” Since then, thousands of public and school
libraries join each fall in this national effort.
Libraries play an important role in the education and development of
children. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use
the library perform better in school and are more likely to continue to use
the library as a source of lifetime learning.
Westchester Public 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. The main branch, Thomas Library, is at 200 W. Indiana Ave. ,
Chesterton, phone 926-7696. Hageman Branch is at 100 Francis St., Porter,
The Westchester Township History Museum is a free educational and cultural
service of the library, at 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton, 983-9715.
WPL offers books, magazines, audio and videotapes, DVDs, audiobooks,
computers, software, etc. There is a wide range of other items available for
loan to children and their families, including toys, games, and puzzles.
Simply use a WPL card to borrow most things for use at home. Library staff
is on hand to help recommend materials suitable for various ages and
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 driver’s license (or other government issued photo ID with your
address), personal check, car registration, piece of delivered mail,
property tax bill, voter’s registration, or fishing license. Complete and
sign the WPL application form and signature card. Parents/guardians must
sign for minor children.
Westchester Public 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 children’s program calendars are available at both
libraries. Library news is also posted on Twitter @Westchester PL, on
Pinterest, and on the various library Facebook pages. Find us at Westchester
Public Library, Westchester Township History Museum, Westchester Public
Library Childrens’ Services, and Hageman Branch, Westchester Public Library.