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PROGRAMS FOR YOUTH:Click here for a schedule.

PROGRAMS FOR TEENS: Click here for a schedule.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY:Click here for information on the Friends, and how you can support them through fundraisers and book sales.

HAMMOND PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION: Click here for information on the Foundation, its purpose, and how you can support it.

COMPUTER CLASSES:Click here for a full schedule. Classes are open to teens and adults.

BOOK DISCUSSIONS, BOOK TALKS, AUTHOR VISITS:Click here for a full list of topics and times.

NOVEL CONVERSATIONS BOOK DISCUSSION: Monday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. Click here for details.

BEYOND OUR BORDERS BOOK DISCUSSION: Monday, May 16 at 3 p.m. Click here for details. Aysha Haq leads a discussion of books written by multicultural authors. Thanks to the Friends for their support.

BOOKS INTO MOVIES BOOK DISCUSSION: Tuesday, May 17 at 2 p.m. Click here for details. Brianna Bone leads a discussion of books that have been made into movies.

THIRD ANNUAL LOCAL AUTHOR FAIR: Sat., May 21 from 12-3 p.m. Click here for details.


Display: April: Fairy Dolls by Alice Nebelsiek. May: Autographed Baseballs (collection of Ken Trader)

Gallery: April: Artwork by Alice Nebelsiek. May: Artwork by Sophia Rapata

OTHER PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS (see above for book discussions and author visits):

WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF MUSIC: Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.: April 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25

Florian Bolsega teaches mind training and music theory. Please bring paper and pencil.

ACME PAWN PUSHERS CHESS: Mondays from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.: April 25; May 2, 9, 16 & 23; Also 2nd Saturday from 1-4 p.m.: Sat., May 14

Regular meetings are free and open to all skill levels. Some boards are available; feel free to bring your own set, clock, etc.

HPL GARDEN CLUB **New Series**

Thursday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m.: Master Gardener, Jim Colias, presents Lawn Care in the Spring.

Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 p.m.: Master Gardener and horticulturist, Dolly Foster, presents Butterfly and Pollinator Gardening.

Thursday, May 19 at 2 p.m.: 6000 Years of Gardening in 60 Minutes: A History of Western Gardening, with Sherdes Kubiak.

Thursday, June 16 at 6:30 p.m.: Vegetable and Herb Gardening with Joy McCullough

Thursday, July 7 at 2 p.m.: How Our Founding Fathers/Gardeners Helped Shape Our Nation, with Sherdes Kubiak

Thursday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m.: Master Gardener, Jim Colias, presents Lawn Care in the Fall

Thursday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m.: Bees and Beekeeping, with Sue Eleuterio

Thursday, October 20 at 6:30 p.m.: Feeding Birds in the Winter, with Donnee Smith

STITCHING IN THE STACKS: Tuesday, April 26; May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 at 3:30 p.m.

Bring your project from home or learn something new. Knitting needles, crochet hooks and yarn will be provided during class.

COLORING FOR ADULTS: Monday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m. or Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Coloring for adults—it’s very relaxing, and it's all the rage! Crayons, colored pencils and coloring sheets will be provided.

Thanks to the Friends of the Library for funding this program.

DIY DREAM CATCHER: Friday, April 29 at 2:30 p.m.

The Native American culture believed that these handmade webs would let positive dreams pass through. Join Brianna to learn how to make your own dream catcher.

Supplies are provided, or you may bring your own feathers or beads from home to add to your craft. Thanks to the Friends of the Library for funding this program.

MONEY SMART WEEK (April 25-29)

Each program this week will feature a topic guaranteed to make you a savvy consumer, and each program features a door prize.

Mon., April 25 from 12-1 p.m.: The documentary Thinking Money: The Psychology Behind Our Best and Worst Financial Decisions will be shown. Using humor, on-the-street interviews and provocative insights from innovative thinkers, Thinking Money explores why we spend, why we save (or don’t) and how we think about money

Tues., April 26 from 12-1 p.m.: Darlene Flores of BMO Harris Bank explains the importance of good credit, and how to build your credit. RSVP with Mary at (219) 931-5100, Ext. 327.

Wed., April 27 from 12-1 p.m.: Found Money: How to Search for Unclaimed Funds

Thurs., April 28 from 12-1 p.m.: The documentary Trick$ of the Trade: Outsmarting Investment Fraud will be shown. Trick$ of the Trade is a new, one-hour documentary that explores who is at risk and how influence tactics can leave even the savviest person in a psychological haze.

Fri., April 29 from 12-1 p.m.: A web-based presentation, Finance Essentials for Small Business, will be shown. Manage your small business successfully with finance essentials from accounting professors Jim and Kay Stice.

FRIDAYS AT THE MOVIES / VIERNES EN EL CINE: Friday, May 13 at 1 p.m.: Bridge of Spies (English with Spanish subtitles).

Free popcorn while supplies last. Thanks to Friends of the Library for supporting this program.

STARTING A HOME-BASED BUSINESS: Thurs., May 5 from 3-5 p.m.

Ever think about running a business from your home? What aspects must you consider? SCORE Northwest Indiana presents information you’ll need to know!


Pediment Publishing, in collaboration with The Times, is collecting photos to publish in a new book, Memories Along the South Shore, Vol. 2. HPL was a scanning site for Vol. 1.

If you have photos you’d like to see in the book, bring them to the Local History Room to be scanned. Details are with Brooke Horn at Pediment Publishing, (360) 687-6731.

FILM: SEEGER: THE POWER OF SONG: Friday, May 6 at 1 p.m.

Join us for a documentary of folk singer/activist, Pete Seeger; then join us Sat., May 7 as Mark Dvorak and friends perform Seeger’s music live.


Mark Dvorak, of the Old Town School of Folk Music, and the Old Town School Community Chorus sing the songs of folk legend, Pete Seeger, who would have been 97 years old on May 3. Thanks to the Friends of the Library for funding.

HOW TO GET SELF-PUBLISHED: Monday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m.

Retired lawyer and published author, Kathryn Page Camp, discusses what you need to know to self-publish your book in a professional manner. Thanks to the Friends of the Library for funding.

DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OPEN HOUSE: Thurs., May 19 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Bring your mobile device; we’ll help you get started using eBooks, downloadable magazines, and our newest downloadable offering, ComicsPlus, which offers thousands of digital graphic novels and comics.


Join Dr. John Ban, a retired educator from Indiana University Northwest, for this series about the entertainers who helped win the war effort.

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