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Friends of the Lake County Public Library

We are an independent, nonprofit citizens' organization dedicated to assisting in the development of the Lake County Public Library into one of the finest community libraries.

For example, did you know that LCPL's Summer Reading events wouldn't happen if it wasn't for the Friends of the Library? The Friends support LCPL events by covering supply costs and speaker fees so we're able to hold amazing programs and invite presenters to the library - which helps everyone in Lake County learn new things and expand their horizons!

Fellowship with other library Friends

Raise funds in support of the library

Invest in Lake County Public Library's future

Encourage gifts, endowments, and memorials

Nurture knowledge of the library

Develop library services & special community programs

Stimulate public support

Support the Friends

There are many ways you can support the Friends of the Library and Summer Reading!

Visit the booksale room or the sale racks at the branches. All proceeds from these sales go to the Friends.

Volunteer We need volunteers to staff the booksale room at Merrillville Branch, and to help out with our annual Fall Book Sale! Give us a call at (219) 769-3541 to help out.

And of course you can always join the Friends!

Join the Friends!

Why We Need You:

  • LCPL's Summer Reading Challenge is 100% funded by the Friends of the Library! The Friends wisely use membership fees and donations to sponsor fun programs and classes, as well as prizes.

  • FRIENDS contribute to the acquisition of books, video and audio materials, equipment, and other library materials for the entire community.

  • The FRIENDS, by spreading knowledge of the Library, will enlarge its place in Lake County's cultural, civic, scientific and business life, and increase its daily use in the community.

  • FRIENDS encourage gifts of books and special collections to the Lake County Public Library which would be lost to the public were it not for your support.

Being a FRIEND Has Benefits!

Your FRIENDS organization runs an in-house Book Sale Room, open six days a week. Our annual book sales enrich library resources and secure library equipment for purposes of public use and enjoyment. Friends get early access to the annual Fall Book Sale!

Membership dues to the FRIENDS, as well as monetary gifts and book contributions, are deductible for income tax purposes.

Another -- more personal -- benefit of being a FRIEND, is the opportunity to meet other Lake County Public Library patrons who are equally interested in supporting the Library.

The quality of our Library depends on your participation. Your support will ensure continued quality library service.

Be a FRIEND and Join Today!!

If you would like to be a FRIEND, stop by the library to pick up the membership form or download the form and mail it to:

Lake County Public Library
1919 W 81st Ave
Merrillville, Indiana
46410

2020 Friends Officers

President:
  Elizabeth Holtz
Vice President:
  Kathy Mikulich
Secretary:
   Deanna Lewin
Treasurer:
   Teresa Tressler

Download the Membership Form

Upcoming Events
Sat, Nov 28, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety.

Sun, Nov 29, 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer... more
Children in early elementary grades are invited to join us for a picture book reading. This special program will feature a longer picture book, read in its entirety.

Mon, Nov 30, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Tue, Dec 01, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children are invited to join us for a special virtual present: a December-themed picture book to be unwrapped and read! Hear a new... more
Children are invited to join us for a special virtual present: a December-themed picture book to be unwrapped and read! Hear a new story each day this month!

Tue, Dec 01, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Ever wonder what Denali looked like 70 million years ago? Learn about our Cretaceous past in this program! You will need an email... more
Ever wonder what Denali looked like 70 million years ago? Learn about our Cretaceous past in this program! You will need an email address to register.

Wed, Dec 02, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children are invited to join us for a special virtual present: a December-themed picture book to be unwrapped and read! Hear a new... more
Children are invited to join us for a special virtual present: a December-themed picture book to be unwrapped and read! Hear a new story each day this month!

Wed, Dec 02, 11:45am - 12:30pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Explore a room in one of the longest caves in the world, Wind Cave, and let one of its rangers tell you how it got that way, and what... more
Explore a room in one of the longest caves in the world, Wind Cave, and let one of its rangers tell you how it got that way, and what can be found inside! You will need an email address to sign up!

Wed, Dec 02, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate... more
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Virtual class is for high beginners and intermediate level students. Classes are free.

Thu, Dec 03, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children are invited to join us for a special virtual present: a December-themed picture book to be unwrapped and read! Hear a new... more
Children are invited to join us for a special virtual present: a December-themed picture book to be unwrapped and read! Hear a new story each day this month!

Thu, Dec 03, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Visit the Channel Islands virtually, and see what archaeological evidence there is for the woman in the classic children's book "Island... more
Visit the Channel Islands virtually, and see what archaeological evidence there is for the woman in the classic children's book "Island of the Blue Dolphins." You need an email address to join.

Fri, Dec 04, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children are invited to join us for a special virtual present: a December-themed picture book to be unwrapped and read! Hear a new... more
Children are invited to join us for a special virtual present: a December-themed picture book to be unwrapped and read! Hear a new story each day this month!

Sat, Dec 05, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children are invited to join us for a special virtual present: a December-themed picture book to be unwrapped and read! Hear a new... more
Children are invited to join us for a special virtual present: a December-themed picture book to be unwrapped and read! Hear a new story each day this month!

Sun, Dec 06, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children are invited to join us for a special virtual present: a December-themed picture book to be unwrapped and read! Hear a new... more
Children are invited to join us for a special virtual present: a December-themed picture book to be unwrapped and read! Hear a new story each day this month!

Mon, Dec 07, 10:30am - 10:45am
Lake County Public Library YouTube Page - bit.ly/LCPLstorytime
Children are invited to join us for a special virtual present: a December-themed picture book to be unwrapped and read! Hear a new... more
Children are invited to join us for a special virtual present: a December-themed picture book to be unwrapped and read! Hear a new story each day this month!

Mon, Dec 07, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Lake County Public Library Zoom Room
Explore how different countries and cultural groups may celebrate the season using our Holiday Cultural Trees exhibit at the Durham... more
Explore how different countries and cultural groups may celebrate the season using our Holiday Cultural Trees exhibit at the Durham Museum. You will need an email address to register.