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Buying from our book sales is a great way to support the library!

Support the Library

Did you know our Summer Reading Program for adults, children, and teens, is 100% funded by contributions? The same is true for many of our amazing programs, classes, and events, especially children's programs that foster literacy.

We invite you to be a part of a long tradition of supporting the library and enhancing the many services we offer. A donation to the library is an investment in your community!

The library is supported in a major way by two groups: the Friends and the Foundation. Monetary contributions to these groups have the most visible impact on our library - and of course, you can also contribute your time become an active participant in either!

Friends of LCPL

The Friends of the Lake County Public Library operate our booksale room and contribute to the acquisition of library materials. They also are responsible for funding Summer Reading Program activities! Learn more about how you can help.

The LCPL Foundation

The Foundation sponsors our annual Read-a-Thon as well as the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge, which helps kids prepare for Kindergarten. They also use their funds to provide books and materials above and beyond what would be available through the library's traditional tax-based funding. Learn more or make a donation.

Other Ways to Support the Library

Visit Our Booksale Room

Each of our locations has a sale rack, but the Merrillville branch has a full booksale room. You never know what you might find, and proceeds from sales benefit the library! Not interested in buying more books, music, and movies? You can also help us by donating some of your old ones. Learn More...

 

Shop at Amazon.com

When you go to Amazon from this link, a portion of what you pay comes right back to the library and into our materials budget. Learn more...

 

Support a Read-a-Thon Participant

Every year, the Foundation Board sponsors the annual Read-a-Thon, during which young readers collect pledges to benefit the library. Keep an eye on the Foundation Events page for the next Read-a-Thon dates!

 

Volunteer

Give the gift of your time! Call your library for more information on how you can donate your time and talent. Adults who volunteer 100 hours of their time and teens who volunteer 50 hours are eligible for special privilege gold or silver library cards.  Learn More...

 

Donate Through the Legacy Foundation

Donations to LCPL through the Legacy Foundation are used to directly support our educational initiatives. We may also use donations to continue expanding our collection of books, movies, music, and other materials so that people can engage in self-guided study. Donate now!

 

Make a Memorial Donation or Gift

Give a lasting and thoughtful tribute to your family or a loved one by making a contribution to the Lake County Public Library. Download the gift form (PDF).

 

Make a General, One-Time Donation

 

Donate Now

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.