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National Library Week Celebrations

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Celebrate National Library Week (April 23-29, 2023) with the theme “There’s More to the Story.”

Libraries are full of stories in a variety of formats from picture books to large print, audiobooks to ebooks, and more. But there’s so much more to the story. Libraries of Things lend items like museum passes, games, musical instruments, and tools. Library programming brings communities together for entertainment, education, and connection through book clubs, storytimes, movie nights, crafting classes, and lectures. Library infrastructure advances communities, providing internet and technology access, literacy skills, and support for businesses, job seekers, and entrepreneurs. National Library Week 2023 will be a great time to tell your library’s multi-faceted story.


Celebration Days During National Library Week

Monday, April 24: Right to Read Day is a National Day of Action in support of the right to read. The State of America’s Libraries Report is released, including Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2022.

Tuesday, April 25: National Library Workers Day, a day for everyone to recognize the valuable contributions made by library workers.
Libraries Work Because We Do. National Libbrary Workers Day. ALA=APA

Wednesday, April 26: National Library Outreach Day, a day the dedicated library professionals who are meeting their patrons where they are.

National Library Outreach Day, simple illustration of a bookmobile with wi-fi and icons representing art, music,education. video production

Thursday, April 27: Take Action for Libraries Day, a day to rally advocates to urge members of Congress to protect the freedom to read.

Fund Libraries: Tell Congress to invest in libraries

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Who’s Ready for Library Mini Golf!?!

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Our largest fundraising event, Library Mini Golf, is returning on Saturday, April 22, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., and we are excited to once again transform the library into an 18-hole miniature golf course for the day. Players, of all ages, will enjoy putting through the library stacks, down the staircase, and finishing at the 19th hole “Family Fun Zone,” located in the meeting rooms, to enjoy free refreshments, and fun activities. Tickets cost $5 per person or $20 for a group of five and include one round of golf (putters, balls, and scorecards will be provided) and admittance to the Family Fun Zone.

Library Mini Golf is one of the most exciting opportunities that embrace the dual purpose of fundraising and provides an engaging way for community members to enjoy and explore the library space. and brings awareness of how the Library plays an integral part in our community’s success and quality of life for its residents.

The event is strategically scheduled in April to coincide with two American Library Association’s sponsored celebrations – National Library Week (April 23-29) and School Library Month. During the event, Crown Point schools compete in a hole-decorating contest. Golfers vote for the best hole and three winning schools receive a cash prize for their library.

The proceeds from this event are utilized to fund two years of library programming, for all ages. Since our first event in 2013, financial support through this fundraising effort has allowed us to enhance outreach services and expand traditional library programming to include:

  • Renting Molly the Trolley to transport patrons on our Historical Homes Tour,
  • Purchasing the screening licenses for Motion Pictures and Foreign Films,
  • Purchasing program materials for STEAM and early literacy programs,
  • Incentives and performers for the summer and winter reading events,
  • Author visits and musical performances,
  • Purchasing materials for take & make kits during the pandemic, and more!

One of the best features of the event is the golf hole-decorating contest between schools! Golfers vote for their favorite hole and three winnings schools receive a cash prize to purchase books for their school library (sponsored by our Friends of the Library.) 1st place receives $300, 2nd place receives $200 and 3rd place receives $100. This year, the Friends added an additional bonus of $100 to each school participating: Solon Robinson, Robert A. Taft, Dwight Eisenhower, Timothy Ball, Colonel Wheeler, MacArthur Elementary, and St. Mary’s Catholic.

In addition, parking is available at Wheeler Middle School and Molly the Trolley will transport players to and from the event for free! Boarding happens every thirty minutes. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to ride around the square on your way to play mini-golf at the Library!


We are grateful for all of our sponsors who make Library Mini-Golf possible:

Presenting Sponsors: Professional Building Services, Tech Credit Union, Certa Pro Painters of Northwest Indiana, CROWN Engineering, Repair & Manufacturing

Hole-In-One Sponsors: City of Crown Point, Bloom Boutique Salon, Saddle & Spurs Lake County 4-H Club, Crown Point Rotary Club, Centier Bank, O’Drobinak & Nowaczyk, P.C.; Proven IT

Eagle Sponsors: Code Ninjas of Crown Point, Xoxo Invites, Lake County Historical Society, Shelter Insurance – Mike Adams, Levin Tire & Service Center, Janet Katich, Glass America, LGS Plumbing, Julie Wendorf, Green is Good by Kate, Chippopotamus Golf, Golf Now! Chicago

Family Fun Zone Sponsors: Shirer Insurance, Car Star, Geisen Funeral Home, Higgins Overhead Door

Golf Hole Decorating Contest for Local Schools: Friends of the Crown Point Library

Birdie Sponsor: Olthof Homes


Where is the golf course?

The eighteen holes are set up throughout the library on the 1st and 2nd floors. Golfers will purchase their tickets, pick up their equipment in the Internet Café and then head up to the second floor to begin! The course ends in the 19th Hole “Family Fun Zone” in the library’s meeting rooms, where golfers will return their equipment, vote for their favorite school-decorated hole, and enjoy free refreshments and other fun activities. This year we are excited to welcome Balloon Twister, Ian Tully, and Funtastic Photo Booth, as one of the free activities offered!

How much are the tickets? 

$5.00 per player or $20 for a group of five.

What is included in the Library Mini Golf ticket?

One round of golf (putters, balls, and scorecards will be provided to players) and admittance to the Family Fun Zone.

What forms of payment do you accept? 

Cash, check, and credit cards. Checks should be made out to the Crown Point Library.

Is any portion of the mini golf ticket tax-deductible?

No, the fee helps to cover the event’s costs.

Can I buy tickets before the event on April 22?

Yes. Beat the line on the day of the event and purchase your tickets early. Tickets can be purchased at the Crown Point Library. Tickets are non-refundable.

Can I buy tickets on the day of the event?

Yes. Tickets will be sold in the Internet Café.

Will there be food or drinks available?

Light refreshments along with fun activities will be available, for free, in the Family Fun Zone.

Where do the proceeds go? 

All the proceeds go towards expanding library programming, and services, FOR ALL AGES.


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Library Surplus Sale Begins Tuesday!

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It’s true… the Friends of the Library are hosting another surplus sale of items the library no longer uses, such as chairs, flooring, shelving units, office furniture, and more.

The sale will take place in the meeting rooms at the Crown Point Library. Sales are cash or check only, and all items must be removed, by the buyer, on the day of purchase. There are no holds and no deliveries. 

Sale hours*:

Tuesday, March 28 from 9 – 7 p.m.,

Wednesday, March 29 from 9 – 6 p.m.,

Thursday, March 30 from 9 – 1 p.m.

*Sale hours may change based on the number of items remaining for sale.

  • All items are sold as-is.
  • All sales are final.
  • Accepted forms of payment: Cash or check payable to the Friends of the Crown Point Library. Proceeds benefit the Library.
  • No holds for unpaid items.
  • Large items that are paid for may be picked up later, on the same day, or by 11 a.m. on Thursday.
  • Failure to pick up items will result in forfeiture of payment.
  • The purchaser is responsible for the pickup and delivery of items to their vehicle. A dolly and rolling cart will be made available, by the library, to assist in transporting your item to your vehicle. Library staff or Friends of the Library volunteers are unable to assist with the delivery or transportation of your items.

Surplus Sale Items List

Library Surplus Sale – March 28 – 30, 2023

Items will be posted on Facebook the evening before the sale.

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Winfield Branch closes temporarily for renovations

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Tomorrow, February 1, 2023, the Winfield Branch will close for approximately six-seven weeks while renovations to update the space are being done.

The outside book drop will remain open for returns. We encourage our visitors to visit the Crown Point location to pick up holds and check-out materials during this time.

Due to the temporary closure a special storytime, designed for our Winfield Branch Book Babies and Little Listeners, will be held in the program room at the Crown Point location on Monday, February 6 at 10 a.m. Register here.

The February Book Discussion and the adult Paper Crafting program will take place, on their designated day and time, at the Holy Spirit Church Parish Life Center, located at 7667 E. 109th Ave, Crown Point, IN 46307.

Please continue to check our website and Facebook page for additional Winfield Branch programming updates during the renovation period.

Thank you for your patience while we update this space to better serve our visitors!

The improvements include:

  • Expanded interactive children’s play area
  • Remodeled public bathrooms
  • Addition of a private study room for public use
  • Removal of a wall to create a more open use of the current space
  • Increased shelving for library materials
  • Flooring replacement and upgrades
  • Door relocation to provide a more welcoming entry to the library

If you have additional questions, please contact Library Director, Julie Wendorf, at 219-306-8071.

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OverDrive app discontinued—Give Libby a try!

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Attention, OverDrive app users! The OverDrive app has been discontinued. Libby is OverDrive’s newer app for browsing and enjoying digital content from our library. All your loans, holds, and wish list items will be waiting for you in Libby when you add your library card. It’s time to give Libby a try! Learn more here

Libby also comes with new features we know you’ll love, like:

  • Tags to categorize books however you’d like
  • A central bookshelf for all loans and holds
  • Compatibility with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Sonos speakers
  • Customizable notifications and more!

Download Libby or visit to get started.

Switching to Libby from the OverDrive app

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Renovating space to serve you better!

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On Monday, January 30 the Winfield Branch will close, for approximately six weeks, to begin the additional renovations to further improve the usability of the space for our visitors.

Some of the exciting parts of the project include the addition of a study room, an expanded children’s interactive play area, additional shelving to expand the selection of the materials, and a repurposing of the lobby space.

Visit our Facebook page for construction updates. Thank you for your patience during this project!


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CPCL will be Fine Free in 2023!

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We are excited to announce, as of January 1, 2023, CPCL will no longer charge fines on overdue materials. In celebration of this historic change in policy, the Library will remove any pre-existing overdue fines for all library patron accounts – so that everyone gets a fresh start! Cardholders will continue to be responsible for returning items and paying for lost or damaged materials. Any cardholder with overdue library materials, whether days or years overdue, may return items without penalty and restore their borrowing privileges going forward. 

The CPCL’s Board of Trustees approved the elimination of fines on November 28, 2022, during their regularly scheduled Board of Trustee meeting, on the recommendation from the library’s director, Julie Wendorf. Wendorf shared that the revenue attributed to fines has steadily declined in recent years due to the auto-renewal of materials and the revenue generated by the payment from fines accounted for less than 1% of the library’s operating budget.  Going fine free will reduce barriers and increase equity for all library users, which aligns with the library’s guiding principle of ACCESS and also aligns with the 2019 American Library Association resolution encouraging libraries to eliminate overdue fines.  CPCL joins a trend of other Indiana libraries going fine free; as of June 2022, 100 out of 236 public libraries in Indiana were fine free. 


What does it mean to be fine-free?

Beginning January 1, 2023, all overdue fines will be removed from patron accounts and overdue fines will no longer accrue. Historic fees for lost or damaged items will still remain. Patrons are still responsible for returning library items and accounts will be blocked at $25.00 from the accumulation of lost/damaged fees.

CPCL will continue to send notifications when items are due and again if materials are not returned. After 14 days, unreturned items will be considered lost and the cardholder must either return the item without penalty or pay the replacement cost.

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Painting donation to Indiana Room

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Daniel R. and Carol M. Root donated this painting, Untitled (Woodland Scene) by John Elwood Bundy, to the Indiana Room at the Crown Point Community Library in June 2021. John Elwood Bundy (1853-1933) was quintessential in forming the Richmond Art Group, made famous for their portrayal of Indiana picturesque scenes. Bundy was nationally known for his nature paintings, featuring his favorite woodlands near Richmond, Indiana, although he did paint portraits by the commission as well. He shared his knowledge with the group artists as well as with his students at Earlham College and within his studio. Bundy painted for both pleasure and commission, rarely titling his works. This painting was acquired by the donor’s great-grandmother, Carrie Dyer Root, at the same time she commissioned a portrait of her mother in the mid-1890s. There is no known title for this painting. More information can be found on both the Richmond Art Group and John Elwood Bundy in Shaun Thomas Dingwerth’s The Richmond Group Artists (IC 759.1726 DIN).

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Bunco night at the Library!

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Roll on down to the library and support early literacy!

Join the Friends of the Crown Point Library for a night of dice-rollin’ fun to raise money for early literacy! Proceeds from their Bunco Night at the Library fundraiser will support a variety of early literacy outreach efforts and programming at the library and in its community.

The Friends of the Crown Point Library is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises funds to benefit the library. They are dedicated to advocating for library services, promoting early literacy, and funding projects and programs to enhance and promote the use and enjoyment of the library. This year they have generously provided over $17,000 to support the following:

  • Over 250 Book Baby Bags for newborns and parents in partnership with St. Clare Health Clinic
  • Summer and Winter Reading Events
  • Books and materials to enhance baby and preschool-age Storytime programming
  • Books for Library Book Clubs
  • Historic Trolley Tours
  • Permanent Storywalk® at the Crown Point location (to be installed in 2023)
  • Madcap Puppets Show at Bulldog Park
  • Music Concerts at the Library
  • Staff Appreciation Luncheon and Apparel
  • The Charlie Cart Project for Culinary Literacy Programs
  • Licensing Fees for Movie Nights with the Library at Bulldog Park

The after-hours event will take place at the Crown Point Community Library on Friday, November 11 from 6 – 9 p.m.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner at 6 p.m. with the first “roll” beginning promptly at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for members, and $30 for non-members and include three rounds of Bunco, dinner, dessert, coffee, tea, and pop.

There will be raffles, 50/50, door prizes, and more! Tickets can be purchased at the Crown Point Library, space is limited!


Event Sponsor:

For more information visit or call (219) 663-0270.

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  • Crown Point


    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


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    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


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