211

Support for residents of Lake, Porter, Newton, Jasper, Starke, and Pulaski Counties. Find info on emergency food, health care, shelter, foreclosure assistance, and more. Or, dial 2-1-1 to speak with a trained specialist.

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Plunkett Research Online

Find job seeker trends and job market statistics, as well as a guide to applying for jobs online and links to other useful employment sites and agencies.

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Reference USA

Use this database to look up phone numbers and company information. It also contains a job and internship search engine. View Tutorial

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Rosetta Stone Library Solution (Via INSPIRE)

Learn a new language! Rosetta Stone's highly regarded language-learning courses are now available to Indiana residents for free. Sign in with your LCPL library card and PIN, then create a Rosetta Stone account using your email address. View Tutorial

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Testing and Education Reference Center

Resources to help you build your resume, change careers, negotiate salary, and more. View Tutorial.

Can't Find It?

If you can't find what you're looking for in any of our databases, give your local library a call. They can help you figure out which databases would be most helpful to you to further research your topic.

If you'd like to ask a librarian, but it's after library hours, just head over to our Ask a Librarian page! This form lets you contact us at any time of day or night. We'll get you an answer within 24 business hours. Happy researching!

Upcoming Events
Mon, Jan 20, All day
Lake Station - New Chicago Library - Children's Area
All ages are invited add to our peace dove drawing to celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr.

Mon, Jan 20, 10:00am - 8:30pm
St. John - Children's Section
Drop by the library any time during open hours today for a variety of educational activities that celebrate the life of this great man.

Mon, Jan 20, 10:15am - 1:00pm
Dyer-Schererville Branch - Lobby
The League of Women Voters will register eligible U.S. citizens to vote.

Mon, Jan 20, 10:30am - 6:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Small Study Room
Patrons are invited to come and speak with a lawyer from the Lake County Bar Association for legal consultation. There will be no charge... more
Patrons are invited to come and speak with a lawyer from the Lake County Bar Association for legal consultation. There will be no charge and sessions are on a first come, first serve basis.

Mon, Jan 20, 10:30am - 6:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Patrons are invited to come and speak with a lawyer from the Lake County Bar Association for legal consultation. There will be no charge... more
Patrons are invited to come and speak with a lawyer from the Lake County Bar Association for legal consultation. There will be no charge and sessions are on a first come, first serve basis.

Mon, Jan 20, 10:30am - 6:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Patrons are invited to come and speak with a lawyer from the Lake County Bar Association for legal consultation. There will be no charge... more
Patrons are invited to come and speak with a lawyer from the Lake County Bar Association for legal consultation. There will be no charge and sessions are on a first come, first serve basis.

Mon, Jan 20, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Work with acrylics & canvas on an easel, following instructor's example to create an original piece of art. $20 cash fee paid at the... more
Work with acrylics & canvas on an easel, following instructor's example to create an original piece of art. $20 cash fee paid at the time of class covers all materials.

Mon, Jan 20, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
4 and 5 year olds will hear stories and participate in music activities, rhymes, crafts, and other activities, with an emphasis on... more
4 and 5 year olds will hear stories and participate in music activities, rhymes, crafts, and other activities, with an emphasis on important early pre-reading skills.

Mon, Jan 20, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Library foyer - Library foyer
The US Census Bureau is looking to hire 5,000 workers in our area. Roy Gillis will be here to answer your questions about working for... more
The US Census Bureau is looking to hire 5,000 workers in our area. Roy Gillis will be here to answer your questions about working for the Census Bureau and also to help you with the application.

Mon, Jan 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Children in grades K-6 can join us for a fun painting activity in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Mon, Jan 20, 2:00pm - 4:10pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his followers and the historic march from Selma to Montgomery in the face of violent opposition which became... more
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his followers and the historic march from Selma to Montgomery in the face of violent opposition which became a victory for the civil rights movements.

Mon, Jan 20, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Hobart - Quiet Study Room
Every Monday in the Hobart Study Room, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are... more
Every Monday in the Hobart Study Room, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are welcome!

Mon, Jan 20, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Kids (K-5th grade) will make their own LEGO® creations using the library's LEGO® blocks.

Canceled
Mon, Jan 20, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
St. John
Would you like to help plan the St. John's Library future teen events? Join our Teen Advisory Board! Earn volunteer hours while we... more
Would you like to help plan the St. John's Library future teen events? Join our Teen Advisory Board! Earn volunteer hours while we discuss and plan future teen events. Ages 11-17. Must register.

Mon, Jan 20, 4:00pm - 5:45pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Join us to celebrate peace and equality with the feature film The Long Walk Home starring Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek. Snacks and... more
Join us to celebrate peace and equality with the feature film The Long Walk Home starring Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek. Snacks and beverages will be served!

Mon, Jan 20, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Programming Room
Teens, come celebrate all things Ramen! We will play a ramen card game and cook your own ramen recipes.

Mon, Jan 20, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Children's Program Room
Hands-on learning for school-age children involving science and technology. Please register all attendees, we have a strict attendance... more
Hands-on learning for school-age children involving science and technology. Please register all attendees, we have a strict attendance limit.

Mon, Jan 20, 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.

Mon, Jan 20, 6:00pm - 8:10pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his followers and the historic march from Selma to Montgomery in the face of violent opposition which became... more
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his followers and the historic march from Selma to Montgomery in the face of violent opposition which became a victory for the civil rights movements.

Mon, Jan 20, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room
All children and their families are invited to build with the library's LEGO® and DUPLO® blocks. Design something nifty for our... more
All children and their families are invited to build with the library's LEGO® and DUPLO® blocks. Design something nifty for our display case! Please Register.

Mon, Jan 20, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
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!

Tue, Jan 21, 9:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
The class is designed to help adults improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills, focusing on the necessary civic... more
The class is designed to help adults improve their English reading, writing and speaking skills, focusing on the necessary civic information to prepare for American citizenship.

Tue, Jan 21, 10:00am - 10:45am
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.

Tue, Jan 21, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
Toddlers and their adult caregivers will enjoy a storytime with books, rhymes, music, and a craft.

Tue, Jan 21, 10:30am - 11:30am
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Our January title is The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. Pick up a copy at the Hobart check out desk and join us for a chat!

Tue, Jan 21, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room
Preschool children will enjoy stories, songs, a craft and other activities. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count... more
Preschool children will enjoy stories, songs, a craft and other activities. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

Tue, Jan 21, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for an informal conversation about the town of St. John, its history or whatever else catches our attention! While you're here,... more
Join us for an informal conversation about the town of St. John, its history or whatever else catches our attention! While you're here, grab a cup of coffee and cookies on us! Registration required.

Tue, Jan 21, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Families are invited to join us for a 45-minute story time. We will read books, sing songs, and have fun activities!

Tue, Jan 21, 11:15am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-5.

Tue, Jan 21, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Come in and try Minecraft Pi. Play by yourself or with others. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Tue, Jan 21, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Preschoolers will enjoy stories, music, games, STEM, finger plays and make a craft.

Canceled
Tue, Jan 21, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago
$35* is due at time of class. Participants who successfully complete the course will earn a CPR Course completion card valid for 2... more
$35* is due at time of class. Participants who successfully complete the course will earn a CPR Course completion card valid for 2 years. Taught by certified CPR instructor, Paula Thompson, RN.

Tue, Jan 21, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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.

Tue, Jan 21, 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Self-portrait: We will work to create self-portraits in various styles or freestyle, using photographs or from memory. All supplies... more
Self-portrait: We will work to create self-portraits in various styles or freestyle, using photographs or from memory. All supplies provided, but limited. Registration required. Ages 12-18.

Tue, Jan 21, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
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.