The AARP will be assisting elderly and low-income patrons with tax returns again this year. In conjunction with the IRS, free e-filing service will be available for qualifying tax returns. AARP tax counselors have been trained and certified to IRS standards. The AARP
will not be scheduling appointments in advance via the phone, as had been done in the past. Appointments will be taken in person only at the library by AARP volunteers. Library staff cannot schedule an appointment.
Appointments can be made on January 31 at 9:30 a.m. in meeting room 2 OR any other day the AARP volunteers are scheduled to be at the library between the hours of 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. only, in the Library’s Internet Cafe.
AARP Schedule: Tuesdays/Thursdays – February 4 – April 14: 9:30 a.m. -12 p.m.
Cozy up with a “sweet read” this winter and participate in the Crown Point Community Library’s Winter Reading Event. This year’s program theme is Sweet Reads! The program is for all ages and begins January 13 and runs through February 23. Here is how it works:
At the Crown Point location, adults will sign up on the first floor in the New Release book section, and children and teens will sign up in the Children’s Library on the second floor. At the Winfield Branch, all ages can sign up at the Circulation Desk.
Adult Winter Reading:
Register at the Crown Point or Winfield Branch Library
Pick up one, or more, reading logs to record the books of your choice you read this winter during the months of January and February
Turn in completed log sheet at the library for weekly drawings
At the Crown Point Library, enter your completed logs in the New Release Book Display area, and at the Winfield Branch enter your completed logs at the Circulation Desk.
Drawings will occur on each Monday from January 20 – February 24.
Children & Teens:
Sign up in the Children’s Library or Winfield Branch Circulation Desk.
Receive a BINGO card. Try to finish a row down, across or diagonally for a BINGO. Check-in once a week for a prize.
Complete the card to enter the grand prize drawing!
Grand Prize: Amazon Fire Tablet
(For kids Amazon Fire HD 8 kids edition | For teens & adults: Amazon Fire 7)
Download the library newsletter to find out about all the activities planned in January! Free movies and events for all ages!
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 www.cpaashow20.org/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
LIST OF REGISTERED VOTERS: PRIMARY 1934 Roll Books
Crown Point and Hobart (open to South Main Street, Crown Point)
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***
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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.