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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
Michael, 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
Mon, Jan 27, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - 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.

Mon, Jan 27, 10:30am - 11:15am
Highland - 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.

Mon, Jan 27, 10:30am - 11:15am
Hobart - 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.

Mon, Jan 27, 10:30am - 11:30am
Munster - Children's Program Room
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.

Mon, Jan 27, 10:30am - 12:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for this month's Musical Monday selection: Swing Time, the 1936 classic, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Run time: 104... more
Join us for this month's Musical Monday selection: Swing Time, the 1936 classic, starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Run time: 104 min. Refreshments will be served. Registration required.

Mon, Jan 27, 11:00am - 11:30am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
This special storytime is designed for children ages 0-23 months and a caregiver. We will sing songs, read short stories, do lap... more
This special storytime is designed for children ages 0-23 months and a caregiver. We will sing songs, read short stories, do lap bounces, and play!

Mon, Jan 27, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Munster - Children's Program Room
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.

Mon, Jan 27, 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Documentary telling the full, astonishing story of Eva Kor and her survival of Auschwitz. It reveals her hidden pain, rage and... more
Documentary telling the full, astonishing story of Eva Kor and her survival of Auschwitz. It reveals her hidden pain, rage and unextinguished love for humanity. 90minutes

Mon, Jan 27, 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room A
Adults are invited to de-stress and relax with pencils and coloring sheets provided by the library. Or bring your own!

Mon, Jan 27, 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 27, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft that teach pre-reading skills for kids 4-5.

Mon, Jan 27, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Enjoy this new full length feature film on the library's big screen!

Mon, Jan 27, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
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!

Mon, Jan 27, 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 27, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Celebrate Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day by making a beautiful tree painting using bubble wrap! All materials will be provided.... more
Celebrate Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day by making a beautiful tree painting using bubble wrap! All materials will be provided. Registration is required due to limited materials. Ages 10-18.

Mon, Jan 27, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
The love story of C. S. Lewis and his wife, Helen Joy Davidman Gresham, was improbable---and seemingly impossible. Their Eros-story led... more
The love story of C. S. Lewis and his wife, Helen Joy Davidman Gresham, was improbable---and seemingly impossible. Their Eros-story led to some of Lewis’s greatest works.

Mon, Jan 27, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
We'll watch episodes from an anime series. We'll also have art supplies on hand if you want to draw, sketch, or get creative or bring in... more
We'll watch episodes from an anime series. We'll also have art supplies on hand if you want to draw, sketch, or get creative or bring in your own sketchbook and projects to work on.

Mon, Jan 27, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Teens, reclaim an old puzzle as your own! You can paint the pieces and make them into wall art, friendship necklaces, Valentine's Day... more
Teens, reclaim an old puzzle as your own! You can paint the pieces and make them into wall art, friendship necklaces, Valentine's Day gifts, etc.!

Mon, Jan 27, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
At 10, Eva suffered the worst of the Holocaust. At 50, she launched the biggest manhunt in history. Now in her 80s, she circles the... more
At 10, Eva suffered the worst of the Holocaust. At 50, she launched the biggest manhunt in history. Now in her 80s, she circles the globe teaching healing through forgiveness.

Mon, Jan 27, 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 27, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Enjoy this new full length feature film on the library's big screen!

Mon, Jan 27, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Members of the 3H Camera Club will be here to present on photography basics and how to get started. Bring your digital camera!... more
Members of the 3H Camera Club will be here to present on photography basics and how to get started. Bring your digital camera! Registration is required.

Mon, Jan 27, 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 28, 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 28, 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 28, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Children's Program Room
Children will develop pre-reading skills as they enjoy stories, music, and a craft.

Tue, Jan 28, 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 28, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Library Foyer - Library Foyer
A Representative from NorthShore Health Center will be offering free blood pressure screenings in the foyer. First come, first served.

Rescheduled
Tue, Jan 28, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
New date Tuesday, January 28, 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Munster
Come play board games or card games.

Tue, Jan 28, 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Come play board games or card games.

Tue, Jan 28, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
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.

Tue, Jan 28, 6:30pm - 7:15pm
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! Kids can wear their... more
Families are invited to join us for a 45 minute story time. We will read books, sing songs, and have fun activities! Kids can wear their pajamas at this relaxed evening story time.

Tue, Jan 28, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Stories, fingerplays, music, related activities and a craft are all included in this storytime for children and their family members.

Tue, Jan 28, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Documentary telling the full, astonishing story of Eva Kor and her survival of Auschwitz. It reveals her hidden pain, rage and... more
Documentary telling the full, astonishing story of Eva Kor and her survival of Auschwitz. It reveals her hidden pain, rage and unextinguished love for humanity. 90minutes 

Wed, Jan 29, 10:00am - 11:30am
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Kids ages 6 months through 3 years old and their caregivers will enjoy interacting at various play stations. Playing helps children... more
Kids ages 6 months through 3 years old and their caregivers will enjoy interacting at various play stations. Playing helps children learn language, literacy, social, and other skills.

Wed, Jan 29, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Griffith/Calumet Twp Library - Table by front doors
2020 Census recruiters will be available to help you get more information on job positions and how to apply. Walk-ins welcome.

Wed, Jan 29, 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 29, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
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, Jan 29, 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, Jan 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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.