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Hammond Indiana 46320
Welcome to Youth Services!
We offer many great resources for children and their parents. We serve children from infancy through age 13. We offer books and other reading material, computer access, educational resources, and so much more, all in a fun and safe environment. Browse some of our services and resources online, and visit us to learn more!
Do you like what you see, but you want to venture to the rest of the internet? Here are a few links to websites we enjoy.
We also have a wide variety of online databases that are full of information that you can use for homework or just for fun.
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Youth Program Calendar
Youth Winter Reading
Homeschool: Computer Class
Inbetween Book Club
So, you want to read a good book? Youth Services has just what you need! We offer books for all reading levels from a bunch of different genres.
What’s a genre?!
A genre (say it with us, now: “jon-ruh”), is a word used to describe the type of book you are reading. Generally, genres are used to describe fiction books. Fiction books are imaginary stories. Nonfiction books are books written about facts. Fiction books might be based on facts, but not everything in fiction is factual.
OK, so what are popular genres?
New fiction genres are created ALL the time. Here are some of the most popular genres for kids:
Adventure: This genre generally involves the main character going on a quest or journey while experiencing extreme conditions. Think action! Think intense! Think survival! Try Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (YA PAUL) or Nuts to You by Lynn Rae Perkins (y PERK).
Dystopian: Books in this genre are set in futuristic societies or alternative realities. Many books in this genre tell stories about society and oppression. Try The Giver by Lois Lowry (AWARD YA LOWR) or the Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix (YA HADD).
Fantasy: These books almost always take place in imaginary lands that involve magic and/or myths. Try the Goddess Girls series by Joan Holub (SERIES YA HOLU) or the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane (y DUAN).
Graphic Novels: Graphic novels can be either fiction or nonfiction. They can be written with both illustrations and text, but the focus of the story is told with illustrations. This genre includes comic books and manga. Try Smile by Raina Telgemeier (y617.645 TELGE 2010) or the Bone series by Jeff Smith (YA SMIT).
Historical Fiction: The books in this genre are fictional portrayals of an historical event. This means that the story is set in a time of history that actually took place, but the story is not fully true. Try the I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis (y TARS) or Knit Your Bit: a World War I Story by Deborah Hopkinson (E HOPK).
Horror: The intention of this genre is to scare the reader. Horror books involve ghosts and other paranormal beings (vampires, demons, monsters), as well as gory details. Try the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine (SERIES y STIN) or The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (AWARD YA GAIM).
Humorous: This genre will make you LOL. The stories in these books can be silly and lighthearted. They can also cross other genres, but are written in a funny way. Try the Clementine series by Sara Pennypacker (y PENN) or the My Weird School series by Dan Gutman (SERIES y GUTM).
Mystery: This genre includes books about crimes or secrets that are solved by the end of the story. Try the Boxcar Children series by Gertrude Chandler Warner (SERIES y WARN) or the Nate the Great series by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat (On My Own E SHAR).
Realistic Fiction: This genre includes stories about situations that could have actually happened. This genre most resembles real life, without being real. Try Wonder by R.J. Palacio (YA PALA) or Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary (y CLEA).
Science Fiction: Some people confuse Science Fiction with Fantasy because both genres involve such imaginary themes. Science Fiction, though, generally includes stories based in a scientific future with technological advances. Think robots, time travel, life on other planets! Try A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (AWARD y LENG) or Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman (y GAIM).
What if I don’t know what I want to read?
Never fear! Librarians are here! Check out some of our booklists and pathfinders below to spark your interests. You can always stop by the Youth Information Desk and ask us our favorite question: “Have you read any good books lately?” If we don’t have what you need or want, then we will do whatever we can to get it for you!
Hey, parents! Check out what we consider the top reasons to visit the Hammond Public Library. Let us know YOUR top reasons for visiting us!
1. Free programs and events
2. Books for all ages, even babies
7. Computers, including Wi-Fi access
Here are some helpful tips for raising a reader
1. Begin reading to your child at birth. You might think they don’t understand what you are saying, but research shows that little brains are very absorbent of information.
2. Do not stop reading to them when they begin to read on their own. Children reading on their own is great! However, you never want to stop bonding with them over books. Reading to your children helps them learn new vocabulary, among other things.
3. Make reading at home special. Create a reading nook. Carve out specific reading times, during which the television is off, everyone is together, and you enjoy the time being spent with one another. By doing this, you are showing your child that the very act of reading is special.
4. Read when you wait. Read books, magazines, newspapers, ANYTHING while you are waiting at the doctor’s office. Read the menu while you wait at a restaurant. This reinforces the importance of reading.
5. Set an example. Let your child see you read. If they see you reading, then they are more likely to pick up a book and read it.
6. Have various types of reading material available. Include fiction, nonfiction, magazines, newspapers, and digital reading material available in your home library.
7. Visit the library regularly. We have free books! What better way to raise a reader than to immerse them in a pro-reading environment.
8. Give books as gifts. Children outgrow clothes, toys, and electronics so quickly. However, a book can be enjoyed for many years.
9. Read EVERY day. Even if you are only reading for 10 minutes a day, you are showing your child that reading is important enough to make time for.
10. Be consistent. Consistency is key in forming any habit. Practice makes perfect, right? Keep on reading, and soon enough, you will have yourself a reader!
Youth Services provides a variety of Audio/Visual material for children. Some can be taken home while others can only be used in Youth Services. Check them out!
Audiobooks are books that are narrated on a CD. Are you going on a road trip? Take audiobooks with you, and listen to them in the car!
Books in a Bag are books that come in a handy little bag with a CD companion. Listen to the book while reading it! These are great for struggling or reluctant readers.
Leapfrog Tag Systems are so neat that they can only be used inside the library. We have Leapfrog books for toddlers and for primary school-aged children. Grab a Leapfrog book, ask for a tag reader, and be amazed. The tag reader reads the book aloud, making it a great way to learn and repeat new vocabulary.
Playaway Views are a hot ticket item. They are so hot that they cannot be taken out of the library. Views are handheld video players, preloaded with videos of your favorite stories, educational topics, and even full length shows and movies.
Youth Services even has a Listening Center, equipped with a stereo and six pairs of headphones. A group can listen to the same audiobook at the same time!
The Hammond Public Library offers several services and resources for teachers and classrooms of Hammond. See below for some of the many things we offer.
It’s super easy to get a library card! We have several different types of library cards here at HPL. The most popular types are listed below, along with the process of getting one.
If you live in Hammond, then you can get a library card by showing us a picture I.D. and proof of Hammond residence. The easiest and most common type of I.D. is your driver’s license, so long as it is current. Once we see this, you will fill out a library card application. You will sign the application accepting responsibility for the material that is borrowed with that card. Voila! Enjoy your new library card. There is no age requirement for getting a Hammond Public Library card.
If you don’t live in Hammond, then you still have options for getting a library card. We have a “Local Reciprocal” card, which means if you live locally in another city or town of Lake County, you can get one of these cards. You will just have to show us the library card from your home library. If it is in good standing, we will ask to see your picture I.D. and proof of residence. You will then fill out a library card application, sign the application accepting responsibility for the material that is borrowed with that card, and you will then receive your Hammond Public Library card. If you don’t live locally, then please call or visit HPL to find out more information.
If you don’t live in Indiana, but your child goes to school in Hammond, then you can get your child a Student Card. Just show us proof of current enrollment at a Hammond school, along with your picture ID. You will fill out a library card application, sign it accepting responsibility for the material that is borrowed with that card, and your child will then be able to use their new library card. A Student Card is valid for only the current school year.
If you own a company or business in Hammond, then you can get a Business Card. Bring proof of ownership, and you can complete the application process. This is great for daycares and other child organizations in Hammond.
For acceptable forms of identification or any other questions, please call us.
Tips for Parents
Youth audio/Visual Material
How to get a Library Card
Do you have a question?
Ask the Youth Librarian!
Hammond Public Library
Phone: (219) 931-5100
Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm
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