Michigan City Public Library
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100 E. 4th Street, Michigan City, IN 46360, phone 219 - 873 - 3044 fax 219 - 873 - 3067

      Public Relations

Meeting Rooms

Writing Out Loud

Film Series


Events Calendar


The Programming Department, now known as Public Relations, began early in the library's life. In September 1898, Nature Day drew 700 people. In 1899, Indian Day featured artifacts and drew 200 people, according to the newspaper.

In the years since, the library has established itself as a major regional cultural center. Programs featuring prominent artists, thinkers and authors have been presented by the library, which considers programming an important service in reaching out to the community and enhancing collections. Regular programming includes the Writing Out Loud series, foreign/independent film series, family films in Washington Park, Bookmarks, and other events.

Contact Us

Michigan City Public Library
Robin Kohn - Public Relations
100 E. 4th Street
Michigan City, IN 46360

Meeting Room Policy


The purpose of the library meeting room is to provide space for programs or meetings either sponsored by the library or initiated by the public for cultural, educational, or informational purposes.

Types of Meetings

All meetings scheduled in the meeting room shall be free and open to the public.

The meeting room is not to be used for solicitation purposes. The library adheres to a strict no solicitation policy in the building and on its grounds with the exception of library and Friends of the Library business.

Library premises may be used for non-partisan political meetings or events such as candidate's nights, which invite all candidates and are sponsored by independent organizations.

Library premises may be used by religious groups in order to hold non-denominational or interdenominational meetings.

Private social gatherings are not permitted.

Only the library or library-related groups may conduct a fundraiser in the library.

Facilities & Fees

The full meeting room has a seated capacity of 125. A half-room divider can create two rooms.

Groups serving food and.or beverages must provide their own supplies. All groups are responsible for cleaning up after their meeting and leaving the room as they found it.

The meeting room is free of charge. Groups who wish to serve refreshments at their meeting must pay a $10 fee to cover cleaning costs.

Scheduling and Reservations

Library-sponsored activities will always take precedence when scheduling meeting room use. Non-library groups who wish to use the room will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. To check meeting room availability, please call (219) 873-3049 on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Meeting room reservations will not be considered final until the library has reviewed the application. The application must contain complete information about the nature and content of the program. The library reserves the right to refuse a group based on an incomplete application and/or a program that is not in keeping with the purpose of the room and the policies of the library.

Meetings are to be scheduled during regular library hours. All meetings must end 15 minutes prior to the library's scheduled closing time.

Library Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The library is closed on Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends.

The meeting room application and applicable fee must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the desired meeting date. The application may be mailed to the library, faxed to (219) 873-3475, or turned in to the Circulation Desk to the attention of Robin Kohn.

The library cannot guarantee the meeting room to non-library groups more than 90 days or less than one week in advance. No more than two meetings per calendar year may be held by individuals or groups that are not library sponsored. If your meeting has been canceled or postponed, please notify the library as soon as possible. Another group may be waiting to use the room.

Rules for Meeting Room Use

No activitiy shall be permitted which shall in any manner be potentially or directly destructive to library property or to the operation of the library. Organizations that reserve the meeting room assume full financial responsibility for any damage incurred resulting from the use of the meeting room.

The library assumes no responsibility for the personal belongings of those attending meetings.

Permission to use the meeting room does not in any way constitute approval or endorsement by the library of the group's policies, beliefs, or activities.

Medical organizations using the room to perform tests, vaccinations, or other procedures are responsible for the clean up and disposal of any medical and/or hazardous waste.

Alcoholic beverages may not be served or consumed in the library.

No smoking is permitted in the library.

All open flames, including the use of candles, are prohibited.

The use of balloons or other non-secured decorations is prohibited in the library.

ADA Compliance

The library will comply with the provisions of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) by providing a qualified interpreter or auxiliary aids upon request at least ten days in advance of library-sponsored programs. Outside groups using the meeting room must also comply with ADA. They are responsible for providing qualified interpreters or auxiliary aids upon request.

Writing Out Loud

The Michigan City Public Library Writing Out Loud series will begin its 29th season in September. Most programs begin at 7:30 p.m.; Tess Gerrittsen will have a lunchtime appearance at 11:30 a.m. The Friends of the Library will host a reception following each program which includes a book signing. All programs are free and open to the public. We are excited to announce the lineup for this year:

John Records LandeckerJohn Landecker
Saturday, September 7, 7:30 p.m.

When you’re born with the middle name Records, your destiny has been chosen for you. John Records Landecker fulfilled his destiny by becoming one of the most respected disc jockeys in radio history. In Landecker’s incredible 40-plus year major market radio career, he’s lived an amazing life and with the help of his former long-time producer, author Rick Kaempfer, he has pulled those stories together in the pages of Records Truly Is My Middle Name. Whether the stories are about the behind the scenes world of Top 40 Radio’s heyday, or Landecker’s colorful encounters with worldwide celebrities like George Harrison, Mel Brooks, The Rolling Stones, George Carlin, and countless others, Landecker recounts his tales with refreshing honesty and humor.

Tess Gerrittsen
Tess GerrittsenMonday, September 30, 11:30 a.m.

Have lunch with award-winning author Tess Gerrittsen on this special day and time! A best-selling author, Tess took an unusual route to a writing career. A graduate of Stanford University, Tess went on to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where she was awarded her M.D. While on maternity leave, she began to write fiction. Her first book was published in 1987 and her first medical thriller, Harvest, marked her debut on the N. Y. Times bestseller list. Her suspense novels include Life Support, Body Double, Vanish, The Bone Garden, and Last To Die. Her series of novels featuring homicide detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles inspired the television series Rizzoli & Isles. Now retired from medicine, she writes full time. Please RSVP to Robin Kohn at 219-873-3049. The luncheon is free, but seating is limited.

Jen Weigel
Jen WeigelSaturday, October 12, 7:30 p.m.

Jen Weigel has been a broadcast journalist in Chicago since 1995. She is the author of three books: Stay Tuned, I’m Spiritual, Dammit! and This Isn’t the Life I Ordered. She won an Emmy Award for her on-camera reporting at CBS, and is now a columnist for the Chicago Tribune. Her one-woman show had three successful runs on the Chicago stage. She is also a frequent contributor for WGN radio and WGN television.

Kelsey Timmerman
Saturday, November 9, 7:30 p.m.

Kelsey TimmermanKelsey Timmerman is the author of Where Am I Wearing? A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes and Where Am I Eating? An Adventure Through the Global Food Economy. His writing has appeared in publications such as the Christian Science Monitor and Condé Nast Portfolio and has aired on NPR. Kelsey is also the cofounder of the Facing Project, which seeks to connect people through stories to strengthen community. He has spent the night in Castle Dracula in Romania, played PlayStation in Kosovo, farmed on four continents, taught an island village to play baseball in Honduras, and in another life, worked as a SCUBA instructor in Key West, Florida. Whether in print or in person, he seeks to connect people around the world.

Call 219-873-3049 for more information. Presented by the Michigan City Public Library Endowment Fund, the Friends of the Library, and Patrons of Writing Out Loud.

Film Series

Each spring and fall, the library, in conjunction with the La Porte County Public Library and Purdue University North Central's Odyssey Cultural Arts Program, sponsors a Film Series. Each season, we screen contemporary foreign and independent American films in the library meeting room. All films are free and open to the public.