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A book with arms and legs crossing a finish line that reads WINNER2020 Read-a-Thon: Jan 13 - Feb 24

Last year, students raised over $64,000!

The annual Library Foundation Read-a-Thon is not only exciting and fun for young readers, it's also important to the health of the library. We reward our readers, too: every year, we thank our top readers with an awards breakfast to acknowledge what they, their parents, and their educators do for us!

Participate Through Your School

Schools throughout Lake County participate in the Read-a-Thon every year. If you're a reader who wants to join in, ask your teacher or principal! Last year our young readers raised thousands of dollars for local schools, so don't be shy about asking to join in.

If your school is not participating in the Read-a-Thon, just come to your local library for your own entry form.

Our 2019 Read-A-Thon Winners!A row of children posing with trophies and Foundation members

Congratulations to all who participated!

2020 Read-A-Thon Sponsors

The Read-a-Thon is made possible with the help of a few generous sponsors. Thanks for supporting your schools and libraries!

Tech Credit Union is a 2020 Readathon Sponsor


First Merchants Bank Logo

centier bank logo

If you'd like to become a Read-a-Thon sponsor, contact the library's Marketing Manager at 219-769-3541, ext. 315. 

Upcoming Events
Tue, Feb 25, 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, Feb 25, 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, Feb 25, 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, Feb 25, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Learn how to turn your home into a "lifelong home" that's fit for everyone to live in regardless of age or ability.

Tue, Feb 25, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Children will be making a clay narwhal in February.

Tue, Feb 25, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
Fiction Addiction Book Club

Tue, Feb 25, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
School-age children, K-6th grade, are invited to the library for an hour of art exploration and fun. All supplies will be provided.... more
School-age children, K-6th grade, are invited to the library for an hour of art exploration and fun. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited. Please wear clothes you can get messy in.

Tue, Feb 25, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Children will be making a clay narwhal for February
This event is full

Tue, Feb 25, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Hosted by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM).

Tue, Feb 25, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Stories, fingerplays, music, related activities and a craft are all included in this storytime for children and their family members.

Tue, Feb 25, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Discuss world affairs in this program designed by the Foreign Policy Association.

Wed, Feb 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Children birth - 23 mos. old, accompanied by an adult caregiver, will enjoy this 30 min. lap-sit program. Songs, stories, finger plays... more
Children birth - 23 mos. old, accompanied by an adult caregiver, will enjoy this 30 min. lap-sit program. Songs, stories, finger plays and rhymes will encourage interaction and language development.

Wed, Feb 26, 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.

Wed, Feb 26, 10:30am - 11:00am
Munster - Children's Program Room
Learn new ways to play with your baby (birth to 23 months), while stimulating mental growth. Please register all attendees so we may... more
Learn new ways to play with your baby (birth to 23 months), while stimulating mental growth. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

Wed, Feb 26, 10:30am - 11:30am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-6.

Wed, Feb 26, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters are welcome, no matter what craft... more
Bring your favorite yarn or thread project and enjoy some great company while you create! All crafters are welcome, no matter what craft you enjoy!

Wed, Feb 26, 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Homeschoolers in grades K-6th will make an art project with supplies provided by the library. Sign-ups are required and space is limited.

Wed, Feb 26, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-6.

Wed, Feb 26, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Explore China's capital city.

Wed, Feb 26, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Play Wii games, jam out on Guitar Hero or many other games!

Wed, Feb 26, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Merrillville - Quiet Study Room #3
Every Wednesday, in Quiet Study Room 3, 2020 Census Recruitment Advisors will be available to help you apply for Census employment. ... more
Every Wednesday, in Quiet Study Room 3, 2020 Census Recruitment Advisors will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are welcome!

Wed, Feb 26, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
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.
This event is full

Wed, Feb 26, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Learn more about the not-for-profit organization Habitat for Humanity and find out what it takes to apply for one of their homes.

Wed, Feb 26, 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.

Wed, Feb 26, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "I Will Send Rain" by Rae Meadows. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "I Will Send Rain" by Rae Meadows. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation desk a month prior to the event.

Wed, Feb 26, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Parlez-vous francais? French speakers of all skill levels are welcome to join us for conversations in French.

Thu, Feb 27, 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.

Thu, Feb 27, 10:15am - 11:30am
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "I Will Send Rain" by Rae Meadows. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "I Will Send Rain" by Rae Meadows. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation desk a month prior to the event.

Thu, Feb 27, 10:30am - 11:30am
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Toddlers, 2 and 3 years of age, accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, music activities, and crafts.... more
Toddlers, 2 and 3 years of age, accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, music activities, and crafts. Activities will help to develop important pre-literacy skills.

Thu, Feb 27, 10:30am - 12:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Come join us for a movie and a snack as we watch the classic newsroom comedy The Maltese Falcon (1941), featuring legendary actors... more
Come join us for a movie and a snack as we watch the classic newsroom comedy The Maltese Falcon (1941), featuring legendary actors Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre. Running time: 100 min.

Thu, Feb 27, 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, Feb 27, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Highland - Quiet Study Room
Every Thursday, in our Study Room, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are... more
Every Thursday, in our Study Room, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are welcome!  

Thu, Feb 27, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join us for a relaxed, informal discussion of "I Will Always Write Back" by Caitlin Alifirenka. Limited copies available at the Munster... more
Join us for a relaxed, informal discussion of "I Will Always Write Back" by Caitlin Alifirenka. Limited copies available at the Munster Branch.

Thu, Feb 27, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Think you know pop culture and trivia? Come test your skills and win a SIP gift card! Topics include: Music, Sports, Food, Books, Video... more
Think you know pop culture and trivia? Come test your skills and win a SIP gift card! Topics include: Music, Sports, Food, Books, Video Games, History, and more!

Thu, Feb 27, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Join the green screen fun at Griffith-Calumet Twp Branch! Learn about green screen tech, write your own skit, or perform.

Thu, Feb 27, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Kids (6-10 years old) will learn about wind and participate in wind experiments and activities. Building science and literacy skills... more
Kids (6-10 years old) will learn about wind and participate in wind experiments and activities. Building science and literacy skills with the Leap into Science program and the Franklin Institute.

Thu, Feb 27, 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Together with PFLAGCP-NWI, we are hosting a social, support, education, & networking space for LGBTQ+ teens & their allies. Teens... more
Together with PFLAGCP-NWI, we are hosting a social, support, education, & networking space for LGBTQ+ teens & their allies. Teens (12-18) are welcome. Parents/guardians can meet concurrently.

Thu, Feb 27, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Bring your projects and join us. Chat with fellow crafters and work on your project without the interruptions of home. All are welcome.