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

      Public Relations

Meeting Rooms

Writing Out Loud

Film Series


Events Calendar


The Programming Department, now known as Public Relations, began early in the library's life. In September 1898, Nature Day drew 700 people. In 1899, Indian Day featured artifacts and drew 200 people, according to the newspaper.

In the years since, the library has established itself as a major regional cultural center. Programs featuring prominent artists, thinkers and authors have been presented by the library, which considers programming an important service in reaching out to the community and enhancing collections. Regular programming includes the Writing Out Loud series, foreign/independent film series, family films in Washington Park, Bookmarks, and other events.

Contact Us

Michigan City Public Library
Robin Kohn - Public Relations
100 E. 4th Street
Michigan City, IN 46360

Meeting Room Policy


The purpose of the library meeting room is to provide space for programs or meetings either sponsored by the library or initiated by the public for cultural, educational, or informational purposes.

Types of Meetings

All meetings scheduled in the meeting room shall be free and open to the public.

The meeting room is not to be used for solicitation purposes. The library adheres to a strict no solicitation policy in the building and on its grounds with the exception of library and Friends of the Library business.

Library premises may be used for non-partisan political meetings or events such as candidate's nights, which invite all candidates and are sponsored by independent organizations.

Library premises may be used by religious groups in order to hold non-denominational or interdenominational meetings.

Private social gatherings are not permitted.

Only the library or library-related groups may conduct a fundraiser in the library.

Facilities & Fees

The full meeting room has a seated capacity of 125. A half-room divider can create two rooms.

Groups serving food and.or beverages must provide their own supplies. All groups are responsible for cleaning up after their meeting and leaving the room as they found it.

The meeting room is free of charge. Groups who wish to serve refreshments at their meeting must pay a $10 fee to cover cleaning costs.

Scheduling and Reservations

Library-sponsored activities will always take precedence when scheduling meeting room use. Non-library groups who wish to use the room will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. To check meeting room availability, please call (219) 873-3049 on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Meeting room reservations will not be considered final until the library has reviewed the application. The application must contain complete information about the nature and content of the program. The library reserves the right to refuse a group based on an incomplete application and/or a program that is not in keeping with the purpose of the room and the policies of the library.

Meetings are to be scheduled during regular library hours. All meetings must end 15 minutes prior to the library's scheduled closing time.

Library Hours

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.

The library is closed on Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends.

The meeting room application and applicable fee must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the desired meeting date. The application may be mailed to the library, faxed to (219) 873-3475, or turned in to the Circulation Desk to the attention of Robin Kohn.

The library cannot guarantee the meeting room to non-library groups more than 90 days or less than one week in advance. No more than two meetings per calendar year may be held by individuals or groups that are not library sponsored. If your meeting has been canceled or postponed, please notify the library as soon as possible. Another group may be waiting to use the room.

Rules for Meeting Room Use

No activitiy shall be permitted which shall in any manner be potentially or directly destructive to library property or to the operation of the library. Organizations that reserve the meeting room assume full financial responsibility for any damage incurred resulting from the use of the meeting room.

The library assumes no responsibility for the personal belongings of those attending meetings.

Permission to use the meeting room does not in any way constitute approval or endorsement by the library of the group's policies, beliefs, or activities.

Medical organizations using the room to perform tests, vaccinations, or other procedures are responsible for the clean up and disposal of any medical and/or hazardous waste.

Alcoholic beverages may not be served or consumed in the library.

No smoking is permitted in the library.

All open flames, including the use of candles, are prohibited.

The use of balloons or other non-secured decorations is prohibited in the library.

ADA Compliance

The library will comply with the provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) by providing a qualified interpreter or auxiliary aids upon request at least ten days in advance of library-sponsored programs. Outside groups using the meeting room must also comply with ADA. They are responsible for providing qualified interpreters or auxiliary aids upon request.

Writing Out Loud

The Michigan City Public Library Writing Out Loud series is in its 30th season. Programs begin at 7:30 pm. The Friends of the Library will host a reception following each program which includes a book signing. All programs are free and open to the public. We are excited to announce the lineup for this fall:

David David HoppeHoppe
Saturday, September 13, 7:30 pm

David Hoppe's writing explores the intersections of politics and culture. He's been a writer, editor and columnist for the Indianapolis alternative paper, NUVO, since 1998 serving, at different times, as Associate Editor and Arts Editor. He has received nine awards from the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists. His book, Personal Indianapolis (Hawthorne Publishing), is a collection of NUVO columns written since 2001. He is also the author of Food For Thought: An Indiana Harvest (Indiana Humanities) on the burgeoning food scene in the Hoosier state. Hoppe's essays and short fiction have appeared in a variety of publications, including Notre Dame Review, Utne Reader, New Art Examiner, Traces, Library Journal, Bennington Review and Arts Indiana. He received a Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis with support of the Lilly Endowment. His columns can be found at www.davidhoppewriter.com. Early in his career he worked for the Michigan City Public Library, where he conceived the idea for Writing Out Loud and wrote a grant to start the program in 1984.

Mary SchmicMary Schmichh
Saturday, September 27, 7:30 pm

Mary Theresa Schmich was born in Savannah, Ga.,and spent her childhood there. She attended high school in Phoenix then earned a B.A. at Pomona College in Claremont, Calif. After working in college admissions and spending a year and a half in France, she attended journalism school at Stanford. She has worked as a reporter at the Peninsula Times Tribune in Palo Alto, Calif., at the Orlando Sentinel and, since 1985, at the Chicago Tribune. She spent five years as a Tribune national correspondent based in Atlanta. She has written a column for the Chicago Tribune since 1992, except for the year she spent at Harvard on a Nieman fellowship for journalists. She won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. She wrote the "Brenda Starr" comic strip for 25 years, until 2010. She plays piano and mandolin and teaches yoga. A collection of her columns, Even the Terrible Things Seem Beautiful to Me Now, is available in print and as an ebook.

Susan CrandallSusan Crandall
Saturday, October 11, 7:30 pm

Susan Crandall is a best-selling, award-winning author from the great state of Indiana. Her tenth critically acclaimed novel, Whistling Past the Graveyard, was released in 2013. This Civil RIghts-era story is told through the eyes of 9-year-old Starla Claudelle, who becomes an unlikely companion to an African-American woman at whose side she learns harsh lessons about period segregation and family.Her previous works have garnered national awards, including the coveted RITA. With the exception of seven years in Chicago, she's spent her entire life in her Indiana hometown. When not reading, writing or watching movies, Susan spends time with her husband, children and plethora of pets.

Marja MMarja Millsills
Saturday, October 18, 7:30 pm

Author of The Mockingbird Next Door, a memoir of her friendship with sisters Harper Lee (author of To Kill a Mockingbird) and Alice Lee. Marja Mills is a former reporter and feature writer for the Chicago Tribune, where she was a member of the staff that won a Pulitzer Prize for a 2001 series about O'Hare Airport entitled "Gateway to Gridlock." The Mockingbird Next Door is her first book. Mills lives in downtown Chicago and often spends time in Madison and her father's hometown of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, pop. 3,500.

Call 219-873-3049 for more information. Presented by the Michigan City Public Library Endowment Fund, the Friends of the Library, and patrons of Writing Out Loud.

Film Series

Each spring and fall, the library, in conjunction with the La Porte County Public Library and Purdue University North Central's Odyssey Cultural Arts Program, sponsors a Film Series. Each season, we screen contemporary foreign and independent American films in the library meeting room. All films are free and open to the public.