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Statewide Borrowing: Indiana Libraries Working Together for Indiana Readers

What Is It?

Patrons from one Indiana library can visit another

Statewide borrowing in Indiana is a reciprocal borrowing program that covers the entire state. What's reciprocal borrowing, you ask? It's an arrangement between libraries to allow patrons from one library system to check out materials from another library system.

That's right: now with your LCPL card, you can visit libraries outside of Lake County and check out books - no additional cost, no waiting for us to transport the book to you.

Which materials reciprocal borrowers are allowed to check out differs at each library. Some allow DVDs and other AV items in addition to books. If you've found an Indiana library that has the item you need, call first to make sure you can borrow it under the statewide borrowing program!

When you do borrow an item from a different library, you're responsible for the item just as you are when you borrow from us. That means you have to pay any late fees - so make sure you check how long you get to keep an item. It might be different from our loan period! You also must return the item to the library system from which you borrowed it - please don't return items from Porter County Public Library to us!

Library card examples: red and green

How Do I Get Started?

When you find a participating library that has an item you want to borrow, all you have to do is bring your Lake County Public Library card to that library (to prove you're a member in good standing) and they will issue you a reciprocal card. Reciprocal borrowers are usually given a different card than resident borrowers. Here at Lake County Public Library, reciprocal borrowers get a green card, while resident borrowers get a red one.

Once you have your card, you can check out whatever items that library includes under their reciprocal borrowing agreement.

Isn't This Just ILL?

Delivery of books between libraries

ILL (or Inter-Library Loan) is a time-honored tradition amongst libraries. Through ILL, libraries are often able to acquire out-of-print or less-popular books from other libraries for a one-time loan. In order to do this, libraries literally box up the items and ship them to each other. If you've ever paid shipping on a lot of books, you know that this can be costly and that the shipping isn't the fastest!

With reciprocal borrowing you can go and pick up the book yourself, exactly when you want it. You don't have to wait for us to process the order or for the book to ship. It's faster for you and cheaper for the library.

Of course, Lake County Public Library will still offer ILL services! Learn more about ILL and purchase requests.

What about Reciprocal Borrowing at LCPL?

Opening statewide reciprocal borrowing to our patrons means that Lake County Public Library is now also open to patrons of other Indiana libraries. But don't worry - this won't impact availability of materials.

First, reciprocal borrowers at our library are limited to 50 physical items. They don't have access to our electronic resources, like ebooks and downloadable audiobooks. See the full list of reciprocal borrowing privileges.

In addition, we've hosted reciprocal borrowers from other library systems in Lake County for years. Patrons from Hammond, East Chicago, Whiting, Lowell, Gary and Crown Point libraries can all borrow materials from us. While we are opening reciprocal borrowing to the entire state through this agreement, it actually won't expand our area of service that much since we already serve most of the people closest to us. The further away a person lives, the less likely they are to drive out to borrow books: they are more likely to be served by other, closer libraries that are also participating in this program.

What Libraries Can I Use?

Here is a list of participating libraries from Northwest Indiana. Click the library name to visit their catalog and search for an item! For libraries outside of Northwest Indiana, scroll down.

CROWN POINT COMMUNITY PUBLIC LIBRARY
EAST CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY
GARY PUBLIC LIBRARY
HAMMOND PUBLIC LIBRARY
LOWELL PUBLIC LIBRARY
WHITING PUBLIC LIBRARY

JASPER COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
LA PORTE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
MICHIGAN CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY
NEWTON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
NORTH JUDSON-WAYNE TWP PUBLIC LIBRARY
PORTER COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
PULASKI COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
WESTCHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY

OTHER INDIANA LIBRARIES

If you want to travel a bit further afield, here is a list of all other Indiana libraries participating in statewide borrowing:

AKRON CARNEGIE PUBLIC LIBRARY
ALEXANDRIA-MONROE PUBLIC LIBRARY
ALEXANDRIAN PUBLIC LIBRARY
ARGOS PUBLIC LIBRARY
ATTICA PUBLIC LIBRARY
AURORA PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT
BARTHOLOMEW COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
BARTON REES POGUE MEMORIAL PUBLIC LIBRARY
BELL MEMORIAL PUBLIC LIBRARY
BENTON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
BICKNELL-VIGO TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
BLOOMFIELD-EASTERN GREENE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
BOONVILLE-WARRICK COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
BOSWELL-GRANT TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
BOURBON PUBLIC LIBRARY
BRAZIL PUBLIC LIBRARY
BREMEN PUBLIC LIBRARY
BRISTOL-WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
BROOK-IROQUOIS-WASHINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
BROOKSTON-PRAIRIE TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
BROWN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
BUTLER PUBLIC LIBRARY
CAMBRIDGE CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY
CAMDEN-JACKSON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
CENTERVILLE-CENTER TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
CHARLESTOWN CLARK COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
CHURUBUSCO PUBLIC LIBRARY
CLAYTON-LIBERTY TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
CLINTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
COLFAX-PERRY TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
CONVERSE-JACKSON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
COVINGTON-VEEDERSBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY
CRAWFORD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
CRAWFORDSVILLE DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY
CULVER-UNION TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
DARLINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
DELPHI PUBLIC LIBRARY
DUBLIN PUBLIC LIBRARY
DUNKIRK PUBLIC LIBRARY
EARL PARK PUBLIC LIBRARY
EAST CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY
EDINBURGH WRIGHT-HAGEMAN PUBLIC LIBRARY
ELKHART PUBLIC LIBRARY
FAYETTE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
FLORA-MONROE TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
FORT BRANCH-JOHNSON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
FORTVILLE-VERNON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
FRANCESVILLE-SALEM TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
FRANKFORT COMMUNITY LIBRARY-CLINTON COUNTY CONTRACTUAL PUBLIC LIBRARY
FULTON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
GARRETT PUBLIC LIBRARY
GAS CITY-MILL TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
GOODLAND & GRANT TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
GREENTOWN & EASTERN HOWARD SCHOOL PUBLIC LIBRARY
GREENWOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY
HAGERSTOWN-JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
HAMILTON NORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY
HARRISON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
HENRY HENLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY
HUNTINGBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY
JASONVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
JASPER-DUBOIS COUNTY CONTRACTUAL PUBLIC LIBRARY
JEFFERSON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
JEFFERSONVILLE TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
JENNINGS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
JOHNSON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
JOYCE PUBLIC LIBRARY
KENDALLVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
KENTLAND-JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
KEWANNA-UNION TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
KINGMAN-MILLCREEK PUBLIC LIBRARY
KIRKLIN PUBLIC LIBRARY
KNIGHTSTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
KNOX COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
LA CROSSE PUBLIC LIBRARY
LA GRANGE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
LADOGA-CLARK TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
LAWRENCEBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY
LEBANON PUBLIC LIBRARY
LINCOLN HERITAGE PUBLIC LIBRARY
LINDEN CARNEGIE PUBLIC LIBRARY
LINTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
LOGANSPORT-CASS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
LOOGOOTEE PUBLIC LIBRARY
MIDDLEBURY COMMUNITY PUBLIC LIBRARY
MISHAWAKA-PENN-HARRIS PUBLIC LIBRARY
MITCHELL COMMUNITY PUBLIC LIBRARY
MONON TOWN & TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
MONTEREY-TIPPECANOE TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
MONTEZUMA PUBLIC LIBRARY
MONTICELLO-UNION TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
MONTPELIER-HARRISON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
MORGAN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
MORRISSON-REEVES LIBRARY
NAPPANEE PUBLIC LIBRARY
NEW ALBANY-FLOYD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
NEW CASTLE-HENRY COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
NEW HARMONY WORKINGMEN'S INSTITUTE
NEWBURGH CHANDLER PUBLIC LIBRARY
NEW CARLISLE-OLIVE TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
NOBLE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
NORTH MADISON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
NORTH MANCHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
ODON WINKELPLECK PUBLIC LIBRARY
OHIO COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
OHIO TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
ORLEANS TOWN & TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
OSGOOD PUBLIC LIBRARY
OTTERBEIN PUBLIC LIBRARY
OWEN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
OWENSVILLE CARNEGIE PUBLIC LIBRARY
OXFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY
PAOLI PUBLIC LIBRARY
PENDLETON COMMUNITY PUBLIC LIBRARY
PENN TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
PERRY COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
PIKE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
PLYMOUTH PUBLIC LIBRARY
POSEYVILLE CARNEGIE PUBLIC LIBRARY
PRINCETON PUBLIC LIBRARY
PUTNAM COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
REMINGTON-CARPENTER TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
ROACHDALE-FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
RUSHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
SALEM-WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
SCOTT COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
SHELBYVILLE-SHELBY COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
SHERIDAN PUBLIC LIBRARY
SHOALS PUBLIC LIBRARY
SPENCER COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
SPICELAND TOWN-TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
STARKE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM
SULLIVAN COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
SWITZERLAND COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
SYRACUSE-TURKEY CREEK TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
THORNTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
TIPPECANOE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
TIPTON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
UNION COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
VAN BUREN PUBLIC LIBRARY
VERMILLION COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
VIGO COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY
WABASH CARNEGIE PUBLIC LIBRARY
WAKARUSA-OLIVE & HARRISON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
WALKERTON-LINCOLN TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
WALTON & TIPTON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
WANATAH PUBLIC LIBRARY
WASHINGTON CARNEGIE PUBLIC LIBRARY
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
WATERLOO-GRANT TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
WAVELAND-BROWN TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
WEST LAFAYETTE PUBLIC LIBRARY
WEST LEBANON-PIKE TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
WESTVILLE-NEW DURHAM TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
WILLARD LIBRARY OF EVANSVILLE
WILLIAMSPORT-WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY
WOLCOTT COMMUNITY PUBLIC LIBRARY
WORTHINGTON JEFFERSON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY

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Mon, Nov 28, 11:00am - 3:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
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Mon, Nov 28, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
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Mon, Nov 28, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
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Griffith-Calumet Twp
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Mon, Nov 28, 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
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Mon, Nov 28, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
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Mon, Nov 28, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
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Mon, Nov 28, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
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Mon, Nov 28, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
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Calling all teen Anime and Manga fans! Come out and join other Anime fans as we watch a couple Anime episodes, do a fun activity and have snacks.
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Mon, Nov 28, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
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Mon, Nov 28, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
A selection of board and card games will be provided for you and fellow teens to play. Registration required. Snacks will be provided.... more
A selection of board and card games will be provided for you and fellow teens to play. Registration required. Snacks will be provided. Ages 12 - 18

Tue, Nov 29, 10:15am - 10:45am
St. John - Children's Program Room
A 30 minute program for toddlers, ages 2-3 with their caregiver(s). We will read books, sing songs, and take home a craft!
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Tue, Nov 29, 10:30am - 10:50am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Celebrate Picture Book Month with this family storytime, and enjoy a variety of books and other activities designed to promote early... more
Celebrate Picture Book Month with this family storytime, and enjoy a variety of books and other activities designed to promote early literacy.

Tue, Nov 29, 10:30am - 10:50am
Munster - Children's Program 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.
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Tue, Nov 29, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Relax via this coloring for adults open session. Enjoy a warm cup of coffee or tea while getting creative with no pressure for... more
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Tue, Nov 29, 11:15am - 11:45am
St. John - Children's Program Room
A 30 minute program for toddlers, ages 2-3 with their caregiver(s). We will read books, sing songs, and take home a craft!

Tue, Nov 29, 11:30am - 11:50am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Rhymes, books, music, and movement, designed to help with early literacy skills, for young children, birth - 23 months with an adult... more
Rhymes, books, music, and movement, designed to help with early literacy skills, for young children, birth - 23 months with an adult caregiver. Must register ahead of time.

Tue, Nov 29, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Join us to learn about the selected art style/movement, and make your own artwork. All materials provided. Please register.

Wed, Nov 30, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
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Wed, Nov 30, 1:00pm - 1:20pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
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Wed, Nov 30, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Merrillville - Small Group Room #1
Receive individualized instruction in basic computer skills.
This event is full

Wed, Nov 30, 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music, and a take home craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-6.

Wed, Nov 30, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Come hang out and play some video games! We provide the video games...you bring your friends to join in on the fun! Ages 12-18.

Wed, Nov 30, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Cedar Lake - 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!

Wed, Nov 30, 6:00pm - 6:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
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Wed, Nov 30, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Programming Room
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Wed, Nov 30, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Children's Program Room
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Wed, Nov 30, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
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Wed, Nov 30, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
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Thu, Dec 01, 10:15am - 10:45am
St. John - Children's Program Room
A 30 minute storytime for children ages Birth-24 months, with their caregiver(s). We will sing songs, read books, bounce, wiggle, and move!

Thu, Dec 01, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room A
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Thu, Dec 01, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music, and a take home craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-6.

Thu, Dec 01, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
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Thu, Dec 01, 10:30am - 10:50am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Babies and their caregivers will participate in stories, nursery rhymes, finger plays, and music activities designed to enhance... more
Babies and their caregivers will participate in stories, nursery rhymes, finger plays, and music activities designed to enhance important pre-literacy skills.

Thu, Dec 01, 11:00am - 11:30am
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a take home craft, that teach... more
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a take home craft, that teach early literacy skills. Please register all attending.

Thu, Dec 01, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Small Group Room #2
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Thu, Dec 01, 11:15am - 11:45am
St. John - Children's Program Room
A 30 minute storytime for children ages Birth-24 months, with their caregiver(s). We will sing songs, read books, bounce, wiggle, and move!

Thu, Dec 01, 11:30am - 12:15pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
Toddlers, 2 and 3 years of age, accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, and music activities. Activities... more
Toddlers, 2 and 3 years of age, accompanied by a caregiver will participate in stories, finger plays, and music activities. Activities will help to develop important pre-literacy skills.
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Thu, Dec 01, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
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Thu, Dec 01, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
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Join the discussion of The Holdout, which is our Once Upon a Crime Mystery Book Club selection for December. Pick up a copy at the Highland Branch.

Thu, Dec 01, 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Children's Department - Basement Back Lobby
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Thu, Dec 01, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Children's area
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Children of all ages and reading levels will have the opportunity to read aloud to a Power Paws therapy dog and their volunteer. Registration of all attendees is required.

Thu, Dec 01, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
Introduction to Tabletop Role Playing Games

Thu, Dec 01, 6:30pm - 6:50pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Join us for bedtime stories and lullabies so you can leave the library relaxed and ready for bedtime. Wear your jammies and get ready to... more
Join us for bedtime stories and lullabies so you can leave the library relaxed and ready for bedtime. Wear your jammies and get ready to *yawn* read.

Sat, Dec 03, 10:00am - 10:30am
St. John - Children's Program Room
A 30 minute storytime for children ages Birth - 6 and their family. We will read books, sing songs, and take home a craft!
This event is full

Sat, Dec 03, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Create a unique painting with assistance from local artist Mary Stang-Helm. Cash fee of $25 paid at time of event covers all materials.... more
Create a unique painting with assistance from local artist Mary Stang-Helm. Cash fee of $25 paid at time of event covers all materials. Class begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.
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Sat, Dec 03, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Bring your current projects (knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, embroidery, etc.) for an opportunity to chat and create! Other attendees... more
Bring your current projects (knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, embroidery, etc.) for an opportunity to chat and create! Other attendees would be happy to instruct on crochet as needed.

Sat, Dec 03, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Card making class for adults. Class size is limited to 6 participants. Registration is required. $5 cash fee paid at time of class... more
Card making class for adults. Class size is limited to 6 participants. Registration is required. $5 cash fee paid at time of class covers all materials to make one card and a treat holder.

Sat, Dec 03, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Create mini coffee to-go cup ornaments! Registration is required.

Mon, Dec 05, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Come and enjoy this holiday movie with us! Seating is limited. Registration is required.

Mon, Dec 05, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Earn volunteer hours and help the St. John Branch create teen programs, displays, and more! Enjoy refreshments and meet new people.... more
Earn volunteer hours and help the St. John Branch create teen programs, displays, and more! Enjoy refreshments and meet new people. Grades 6-12. Please register.

Mon, Dec 05, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Teens in 6th-12th grades are invited to join the NWI Chess Club. Please register and bring your own board.

Mon, Dec 05, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Merrillville - Small Group Room #1
Receive individualized instruction in basic computer skills.
This event is full

Mon, Dec 05, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room,Munster Zoom Room
Teens get volunteer hours! Help plan programs and projects at the library. Interested teens 12 - 18 can attend. Zoom available.

Mon, Dec 05, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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 and to discuss your... 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 and to discuss your favorite manga. Ages 12-18.

Mon, Dec 05, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Teens are invited to help the Highland branch create projects and programs that you would like to attend. Snacks will be provided. Ages... more
Teens are invited to help the Highland branch create projects and programs that you would like to attend. Snacks will be provided. Ages 12 – 18. Please register.

Tue, Dec 06, 10:15am - 10:45am
St. John - Children's Program Room
A 30 minute program for children, ages 4-6 and their caregiver(s). We will read books, sing songs, and take home a craft!
This event is full

Tue, Dec 06, 10:30am - 10:50am
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, Dec 06, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a take home craft, that teach... more
Storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a take home craft, that teach early literacy skills. Please register all attending.
This event is full

Tue, Dec 06, 10:30am - 10:50am
Munster - Children's Program Room
This 20-minute lap-sit program uses songs and rhymes to foster language development.
This event is full

Tue, Dec 06, 11:30am - 12:15pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
4 and 5 year olds will hear stories and participate in music activities, rhymes, and other activities, with an emphasis on important... more
4 and 5 year olds will hear stories and participate in music activities, rhymes, and other activities, with an emphasis on important early pre-reading skills.

Tue, Dec 06, 11:30am - 11:50am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Toddlers and their adult caregivers will enjoy a storytime with books, rhymes, music, and a craft. Registration Required.

Tue, Dec 06, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life... more
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. 1hr37min, PG.

Tue, Dec 06, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
You can also play the LCPL catalog BINGO game all month long. Learn more and get BINGO sheets at the Lake Station-New Chicago Display... more
You can also play the LCPL catalog BINGO game all month long. Learn more and get BINGO sheets at the Lake Station-New Chicago Display Case during the month of December.

Tue, Dec 06, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
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.

Canceled
Tue, Dec 06, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Munster
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.