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CPHS Student and Alumni Art Show

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The Crown Point High School Alumni Association is sponsoring a juried art show showcasing artwork by current Crown Point High School senior class students and alumni from all Crown Point High School graduating classes. The purpose of the show is to showcase and reward the work of talented Crown Point High School students and provide a link between current students and Crown Point High School alumni who are active in the visual arts.
Cash prizes will be awarded to current students.

A presentation of awards reception will be held at the Crown Point Library on Saturday, February 1 at 2 p.m., the public is invited to attend.

For complete rules and to submit an entry please visit or email

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Sensory Table at the Winfield Branch

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Saturday, January 11.

The Winfield Branch will have a sensory table for children in pre-school to first grade.

Children will explore shapes and textures with a parent or guardian.

Free. Registration preferred.

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Census Job Application

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The United States Census Bureau is hiring for the 2020 Census. The Crown Point Library will be providing time for interested individuals to meet with Census staff to apply to be a census taker on Monday, November 18 from 1-3 p.m. and Wednesday, November 20 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Interested individuals would need the following qualifications:
• At least 18 years old
• Have a valid Social Security number
• Have a valid email address
• Pass a criminal background check
• Be able to work flexible hours, including days, evenings, and weekends.
• Have access to a vehicle and have a valid driver’s license
• Have access to a computer with Internet to complete training
• Meet with Census staff to inquire about employment and to complete the application process at the library.

For more information or to apply online, visit or call 1-855-JOB-2020.

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Election Rolls Display in the Crown Point Lobby

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The 1934 Primary Election Rolls are on display in the Crown Point Library lobby through November; starting in December, they will be on display in the Indiana Room.


These rolls were in possession of The Lake County Board of Elections and Registration.  They were found by the Honorable Lorenzo Arredondo while looking through other records at the American Legion post.  There was discussion as to the best use/display of the records so they would not be lost to time and space again.  The board decided to make an offer to the Crown Point Community Library Indiana Room as a donation of the rolls.  It was agreed between the Director, Indiana Room Specialist, and Board Representative that the record books would be transferred to the Library.  The official transfer of records to the Director and Indiana Room Specialist occurred during the July 16, 2019, Lake County Board of Elections and Registration meeting.  Following the display in the lobby, the Library agrees to make them available to the public for viewing.   Please make arrangements with the Reference Desk if you wish to view the roll books after they are returned to the Indiana Room.


Crown Point and Hobart (open to South Main Street, Crown Point)

East Chicago



Townships: Calumet, Cedar Creek, Center, Eagle Creek, Hanover, Hobart, North, Ross, St. John, West Creek, and Winfield


***PRIMARY ELECTION was held on Tuesday, May 8, 1934***

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Celebrate our Friends!

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Celebrating its 14th year, Sunday, Oct. 20 to Saturday, Oct. 26 is National Friends of Libraries Week.

National Friends of Libraries Week is a national week of celebration recognizing the advocacy and contribution efforts of Friends groups that are made up of volunteers. Have you thought about becoming a “Friend” but haven’t done it yet? Friends couldn’t do what they do without the help of people like you! Join today, download the membership form or pick one up at either library location.

The Friends support the Library through advocacy, fundraising, and promotion of library programs and initiatives. For over 35 years, they have made it their mission to enhance and promote the use and enjoyment of the library.

The role of the Library in our community is evolving in exciting and necessary ways. Beyond, books, the library is now also a place to learn essential skills, connect with your community, and discover new opportunities. When you support the Friends by becoming a member, making a donation, attending a fundraising event, you help make resources available to everyone.

Join us in thanking our Friends and support them at their upcoming book sale beginning Wednesday, October 23 through Friday, October 25. Friends members are invited to the special preview on Wednesday from 4 – 5 p.m. Please bring your member i.d. The public sale hours are Wednesday, October 23: 5 – 7 p.m., October 24: 9 – 7 p.m., October 25: 9 – 3 p.m. Browse through thousands of items ranging from children’s books, non-fiction, fiction, paperback, music CDs and more! Mix and match items from the sale for $5 a bag.

You can also support the Friends by purchasing a ticket to their Bunco For Books event on November 1. Proceeds from this fundraising event benefit literacy outreach efforts in our community! Tickets can be purchased at the Circulation Desk at the Crown Point location. For more information click on the image.

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Happy Anniversary Winfield Branch!

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It was three years ago today the doors opened at the new location for our Winfield Branch! The new location, 10771 Randolph Street,  opened on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, and increased by over 3,000 square feet. It includes these new features for the first time:  a dedicated space for library programming that also serves as a public meeting room,  increased seating for study and reading leisure, more public computers, a community display area, a coffee cafe and is a fully handicap-accessible building.

A little history about the Winfield Branch:

  • August 11, 1982— The Library was officially renamed to Crown Point Community Library, with the addition of full library service for Winfield Township residents.
  • In 1989 the first Winfield Township Branch Library opened with a collection of 2000 adult and children’s books.
  • In 1998 the Winfield Branch Library doubled its space when it moved to 10645 Randolph Street

To find out what is happening at the Winfield Branch download the Crown Point Community Library’s monthly newsletter “Check It Out”  or browse the online events calendar.


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Dedication of Memorial Stone For Frances McBride

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On September 11, 2019, a memorial stone was dedicated to the Crown Point Community Library in honor of Frances Helmerick McBride. Pictured above is Library Director, Julie Wendorf along with Susan Elder (Regent of the Julia Watkins Brass Chapter, NSDAR), McBride’s son Waldon McBride II and daughter-in-law Angela.

Mrs. McBride, a prior regent, was a librarian at the Crown Point Library from 1963-1989 and made significant contributions to genealogy and local history during her time working at the library.

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Crown Point Adult Learning Center

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The Adult Learning Center is located in the James C. Conlon Community Center at the Crown Point Library. An affiliate of the Center of Workforce Innovations, the Center provides educational services for those wanting to complete their high school education, facilitate training for individuals looking for employment and provides English language instruction for those learning English as a second language.

For more information about services or to become a volunteer, please call the center at 219-314-9904 or email


On September 10, Professor Grace Lemmon presented an educational session on how to write a simple, effective resume for students of the Crown Point Adult Learning Center. Lemmon discussed how to best describe your work history, talents, and abilities in a resume and job application. She returned the following week for another session on what to expect during a job interview. Lemmon is an Associate Professor of Management at DePaul University.


From left: Mary Sytsma, Director, Patrick Adler, Terrie Hauser, Professor Lemmon, Bryan Baker.

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New National “Digital Book Club”

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The Libraries Transform Book Pick is a new digital reading program that connects readers nationwide by offering free access to the same eBook through public libraries. The program, a collaboration between the American Library Association (ALA) and Rakuten OverDrive, gives public libraries the opportunity to bring readers together to discover a new eBook and celebrate the very best in reading.

After the Flood, an inventive and riveting climate fiction saga by Kassandra Montag will be available October 7–21. Use your library card and the Libby app to download a free copy of the eBook to your personal device. There will be no waitlists or holds for this title.

The selection of After the Flood for the Libraries Transform Book Pick was made in consultation with experts at Booklist, the book review magazine of the ALA. A special thanks to After the Flood’s publisher William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, for their support of the Libraries Transform Book Pick.

Discuss After the Flood on social media using the hashtag #LTBookPick. You can also start your own book club using this discussion guide.

Book description:

A little more than a century from now, our world has been utterly transformed. After years of slowly overtaking the continent, rising floodwaters have obliterated America’s great coastal cities and then its heartland, leaving nothing but an archipelago of mountaintop colonies surrounded by a deep expanse of open water.

Stubbornly independent Myra and her precocious seven-year-old daughter, Pearl, fish from their small boat, the Bird, visiting dry land only to trade for supplies and information in the few remaining outposts of civilization. For seven years, Myra has grieved the loss of her oldest daughter, Row, who was stolen by her father after a monstrous deluge overtook their home in Nebraska. Then, in a violent confrontation with a stranger, Myra suddenly discovers that Row was last seen in a far-off encampment near the Arctic Circle. Throwing aside her usual caution, Myra and Pearl embark on a perilous voyage into the icy northern seas, hoping against hope that Row will still be there.


Click on the button below to be transferred to the Crown Point Community Library eBook catalog.



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The Winfield Branch is Haunted!

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Come to the Winfield Branch Library on Saturday, October 19 from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. to experience The Haunted Library.

Traverse dark hallways and encounter ghosts and goblins in this spooky event designed for children in grades 3-8. (This event may be too scary for younger children).

No registration necessary.

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  • Crown Point

    Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

    122 North Main Street
    Crown Point, IN 46307


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  • Winfield Branch

    Mon., Wed. & Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Tuesday & Thursday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    Sunday: Closed

    10771 Randolph St
    Crown Point, IN 46307


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