I have vivid memories of visiting my hometown library at a very young age. The smell of the books, the feel of the library card in your hand, and the excitement when you find just the right book. Libraries are important community centers. They are the guardians of information, knowledge, and imagination. They provide a safe space, the opportunity to get lost in a book, access to technology, programs to learn a new skill, or a muse for creativity. Libraries are a special place that is unlike any other and they are essential to communities.

 

Who we are

La Porte County Public Library (LPCPL) serves the residents of La Porte County. Our mission is to provide the community with a physical and virtual space where people from all walks of life have the opportunity for lifelong learning. LPCPL strives to meet and exceed the community’s needs with a variety of services, materials, and spaces.  The library is not just a place of books anymore. 

 

What we do

La Porte County Public Library offers a variety of services to our community.

  • Computer and Technology Services
  • Notary Services
  • Genealogy and Local History
  • Storytimes and Play, Grow, Read!
  • Reader’s Advisory and Book Clubs
  • Makerspace 
  • Mobile Classroom
  • Mobile Library
  • Summer Reading Program
  • Libraries 360 Program

 

LPCPL offers online services such as Libby and Overdrive to read or listen to ebooks, digital sources on Kanopy, Tumblebooks, online databases, and Dial-A-Story. We offer free classes for all ages on a variety of topics. Our study rooms and meeting rooms are available for client meetings, Zoom calls, or quiet study space. LPCPL Libraries 360 program offers resources to students and teachers to aid in virtual learning, from databases to online literacy programs. 

 

Where are we going

La Porte County Public Library continues to grow and change to meet the needs of the community. The Exchange at La Porte County Public Library (planned to be open in mid-2021) is an open-access digital fabrication studio and collaborative makerspace. We provide access to information, tools, software, and space for anyone who has the interest to meet up, learn, create, and make. The Exchange provides open access to video and sound recording studios and meeting room space. Library instructors teach classes and provide online tutorials to train people how to use the equipment in our different makerspace areas: digital fabrication, artisan, fiber arts, woodworking, and design. This is a community space dedicated to providing enriching experiences for hobbyists and increased digital and troubleshooting skills for job seekers.

 

Visit your nearest location to learn more about how we can serve you.

 

Posted on February 1, 2021

by Julie Wadle

Julie Wadle

Julie Wadle

Julie is the Public Services Assistant Manager. She enjoys building community partnerships and helping others learn new things. When she is not on the sidelines cheering on her family, she enjoys being outside, baking, and reading the latest James Patterson.
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