Michigan City Public Library
Sand dune
100 E. 4th Street, Michigan City, IN 46360, phone 219 - 873 - 3044 fax 219 - 873 - 3067

      Learning Center



Our mission is to provide support for a continuum of learning beginning in first grade through all of an adult's life as each student strives to meet personal goals and develop to his or her potential.

We tutor children and teenagers to improve reading and math skills. We tutor adults who are reinforcing basic skills, Pre-GED, GED, or who need help with college support. We also tutor persons whose first language is not English and who want to improve their English language skills.

There is no charge to the students and all tutoring is provided as a free service. However, students who do not keep scheduled appointments or call ahead when cancelling is necessary may be discontinued.


Students who are interested in tutoring assistance are signed up and assessed by the Literacy Supervisor to determine what their educational needs are. Students are matched with a tutor who is knowledgeable in a particular area or trained to work with their needs and able to meet at mutually agreed upon times. All tutoring takes place at the library and sessions generally last from 1/2 to 1 hour.


Tutoring can take place any time the library is open and is only conducted at the library.

Monday - Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday - Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed on Sunday between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Fall 2013 Sunday hours resume on September 8.)

To set up an appointment, please contact:

Learning Center
Cynthia McKinney - Literacy Supervisor


If you are interested in becoming a volunteer literacy tutor, please contact:

Learning Center
Cynthia McKinney - Literacy Supervisor

Background checks are necessary for tutors and are provided by the Michigan City Public Library free of charge.


Books and DVD's are available for checkout on learning disabilities, reading, writing, math, science, social studies, English, pre-GED preparation, and citizenship. We can also refer you to other educational opportunities in Michigan City.

Homework Helper- helpful educational sites broken down by subject

Reading Skills for Today's Adults - a free web-based service from the Marshall Adult Education program

Take free self-guided lessons to learn 60 languages. Each lesson is accompanied by a native speaker, a pictogram, and a translation in your language. Score your pronunciation, have virtual conversations with native speakers, play back recordings, and take quizzes that test pronunciation, vocabulary, comprehension, and spelling.

Testing and Education Reference CenterTesting and Education Reference Center (through INSPIRE)
Over 100 practice tests and courses for the GED, SAT, ACT, ASVAB, and more. Also includes information on over 4,000 accredited schools, a virtual career library, and online resume builder.

Articles, E-books & More in Library Databases


Coordination efforts are made with local public and private schools in support of their curriculum and teachers as they provide educational services.

Michigan City adult education providers are also contacted for curriculum and testing schedules.

We partner with local colleges and universities to recruit knowledgeable tutors as part of service learning for tutors and for the benefit of our students. Some of our tutors are from Ivy Tech, Purdue North Central, Valparaiso University and Brown-Mackie.

READ LaPorte County and the Literacy Council of LaPorte County


We have received support for materials from private citizens, Michigan City Community Enrichment Foundation, Wal-Mart, Tri-Kappa, Elks, Alpha Delta Kappa and Northwest Indiana Literacy Coalition.

Contact Us

Michigan City Public Library
Cynthia McKinney - Learning Center
100 E. 4th Street
Michigan City, IN 46360