Northwest Indiana's public libraries have been anything but quiet in recent years.
Imagine actually waiting to buy something until you've saved up enough cash in the old piggy bank to make the purchase outright. No credit cards, no loans, just good old-fashioned saving — and not buying until you can actually afford to pay for it.
I heard someone ask the other day, “Are libraries still relevant with the advent of the internet and e-books?” For those who haven’t stopped by their libraries in a while, take some time during National Library Week (April 14-20) to visit the library and experience the vast array of services…
Tackling what’s tough is difficult. Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. knows that. And that’s why he deserves credit for his latest undertaking.
Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. has been pushing for a merger between the Hammond Public Library and the Lake County Public Library system. While we're not saying no, it's a complicated issue that merits a thorough examination.
Region views on public libraries
Joe Poliguim, Crown Point | "I feel ashamed but I don't. I don't do things but read hot rod magazines. I haven't been there for a long time."
Mike Gary, Oak Lawn | "No, because I have the Internet at home and get my information there. I'm a magazine reader, that I get delivered to the house."
Tracy Benko, Griffith | "I take my daughter to check out books. Samantha is 8 years old, and she reads for practice, but I still read to her as well. We're actually having a new library built in town, too."
Neil Krooswyk, Highland | "Yes. I currently go to school in Palos Heights and use the library there, and I use the one here at home too. I read the paper every day in the morning."
Connie Shulton, Chesterton | "Yes. When I was in school for a surgical technician I used their computers and reference books. We need our libraries for reference access."
Debbie Talarovich, Blue Island | "I do not use it. I haven't used it since high school. I use the Internet access, but I do miss the library sometimes when I think about the touch of a book."
Region views on public libraries
Having jettisoned the Hammond Health Department a few years ago to cut costs, Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. wants the city's library system to merge with the Lake County Public Library system.
HOBART | The Hobart branch of the Lake County Public Library, 100 Main St., will give away free books from the book sale room from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. today.
Calumet City Public Library Board of Trustees will meet April 24.
East Chicago Public Library executive session will meet March 20, 2012.
East Chicago Public Library Finance Committee and Personnel Committee will meet Feb. 14.
The Gary Public Library Board is making some drastic cuts -- including decisions expected tonight that could cut the payroll 40 to 50 percent and the overall budget by 50 percent. It is painful but inevitable as revenue plummets.
The head of the Gary Public Library Board said Wednesday the Indiana State Museum could return a famed Frank Dudley painting to display at a city library on a renewable one-year loan.
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