a free library card.
In celebration of
September being Library Card sign-up month, WPL is hosting an outdoor event
with prizes on the third Saturday of the month. Join us outside the Thomas
Library on Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to sign-up for a new library
card, and spin the wheel for a chance to win a prize.
Libraries build a
foundation for childrenís future success starting from the earliest stages
of development. Librarians play a key role in helping children develop the
basic tools for school readiness by teaching families the components of
As of 2010,
childrenís programs accounted for nearly two thirds of library programming
in the United States, with more than 2.3 million childrenís programs
nationwide. Older students can also find tools for success at their local
libraries, where they can access high-speed Internet and digital tools, as
well as working with trained professionals on how best to use these
As new technologies
evolve, libraries continue to lead the way in providing equity of access to
digital tools and media, which has become increasingly important in
high-poverty areas where students are less likely to have a computer or
internet service at home. Close to 90 percent of libraries offer digital
literacy training to help students of all ages navigate todayís changing
world; many also offer high-tech innovations like laser cutters and 3D
printers, providing hands-on opportunities for creative exploration.
Library (WPL) serves the residents of Westchester Township but has
reciprocal borrowing agreements with most of the other public libraries in
the area. The towns of Chesterton, Porter, Burns Harbor, and Dune Acres are
in the library district, with two branches available to patrons. Thomas
Library, is located at 200 W. Indiana Avenue, Chesterton (926-7696). Hageman
Library is located at 100 Francis Street, Porter (926-9080). The Westchester
Township History Museum is an educational and cultural service of the
library and is located at 700 W. Porter Avenue, Chesterton (983-9715).
WPL offers books,
magazines, audio and videotapes, DVDs, audiobooks, computers, software,
e-books, and access to our MakerSpace Lab. There is a wide range of other
items on loan to children and their families, including toys, games, and
puzzles. Simply use you WPL card to borrow most things for use at home.
Library staff is on hand to help recommend materials suitable for various
ages and interests.
To obtain a
Westchester Public Library card, apply in person at the Circulation desk at
Thomas Library or Hageman Library. Identification with your name and current
address is necessary. Acceptable identification includes driverís license
(or other government-issued photo ID with your address), personal check, car
registration, a piece of delivered mail, property tax bill, voterís
registration, or fishing license.
Library also offers a variety of programs to stimulate an interest in
reading and learning. View the library calendar at wpl.lib.in.us. Printed
copies of childrenís program calendars are available at both libraries.
Library news is also posted on the Westchester Public Libraryís Facebook
For information on
how to sign up for a library card, visit Westchester Public Library in
person or visit the library online at wpl.lib.in.us.