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Need a place for your group to meet? Check our policy for using our public meeting rooms.

Public Meeting Room Use Policy

Purpose

The library encourages public use of meeting rooms as gathering places to exchange ideas; access and share information and participate in programs created for public enjoyment, public education and civic engagement. The meeting rooms will be available on an equitable basis regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use. Permission to meet at the Library does not in any way constitute or imply endorsement of the users’ policies, beliefs or programs by the Library staff or Board of Trustees.

Apply to use a public meeting room! (Small group rooms do not require an application.)

Virtual Meeting Rooms are now in beta!

Room Use Priority

Priority will be given to: Library sponsored and co-sponsored activities and events. All other groups will be given consideration on a first-come/first-served basis. The Library reserves the right to reschedule confirmed meeting room reservations to accommodate library meetings or events. In such rare instances, the Library will make every reasonable effort to give ample notice and to assist the group in reserving another date or library meeting room.

Eligibility

Meeting rooms are available for non-commercial use by local not-for-profit organizations, governmental agencies, and educational entities.

  • Local refers to non-profit organizations based in or serving residents of the Lake County Public Library district.

  • Groups are considered not-for-profit when their mission serves an educational, cultural, charitable, political or civic purpose. Not-for-profits include 501(c)3, 501(c)4, 501(c)5, 501(c)6, 501(c)7, 501(c)8 corporations. Meeting room reservations requests by not-for-profit organizations must include a copy of the 501(c) certificate. This requirement may be waived by the Director in the case of local, organized, small not-for-profit unincorporated associations that provide other supporting documentation.

  • The person filling out a meeting room reservation request on behalf of the group must have a Full Access library card in good standing from Lake County Public Library and be at least 18 years old. Exceptions to this requirement may be made for representatives of federal, Indiana, or local agencies or political subdivisions.

  • First time users must submit an application for use. The Library reserves the right to review each prospective meeting room request and determine whether the group qualifies and the planned use fits within the guidelines and terms of Library policies and this Meeting Room Agreement.


Meeting Room Fees

Eligible groups may reserve and use library meeting rooms for non-commercial activities without charge under the following conditions:

  • The group is a local not-for-profit organization, governmental agency, or educational entity

  • The meeting is open to all people who wish to attend.

  • No fees or donations are collected or solicited for admission or participation in the meeting or event. No fundraising takes place during the meeting.

A local not-for-profit organization, governmental agency, or educational entity using the room for non-commercial activities will be charged the rental fees* listed under the following conditions:

  • Meetings are not open to and advertised to the general public, e.g., board meetings, committee meetings, training sessions, and the like.

  • A group has restricted attendance to a limited or designated audience.

  • The group requires an exchange of money, goods, or services for attendance (regardless of the exchange being on or off our premises). This includes meetings held by federal tax exempt organizations as well as governmental agencies.


Meeting Room Capacity Fee
Merrillville - Meeting Rm A 150 $150
Cedar Lake 50 $50
Griffith-Calumet 50 $50
Hobart 30 $50
Lake Station-New Chicago 50 $50
St. John 50 $50
Dyer-Schererville - Whole 50 $50
Munster 50 $50
Highland 50 $50
Merrillville - Meeting Rm B 25 $50
Dyer-Schererville - Half 35 $25
Merrillville - Meeting Rm C 15 $25
Merrillville - Meeting Rm D 15 $25

Cleaning Fees: Hourly Rate


Reservations

To insure and promote the accessibility of library meeting rooms to a wide variety of community groups eligible groups may:

  • book three consecutive meetings system-wide at a time on a rolling basis.

  • reserve meeting rooms up to 6 months in advance, as available, up to 20 times a year.

  • only use rooms during normal library operational hours, Monday – Saturday.


Acceptable Use Guidelines

  • No sale of goods or services, fundraising, or solicitation for future sales or services will be permitted without prior Library Administration approval. “Solicitation” is any act or attempt to advertise, market, or sell any product or service; to seek membership in any organization; or to obtain a donation/contribution. This includes the collection of “free-will” offerings. Public property, such as Library buildings, facilities, parking lots, grounds and other real property, is held in trust for the public. It is to be used for governmental and public purposes and governmental property is not to be used for private gain.

  • Library meeting rooms are designed to meet general, non-commercial, informational, educational, cultural and civic needs. Excluded are purely social events which include but are not limited to parties or entertainment and meetings for the benefit of private individuals.

  • The meeting room kitchens are not intended for cooking, but to provide a convenient space for the preparation of light refreshments. No meals may be served unless prior approval is given in writing by Library Administration.

  • All activities and programs conducted in library buildings must comply with federal, state, and local laws and are subject to the rules, regulations, and policies of the Library.

  • Meeting rooms are not available if the Library is closed due to an emergency or inclement weather.

  • Library personnel have free access to enter any meeting room at any time. The Library Board has vested in Library personnel the authority to supervise meeting room use and to interpret policy; however, final authority rests with the Library Director.


Responsibility of User

  • The group must have a signed application on file agreeing to our policies, to be signed on an annual basis by an authorized representative of the group. The individual agrees to be the responsible party. If unavoidable circumstances prevent attendance by the applicant, he/she is still personally responsible for the proper use of the facility and payment for any damage. 

  • Minimum attendance may be required. Groups must stay within the designated maximum seating capacities of assigned rooms.

  • Cancellations by groups must be received by the Library at least 48 hours in advance. A penalty in room use privileges may be imposed on groups who do not cancel their meetings by the designated deadlines.

  • Any publicity materials must clearly indicate that the program is under the sponsorship of the group and not the Lake County Public Library.

  • The Library will provide basic housekeeping service such as regular cleaning as part of meeting room maintenance. Any additional cleaning or repair required beyond normal library maintenance will be billed at an hourly rate. The cost of any materials required for any repair will be billed to the responsible party.

  • Excessive amounts of garbage (beyond the capacity of trash receptacles provided in the meeting room) must be removed by the room user to outside trash receptacles.

  • The Library is unable to provide storage space for materials or equipment between meetings.

  • Children and youth groups are required to use the meeting rooms under adult supervision.

  • All meetings must be over and the rooms vacated 30 minutes before the library closes. 


Meeting Room Amenities

  • Kitchen

  • Screen

  • Podium

  • Wifi

  • Each meeting room is equipped with a standard number of tables and chairs. A group may change this arrangement for their specific use. Furniture should be left in a clean, neat, and orderly arrangement at the close of the meeting.


Revocation and Refusal of Authorization for Use

Authorization to use library facilities may be revoked. Persons or organizations refused the use of the meeting rooms or persons or organizations whose privileges to use the meeting rooms have been revoked shall have the right to appeal in writing to the Library Director. Such appeals must be submitted in writing within 10 days after notice of the refusal to use the meeting rooms or the revocation of use of the meeting rooms.

The privilege of using Library meeting rooms will not be granted or will be revoked if the activities or intended activities of the meeting room users negatively impact normal operations in any of the following ways:

  • The meeting is conducted in a noisy, disorderly or inflammatory manner.

  • The size of the meeting presents personal safety or building security issues, or creates an undue parking demand on library lots or the surrounding neighborhood.

  • The activities of meeting room users disrupt or will be disruptive to other library patrons’ use of library facilities or distract library staff from the performance of their duties.

  • The meeting room users neglect to pay all required fees, or neglect to pay for damages to the meeting room.

  • Misrepresentation of information supplied on Meeting Room Agreement form

  • Repeated failure to show up for scheduled reservations or frequent cancellations

  • Physical abuse of facilities and/or equipment

  • Failure to adequately supervise participants of meeting

  • Failure to vacate the room by the scheduled reservation time

  • Violation of Library Policies

Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Lake County Public Library - 10/26/95
Revised - 3/25/04
Revised - 5/26/16
Revised - 3/23/17
Revised - 8/29/19

*ST-105 General Sales Tax Exemption Certificate is required.

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Small Group Room Guidelines  

Lake County Public Library provides small group rooms for the use of eligible cardholders.

The rooms may be used in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • Eligible Users must be at least 18 years old and and present their own LCPL card for small group room use. (In House Use cards are acceptable for small group room bookings).
  • The library cardholder who booked the small group room is responsible for other users and must remain in the small group room.
  • Users are limited to one 2-hour reservation per day.
    • After two hours of use, users may continue until the room is reserved for a new user.
    • Please be respectful to staff and other users by leaving the room quickly (within 5 minutes) when notified that time has ended.
  • Reservations accepted up to 2 months in advance.
  • Users may have up to 2 reservations at a time – limited to one reservation per day.
  • Room users may not exceed a room’s capacity. Capacity ranges from 1 to 10 people depending on branch; call or email the library to see if your group can be accommodated.
  • Library staff are not responsible for personal belongings left unattended.
  • Small group rooms unoccupied for more than 15 minutes may be reserved by another user.
  • Small group rooms close 15-minutes before the branch closing time.

Violation of these guidelines or the Library’s Rules of Conduct could result in loss of Small Group Room Privileges.

Issued: Administration, 3/8/18
Revised: 1/26/24

Upcoming Events
Sat, Jul 13, 10:00am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Create an adventure journal to keep your precious memories in one place! All materials will be provided. Space is limited. Registration... more
Create an adventure journal to keep your precious memories in one place! All materials will be provided. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Sat, Jul 13, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Interested in any of the needle arts including knit, crochet, cross-stitch, and more? Join us for an opportunity to chat and create.... more
Interested in any of the needle arts including knit, crochet, cross-stitch, and more? Join us for an opportunity to chat and create. Please bring your own projects.

Sat, Jul 13, 10:00am - 10:45am
St. John - Children's Program Room
Stories, fingerplays, music, related activities and a craft are all included in this storytime for children, ages birth through 5 years... more
Stories, fingerplays, music, related activities and a craft are all included in this storytime for children, ages birth through 5 years old, and their families.
This event is full

Sat, Jul 13, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Kids ages 6 months through 3 years old, and their caregivers, will enjoy interacting at various block play stations. Special blocks for... more
Kids ages 6 months through 3 years old, and their caregivers, will enjoy interacting at various block play stations. Special blocks for older kids will also be available on high tables.

Rescheduled
Sat, Jul 13, 11:00am - 12:30pm
New date Saturday, October 12, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Hobart
Immerse yourself in adventurous stories while exploring a variety of teas. Northwest Indiana Storytellers will share tales of adventure.... more
Immerse yourself in adventurous stories while exploring a variety of teas. Northwest Indiana Storytellers will share tales of adventure. Light refreshments will be served. Ages 14+. Please register!

Sat, Jul 13, 2:30pm - 3:40pm
Hobart - Programming Room
We will have a prehistoric adventure watching this matinee film while munching on popcorn and candy and drinking coffee, lemonade, or... more
We will have a prehistoric adventure watching this matinee film while munching on popcorn and candy and drinking coffee, lemonade, or water. Rated G; 69 minute runtime.

Sat, Jul 13, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Join us at the library to play Bingo! All ages are welcome to play. Winners will be able to choose from a variety of small prizes.

Mon, Jul 15, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Small Group Room #2
Are you having laptop, smartphone, or tablet issues? Book this one-hour session to receive individualized assistance with your... more
Are you having laptop, smartphone, or tablet issues? Book this one-hour session to receive individualized assistance with your technology problems. Patron must bring their device with them.
This event is full

Mon, Jul 15, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Families are welcome to bring a picnic-style lunch and enjoy a movie at the library each Monday during Summer Reading. Rated PG; 114... more
Families are welcome to bring a picnic-style lunch and enjoy a movie at the library each Monday during Summer Reading. Rated PG; 114 minute runtime.

Mon, Jul 15, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Children ages 3-5, with caregivers, will interact at various play stations. Playing helps children learn language, literacy, social, and... more
Children ages 3-5, with caregivers, will interact at various play stations. Playing helps children learn language, literacy, social, and other skills. Play also nurtures creativity.
This event is full

Mon, Jul 15, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Bring the whole family! The room will be lighter, the volume will be lower, and audience members can move around, talk, and sing. Snacks... more
Bring the whole family! The room will be lighter, the volume will be lower, and audience members can move around, talk, and sing. Snacks are welcome! Rated PG; 92 minute runtime.

Mon, Jul 15, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Join us for a showing of Scott Pilgrim vs the World! Popcorn and lemonade will be provided. Must register! Ages 12-17. Rated PG-13.... more
Join us for a showing of Scott Pilgrim vs the World! Popcorn and lemonade will be provided. Must register! Ages 12-17. Rated PG-13. Runtime: 1 hour and 52 minutes.

Mon, Jul 15, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Join us at the library for a Star Wars Party! Enjoy Star Wars themed activities, games and crafts. Snacks will be provided. All ages are... more
Join us at the library for a Star Wars Party! Enjoy Star Wars themed activities, games and crafts. Snacks will be provided. All ages are welcome!

Mon, Jul 15, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Children (completed grades K-5) may free build with the library's LEGO® blocks or build a 'challenge' project. Constructions will be... more
Children (completed grades K-5) may free build with the library's LEGO® blocks or build a 'challenge' project. Constructions will be displayed in the library until the next LEGO® Club meeting.
This event is full

Mon, Jul 15, 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Join us as we challenge your creative side while building a tower to support a large marshmallow.

Mon, Jul 15, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
We will be watching the first episodes of an anime show.

Mon, Jul 15, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Children, with the assistance of caregivers, can build a fort structure and read stories under their fort. Materials for the fort will... more
Children, with the assistance of caregivers, can build a fort structure and read stories under their fort. Materials for the fort will be supplied.

Mon, Jul 15, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
This is an adult program where participants will get to remember pastimes from childhood. Let's create Shrinky Dinks to catch the light... more
This is an adult program where participants will get to remember pastimes from childhood. Let's create Shrinky Dinks to catch the light of the summer sun!

Mon, Jul 15, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room,Munster Zoom Room
Teens let's spill about books! Each month we'll read and talk about a different book. In July we are reading The Inheritance Game by... more
Teens let's spill about books! Each month we'll read and talk about a different book. In July we are reading The Inheritance Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Pick up books @ Munster Branch.

Mon, Jul 15, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Teens will make this childhood favorite snack using chocolate pudding, Oreos, and gummy worms! Ages 12-18. Registration required.

Mon, Jul 15, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Escape the distractions of home and join us for connection, conversation, and of course, reading. Not a book club - a reading party.

Mon, Jul 15, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
In this program, we will be painting geometric art on canvas. All ability programs are geared towards adults with special needs. Ages 16... more
In this program, we will be painting geometric art on canvas. All ability programs are geared towards adults with special needs. Ages 16 and over only. Registration required.

Tue, Jul 16, 10:00am - 10:45am
Munster - Large Meeting Room
In this program babies and toddlers, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy rhymes, books, music, and movement designed to help... more
In this program babies and toddlers, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy rhymes, books, music, and movement designed to help early literacy skills.
This event is full

Tue, Jul 16, 10:15am - 11:00am
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Toddlers and their adult caregivers will enjoy a storytime with books, rhymes, music, and a craft.
This event is full

Tue, Jul 16, 10:30am - 11:00am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
4 and 5 year old children and their caregivers are invited to an early literacy storytime, featuring books, fingerplays, and songs that... more
4 and 5 year old children and their caregivers are invited to an early literacy storytime, featuring books, fingerplays, and songs that teach pre-reading skills and prepare children for school.

Tue, Jul 16, 10:30am - 11:00am
Dyer-Schererville - 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. Please register all attending.

Tue, Jul 16, 10:30am - 11:00am
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
This is a storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, music, and a craft that teaches early literacy... more
This is a storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, music, and a craft that teaches early literacy skills. Please register all attending.

Tue, Jul 16, 10:30am - 11:00am
Highland - Children's Programming Room
This is a storytime for children ages 2 & 3, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early... more
This is a storytime for children ages 2 & 3, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a craft, that teach early literacy skills. Please register each child and adult attending.
This event is full

Tue, Jul 16, 11:00am - 11:50am
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
In this program, toddlers and their adult caregivers will enjoy a storytime with books, rhymes, music, and a craft. Registration Required.
This event is full

Tue, Jul 16, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Join fellow baby and toddler caregivers after our storytime for a cup of coffee or tea and some conversation. Storytime attendance is... more
Join fellow baby and toddler caregivers after our storytime for a cup of coffee or tea and some conversation. Storytime attendance is not required.

Tue, Jul 16, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Hobart - Hobart Zoom Room,Programming Room
Our July 2024 book chat title is "Evicted" by Matthew Desmond. Pick up a copy at the Hobart Branch to chat! Contact hobart@lcplin.org or... more
Our July 2024 book chat title is "Evicted" by Matthew Desmond. Pick up a copy at the Hobart Branch to chat! Contact hobart@lcplin.org or (219) 942-2243 for more details.

Tue, Jul 16, 11:00am - 11:30am
Munster - Large Meeting Room
In this program babies and toddlers, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy rhymes, books, music, and movement designed to help... more
In this program babies and toddlers, accompanied by their caregivers, will enjoy rhymes, books, music, and movement designed to help early literacy skills.

Tue, Jul 16, 11:30am - 12:15pm
Cedar Lake - Children's Programming Room
During this storytime 4 and 5 year olds will hear stories and participate in music activities, rhymes, and other activities, with an... more
During this storytime 4 and 5 year olds will hear stories and participate in music activities, rhymes, and other activities, with an emphasis on important early pre-reading skills.

Tue, Jul 16, 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Children ages 2-4 are invited to join us in the Children's Programming Room to play with unique toys and socialize.
This event is full

Tue, Jul 16, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Students will learn about the important design and construction of a landfill by making their own edible version. They will also... more
Students will learn about the important design and construction of a landfill by making their own edible version. They will also discover how to reduce their waste production.

Tue, Jul 16, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Join us for a series of informative sessions about Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia with the Purdue Extension.

Tue, Jul 16, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Patrons are invited to engage in a livestream conversation with Max Brallier about The Last Kids on Earth - both the book series and the... more
Patrons are invited to engage in a livestream conversation with Max Brallier about The Last Kids on Earth - both the book series and the Netflix show. The event will be shown on a large screen.

Tue, Jul 16, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Online
Join a livestream chat with author Max Brallier about The Last Kids on Earth, both the book series and the animated series on Netflix.

Tue, Jul 16, 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health): Learn about physical activity, healthy food choices and enjoy a free snack and gift each... more
CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health): Learn about physical activity, healthy food choices and enjoy a free snack and gift each week. Ages 8-13. Parents may attend as well. Lesson: 30 minutes.

Tue, Jul 16, 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Join us every other Tuesday to try out a new craft or art project, June 4 - July 30! All supplies provided. Please register.

Tue, Jul 16, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Come in and try Minecraft Pi. Register ahead of time as seats are limited. Recommended for ages 8 to 18.
This event is full

Tue, Jul 16, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Merrillville - Small Group Room #3
Are you having laptop, smartphone, or tablet issues? Book this one-hour session to receive individualized assistance with your... more
Are you having laptop, smartphone, or tablet issues? Book this one-hour session to receive individualized assistance with your technology problems. Patron must bring their device with them.
This event is full

Tue, Jul 16, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Be the fastest jigsaw puzzlers at the library! Teams of 2-4 will have 2hrs. to complete a 500 pc. puzzle. First team to finish wins!... more
Be the fastest jigsaw puzzlers at the library! Teams of 2-4 will have 2hrs. to complete a 500 pc. puzzle. First team to finish wins! Registration is required!
Please contact the library to register for this event.

Tue, Jul 16, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Join us to learn about the selected art style/movement, and make your own artwork. All materials provided. Please register.

Wed, Jul 17, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Join us for a puppet show! Mark Nichols with The Puppet Place presents "The Magic Onion".
This event is full

Wed, Jul 17, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Do you enjoy crafting? Do you wish you had friendly people to work with on those crafts? Bring your current project and enjoy the... more
Do you enjoy crafting? Do you wish you had friendly people to work with on those crafts? Bring your current project and enjoy the company every Wednesday! All crafts are welcome.

Wed, Jul 17, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
St. John - Children's Program Room
Kids entering grades K-5 are welcome to paint their own Tic-Tac-Toe game. We will be using permanent paint- please wear painting clothes.
This event is full

Wed, Jul 17, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
School-age children are invited to the library for an exciting car LEGO® build where everyone gets to race their creations on a special... more
School-age children are invited to the library for an exciting car LEGO® build where everyone gets to race their creations on a special track. Due to limited space, all participants must register.
This event is full

Wed, Jul 17, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Branch Library - Library Patio
Ages 6 and older can bring a plain white, pre-washed, cotton article of clothing , and maybe an adult to help. Come in anytime between... more
Ages 6 and older can bring a plain white, pre-washed, cotton article of clothing , and maybe an adult to help. Come in anytime between 2:00pm to 4:00pm.

Wed, Jul 17, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Hobart Community Center - 111 E Old Ridge Road, Hobart, Indiana 46342
Join us for a puppet show! Mark Nichols with The Puppet Place presents "The Magic Onion" at the Hobart Community Center.

Wed, Jul 17, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room B
Come to the library and learn to make some kirigami (cut paper) animals. Patterns and cutting/folding assistance will be available!

Wed, Jul 17, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
In this program, teens ages 12-18 will use reusable materials to create a piece of art with staff members from the Enviromobile. Space... more
In this program, teens ages 12-18 will use reusable materials to create a piece of art with staff members from the Enviromobile. Space is limited. Registration required.

Wed, Jul 17, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
St. John - Children's Program Room
Kids entering grades K-5 are welcome to paint their own Tic-Tac-Toe game. We will be using permanent paint- please wear painting clothes.
This event is full

Wed, Jul 17, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Cedar Lake - Cedar Lake - Public Tables
Join us and work on your crafts at the library! Bring yarn and a size H crochet hook or size 7 knitting needles and cotton yarn - or... more
Join us and work on your crafts at the library! 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!

Wed, Jul 17, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Hobart - Programming Room
Adventurers wanted! Join us for summer role-playing sessions featuring perilous quests, intrepid evil, and an unforgettable journey.

Wed, Jul 17, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Children and their families are invited to create and play with LEGO® in an hour of free play and fun. Finished creations will be... more
Children and their families are invited to create and play with LEGO® in an hour of free play and fun. Finished creations will be displayed in the library for the rest of the month!

Wed, Jul 17, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Children ages 6-12 will use canvas board, yarn and acrylic paint to create their very own birch tree paintings. Prepare to get messy due... more
Children ages 6-12 will use canvas board, yarn and acrylic paint to create their very own birch tree paintings. Prepare to get messy due to the paint!
This event is full

Wed, Jul 17, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Teen Rainbow Club is a monthly social space for LGBTQIA+ teens & allies. Come for informal discussion, snacks, and crafts. Please register.

Wed, Jul 17, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
A health insurance broker, a Medicare Supplement agent, and a financial advisor will provide education on recent changes to medical... more
A health insurance broker, a Medicare Supplement agent, and a financial advisor will provide education on recent changes to medical insurance so individuals can be more informed about their options.

Wed, Jul 17, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
In this program, children will have the opportunity to read aloud to a Power Paws therapy dog and their volunteer.

Wed, Jul 17, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Join us for a discussion of "Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents" by Isabel Wilkerson.

Thu, Jul 18, 10:15am - 11:00am
St. John - Children's Program Room
This half hour lap-sit program uses songs and rhymes to foster language development.
This event is full

Thu, Jul 18, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Bring any low-mess craft (e.g., knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, coloring, origami, jewelry-making) and enjoy meeting and sharing ideas... more
Bring any low-mess craft (e.g., knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, coloring, origami, jewelry-making) and enjoy meeting and sharing ideas with other crafters in this twice-monthly club.

Thu, Jul 18, 10:30am - 11:30am
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Join us for this month's classic film, Dumbo. Runtime: 1 hr. Light refreshments will be served. Please register.

Thu, Jul 18, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting 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, Jul 18, 10:30am - 11:00am
Lake Station-New Chicago - Children's Program Room
For this storytime babies and toddlers will participate in stories, nursery rhymes, finger plays, and music activities designed to... more
For this storytime babies and toddlers will participate in stories, nursery rhymes, finger plays, and music activities designed to enhance important pre-literacy skills.

Thu, Jul 18, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Register for this session to receive individualized tech help.

Thu, Jul 18, 11:00am - 11:30am
Hobart - Children's Program Room
This is a storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a take home craft, that... more
This is a storytime for children 2 & 3 years of age, with a caregiver, featuring stories, fingerplays, music and a take home craft, that teach early literacy skills. Please register all attending.

Thu, Jul 18, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Small Group Room #2
Are you having laptop, smartphone, or tablet issues? Book this one-hour session to receive individualized assistance with your... more
Are you having laptop, smartphone, or tablet issues? Book this one-hour session to receive individualized assistance with your technology problems. Patron must bring their device with them.
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Thu, Jul 18, 11:15am - 12:00pm
St. John - Children's Program Room
This half hour lap-sit program uses songs and rhymes to foster language development.

Thu, Jul 18, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
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.

Thu, Jul 18, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Children, ages 6-11, will participate in various ninja - related activities.
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Thu, Jul 18, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
For ages 9 - 13! Come make some Perler® bead art with us! We will have patterns you can follow or you can design your own creations.... more
For ages 9 - 13! Come make some Perler® bead art with us! We will have patterns you can follow or you can design your own creations. Registration is required.
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Thu, Jul 18, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Who is ready to make some summertime slime? Bring the heat with color-changing pigment!
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Thu, Jul 18, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Hobart - Programming Room
Embrace your inner sleuth and work to solve a mystery using a Hunt a Killer Moon mystery set. Each session will feature a new goal.

Thu, Jul 18, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
A selection of board games (and snacks!) will be provided for you and fellow teens to play. A Nintendo Switch will be available with... more
A selection of board games (and snacks!) will be provided for you and fellow teens to play. A Nintendo Switch will be available with multiple games. Registration is required. Ages 12 - 18

Thu, Jul 18, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
Learn the basics of book-making, and create a miniature book!

Thu, Jul 18, 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Test your skills in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch to win a prize! You can bring your own joycons or gamecube... more
Test your skills in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch to win a prize! You can bring your own joycons or gamecube controller! Must register first! Ages 11-17.

Thu, Jul 18, 6:00pm - 8:15pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
D&D comes to the Munster Branch Library! Join our campaign for Phandelver and Below: The Shattered Obelisk and get to the bottom of what... more
D&D comes to the Munster Branch Library! Join our campaign for Phandelver and Below: The Shattered Obelisk and get to the bottom of what is plaguing the town of Phandalin

Fri, Jul 19, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Stop in anytime during these sessions to work on a provided puzzle, crossword, word search or coloring sheet. All supplies provides.... more
Stop in anytime during these sessions to work on a provided puzzle, crossword, word search or coloring sheet. All supplies provides. Coffee/tea/water will be available.

Fri, Jul 19, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Join us for Movie Fridays. Every Friday, a different family film will be shown.

Fri, Jul 19, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Children of all ages and their families are invited to the library for some movie fun. Join us every Friday for old favorites as well as... more
Children of all ages and their families are invited to the library for some movie fun. Join us every Friday for old favorites as well as new titles.

Fri, Jul 19, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
A scientist father accidentally shrinks 4 teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight dangers as the father searches for... more
A scientist father accidentally shrinks 4 teens to the size of insects. Now the teens must fight dangers as the father searches for them. Runtime: 101 mins; rated PG.

Fri, Jul 19, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Students will learn about the important design and construction of a landfill by making their own edible version. They will also... more
Students will learn about the important design and construction of a landfill by making their own edible version. They will also discover how to reduce their waste production.
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Fri, Jul 19, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Teens are invited to a summer afternoon movie. Popcorn and snacks will be served. Seating is limited. Registration is required.

Fri, Jul 19, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Hobart - Children's Program Room
Join us to learn the basics of solving the Rubik's Cube. Rubik's Cubes will be provided. Ages 8 through 15 years old.

Sat, Jul 20, 9:00am - 9:30am
Griffith-Calumet - Woodland Park
Young children and their families are invited to join us at Woodland Park for a storytime with books, songs, rhymes, and a guided tour... more
Young children and their families are invited to join us at Woodland Park for a storytime with books, songs, rhymes, and a guided tour through the on-site Story Walk.

Sat, Jul 20, 10:00am - 11:00am
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Each session includes a series of asanas (postures) & sequences of pranayam (breathing exercises) for good health. Please bring your own... more
Each session includes a series of asanas (postures) & sequences of pranayam (breathing exercises) for good health. Please bring your own mat to class.

Sat, Jul 20, 11:00am - 12:00pm
St. John Branch - Patio
Teens will learn to create a tie dye shirt using ice! You must bring your own 100% white cotton t-shirt. Event will be outside, weather... more
Teens will learn to create a tie dye shirt using ice! You must bring your own 100% white cotton t-shirt. Event will be outside, weather permitting. Ages 12-18. Registration required.

Sat, Jul 20, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Bring your craft projects from home and join us to chat with fellow crafters while working on your project without the interruptions of... more
Bring your craft projects from home and join us to chat with fellow crafters while working on your project without the interruptions of home. All are welcome.

Sat, Jul 20, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
Celebrate adventure at your Library with two hours of fun playing Wii Sports.

Sat, Jul 20, 2:00pm - 4:20pm
Hobart - Programming Room
We will have a reality-bending adventure watching this matinee film while munching on popcorn and candy and drinking coffee, lemonade,... more
We will have a reality-bending adventure watching this matinee film while munching on popcorn and candy and drinking coffee, lemonade, or water. Rated PG-13; 140 minute runtime.

Sat, Jul 20, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Come in and design a map of your own fantasy world! All materials will be provided, registration is required. This program is available... more
Come in and design a map of your own fantasy world! All materials will be provided, registration is required. This program is available for ages 10 and up.

Mon, Jul 22, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Merrillville - Small Group Room #2
Are you having laptop, smartphone, or tablet issues? Book this one-hour session to receive individualized assistance with your... more
Are you having laptop, smartphone, or tablet issues? Book this one-hour session to receive individualized assistance with your technology problems. Patron must bring their device with them.
This event is full

Mon, Jul 22, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Join us for a storytime for kids 4-5 years old, featuring stories, music and craft, that help develop early literacy skills. Attendees... more
Join us for a storytime for kids 4-5 years old, featuring stories, music and craft, that help develop early literacy skills. Attendees must register.
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Mon, Jul 22, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Families are welcome to bring a picnic-style lunch and enjoy a movie at the library each Monday during Summer Reading. Rated PG; 101... more
Families are welcome to bring a picnic-style lunch and enjoy a movie at the library each Monday during Summer Reading. Rated PG; 101 minute runtime.

Mon, Jul 22, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Bring the whole family! The room will be lighter, the volume will be lower, and audience members can move around, talk, and sing. Snacks... more
Bring the whole family! The room will be lighter, the volume will be lower, and audience members can move around, talk, and sing. Snacks are welcome! Rated PG; 112 minute runtime.

Mon, Jul 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
Come hear some spooky stories in July!

Mon, Jul 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Children will learn how to use and re-use items to make fun games!

Mon, Jul 22, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Come and enjoy this afternoon movie with us! Popcorn and snacks will be served. Seating is limited. Registration is required.

Mon, Jul 22, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Hobart - Programming Room
Come join us for some fun experimenting with technology and playing around with robotics!

Mon, Jul 22, 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Kids and their families will have an adventure going through our camp-out escape room, presented by the Teen Advisory Board. Please... more
Kids and their families will have an adventure going through our camp-out escape room, presented by the Teen Advisory Board. Please register.
This event is full

Mon, Jul 22, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hobart - Large Meeting Room
Record your summer of adventures by journaling! You can submit (2) photos to hobart@lcplin.org the week prior, and we will print them in... more
Record your summer of adventures by journaling! You can submit (2) photos to hobart@lcplin.org the week prior, and we will print them in color for you to add that personal touch.

Mon, Jul 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
A selection of board games (and snacks!) will be provided for you and fellow teens to play. A Nintendo Switch will be available with... more
A selection of board games (and snacks!) will be provided for you and fellow teens to play. A Nintendo Switch will be available with multiple games. Registration is required. Ages 12 - 18

Mon, Jul 22, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Highland - Meeting Room A
Teens, ages 12 – 18, are invited to create a landscape themed diamond painted coaster. All material and snacks will be provided. Space... more
Teens, ages 12 – 18, are invited to create a landscape themed diamond painted coaster. All material and snacks will be provided. Space is limited. Registration required.

Mon, Jul 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room C
Join us to make your own buttons featuring designs of your choice! All supplies will be provided but feel free to bring any images you'd... more
Join us to make your own buttons featuring designs of your choice! All supplies will be provided but feel free to bring any images you'd like to use to make a button.

Mon, Jul 22, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Children's Program Room
Children (completed grades K-5) may free build with the library's LEGO® blocks or build a 'challenge' project. Constructions will be... more
Children (completed grades K-5) may free build with the library's LEGO® blocks or build a 'challenge' project. Constructions will be displayed in the library until the next LEGO® Club meeting.
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