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Ingrid Norrise, LCPL Director

From the Director

A library is information. It's education. We're a place where you can go to find the answer to any question, whether through accessing the Internet or by asking our information specialists. Everything we do, every class we provide, is dedicated to furthering our mission: to give everyone, regardless of social class or circumstance of birth, the opportunity to improve his or her life.

We're here because we believe that everyone deserves that chance. As James Truslow Adams put it in his 1931 book The Epic of America, "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement." We want that for every person who walks through our doors.

Everyone needs something different to achieve their "better and richer and fuller" life, and it is our goal to support them all. That's why we have English as a second language classes for adults, pre-literacy classes for kids, and computer-literacy classes for anyone who needs them. That's why we provide one-on-one technology support to help you learn to use your devices. If you need help filing for unemployment, you can do that here. Looking for the perfect college, or trying to find a grant to start your own business? Head to the library.

We're here because we believe in the individuals who make up our community. By providing you with the tools you need to learn and grow and succeed, we know that we're not just helping one person, but strengthening our communities as well.

We know that what we do may change but as your needs change, the library changes to match. Once upon a time, people who wanted to educate themselves needed textbooks. Today, you need digital resources and Internet access. You need to download, to upload, to connect, to meet up. We'll help you do that. And whatever you need in the future to keep improving, we'll provide that too – after all, we're a library, and we're here because we believe in you. We're here because you are. There's no better reason.

So, when in doubt, when you have questions, when you're not sure what comes next: turn to the library. We believe in you, and we'll help you get what you need.

And if what you need is simply a good book... well, we have those too.

View LCPL's Strategic Plan for 2017 - 2021

Library Leadership Team

The Lake County Public Library is led by a diverse team of people who use their individual strengths and talents to benefit the library. With many years of experience in the administration of library services, each offers something unique and valuable to the operation of our library system.

Ingrid Norris, Director
John Brock, Assistant Director-Finance & Operations
Roddretta Waxton, Assistant Director-Public Library Services
Nick Bliss, Technology Services Coordinator
Carol Daumer Gutjahr, Branch Services Coordinator

Branch Management Team:

Erika, Merrillville Branch Head
Jon, Cedar Lake Branch Head
Chris, Dyer-Schererville Branch Head
Beth, Griffith-Calumet Twp Branch Head
Linda, Highland Branch Head
Rachel, Hobart Branch Head
Julie, Lake Station-New Chicago Branch Head
Susan, Munster Branch Head
Holly, St. John Branch Head

Contact Us via Email
Or write to us at:
1919 West 81st Ave
Merrillville, Indiana 46410

Reference question? Use our Ask a Librarian form.

Upcoming Events
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Mon, Mar 25, 10:30am - 11:15am
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.

Munster - Children's Program Room
Mon, Mar 25, 10:30am - 11:30am
Young children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregiver will enjoy stories, songs, and a craft. Please register all attendees so we... more
Young children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregiver will enjoy stories, songs, and a craft. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

Munster - Large Meeting Room
Mon, Mar 25, 10:30am - 12:00pm
For those with Scratch experience we'll go to the next level!

St. John - Large Meeting Room
Mon, Mar 25, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Join us for Musical Monday as we watch the 2002 musical Cabaret! Rated PG-13. Run time: 113 minutes. Refreshments will be provided.... more
Join us for Musical Monday as we watch the 2002 musical Cabaret! Rated PG-13. Run time: 113 minutes. Refreshments will be provided. Registration Required.

Munster - Children's Program Room
Mon, Mar 25, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Young children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregiver will enjoy stories, songs, and a craft. Please register all attendees so we... more
Young children ages 2-3 years, along with their caregiver will enjoy stories, songs, and a craft. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Mon, Mar 25, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Experienced dance instructor will teach Ballroom Dancing for 8 weeks.

Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Mon, Mar 25, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Free Nutrition class

Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room A
Mon, Mar 25, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Adults are invited to de-stress and relax with pencils and coloring sheets provided by the library. Or bring your own!

Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Mon, Mar 25, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Play Scrabble or other word games with friends and meet new ones. All games--as well as coffee and tea--will be provided. Join the fun!

Highland - Meeting Room A
Mon, Mar 25, 2:00pm - 4:20pm
Enjoy this classic film of love and heartbreak--and music--on the library's big screen.

Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Mon, Mar 25, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Book Buddies discuss: Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage... more
Book Buddies discuss: Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain.

Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Mon, Mar 25, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Join Carol from Dyer Arts Visionaries (DAVe) as she teaches light painting techniques utilizing an iPhone app! Please bring your iPhone... more
Join Carol from Dyer Arts Visionaries (DAVe) as she teaches light painting techniques utilizing an iPhone app! Please bring your iPhone or iPad if you have one. Registration required.
Registration is now closed

Cedar Lake - Public Tables
Mon, Mar 25, 7:00pm - 8:15pm
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!

Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Mar 26, 10:00am - 10:45am
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. "Letter U"

St. John - Children's Program Room
Tue, Mar 26, 10:30am - 11:30am
Children will develop pre-reading skills as they enjoy stories, music, and a craft.

Lake Station-New Chicago Library - Library Foyer
Tue, Mar 26, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
A Representative from NorthShore Health Center will be offering free blood pressure screenings in the foyer. First come, first served.

St. John - Children's Program Room
Tue, Mar 26, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Children will develop pre-reading skills as they enjoy stories, music, and a craft.

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Mar 26, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Make a scented bath bomb in a variety of colors and shapes! Must be 8 years old or older.

Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Tue, Mar 26, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Join us for green screen fun at the library! You will be able to write your own skits and perform, while learning how to use the green... more
Join us for green screen fun at the library! You will be able to write your own skits and perform, while learning how to use the green screen technology. Please register. Ages 10-18.

Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Tue, Mar 26, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
School-age children, K-6th grade, are invited to the library for an hour of art exploration and fun. All supplies will be provided.... more
School-age children, K-6th grade, are invited to the library for an hour of art exploration and fun. All supplies will be provided. Space is limited. Please wear clothes you can get messy in.

Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Mar 26, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Must be at least 8 years old to participate. Make a scented bath bomb in a variety of shapes and colors.

Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
Tue, Mar 26, 6:30pm - 7:00pm
Sensory storytime is an interactive program that combines books, songs, movement, and other activities to stimulate all five senses and... more
Sensory storytime is an interactive program that combines books, songs, movement, and other activities to stimulate all five senses and promote learning.

Highland - Children's Programming Room
Tue, Mar 26, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Stories, fingerplays, music, related activities and a craft are all included in this storytime for children and their family members.

Munster - Large Meeting Room
Tue, Mar 26, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Discuss world affairs with the Foreign Policy Association. See monthly topics:

Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Tue, Mar 26, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Learn to play Chess or Go.
This event is full

Merrillville - Meeting Room C
Tue, Mar 26, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Join the Black Authors Discussion Group as we discuss The Turner House by Angela Flournoy.