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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
Mon, Jan 20, All day
Lake Station - New Chicago Library - Children's Area
All ages are invited add to our peace dove drawing to celebrate the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr.

Mon, Jan 20, 10:00am - 8:30pm
St. John - Children's Section
Drop by the library any time during open hours today for a variety of educational activities that celebrate the life of this great man.

Mon, Jan 20, 10:15am - 1:00pm
Dyer-Schererville Branch - Lobby
The League of Women Voters will register eligible U.S. citizens to vote.

Mon, Jan 20, 10:30am - 6:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Small Study Room
Patrons are invited to come and speak with a lawyer from the Lake County Bar Association for legal consultation. There will be no charge... more
Patrons are invited to come and speak with a lawyer from the Lake County Bar Association for legal consultation. There will be no charge and sessions are on a first come, first serve basis.

Mon, Jan 20, 10:30am - 6:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Patrons are invited to come and speak with a lawyer from the Lake County Bar Association for legal consultation. There will be no charge... more
Patrons are invited to come and speak with a lawyer from the Lake County Bar Association for legal consultation. There will be no charge and sessions are on a first come, first serve basis.

Mon, Jan 20, 10:30am - 6:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Patrons are invited to come and speak with a lawyer from the Lake County Bar Association for legal consultation. There will be no charge... more
Patrons are invited to come and speak with a lawyer from the Lake County Bar Association for legal consultation. There will be no charge and sessions are on a first come, first serve basis.

Mon, Jan 20, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Work with acrylics & canvas on an easel, following instructor's example to create an original piece of art. $20 cash fee paid at the... more
Work with acrylics & canvas on an easel, following instructor's example to create an original piece of art. $20 cash fee paid at the time of class covers all materials.

Mon, Jan 20, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
4 and 5 year olds will hear stories and participate in music activities, rhymes, crafts, and other activities, with an emphasis on... more
4 and 5 year olds will hear stories and participate in music activities, rhymes, crafts, and other activities, with an emphasis on important early pre-reading skills.

Mon, Jan 20, 1:00pm - 3:30pm
Library foyer - Library foyer
The US Census Bureau is looking to hire 5,000 workers in our area. Roy Gillis will be here to answer your questions about working for... more
The US Census Bureau is looking to hire 5,000 workers in our area. Roy Gillis will be here to answer your questions about working for the Census Bureau and also to help you with the application.

Mon, Jan 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Children in grades K-6 can join us for a fun painting activity in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Mon, Jan 20, 2:00pm - 4:10pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his followers and the historic march from Selma to Montgomery in the face of violent opposition which became... more
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his followers and the historic march from Selma to Montgomery in the face of violent opposition which became a victory for the civil rights movements.

Mon, Jan 20, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Hobart - Quiet Study Room
Every Monday in the Hobart Study Room, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are... more
Every Monday in the Hobart Study Room, 2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you apply for Census employment. Walk-ins are welcome!

Mon, Jan 20, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Kids (K-5th grade) will make their own LEGO® creations using the library's LEGO® blocks.

Canceled
Mon, Jan 20, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
St. John
Would you like to help plan the St. John's Library future teen events? Join our Teen Advisory Board! Earn volunteer hours while we... more
Would you like to help plan the St. John's Library future teen events? Join our Teen Advisory Board! Earn volunteer hours while we discuss and plan future teen events. Ages 11-17. Must register.

Mon, Jan 20, 4:00pm - 5:45pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Join us to celebrate peace and equality with the feature film The Long Walk Home starring Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek. Snacks and... more
Join us to celebrate peace and equality with the feature film The Long Walk Home starring Whoopi Goldberg and Sissy Spacek. Snacks and beverages will be served!

Mon, Jan 20, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Programming Room
Teens, come celebrate all things Ramen! We will play a ramen card game and cook your own ramen recipes.

Mon, Jan 20, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Children's Program Room
Hands-on learning for school-age children involving science and technology. Please register all attendees, we have a strict attendance... more
Hands-on learning for school-age children involving science and technology. Please register all attendees, we have a strict attendance limit.

Mon, Jan 20, 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.

Mon, Jan 20, 6:00pm - 8:10pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his followers and the historic march from Selma to Montgomery in the face of violent opposition which became... more
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his followers and the historic march from Selma to Montgomery in the face of violent opposition which became a victory for the civil rights movements.

Mon, Jan 20, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room
All children and their families are invited to build with the library's LEGO® and DUPLO® blocks. Design something nifty for our... more
All children and their families are invited to build with the library's LEGO® and DUPLO® blocks. Design something nifty for our display case! Please Register.

Mon, Jan 20, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
Cedar Lake - Public Tables
Bring yarn and a size H crochet hook or size 7 knitting needles and cotton yarn ... or bring along a project you're already working on!

Tue, Jan 21, 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, Jan 21, 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, Jan 21, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
Toddlers and their adult caregivers will enjoy a storytime with books, rhymes, music, and a craft.

Tue, Jan 21, 10:30am - 11:30am
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Our January title is The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. Pick up a copy at the Hobart check out desk and join us for a chat!

Tue, Jan 21, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room
Preschool children will enjoy stories, songs, a craft and other activities. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count... more
Preschool children will enjoy stories, songs, a craft and other activities. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

Tue, Jan 21, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for an informal conversation about the town of St. John, its history or whatever else catches our attention! While you're here,... more
Join us for an informal conversation about the town of St. John, its history or whatever else catches our attention! While you're here, grab a cup of coffee and cookies on us! Registration required.

Tue, Jan 21, 11:00am - 11:45am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Families are invited to join us for a 45-minute story time. We will read books, sing songs, and have fun activities!

Tue, Jan 21, 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, Jan 21, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Come in and try Minecraft Pi. Play by yourself or with others. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Tue, Jan 21, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Preschoolers will enjoy stories, music, games, STEM, finger plays and make a craft.

Canceled
Tue, Jan 21, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago
$35* is due at time of class. Participants who successfully complete the course will earn a CPR Course completion card valid for 2... more
$35* is due at time of class. Participants who successfully complete the course will earn a CPR Course completion card valid for 2 years. Taught by certified CPR instructor, Paula Thompson, RN.

Tue, Jan 21, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Children's Program 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.

Tue, Jan 21, 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Self-portrait: We will work to create self-portraits in various styles or freestyle, using photographs or from memory. All supplies... more
Self-portrait: We will work to create self-portraits in various styles or freestyle, using photographs or from memory. All supplies provided, but limited. Registration required. Ages 12-18.

Tue, Jan 21, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming 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, Jan 22, 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, Jan 22, 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, Jan 22, 10:30am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
This half hour lap-sit program uses songs and rhymes to foster language development.

Wed, Jan 22, 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, Jan 22, 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, Jan 22, 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, Jan 22, 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, Jan 22, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Explore Europe from a variety of interests. Travel to classical sites in Greece and Rome & explore Renaissance sites.

Wed, Jan 22, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Play Wii games, jam out on Guitar Hero or many other games!

Wed, Jan 22, 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!

Canceled
Wed, Jan 22, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
St. John
Rock on! Teens are invited to come play Guitar Hero at the St. John Branch. Ages 11-17. Snacks will be provided. Registration is required.

Wed, Jan 22, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Are you a fan of anime or manga? Come to the Lake Station-New Chicago's Teen Anime Club to find new anime to watch. You can also share... more
Are you a fan of anime or manga? Come to the Lake Station-New Chicago's Teen Anime Club to find new anime to watch. You can also share what mangas are your favorite! Ages 10-18.

Wed, Jan 22, 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, Jan 22, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Come and paint some fun geometric shape art on a canvas! Please pre-register for the program.

Wed, Jan 22, 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, Jan 22, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Representatives from Centier Bank will give general advice about getting your finances in order. This is the year to achieve your... more
Representatives from Centier Bank will give general advice about getting your finances in order. This is the year to achieve your resolutions!

Wed, Jan 22, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk" by Kathleen Rooney. Books for this discussion can be picked up at... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk" by Kathleen Rooney. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation desk a month prior to the event.

Wed, Jan 22, 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.