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A book with arms and legs crossing a finish line that reads WINNERThe 2021 LCPL Read-a-Thon

January 11 - February 22

Students read 24,032 books to raise over $75,000 in 2020!

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. Students pledge to read to raise money for both their library and their school. Readers can earn a ribbon, a trophy, or one of our special top prizes depending on how much they read!

This year's Read-a-Thon has ended! Envelopes and online pledges were due March 8 and we are currently counting up totals.

Submit Pledges Online

Step 1: Sign Up

First, read the rules to make sure you know how to participate. Then fill out our online form to complete your sign up:

Register Here

Want to sign up the old fashioned way? You can pick up a reading log envelope at any of our branches. After you collect your sponsor money, return the envelope with all of your contact information neatly filled out. If we don't have your school and contact info we won't know which school to share your pledges with or how to get your prize to you!

Step 2: Rally your sponsors

Ask parents, friends, and neighbors to pledge 5 cents or more per book you read. For example, if a sponsor pledges 10 cents per book and you read 10 books, they should give $1.

Step 3: Read, read, read!

Make sure you choose books at your reading level! Write the names of the books you read on the Book List Record. Parents, please initial next to each book completed.

Step 4: Collect pledges

Take the Book List Record back to your sponsors to show them the total number of books you have read! You can collect the pledges in the book record envelope you picked up at your library, or sponsors can submit their pledges online.

Checks should be made payable to LCPL Foundation.

Pledges are due March 8, 2021.

A Special Thank-You to Our 2020 Read-a-Thon Winners

Our 2020 Read-a-Thon wrapped up just as COVID-19 struck the Region. Money collection and prize distribution was seriously delayed, and we were forced to cancel our usual celebratory breakfast for the top readers. However, our readers kept up their excitement and waited patiently for prizes to go out - and many expressed how excited they would be to participate again! We can't thank you enough for being fantastic readers.

An open book with orange hearts floating above it

2021 Read-A-Thon Sponsors

The Read-a-Thon is made possible with the help of a few generous sponsors. 

centier bank logo

First Merchants 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
Thu, Apr 22, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All... more
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All books are available on Hoopla or Overdrive.

Thu, Apr 22, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Munster Branch - Zoom - Zoom
Join us for a virtual discussion using Zoom. Copies of the book are available at the Munster Branch.

Thu, Apr 22, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Merrillville - Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Explore the giants of the redwood forest and find out how they are equipped to thrive among calamity! Email address required to register!

Fri, Apr 23, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety.

Sat, Apr 24, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills.

Sun, Apr 25, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety.

Mon, Apr 26, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Dip into the wetlands live and look for creatures to determine how healthy our wetlands are! Email address required to register!

Mon, Apr 26, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Griffith-Calumet Zoom Room
April features: "Mr. Dickens and His Carol" by Samantha Silva. Pick up a copy at the Griffith curbside and join us for a virtual chat!... more
April features: "Mr. Dickens and His Carol" by Samantha Silva. Pick up a copy at the Griffith curbside and join us for a virtual chat! Contact us at griffith@lcplin.org for event details.

Tue, Apr 27, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills.

Tue, Apr 27, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Zoom
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah. Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up at... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Born a Crime" by Trevor Noah. Books for this Zoom discussion can be picked up at Dyer-Schererville a month prior to the event.

Wed, Apr 28, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters... more
Children from birth through 23 months and a caregiver are invited to tune in weekly for a 10 to 15-minute lapsit program that fosters child development and pre-literacy skills.

Wed, Apr 28, 10:30am - 11:00am
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join us for a special visit with Missy, a certified therapy dog. Email address required to register!

Wed, Apr 28, 11:00am - 12:15pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Who were the Puritans and Pilgrims who settled the Plymouth, Massachusetts Bay, and Connecticut colonies of the 1600's?

Wed, Apr 28, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago Library - Zoom
Join us virtually for our teen craft program! This month we will be making Blackout Poetry for National Poetry Month. Supplies are... more
Join us virtually for our teen craft program! This month we will be making Blackout Poetry for National Poetry Month. Supplies are limited to 10 participants. Must register by April 21. Ages 12-18.

Thu, Apr 29, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All... more
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear the first chapter. All books are available on Hoopla or Overdrive.

Thu, Apr 29, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Merrillville - Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Join us as we visit Cape Canaveral National Seashore to visit with their nesting sea turtle population! Email address required to register!

Fri, Apr 30, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Sat, May 01, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books... more
Children and families are invited to tune in for a short digital storytime. This session will last 10-20 minutes and will feature books and songs to foster pre-literacy skills.