Crown Point Community Library

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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.

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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.


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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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Bunco For Books – Nov. 1

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Bunco players of all skill levels are invited to come out for a night of dice rollin’ fun to help raise money for books! Bunco for Books is a fundraiser hosted by the Friends of the Crown Point Library. Proceeds go towards the purchase of books and other supplies to support the Crown Point Library’s literacy outreach efforts including Book Babies, book discussion groups, and more.

The event will take place in the meeting rooms at the Crown Point Library on Friday, November 1 from 6 – 9 p.m.  Tickets are $35 per person or $30 for Friends members and include your game entry, dinner (Rosatti’s Pizza) and two raffle tickets. Tickets can be purchased at the Crown Point Library beginning September 15.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with the first “roll” beginning at 7 p.m. During the social hour before the game begins, attendees may enter raffles, eat dinner and learn how to play the game. Rules and directions will be available on every table, so no prior experience is necessary.

For more information or to support the event with a raffle donation or sponsorship visit or call Laura (219) 306-4599.

The Friends of the Crown Point Library are a nonprofit organization, dedicated to enhancing and promoting the use and enjoyment of the Crown Point Community Library. The organization meets monthly on the second Tuesday at 10 a.m. in meeting room 2 at the Crown Point Library. New members are welcome.

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Show your Card And Save!

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Local businesses are partnering with the Crown Point Community Library in a “Show Your Card and Save” promotion to celebrate National Library Card Sign-Up Month.

During the month of September, Crown Point Community Library cardholders will receive unique offers and discounts on goods and services at participating businesses, just by showing their CROWN POINT COMMUNITY LIBRARYCARD! The Library encourages you to support the local businesses that support your local library!  Business owners interested in participating can contact Laura at (219) 306-4599 or email  For a complete list of participating businesses visit

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Civil Rights and Backlash: An Urban/Suburban Makeover in NWI

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In 1960, 180,000 people lived in Gary, Indiana, a thriving industrial city. Fifty years later, only 80,000 people lived there. Why? What happened? And where did residents go?

This 90-minute interactive workshop weaves together oral histories from residents of northwest Indiana and places them alongside historical contexts to document the changing racial and economic demographics of Gary and the Region, including the rise of black political power and opportunity in the 1960s and ’70s, the “flight” of white residents and businesses to the suburbs, and the automation and subsequent underemployment of the steel mills.

Though about Gary and northwest Indiana, the presentation offers a useful framework for thinking about how these dynamics played out in other cities and regions.

Join us on Wednesday, September 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the Crown Point Library.

This program is free, registration is encouraged. Sign up here.

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TEENS Vote For Your Top Ten Favorite Book

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Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Voting is open from August 15 through October 15, 2019. The Top Ten titles will be announced on October 16, 2019, so check back to see the winners!

Teens ages twelve to eighteen can vote for up to three books by visiting This voting is for teens only!


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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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