Crown Point Community Library

Library Updates

Library Services update

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The Winfield Branch has re-opened with limited service due to staffing.

  • CURBSIDE SERVICE ONLY: Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Call (219) 662-4039 for assistance.
  • CURBSIDE COMPUTER SERVICE available in the lobby
  • WiFi available 24/7 in the parking lot
  • CLOSED Saturday, December 4, 2021
  • The Crown Point location is open for in-person services and visiting

Please continue to watch for updates on our website and Facebook page.

Monday, November 29, 2021

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Winfield Branch Closing Temporarily

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Due to a staff shortage related to COVID-19, the Winfield Branch is temporarily closed until further notice. The holiday hours for the Crown Point location are: Closing at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24, and closed on Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25.

Everyone at the Crown Point Community Library wishes you and yours a happy Thanksgiving. 

Check out what’s happening at your library in December. Click on the image to download the newsletter. If you would like to receive the newsletter in your inbox, enter your email below and click subscribe!

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Library Book Clubs

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The library has three monthly book clubs and a new club making its debut in October – True Crime Book Club. This club will meet quarterly and focuses primarily on crime and mystery.

The library’s book clubs are open to all community members and it is free to participate. Books assigned are available on special loan at the Circulation Desk, at both locations.  Additional copies can be borrowed from the regular library collection in a variety of formats or through SRCS loan.

Below is more information and the schedule for the remainder of 2021, if you have any questions please contact Erika at (219) 306-4597 or ewagner@crownpointlibrary.org

Meeting at the Crown Point location:

Daytime Group: Meets every third Monday at 1 p.m. from 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Monday, October 18: Guest List by Lucy Foley

Monday, November 15: The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

Monday, December 20: No assigned book- share your favorite recent read!

Monday, January 17: The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate

Monday, February 21: This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

Evening  Group: Meets every second Thursday from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 14: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Thursday, November 11: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Thursday, December 16: No assigned book- share your favorite recent read!

Thursday, January 13: Ask Again, Yes by Mary Beth Keane

Thursday, February 10: The Henna Artist by Alka Joshi

True Crime: Meets quarterly on the third Monday from 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Monday, October 18: The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

 

Meeting at the Winfield location:

Winfield Book Club: Meets every Tuesday from 1 – 2 p.m.

Tuesday, October 12: The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate

Tuesday, November 9: This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger

Tuesday, December 14: No assigned book- share your favorite recent read!

Tuesday, January 11: Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Tuesday, February 8: Guest List by Lucy Foley

 

 

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Banned Book Week: September 26–October 2

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Books unite us. They reach across boundaries and build connections between readers. Censorship, on the other hand, divides us and creates barriers. One of our most important goals here at the Library is to provide free and equitable access to information and resources. Among the many implications of that word––access––is the notion of freedom: you are free to read, watch, play, or listen to whatever interests you.

The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 156 challenges to library, school, and university materials and services in 2020. Of the 273 books that were targeted, here are the most challenged, along with the reasons cited for censoring the books:

  1. George by Alex Gino
    Reasons: Challenged, banned, and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content, conflicting with a religious viewpoint, and not reflecting “the values of our community”
  2. Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds
    Reasons: Banned and challenged because of author’s public statements, and because of claims that the book contains “selective storytelling incidents” and does not encompass racism against all people
  3. All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
    Reasons: Banned and challenged for profanity, drug use, and alcoholism, and because it was thought to promote anti-police views, contain divisive topics, and be “too much of a sensitive matter right now”
  4. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
    Reasons: Banned, challenged, and restricted because it was thought to contain a political viewpoint and it was claimed to be biased against male students, and for the novel’s inclusion of rape and profanity
  5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Banned and challenged for profanity, sexual references, and allegations of sexual misconduct by the author
  6. Something Happened in Our Town: A Child’s Story About Racial Injustice by Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins, and Ann Hazzard, illustrated by Jennifer Zivoin
    Reasons: Challenged for “divisive language” and because it was thought to promote anti-police views
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    Reasons: Banned and challenged for racial slurs and their negative effect on students, featuring a “white savior” character, and its perception of the Black experience
  8. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    Reasons: Banned and challenged for racial slurs and racist stereotypes, and their negative effect on students
  9. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Banned and challenged because it was considered sexually explicit and depicts child sexual abuse
  10. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
    Reasons: Challenged for profanity, and it was thought to promote an anti-police message

 

This week, check out something that challenges your own thinking on a particular subject. Whether it changes your mind or expands it, you’ll find that the freedom to access information and resources is the freed to think for yourself.

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Celebrate #LibraryCardSignUpMonth!

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It’s that time of year again! September is Library Card Sign-up Month! It’s the perfect time to get your little ones their very first card. It’s also a great time to remind friends, neighbors, and colleagues that they, too, can take advantage of the free resources, books, movies, and programming the Crown Point Community library provides by stopping in to get a library card. Help spread the word to celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month!

What is Library Card Sign-up Month?

Held annually every September since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month coincides with the beginning of the school year and serves as a reminder and encouragement for parents to sign their children up for their very own library card.

This year, ALA’s honorary chair of Library Card Sign-up Month is the 16-year-old founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, Marley Dias. Dias will use this platform to remind the public that a library card provides access to technology, multimedia content, and programming that strengthens communities.

The Crown Point Community Library will have special limited edition Baby Yoda library cards to distribute on a first-come, first-served basis.  Anyone can qualify for this limited-edition library card (while supplies last). To apply for a library card, or if your card is lost or has expired, please visit either library location.

How do I apply for a library card? Applications may be filled out at the Circulation Desk at both library locations or apply online.

Do you already have a library card? Bring your current library card with you the next time you visit the Library to exchange it for the new special edition design.

Did you apply for a library card online? When you come to the Library to convert your virtual card to a physical card, you can ask for a special edition design.

While you’re at the library in September be sure to make sure your card is up-to-date. Does the library have the correct phone number, address, and email for you? Ask at the Circulation Desk when you check out to make sure we have your valid contact information. The library will send you late notices and hold notifications via email or text message if you opt into the program.

Celebrate with us all month long with these additional activities:

  • Readers of all ages are invited to enter a raffle for a Super Jumbo Baby Yoda Rainbow Fidget toy or Plush Grogu!
  • When you visit the library, take a selfie with a life-size Baby Yoda! Share it with us on social media using the hashtag #CPCLReads
  • You can apply for a library card at any of our outreach events: Visit us at bulldog park at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday, September 18.
  • September 20-25, kids and teens are invited to do a special Star Wars scavenger hunt at both library locations.
  • Children ages 0-17 will receive a prize when they get their first library card.
  • Enjoy take and make activities every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at both library locations while supplies last. (Mondays for Preschoolers, Wednesdays for School Age, and Thursdays for Teens.)
  • Name our book bike!
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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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We are excited to announce that Audrey has completed 1,000 Books before Kindergarten.

 

In 2017 the library launched a fun and exciting reading program for children ages 0-5 years – 1,000 Books before Kindergarten! The program helps to increase awareness of the importance of reading to very young children, as well as, to inspire parents to embrace their role as their child’s first teacher.

The concept is simple, the rewards are priceless. The 1,000 Books before Kindergarten program encourages families to read at least 1,000 books to their preschoolers, birth to age five before they enter school. Does it sound hard? Not really if you think about it. If you read just one book a night, you will have read about 365 books in a year. That is 730 books in two years and 1,095 books in three years. If you consider that most children start kindergarten at around five years of age, you have more time than you think.

Families can sign up anytime they visit the Crown Point or Winfield Branch library. Each child will receive a reading log to record the books read. Each time a goal of recording 100 books is reached, children are encouraged to bring their log to the library to receive the next reading log and receive a special reward!

The goal of this project is to help kids enter school ready to learn. Reading is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your child’s success when they begin school. It also provides an opportunity to increase their exposure to a wide variety of books, and to promote the use of the library – a gold mine of free material available to all community members. In addition, the bond shared between caregiver and child when reading, helps to promote a lifelong love of reading.

For more information please call (219) 306-8068.

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Library Updates

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Summer is here!

Our summer reading program has begun. This event is filled with fun activities and reading for ALL AGES. Head over to the summer reading page to get more information and to sign up today.

Beginning June 1, masks will be optional for vaccinated adults and vaccinated children ages 12 and up. The library requires all staff to wear masks, and unvaccinated adults and unvaccinated children ages 2-11, and for one-on-one assistance with staff when social distancing is not possible.

For more information about library updates and events, subscribe to the newsletter or read it here online!

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A Walk Around The Square

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Join Indiana Room Specialist, Jeanene, for a walking tour of the Historic Crown Point Square. Participants will meet on the Northeast corner of the courthouse lawn and walk around the courthouse and learn about some of the businesses that called The Square home and helped to build and grow our city.

Click on the date of your choice for more information and to register.

Monday, June 7, 10 a.m. 

Wednesday, June 9, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, June 23, 6 p.m.

Monday, June 28, 10 a.m.

 

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Library water bottle filling stations are here

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New water bottle filling stations are available inside the library just in time for the hot weather! Stations are installed at both locations.

Benefits to the stations include:

  • Refreshingly cool and consistent water temperature
  • Health benefits of drinking water
  • Improved water filtering reducing lead and other contaminants
  • Improved water taste
  • Hands-free operation
  • Reduction of plastic bottle waste, a ticker keeps track of 20 oz water bottles saved from waste
  • Antimicrobial protection inhibits the growth of mold and mildew

 

The stations include locked safety covers over the drinking fountain to prevent the spread of viral pathogens.

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Summer Reading is just around the corner!!

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The library invites readers of ALL AGES to keep reading throughout the summer and the best way to do that is to participate in the library’s summer reading program! Tails & TALES is the theme this year and the eight-week event begins June 1 through July 31. There will be plenty of fun activities, virtual and in-person programs, and the more you read, the greater your chance to win great prizes!

Registration begins June 1, online or at the library. Click the book in the image for more information!

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  • Crown Point

    Hours

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

    122 North Main Street
    Crown Point, IN 46307

    219.663.0270



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  • Winfield Branch

    Hours

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

    10771 Randolph St
    Crown Point, IN 46307

    219.662.4039

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