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A book with arms and legs crossing a finish line that reads WINNERLCPL Read-a-Thon

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!

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.

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

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

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Pinnacle Insurance Group of Indiana

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
Fri, Aug 14, 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
Registration is now closed

Sat, Aug 15, 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. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Sun, Aug 16, 3:00pm - 3:15pm
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

Mon, Aug 17, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John Zoom
Join us for our first virtual Teen Advisory Board meeting! Earn volunteer hours while we discuss future teen program ideas for the St.... more
Join us for our first virtual Teen Advisory Board meeting! Earn volunteer hours while we discuss future teen program ideas for the St. John Library. Must register by August 13, 2020. Ages 10-17.
Registration is now closed

Tue, Aug 18, 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. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Tue, Aug 18, 10:30am - 11:30am
Hobart Zoom
Our August title is "This Is How It Always Is" by Laurie Frankel. Pick up a copy at the Hobart curbside and join us for a virtual chat!... more
Our August title is "This Is How It Always Is" by Laurie Frankel. Pick up a copy at the Hobart curbside and join us for a virtual chat! Contact us at hobart@lcplin.org for event details.

Wed, Aug 19, 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. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Wed, Aug 19, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Take a tour of national park artifact collections to see how artifacts tell stories of the human past and learn how we care for... more
Take a tour of national park artifact collections to see how artifacts tell stories of the human past and learn how we care for artifacts! Participants must have Zoom capability and an email address.

Thu, Aug 20, 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 a chapter. All books are... more
Children in mid to upper elementary school grades are invited to tune in weekly to learn about a book and hear a chapter. All books are available on Hoopla or Overdrive. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Fri, Aug 21, 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, Aug 22, 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. bit.ly/LCPLstorytime

Sun, Aug 23, 3:00pm - 3:15pm
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