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Happy Independence Day! The library will be closed on Monday, July 4, for Independence Day.

On Tuesday, July 5, the library will begin a project to replace all the
overhead lighting in the building, changing them to LED fixtures. The library will remain open during all phases of the project but reserves the right to close, if necessary.

MICHIGAN CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY LIGHTING REPLACEMENT PROJECT                 

On Tuesday, July 5, 2022, the library will begin a project to replace all the overhead lighting in the building, changing them to LED fixtures. The new fixtures will feature automatic ambient lighting, centralized controls for turning on and off, and conservation of lighting in unoccupied public areas. A section above the front entrance will have specialized color lighting for seasonal themes. The expected completion date is September 16, 2022. The library will remain open during all phases of the project but reserves the right to close, if necessary.
During the project, areas under the work zone will be closed. The library will make every effort to minimize the closure time to its collections and services in any given area as work proceeds. The meeting rooms will be closed while work is done in them. Please see the library’s website and social media for updates.
This project is a continuation of the remodeling program that started in 2016. The new fixtures will be both energy efficient and aesthetically complimentary to the building while providing warmer lighting for users.

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Summer Reading Program: Oceans of Possibilities

June 12 – July 30, 2022

The Summer Reading Program is happening now! Explore the “Oceans of Possibilities.” The Summer Reading Program is for all ages and 100% free to participate! For every 10 hours you read, read to someone else, or listen to someone read, you’ll receive a chance in the raffle. Record your time and select a raffle prize you would like to have a chance to win. You also receive a book of your choice.

Signing up is easy!  Download a reading log and keep track of your reading hours at home. There are also reading logs available in Youth Services that you may take home. The last day to record your reading hours and enter the prize raffle is Saturday, July 30. Find out more…

Join us on Thursdays at 10:00 AM for family feature films and a craft related to the Summer Reading Program theme, Oceans of Possibilities!

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100 Books Before Graduation

Do you like to read? Do you want FREE BOOKS?

100 Books Before Graduation is an initiative to get teens reading! Students entering 6th to 12th grade are welcome to sign up and challenge themselves to read 100 books before graduation high school! Every 10 books earns you a prize! Stop into Youth Services to sign up and get a folder with goodies to track your progress. Or sign up online here: https://bit.ly/3G1SGh4 and log your books online here: https://bit.ly/38z2Byp

Learning Center Tutors Needed

Learning Center Tutors Needed

Do you love to read? Share that with someone else. The Learning Center is in need of a few good volunteers! We have students on a waiting list for tutoring assistance. Give just a few hours a week. You can make a big difference in the lives of students in our community!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer tutor, please contact Jessica Hoffmaster at 219-873-3043.

Potential tutors must complete a background check. Background checks are provided by the library free of charge.

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Friends of the Library Book Sale

La Porte County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Marquette Mall
4073 S. Franklin Street
Michigan City, IN 46360

Open Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Stop by the Convention & Visitors Bureau to visit the Friends’ ongoing book sale!

Hardback books: $1
Paperback books: $.50
Children’s books: $.25
Magazines: $.25
DVDs: $.50

All proceeds support the Friends of the Michigan City Public Library and are used to benefit the library.

The Friends of the Library are not accepting donations of books or other materials at this time. Please do not bring book donations to the library or the LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Thank you!

Warm Up America

Warm Up America

The Michigan City Public Library has organized a local chapter of Warm Up America, open to all ages and skill levels! Warm Up America is a 501(c)3 charity made up of volunteers who knit and crochet handmade afghans and clothing for those in need. Whether they work alone or in groups with friends, family members, or co-workers, participants share a commitment to help their neighbors and serve their communities.

Interested in helping? You can do one or all of the following:

  • Come to Needle Arts at the library from 5:30 – 7:30 pm on Mondays. We have veteran crocheters and knitters with extra supplies to help you get started. Of course, you can work on any other handicraft project of your own, and not all items we work on are for donation.
  • Use the Warm Up America guidelines to start making your own rectangles. These 7″ x9″ rectangles can be dropped off at the Circulation Desk near the entrance. When we have enough rectangles to make one or more afghans, they will be joined together to make full-size afghans.
  • Check back here on our website, on social media, or in our newsletter for an announcement when we need “joiners” to put together the afghans!

Contact Jessica in Literacy at (219) 873-3043 or speak with Patty in Circulation for more information. Download the brochure to find crocheting and knitting patterns, assembly tips, and more information about Warm Up America.

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Free Tutoring at the Learning Center

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The Learning Center offers free tutoring for children and adults in reading, math, basic skills, GED preparation, the English language, and college support.

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Free Services for Teachers

Free Services for Teachers

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Index of obituaries that appeared in the Michigan City News Dispatch and earlier Michigan City newspapers. Covers 1887-present.

Michigan City History

Michigan City History

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