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LCPL: Beyond Books

Library Services

What can the library do for you?

How about help you learn to use your electronic devices? Or help you track down your great-great-great-aunt? We can recommend a good book, and get it to you for free. We can talk to your students about research, we can help them do that research, and we can give them a place to work on school projects. Don't speak English? We can help with that, too. Basically, there's no end to what a library can do for you if you use it!

And, did we mention - all of the services mentioned above and most of the ones below are provided to our patrons completely free.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Children in LCPL school districts under the age of 5 are eligible to receive one free book every month! Learn More...

The Libratory

A place to explore, create, experiment, and digitize. Specializing in quick, easy photoscanning - grab your box of old photos and make an appointment today! Learn More...

Public Meeting Rooms

Need a space for your group to meet? How about a smaller room for studying? All of our locations have meeting rooms available to the public! Learn More...

WiFi Hotspots

Check out the internet and take it with you. Great for travelers! Learn more...

Scan/Fax Capability

Scan photos and documents and send them to your phone, USB, Google Drive, and more! Learn more...

Outreach

We speak to schools, rotary groups, historical societies, community groups and more about how the library's resources can help with specific projects. Call your branch to schedule a talk for your group!

Genealogy

Use library resources to trace your roots. We have online databases that patrons can access for free, as well as local records in our Indiana Room at Merrillville branch. Learn more...

Reader's Advisory

We'll help you, personally, find a book you'll like. Seriously, we're really good at this. Just ask. You can also use our pre-made suggestions and tools for finding books.

Proctoring

Every branch offers proctoring services for open book, closed book, and online exams. Contact your branch to schedule an exam.

Research Specialists

There's no source more reliable than a librarian. We'll find you answers you can trust from reputable sources. Ask us anything online, in person, or over the phone.

English as a Second Language

If you'd like to improve your English speaking, reading, and writing skills, we can help with classes geared to every skill level. We also offer classes for those about to attempt the U.S. Citizenship Exam. Learn more...

Interlibrary Loan

If we don't have a book you're looking for in our collection, we'll get it for you from another library and bring it to the branch of your choice for you to check out - and no, there is no cost to you. Learn more...

Library Tours & Group Visits

Set up a library tour or group visit by calling your branch. This is especially helpful for students who need to learn to use the library for class projects. If you plan to bring a large group, please call ahead of time so that we can prepare space! Learn more...

Public Computers

Our public PCs come equipped with word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software in addition to Internet access and printing. Anyone with a library card can use them!

Classes/Programs

From early literacy classes to crafting classes, there's no end to what you can learn at the library. We have programs and classes for all ages, from newborn infants to senior citizens, all free with your library card. Learn more...

What More Could You Want?

Have you got a service in mind that you wish the library provided? Are you not sure if we can help with something specific? Just ask! You can fill out our Ask a Librarian form or give us a call. All feedback, suggestions, and questions are appreciated.

Upcoming Events
Tue, Dec 10, 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 teaches early... more
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teaches early literacy skills.

Tue, Dec 10, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
This half hour lap-sit program is for children ages birth to 23 months and their caregivers. We use songs, rhymes, and finger plays to... more
This half hour lap-sit program is for children ages birth to 23 months and their caregivers. We use songs, rhymes, and finger plays to encourage interaction and foster language development.

Tue, Dec 10, 10:30am - 11:15am
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Preschool children ages 3-6 are invited to explore easy, age appropriate science, technology, engineering, art, and math activities.

Tue, Dec 10, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Children's Program Room
Children will develop pre-reading skills as they enjoy stories, music, and a craft.

Tue, Dec 10, 11:00am - 11:30am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Families with children ages 2 and under are invited. Storytime activities for the family, a cooking and nutrition class for the parents,... more
Families with children ages 2 and under are invited. Storytime activities for the family, a cooking and nutrition class for the parents, a hot lunch and raffle prizes.

Tue, Dec 10, 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, Dec 10, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Board Room
Bimonthly meeting for the Friends of LCPL.

Tue, Dec 10, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Children's Program Room
Children will develop pre-reading skills as they enjoy stories, music, and a craft.

Tue, Dec 10, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Five-week workshop for home school kids, 1st grade and up. Kids will learn theater terms and techniques, through games, exercises and... more
Five-week workshop for home school kids, 1st grade and up. Kids will learn theater terms and techniques, through games, exercises and skits. Space is limited, must register.
This event is full

Tue, Dec 10, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
A woman on a solo sailing trip comes across a sinking ship filled with refugees. From Germany. Run time 94 minutes.

Tue, Dec 10, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Picture books, flannel boards, puppets, songs, fingerplays and a craft bring language to life in this fun program.

Tue, Dec 10, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Teens, join us as Life Skills Coach, Dawn Magagnotti, discusses time management skills, overcoming negative thinking, and how you can... more
Teens, join us as Life Skills Coach, Dawn Magagnotti, discusses time management skills, overcoming negative thinking, and how you can make positive thinking work for you.

Tue, Dec 10, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Storytime for preschoolers and their families. Enjoy an evening storytime with books, finger plays, and music. Feel free to wear pajamas!

Tue, Dec 10, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Create & decorate mini pine cone trees. Stand-alones or turn into an ornament! Registration Required! All Ability programs are geared... more
Create & decorate mini pine cone trees. Stand-alones or turn into an ornament! Registration Required! All Ability programs are geared especially for those with special needs but open to all.
Registration is now closed

Tue, Dec 10, 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
Cubism (cont'd): We will be sketching a still-life in the style of cubism and painting. All supplies provided, but limited. Registration... more
Cubism (cont'd): We will be sketching a still-life in the style of cubism and painting. All supplies provided, but limited. Registration required. Ages 12-18.

Tue, Dec 10, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room A
Spend an hour expressing your creativity with Melissa of Stampin' Up. Materials fee of $5 paid at the time of class covers the cost of... more
Spend an hour expressing your creativity with Melissa of Stampin' Up. Materials fee of $5 paid at the time of class covers the cost of 2-3 rubber stamping projects. Bring your favorite adhesive.

Tue, Dec 10, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Stories, fingerplays, music, related activities and a craft are all included this this storytime for children and their family members.

Wed, Dec 11, 10:00am - 11:00am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Relax via this coloring for adults open session. Enjoy a warm cup of coffee & tea while getting creative with no pressure for... more
Relax via this coloring for adults open session. Enjoy a warm cup of coffee & tea while getting creative with no pressure for perfection. Coloring materials provided.

Wed, Dec 11, 10:15am - 10:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregivers, will enjoy storytime, which involves 30 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs,... more
Children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregivers, will enjoy storytime, which involves 30 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs, stories and a craft.

Wed, Dec 11, 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.
This event is full

Wed, Dec 11, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
This half hour lap-sit program uses songs and rhymes to foster language development.
This event is full

Wed, Dec 11, 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, Dec 11, 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, Dec 11, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their... more
A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general. 120 minutes. (c. 1954). Not Rated

Wed, Dec 11, 11:15am - 11:45am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregivers, will enjoy storytime, which involves 30 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs,... more
Children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregivers, will enjoy storytime, which involves 30 minutes of interactive rhymes, songs, stories and a craft.

Wed, Dec 11, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Public Library Seating
Receive individualized instruction in basic computer skills.
This event is full

Wed, Dec 11, 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, Dec 11, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
This specially timed program will be provided for the school age homeschoolers in our community. All supplies will be provided. Space is... more
This specially timed program will be provided for the school age homeschoolers in our community. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited.
This event is full

Wed, Dec 11, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father.... more
After discovering he is a human, a man raised as an elf at the North Pole decides to travel to New York City to locate his real father. Rated PG. 97 min. (c. 2003).

Wed, Dec 11, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Merrillville - Quiet Study Room #3
Every Wednesday, in Quiet Study Room 3, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are... more
Every Wednesday, in Quiet Study Room 3, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are welcome!

Wed, Dec 11, 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Come make a winter holiday craft.

Wed, Dec 11, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Highland - 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.

Wed, Dec 11, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
School-age children are invited to the library for an hour of art and fun. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited. Please wear... more
School-age children are invited to the library for an hour of art and fun. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited. Please wear clothes you can get messy in.

Wed, Dec 11, 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.

Wed, Dec 11, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
All ages are invited to celebrate Frozen 2 with crafts and games! Kids are welcome to come dressed up as their favorite character.... more
All ages are invited to celebrate Frozen 2 with crafts and games! Kids are welcome to come dressed up as their favorite character. Registration is required.

Wed, Dec 11, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
'Tis the season to send greetings! Whether you're celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or the new year, we'll have supplies and templates to... more
'Tis the season to send greetings! Whether you're celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or the new year, we'll have supplies and templates to make them special. Join us for grown-up crafting fun!

Wed, Dec 11, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join the Page Turners as we discuss "Crepe Factor" by Laura Childs. Books can be picked up at the St. John Branch Library.

Wed, Dec 11, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Seven Days of Us" by Francesca Hornak. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Seven Days of Us" by Francesca Hornak. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation desk a month prior to the event.

Thu, Dec 12, 10:15am - 11:30am
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Seven Days of Us" by Francesca Hornak. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Seven Days of Us" by Francesca Hornak. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation desk a month prior to the event.

Thu, Dec 12, 10:30am - 11:00am
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, crafts, and more.... more
Toddlers 2 and 3 years of age accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, music activities, crafts, and more. Activities will help to develop important pre-literacy skills.

Thu, Dec 12, 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 12, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
In a series of seven presentations, participants will explore how nutrition, exercise and other factors play important roles in the... more
In a series of seven presentations, participants will explore how nutrition, exercise and other factors play important roles in the health of your entire body.

Thu, Dec 12, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Enjoy a library-style high tea while enjoying delightful stories told by Northwest Indiana Storytellers. Play holiday spirited games too!

Thu, Dec 12, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Highland - Quiet Study Room
Every Thursday, in the Study Room, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are welcome!

Thu, Dec 12, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Children in grades K-6 will have fun making their own unique LEGO® creations. The only requirement is imagination!

Thu, Dec 12, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
School-age children are welcome to come try out different kinds of technology. We'll have circuitry, 3-D pens, and more! Registration... more
School-age children are welcome to come try out different kinds of technology. We'll have circuitry, 3-D pens, and more! Registration required.
This event is full

Thu, Dec 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Children will have the opportunity to read aloud to a Power Paws therapy dog and their volunteer.

Thu, Dec 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Children's Program Room
Young LEGO® builders are invited to use their imagination and build with the library's LEGO® bricks. Please register all attendees... more
Young LEGO® builders are invited to use their imagination and build with the library's LEGO® bricks. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

Thu, Dec 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Make crispy cereal treats then decorate them with kawaii faces. Registration required: seats are limited. Dietary/allergen questions:... more
Make crispy cereal treats then decorate them with kawaii faces. Registration required: seats are limited. Dietary/allergen questions: please contact the Griffith-Calumet Twp Branch.

Thu, Dec 12, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Children in grades K-6 are invited to join us for one hour of LEGO® building. Bring your friends, but please leave your own LEGOS® at... more
Children in grades K-6 are invited to join us for one hour of LEGO® building. Bring your friends, but please leave your own LEGOS® at home.

Thu, Dec 12, 6:15pm - 8:15pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Circle of Readers Book Discussion