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Friends of the Lake County Public Library

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 our events by covering supply costs and speaker fees so we're able to hold amazing programs and invite presenters to the library!

Fellowship with other library Friends

Raise fund 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 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!

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

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

2019 Friends Officers

President:
  Kathy Mikulich
Vice President:
  Janet Flowers
Secretary:
  Teresa Tressler
Treasurer:
  Deanna Lewin

Download the Membership Form

Upcoming Events
Sat, Nov 16, All day
Griffith-Calumet Library
Kids, preschool to 5 grade, pick-up a turkey coloring sheet at Griffith-Calumet Twp. Branch and use your imagination to create the... more
Kids, preschool to 5 grade, pick-up a turkey coloring sheet at Griffith-Calumet Twp. Branch and use your imagination to create the perfect disguise for your turkey. Turn in entries by 11/22/19.

Sat, Nov 16, 9:00am - 11:30am
Hobart - Quiet Study Room
State Representative Ragen Hatcher will be holding open office hours for constituents to voice concerns on community or state issues and... more
State Representative Ragen Hatcher will be holding open office hours for constituents to voice concerns on community or state issues and share ideas for legislation for the 2020 legislative session.

Sat, Nov 16, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Painting class for adults. Work with acrylics & canvas on an easel, following instructor's example to create an original piece of art.... more
Painting class for adults. Work with acrylics & canvas on an easel, following instructor's example to create an original piece of art. $20 cash fee paid at the time of class covers all materials.
This event is full

Sat, Nov 16, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Make knitted hats using looms & yarn provided. No experience is necessary--it's fast & easy.

Sat, Nov 16, 11:00am - 12:00pm
DS: Children's Area
Children will have the opportunity to read to one of the dogs (accompanied by their trainers). The dogs are provided through Power Paws... more
Children will have the opportunity to read to one of the dogs (accompanied by their trainers). The dogs are provided through Power Paws for Kids, a non-profit organization. All ages welcome.

Sat, Nov 16, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Teens, come by the library to create your own faux stained glass artwork using different designs and paint! All supplies will be... more
Teens, come by the library to create your own faux stained glass artwork using different designs and paint! All supplies will be included. Ages 11-17. Please register.

Sat, Nov 16, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Children in grades 1-5 will construct various 3D forms and make a pair of cool 3D glasses. Supplies are limited. Registration required.

Sat, Nov 16, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart Library - Children's Area
Readers of all ages are invited to practice their reading skills by reading to a therapy dog.

Sat, Nov 16, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Hang out at the library like it's your living room. We provide the video games & board games...you bring your family to join in on the... more
Hang out at the library like it's your living room. We provide the video games & board games...you bring your family to join in on the fun! All ages are welcome!

Sat, Nov 16, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Teens, come learn how you can make your own candles! You can add them to your decor or give them as gifts. Registration required.

Sat, Nov 16, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Small Study Room
State Representative Ragen Hatcher will be holding open office hours for constituents to voice concerns on community or state issues,... more
State Representative Ragen Hatcher will be holding open office hours for constituents to voice concerns on community or state issues, and hear ideas for legislation for the 2020 legislative session.

Mon, Nov 18, All day
Griffith-Calumet Library
Kids, preschool to 5 grade, pick-up a turkey coloring sheet at Griffith-Calumet Twp. Branch and use your imagination to create the... more
Kids, preschool to 5 grade, pick-up a turkey coloring sheet at Griffith-Calumet Twp. Branch and use your imagination to create the perfect disguise for your turkey. Turn in entries by 11/22/19.

Rescheduled
Mon, Nov 18, 10:00am - 12:00pm
New date Monday, November 18, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Merrillville
Painting class for adults. Work with acrylics & canvas on an easel, following instructor's example to create an original piece of art.... more
Painting class for adults. Work with acrylics & canvas on an easel, following instructor's example to create an original piece of art. $20 cash fee paid at the time of class covers all materials.

Mon, Nov 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
This half hour lap-sit program is for children, ages birth to 23 months, and their caregivers. We use songs, rhymes, and fingerplays to... more
This half hour lap-sit program is for children, ages birth to 23 months, and their caregivers. We use songs, rhymes, and fingerplays to encourage interaction and foster language development. 

Mon, Nov 18, 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, Nov 18, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Painting class for adults. Work with acrylics & canvas on an easel, following instructor's example to create an original piece of art.... more
Painting class for adults. Work with acrylics & canvas on an easel, following instructor's example to create an original piece of art. $20 cash fee paid at the time of class covers all materials.

Mon, Nov 18, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Experienced dance instructor will teach Ballroom Dancing for 6 weeks.

Mon, Nov 18, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Bring your projects and join us. Chat with fellow crafters and work on your project without the interruptions of home. All are welcome.

Mon, Nov 18, 12:00pm - 2:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Master Gardener Dolly Foster will be joining the group after the regular meeting!

Mon, Nov 18, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
4 and 5 year olds will hear stories and participate in music activities, rhymes, crafts, and other activities, with an emphasis on... more
4 and 5 year olds will hear stories and participate in music activities, rhymes, crafts, and other activities, with an emphasis on important early pre-reading skills.

Mon, Nov 18, 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, Nov 18, 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Picture books, flannel boards, puppets, songs, fingerplays and a craft bring language to life in this fun program.

Mon, Nov 18, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Travel through Italy via the library's big screen!

Mon, Nov 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Kids (K-5th grade) will make their own LEGO® creations using the library's LEGO® blocks.

Mon, Nov 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Would you like to help plan the St. John Library's future teen events? If so, join our Teen Advisory Board! You will earn volunteer... more
Would you like to help plan the St. John Library's future teen events? If so, join our Teen Advisory Board! You will earn volunteer hours while we discuss and plan future teen programs. Ages 11-17.

Mon, Nov 18, 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, Nov 18, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Children's Program Room
Hands-on learning for school-age children involving science and technology. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count... more
Hands-on learning for school-age children involving science and technology. Please register all attendees so we may be able to count you in our attendance.

Mon, Nov 18, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Travel through Italy via the library's big screen!

Mon, Nov 18, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
English Classes are for participants who are learning English as a second language. Different levels are available. Classes are free.

Mon, Nov 18, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
St. John - Children's Program Room
All children and their families are invited to build with the library's LEGO® and DUPLO® blocks. Design something nifty for our... more
All children and their families are invited to build with the library's LEGO® and DUPLO® blocks. Design something nifty for our display case! Please Register.

Mon, Nov 18, 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!