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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
Thu, Jun 27, 10:15am - 11:30am
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane" by Lisa See. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the... more
The Between the Lines Book Club reads "The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane" by Lisa See. Books for this discussion can be picked up at the circulation desk a month prior to the event.

Thu, Jun 27, 10:30am - 11:15am
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, Jun 27, 10:30am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for this month's Classic Film Series selection: Walt Disney's 1937 film: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Rated: G. Runtime: 83... more
Join us for this month's Classic Film Series selection: Walt Disney's 1937 film: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Rated: G. Runtime: 83 minutes. Refreshments will be served. Registration Required.

Thu, Jun 27, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming 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, Jun 27, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
The Michigan City, Washington Park Zoo will bring the Zoo To You! A zoo educator will bring small animals and animal artifacts to... more
The Michigan City, Washington Park Zoo will bring the Zoo To You! A zoo educator will bring small animals and animal artifacts to teach us about animal groups and their distinguishing features.
This event is full

Thu, Jun 27, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join us for an informal and relaxed discussion of How to Be Good by Nick Hornby. Copies are available at the Munster branch.

Thu, Jun 27, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Ranger Walton will do a presentation on the animals and habitats of the National Lakeshore. This is a family program.

Thu, Jun 27, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Children's Program Room
It's binary code, but with beads instead of numbers. School-aged children who have finished kindergarten are welcome to come make a... more
It's binary code, but with beads instead of numbers. School-aged children who have finished kindergarten are welcome to come make a bracelet with a secret message in binary code! Please register.
This event is full

Thu, Jun 27, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Use spa science to make out-of-this-world colorful bath bombs! We will also make sugar scrub and lip gloss.
This event is full

Thu, Jun 27, 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, Jun 27, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Town hall meeting with Indiana House District 15 Representative Chris Chyung.

Thu, Jun 27, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Children who have completed kindergarten and older will explore the universe using STEAM techniques.

Thu, Jun 27, 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, Jun 27, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Town hall meeting with Indiana House District 15 Representative Chris Chyung.

Rescheduled
Thu, Jun 27, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
New date Monday, June 24, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville
To celebrate Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, we will be showing documentaries discussing Stonewall's effect... more
To celebrate Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, we will be showing documentaries discussing Stonewall's effect on the LGBTQ community & American history. Please Register.

Thu, Jun 27, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
To celebrate Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, we will be hosting a series of documentaries discussing... more
To celebrate Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, we will be hosting a series of documentaries discussing Stonewall's effect on American history. Please Register.

Thu, Jun 27, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Join our mystery book discussion, Once Upon a Crime. Pick up a copy of the book at the Highland Branch

Fri, Jun 28, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
PG 87 min The Looney Tunes must win a basketball game against a group of outer-space creatures who plan to kidnap them and take them to... more
PG 87 min The Looney Tunes must win a basketball game against a group of outer-space creatures who plan to kidnap them and take them to an interplanetary theme park as the latest attraction.

Fri, Jun 28, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Brown Bag Movie: Bring your lunch and a beverage and we will provide the popcorn! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Fri, Jun 28, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Dee Lutes Gard will talk about her adventures connecting with cousins through Ancestry.com, DNA, and Facebook. She will explain how... more
Dee Lutes Gard will talk about her adventures connecting with cousins through Ancestry.com, DNA, and Facebook. She will explain how enriching the process can be and how she uses these resources.

Fri, Jun 28, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots we will be watching the PBS documentary exploring the dramatic events that launched a... more
On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots we will be watching the PBS documentary exploring the dramatic events that launched a worldwide LGBTQ rights movement.

Fri, Jun 28, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for the 1982 Oscar-winning film classic E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial! Rated PG. Runtime 115 minutes. Refreshments will be... more
Join us for the 1982 Oscar-winning film classic E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial! Rated PG. Runtime 115 minutes. Refreshments will be provided. Registration required.

Fri, Jun 28, 3:30pm - 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, Jun 28, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Griffith Middle and High School Robotic Team

Sat, Jun 29, 10:00am - 11:30am
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Sashiko embroidery is a Japanese technique that can be used to make decorative pieces or do mending. Join us for a hands-on workshop.... more
Sashiko embroidery is a Japanese technique that can be used to make decorative pieces or do mending. Join us for a hands-on workshop. You'll also learn how to access Creativebug craft classes online.

Sat, Jun 29, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Celebrate with activities, crafts, snacks--& stories from the Northwest Indiana Storytellers!

Sat, Jun 29, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Learn how to make your own zine from scratch on just about any topic! Materials and snacks will be provided. Ages 11-17. Registration is... more
Learn how to make your own zine from scratch on just about any topic! Materials and snacks will be provided. Ages 11-17. Registration is required to attend.