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Summer Reading 2023: All Together Now

Starts in:

June 1 - July 31

As always, summer reading is open to all ages. You can join any time between June 1 and July 31.

Sign up online or at your branch! You'll earn a raffle ticket for each hour you read - plus some smaller prizes along the way.

Read to Earn Prizes

Two people sharing earbuds to listen to a bookEarn a raffle ticket for each hour you read! You can log your reading and submit tickets online, or visit your favorite branch for an old-fashioned paper tracker.

Each ticket can be submitted for a chance to win one of our fabulous Grand Prizes!

But that's not all - everyone can also earn the following prizes:

Kids and Teens:

1st hour of reading: A Railcats ticket + a discounted ticket to Deep River Waterpark* 

2nd hour of reading: Glow in the dark flying disc

3rd hour of reading: Free book

4th hour of reading: Wolf or shark backpack (while supplies last)

*discounted waterpark tickets are for ages 6-18 only

Adults

At 4 hours of reading: 3 free books

Todos juntos ahora

FAQs:

Q: What if I read to someone else?

A: Both of you get credit for that reading time!

Q: Do audiobooks count?

A: Yes! Time spent listening to a book is time spent reading.

Q: I can't read for a whole hour at a time. Can I log smaller units?

A: Yes! You can log as little as 1 minute at a time (and no more than 900 minutes in a day).

Q: When do I find out if I won a Grand Prize?

A: Grand Prize winners will be contacted August 3.

Special Events
Thu, Jun 08, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Teens, do you know why our environment depends on butterflies and pollinators? Caryn Corriere from Gibson Woods Nature Preserve is here to tell us. We will also make a hanging butterfly craft.
Registration is now closed

Mon, Jun 12, 1:00pm - 1:45pm
Hobart Community Center
Artist-Magician Dan Gogh uses comedy, magic, and art to unlock the mystery of creativity.  Event will be held at the Hobart Community Center. Registration is required.
This event is full

Mon, Jun 12, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
Artist-Magician Dan Gogh uses comedy, magic, and art to unlock the mystery of creativity. 

Tue, Jun 13, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Spread kindness & peace during this All Together Now fest. Dress up in Hippie fashion, hear some great tunes & get crafty with VW van and peace sign crafts. Registration is required!

Wed, Jun 14, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Children's Programming Room
Kids age 6-12 will learn about the importance of recycling and create a project out of recycled materials. Registration is required for each family member participating in program to ensure supplies.
This event is full

Wed, Jun 14, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Lake Station-New Chicago - Large Meeting Room
School age children are invited to a session of art making! Through actions and fun, children will be directed in a large form art piece that they will make together.

Thu, Jun 15, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Children's Programming Room
Children who have completed grades K-5 are invited to join us in welcoming back the Enviromobile with a zero waste craft.
This event is full

Thu, Jun 15, 11:00am - 3:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Play your way through our giant Candyland board game! Your group will make your way over the rainbow road to the Candy Castle! Registration Required. Call St. John Library to register beginning May 1.

Thu, Jun 15, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Award-winning author Kate Hannigan will talk about her graphic Novel The Great Chicago Fire: Rising from the Ashes.

Sat, Jun 17, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
All ages of children and their families are invited to come play a variety of board games and video games. Bring your favorite game from home, or try something new by playing one of ours.

Tue, Jun 20, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Celebrate National Pollinator Week with Gibson Woods ecologist Caryn Corriere. There will be pollinator crafts and activities.
This event is full

Wed, Jun 21, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Merrillville Library - South Parking Lot
Children and their families can drop by our parking lot any time during this two-hour event. Talk to the drivers. Explore the trucks. Escape the smoke house. See a bunch of trucks up close!

Wed, Jun 21, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Learn to make friendship bracelets using pony beads and string! Light refreshments will be served. Ages 12-18. Registration required.

Thu, Jun 22, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Cedar Lake - Patio Area
Everyone from age 6 and older can make a tie-dye t-shirt. Bring a plain white, pre-washed, cotton t-shirt, a plastic bag, and maybe an adult to help. Come in anytime between 1:30pm to 3:30pm.

Thu, Jun 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Griffith-Calumet Twp - Meeting Room
Students K-6 are invited to join us to learn more about native pollinators like bees, butterflies, and bats. Children must have an adult stay in the room with them.

Thu, Jun 22, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Children who have completed K - 5th grade will learn about recycling and make a craft out of recycled materials. Presented by Lake County Solid Waste Management. Register all planning to attend.

Thu, Jun 22, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Make some funky tie dye socks at our next adult craft night! We'll provide the space and the tie dye - just bring your own 100% white socks to get started!
This event is full

Thu, Jun 22, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Merrillville Library - Children's Section
Children and their families are invited to Merrillville for a quiet evening of board game fun. Play one of our games (ages 3 and up), or bring your own favorite game to share the group.

Wed, Jun 28, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Cedar Lake - Meeting Room A
Children will be playing games with a focus on zero waste and the games are even constructed from upcycled materials! This program is for kids 1st grade (6yrs old) and up.

Canceled
Wed, Jun 28, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Lake Station-New Chicago
Preschool and early elementary children are invited to a special dance party featuring Bellaboo the bat, from Bellaboo's Play and Discovery Center. Join us for some musical fun!

Wed, Jun 28, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Teens (11-17 years old) will help make no-sew blankets to donate to Humane Indiana in Munster. All of the blankets that we make will go to the animal shelter. Please register.

Thu, Jun 29, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Munster - Large Meeting Room
Park rangers are coming to the library! Join us to learn about Lake Michigan and the Indiana Dunes National Park. Fun for all ages, children under 8 must be accompanied with an adult.
This event is full

Wed, Jul 05, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Merrillville - Meeting Room A
We will be playing bingo and every winner will get to take home a book from our selection of book sale books.

Thu, Jul 06, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Highland - Children's Programming Room
Join us to play various board and card games! Please register each person planning to attend. Registration opens June 1st. Registration closes one day before event.

Thu, Jul 06, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Merrillville - Children's Programming Room
The Lake County Solid Waste Management District will present an educational event for school-age youth. Join us for fun and games!

Thu, Jul 06, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Dyer-Schererville - Meeting Room Whole (A & B)
Teens are invited to join us for our second Teen Mental Health Night!

Fri, Jul 07, 11:00am - 12:00pm
St. John - Large Meeting Room
Children in grades K-6 and their families are welcome to join an Indiana Dunes Park Ranger as they teach us about the animals and habitats of Indiana Dunes. Registration Required.

Grand Prize Raffle

Thank you to the Friends of LCPL for providing this year's awesome prizes! Check out the raffle prizes below. You can also earn smaller prizes for your first 4 hours of reading!

Prize List

#1: Waterfall Mountain Wooden Train Set

#2: 5-in-1 Slide for Toddlers

#3: Children's Play Work Bench

#4: Nintendo Switch Lite

#5: Roll With It Giant Inflatable

#6: 149 Piece Deluxe Artist Painting Set

#7: Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet with Keyboard

#8: $200 GameStop Gift Card

#9: Cooperative Game Bundle

#10: $200 Visa Gift Card

#11: Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Machine

#12: 1 yr Brookfield Zoo family membership

Summer Reading Grand Prizes
  • Waterfall Mountain Train Set
  • 1 year Brookfield Zoo Family Membership
  • $200 Visa Gift Card
  • 5 in 1 toddler slide
  • Cooperative Game Bundle: Betrayal at House on the Hill, Mysterium, Castle Panic, Forbidden Island
  • Kids Play Work Bench
  • Nespresso Vertuo Next Coffee and Espresso Machine
  • Roll with it giant inflatable wheel
  • Deluxe Artist Painting Set
  • Nintendo Switch Lite
  • $200 GameStop Gift Card
  • Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablet with keyboard
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