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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
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.

Fri, Feb 28, 10:00am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Informational and interactive session that focuses on understanding the disease process of progressive dementia.

Fri, Feb 28, 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
A session on advanced issues and strategies. Please register by calling Alzheimer's Services of Northern Indiana toll free at... more
A session on advanced issues and strategies. Please register by calling Alzheimer's Services of Northern Indiana toll free at 1-888-303-0180.

Fri, Feb 28, 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Come play chess with us! All levels of experience are welcome. We can accommodate 20 people playing at the same time. Jeffrey Graves is... more
Come play chess with us! All levels of experience are welcome. We can accommodate 20 people playing at the same time. Jeffrey Graves is the program facilitator.

Fri, Feb 28, 3:00pm - 5:45pm
Cedar Lake - Quiet Study Room B
Every Friday, in Quiet Study Room B, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are welcome!