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2023 Summer Reading Program Prizes: All Together Now!

Story Door Home Delivery now available

Story Door Home Delivery

We can bring the library to your doorstep with Story Door home delivery! Michigan City Public Library proudly provides free access to library materials for our adult and youth patrons who are temporarily or permanently unable to visit the library due to physical or mental disability, vision impairment, illness, injury, or incapacitation.

We can send books, magazines, audio CDs, and more. Delivery and return is by U.S. mail, and the library pays the postage both ways!

Book Sale

Friends of the Library Book Sale

The Friends of the Library Book Sale is Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, June 13-15 at the Visit Michigan City LaPorte Northern Indiana offices at 4073 South Franklin (in the Marquette Mall complex). The sale runs from 10 am – 3 pm every day. Support the Friends and browse the great variety of books available.

Construction notice: courtyard heater replacement project

Courtyard Heating Replacement Project

The interior heaters around the courtyard area are currently being replaced. The library is open and all collections are accessible. A work zone surrounding the courtyard has been draped off and is off-limits. During the project, the courtyard will be closed to the public. Work is anticipated to continue through the spring. Every effort will be made to keep noise levels, dust and disruptions to a minimum. We appreciate your understanding as we upgrade our heating!

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Summer Reading Program: All Together Now!

June 5 – July 22, 2023

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 reading hours and select the raffle prize you would like to have a chance to win.

QR code - scan to log reading hours for the 2023 Summer Reading ProgramBeginning June 5, click here to record your hours and enter the raffle, or scan the QR code. After every 10 hours of reading, you’ll receive another entry for the raffle, so make sure you select which prize you would like to try to win. The last day to record your reading hours and enter the raffle is Saturday, July 22.

For more information, please call Youth Services at 219-873-3045.

Getting There oral histories

Getting There: Oral Histories about Michigan City Railroads & Aviation

Want to learn more about Michigan City history? The library’s 1993 oral history project, Getting There: Oral Histories about Transportation in Michigan City, is now available online as part of Indiana University’s digital collections! Check it out at

Thank you to Jeremy Pekarek, Librarian/Archivist at IU Northwest Anderson Library, for digitizing this collection and making it available online.

Getting There is a series of videotaped oral histories focusing on the history of railroads and aviation in Michigan City. This project was initiated and administered by the Michigan City Public Library, co-sponsored by the LaPorte County Historical Society, and funded through an Indiana Heritage Research Grant from 1993-1994.

Interviewees who discuss aviation include: Harry Frey, John Griswold, Dale Phillips, Darin Phillips, Joe Phillips, Tom Ringo, Burton Ruby, Al Spiers, Dorothy Verdos, George Verdos, and Rex Westphal. Those who talk about the city’s railroads include: Lucius Donkle, Steve Eldridge, William Harris, Ed Hedstrom, Henry Kintzele, Jr., and Eugene Moldenhauer.

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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

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