The library is proud to partner with the City of Crown Point Point on the Walk the Dog public art project!
This community project will include a new self-guided historic walking tour with signage and a coloring book. The signage for the project will be installed soon. It will contain a historic picture and a present day picture of each location and also a QR code that will lead back to more in-depth content on the City’s website.
Chicago-based artist and Crown Point native, lewis lain repainted a 4-foot-tall fiberglass bulldog illustrating ten historic sites you can visit along the tour. Research was provided by Jeanene Letcher, our Indiana Room Specialist, from the research she did for the library’s historic walking and trolley tours. The coloring book is available in the Children’s Library and the Indiana Room, both located on the second floor at the Crown Point location. A display highlighting the project will be located in the Indiana Room beginning in October.
Library Director, Julie Wendorf and Jeanene Letcher attended the unveiling at Bulldog Park on September 18. Stop by Bulldog Park to view the painted bulldog and read more about the project here: https://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/crown-point/crownpoint-art-bulldog-history-bulldogpark/article_dd9136f4-56f1-11ee-b9ac-7b14b68ba926.html
You can also listen to Julie and Jeanene talk about the project on the City’s podcast Lay of the Land. Season 2, Episode 5 of Lay of the Land available on:
Apple Podcasts: https://apple.co/3BwfS52
The Crown Point Community Library is celebrating the completion of its recent renovation project of the Winfield Branch located at 10771 Randolph Street in the Doubletree Shopping Plaza. The public is invited to join us on Thursday, September 14, 2023, at 10 a.m. for a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Crown Point Library and the Crossroads Chamber of Commerce. For more information visit www.crownpointlibrary.org.
The renovations to the branch location made the following possible:
~ Expanded the interactive children’s play area
~ Remodeled the public bathrooms
~ Addition of a private study room for public use
~ Removal of a wall to create more space
~ Increased shelving for library materials
~ Replaced and upgraded flooring
~ Relocated front door to provide a full-service entry
Julie Wendorf, Director of the Crown Point Community Library, stated, “The branch renovations were made possible with the bond refinancing of the Library’s existing bond for the Crown Point location’s building. As a result of a drop in interest rates, an additional $1.1 million dollars were gained, at no added taxpayer expense, to do much-needed capital improvements at both locations.” The project planning started at the end of 2022 and was led by Professional Building Services, Inc. of Crown Point. The project required the branch to close for eight weeks, February 1 – April 3, and briefly again for four additional days in August for the additional shelving installation and relocation of the entire library’s physical collection.
The project has received rave reviews from community members, according to Cindy Baumeister, the new Winfield Branch Supervisor. “I enjoy seeing people’s reactions and hearing how impressed they are with the finished product. Although the footprint size of the library didn’t change, many people say it feels much bigger.”
The first Winfield Branch of the Crown Point Library was opened in January of 1989 and has continued to grow and expand to match the growth of the community. The library’s service district, Center, and Winfield townships have experienced double-digit growth since the 2020 census “The expansion of library services matches the tremendous growth in both the Winfield and Crown Point communities”, stated Wendorf.
There’s something for everyone at the Library
and everyone should have a library card!
September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the library joins the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries nationwide to remind everyone about the valuable resources available with a library card.
From borrowing books, ebooks, and audiobooks to getting homework help, learning new skills, or attending a book club or story time, a library card helps everyone do more of what they enjoy.
During September, we are celebrating Library Card Sign-up with these activities – join us!
Win A Kindle – Every time you check out library materials, during the month of September, you can enter to win a Kindle!
- Every cardholder, at the time of checkout, will receive a ticket (one per visit, per cardholder) for a chance to win a Kid’s Edition or Regular Kindle Fire.
- Self-checkout patrons can show their receipt at the Circulation Desk to receive their ticket.
- The winner will be drawn on October 2.
Design A Bookmark for the Library – Young creators can enter our bookmark contest. For contest information and guidelines visit: https://crownpointlibrary.org/bookmark-contest/.
HOW CAN I GET A LIBRARY CARD?
Residents of Center or Winfield Townships are eligible for library cards at no charge.
- Visit the Crown Point or Winfield Branch:
- Adults need to provide proof of address. Identification must include the applicant’s name and address.
- Patrons 17 years or younger are required to have a parent’s signature on a library card application.
- Non-residents from other area libraries must have a valid library card from their home library and provide identification.
- Apply online
DID YOU APPLY FOR A LIBRARY CARD ONLINE?
- If you applied for a library card online, visit the Library to convert your virtual card to a physical card.