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

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If you have any questions for our Youth Services staff, contact us at:

Michigan City Public Library
Youth Services
100 E. 4th St.
Michigan City, IN 46360

logoCreativity and Innovation Week - April 20-25

Families are invited to take part in this fun and informative week. Create new ideas, inspire new actions, and celebrate innovation! Free activities are offered throughout the county (click here to download the events flyer):

Monday, April 20, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Lake Hills Elementary School, 201 Ferguson Road, Michigan City

Pick up your passport for the week! Students will present their special inventions. There will be hands-on activities for families and community members of all ages and interests. Special guests will play Hoosier innovators from the past, including Madam C.J. Walker (also known as O’Merrial Butchee) and Meinrad Rumely (also known as Leigh Morris). Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm.

Tuesday, April 21, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
La Porte County Convention and Visitor's Bureau, 4073 S. Franklin Street, Michigan City 

Drop by the center to view historical displays! Visit the massive train display, including a miniature steam locomotive on loan from the Hesston Steam Museum. A video of local life between 1870 – 2010, local “Growing Up Green” projects, an art gallery, and a gift shop are also available. 

Wednesday, April 22, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Michigan City Public Library, 100 E. 4th Street, Michigan City

Choose from a variety of materials to create your own unique sculpture. At 3:30 pm, the Michigan City Area Schools Robotics Team will demonstrate one of their robots! For more information, call Youth Services at 219-873-3045.
Download flyer

Wednesday, April 22, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
La Porte County Public Library, 904 Indiana Avenue, La Porte 

Stop in and play with synth kits and other makerspace items. For more information, call the Children's Department at 219-362-6156.

Friday, April 24
Center for Creative Solutions

A community recognition breakfast will be held. Reservations are required. Contact Cindy Hedge at 219-861-0955 or creativity52@comcast.net, or visit centerforcreativesolutions.com for more information.

Saturday, April 25, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Old Lighthouse Museum, Washington Park, Michigan City

Meet innovators from our past and visit the museum! Bring your Creativity and Innovation Week passport for free admission.

Saturday, April 25, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
La Porte County Historical Society Museum, 2405 Indiana Avenue, La Porte 

Meet innovators from our past and visit the museum! Bring your Creativity and Innovation Week passport for free admission.

Upcoming Events

Click here to view the Events Calendar or Events Newsletter

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a free reading program offered by the library. Children from birth to age 5 (or until they enter kindergarten) are invited to join. Special surprises are awarded at each 100 book level. Participants will receive a book diary to record the titles read. Books may be read more than once - repetition aids in learning. Register at the Youth Services desk and begin your child's journey to 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Sponsored by the Platt-Coffin Trust Fund.

Reading to your children will help them:

  • Develop vocabulary skills. Research has shown children with larger vocabularies are better readers.
  • Develop narrative skills. Children who are able to tell or retell a story find the story easier to understand.
  • Develop letter recognition skills. Learning letter names and sounds help children to pronounce written words.
  • Develop print awareness. Children familiar with the printed word feel more comfortable with books.
  • Develop print motivation. Children who enjoy books want to learn how to read.
  • Develop phonological awareness. Children who have difficulty reading often have trouble with phonological awareness.
Suggested readings:

Birth to 12 Months

Welcome Spring
-- Jill Ackerman
This Little Chick -- John Lawrence
Mouse Paint -- Ellen Stoll Walsh

12 to 24 Months

Dear Zoo
-- Rod Campbell
Peekaboo Morning -- Rachel Isadora
Trucks, Trucks, Trucks -- Peter Sis
How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? -- Jane Yolen

2 to 3 Years

Where's My Teddy?
-- Jez Alborough
Butterfly House -- Eve Bunting
A Dozen Ducklings Lost and Found -- Harriet Ziefert

4 to 5 Years

Round is a Mooncake
-- Roseanne Thong
There's Only One of Me! -- Pat Hutchins
A is for Salad -- Mike Lester
Old MacDonald Had a Woodshop -- Lisa Shulman

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Story Time

An early childhood introduction to quality children's literature. Join us for stories, songs, activities and crafts. An adult must attend with with the child. Please arrive 15 minutes early to sign in and receive a name tag. For children between birth and 5 years old. Check the events calendar for storytime dates and times.

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Summer Reading Program

Every Hero Has a Story
June 14 - July 25, 2015super hero ducks

The 2015 Summer Reading Program kicks off June 15! Join us for the fun and be sure to sign up starting that day. Entertainer Leonardo will perform on June 18 at 10:00 am during kick-off week. Mark your calendar today!

Help us promote the Summer Reading Program by taking a super hero rubber duckie on an adventure! Pick up your rubber duckie at the Youth Services desk. Take a picture of your duckie on his heroic adventure and post it to your social media account, #heroduckie. Tag the library (@MichiganCityPublicLibrary on Facebook, @MCPublicLibrar1 on Twitter) to share your duckie with our friends!

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Teen Pages


Click here for a teen booklist by genre


Click here for a Teen Programs calendar


Epic Reads
Reading Rants
YA Books Central

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Homework Helper

General Information

American FactFinder - Population, housing, economic, and geographic data
Children's Illustrated Encyclopedia e-book
Bartleby - Great Books Online, including Bartlett's Familiar Quotations and Gray's Anatomy
Citation Machine - Makes it easy to cite sources
Discovery Education - Math, Science, English, & Social Studies
Fact Monster
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Homework Help from Multnomah County Library
How Stuff Works
INSPIRE - Indiana's Virtual Library
Internet Public Library
Merriam-Webster Online - Dictionary, thesaurus, medical dictionary, English-Spanish dictionary
New York Public Library Digital Image Gallery


Art ebooks from Gale Virtual Reference Library
Artgames - from Albright-Knox Art Gallery
The Artist's Toolkit
Artsedge - by the Kennedy Center
National Gallery of Art for Kids

Foreign Languages

Take free self-guided lessons to learn 60 languages. Each lesson is accompanied by a native speaker, a pictogram, and a translation in your language. Score your pronunciation, have virtual conversations with native speakers, play back recordings, and take quizzes that test pronunciation, vocabulary, comprehension, and spelling.

Chillola.com - English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and more

Math and Science

African American Scientists and Inventors
Algebra Help
Ask Dr. Math
AskRose - Get live help with math and science homework from Rose-Hulman students, Sunday-Thursday, 6-9 p.m. For students in 6th-12th grades. Ask online or call 1-877-ASK-ROSE.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Bedtime Math
Codecademy - Learn Web design and computer programming in free and easy lessons
Earth Science
GCFLearnFree - Online tutorials in math and technology from Goodwill Community Foundation
Khan Academy - Free online video library covering thousands of topics in K-12 math & science
Math is Fun
Math League -- 4th through 8th grade math topics
Mathematician Biographies
Mouserciseand MouseProgram - Beginning computer users, learn how to use a mouse
Periodic Table of Elements
Physics Classroom
Science ebooks from Gale Virtual Reference Library
Science in Context
S.O.S. Mathematics
Virtual Frog Dissection Kit
Visible Human Project
VisionLearning Library
Women Mathematicians

Reading and Writing

Novelist K-8American English - English & American culture for new English learners
Bartleby - Great books, quotes, poetry and verse, style guides
Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation
Citation Machine - Makes it easy to cite sources
Contemporary Authors
EasyBib - Citation and bibliography formatting
Gale LitFinder
GCFLearnFree- Online tutorials in math and technology from Goodwill Community Foundation
How to Write a Research Paper
NoveList PlusNoveList K-8 Plus
NoveList Plus (teen and adult books)
Project Gutenberg - Free ebooks for classic novels, non-fiction works, poetry, and more
Purdue Online Writing Lab
Strunk & White's Elements of Style
Teen Booklists
A Word A Day
YA and Kids Book Central

Research Help

Looking for ebooks, articles, and encyclopedias? Check out the library's research databases:

Funk and WagnallsFunk & Wagnall’s New World Encyclopedia
Includes over 25,000 entries covering an array of topics. Full text for each record may be easily accessed by double clicking on the topic from the display. The database contains various images, offers brief biographies as well as information in a variety of subject areas.

Gale Virtual Reference LibraryGale Virtual Reference Library
Hundreds of non-fiction and reference books that you can read online, covering the arts, science, nature, technology, history, literature, religion, and more. Whether you're researching a topic or reading for fun, there's something here for everyone.

kids searchKids Search
A child-friendly, graphically-rich search engine that is both powerful and fun to use. Students can easily search for their subject of interest and access accurate and authoritative information.

Kids ClickKidsClick!
Created by librarians at the Ramapo Catskill Library system to guide young library users to valuable and age appropriate web sites.

Middle SearchMiddle Search Plus
Contains full text for more than 150 popular middle school magazines, including American Girl, Baseball Digest, Current Biography, Discover, National Geographic, Science News, Teen, XBox Live and more. Also includes biographies & historical essays, Essential Documents in American History, reference books, photos, maps and flags.

NoveList K8NoveList K-8 Plus
A comprehensive reading resource for fiction and nonfiction for young readers and listeners. Find book recommendations based on authors, titles, series, genre, or subject areas. Also includes book reviews, picture book extenders, book discussion guides, book talks, award winners, Lexile reading levels, & more!

primary search Primary Search
Full-text from children’s magazines appropriate for elementary schools and children’s reading rooms, including 321 Contact, Cricket, Highlights, Ranger Rick, Sesame Street, Sports Illustrated for Kids, and more. Other sources include almanacs, encyclopedias, historical documents, and pamphlets.

This current events database allows researchers to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today's classrooms. Full text for over 140,000 articles from nearly 260 diverse sources including international newspapers, periodicals, biographies, public opinion polls, book reviews, pamphlets, and government information.

Social Studies

American Memory - Digital record of American history
BBC Country Profiles
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government
Biography in Context
Congress for Kids
History.com This Day in History
History e-books from Gale Virtual Reference Library
HyperHistory - World history timeline
Indiana History Online (through INSPIRE)
IndianaMap - maps and spatial data
Indiana Memory - Primary sources about Indiana history
Khan Academy - Free online videos featuring topics on history and humanities
National Atlas - Maps
National Geographic Printable Maps and Interactive Map Maker
Presidents of the United States
Social Studies e-books from Gale Virtual Reference Library
United Nations Cyberschoolbus
The World Factbook

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Science Fair

Click here for an alphabetical project listing


Young Hoosier Book Award

First begun in 1974, the Young Hoosier Book Award encourages Indiana students to read for fun. Since 1992, the Award has been divided into three categories based on grade level: Kindergarten-3rd grade (picture books), 4th-6th grade (intermediate), and 6th-8th grade (middle grade).

Each year, teachers, students, parents and media specialists submit suggestions to the Young Hoosier Book Award committee, who nominate twenty books in each category. Students read the books on the list and vote for their favorites. Votes are then tallied and the winning illustrator and authors are presented the award in the spring of the following year.

2013-2014 Winners

Picture Book: Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj
Intermediate: Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Middle Grade:Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans

2014-2015 Nominees

Picture Books (Kindergarten-3rd Grade)
Intermediate Books (4th-6th Grade)
Middle Grade Books (6th-8th Grade)

Ellison Die - Cut

Click here for shape listing