Michigan City Library Beat

Adrian Matejka

Access our Online Catalog from Home — www.mclib.org. Wi-Fi is available in the library. For more information stop by the Reference Department. All library public desks will have information and codes for accessing the service. Normal library hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 1 to 5 p.m. To manage your account online, you need your barcode number from your library card and a pin number which you can get from the circulation desk. For more information, contact the circulation desk at 873-3042.

Library Remodel Phase II — Please pardon our dust and inconvenience!

The library is in the middle of the second phase of the remodeling. The library's meeting room will be closed through the month of December. Some materials are affected and there will be no material reserves during the next approximately 6-8 weeks. Check the library's website at mclib.org or our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute updates about changes to library hours and departments. But the good news is we're ahead of schedule, and some of the library collection is now available.

Friends of the Library

Your Friends of the Library membership shows that the library and all it has to offer the community, is important to you and your family. All of your $10 per year dues goes to support the Library and its various programs and services. Please consider joining!

Follow the Library on Facebook and Twitter

Check out the library now on Facebook and Twitter (MCPublicLibrar1). We’ll keep you up-to-date on all the things going on. Links to Facebook and Twitter are available on the library's website: www.mclib.org.

The Learning Center

Do you love to read? Would you like to share that with someone else? The Learning Center is in dire need of a few good people! We have students on a waiting list for tutoring assistance, especially for reading. If you are willing to give just a few hours a week, you can make a big difference in the lives of students in our community. Reading is truly FUNdamental. Please consider joining in the fun! Sign up to volunteer at the Learning Center today. Call 219-873-3049 or better yet, stop by the library and see Jessica.

Driving Practice Tests

The Michigan City Public Library and Driving Tests.org are partnering to offer eleven different practice tests for Indiana driving. In addition, questions about Indiana driving rules and regulations are answered on their website. Access the free tests on the library's website.


The Michigan City Public Library is a WorkOne Access point! Get employment, career planning and job training information at the library. File unemployment claims online and use Indiana Career Connect, the state's online employment site. Sign up for online classes to improve your job-related skills. You can make an appointment with our reference staff to help you with your resume. Normal faxing and printing fees apply.

Honor Someone and Support Your Library

Support the library and honor someone special with a suggested donation of $20 to the library's Endowment Fund. We will honor the designated person by placing a decorative bookplate imprinted with their name inside the front cover of a book. Arrangements can be made to dedicate other library materials as well. Donors can designate the general subject or a library staff member will help choose an appropriate topic. It's a great way to pay tribute to special anniversaries, school or sports honors, birthdays, weddings or memorials. The Endowment Fund is a sustaining fund designed to enhance programs and library services. It is supported by gifts from generous individuals, businesses and organizations. For more information or to honor someone today, contact 219-873-3049.

Youth Services

Mark your calendar for a visit from Santa on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. Bring your camera and smiles for this very special holiday event! 

Week at a Glance at the Library

Friday, Nov. 22

2 p.m. Bookmarks — Jessica Hoffmaster will review "The Testaments" by Margaret Atwood. In this brilliant sequel to "The Handmaid's Tale," acclaimed author Atwood answers the questions that have tantalized readers for decades. When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of "The Handmaid's Tale," readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her—freedom, prison or death. With The Testaments, the wait is over. Margaret Atwood's sequel picks up the story fifteen years after Offred stepped into the unknown, with the explosive testaments of three female narrators from Gilead. Shortlisted for the 2019 Booker Prize. 

Sunday, Nov. 24

2 p.m. Writing Out Loud at The Nest — The Michigan City Public Library’s 35th Season Writing Out Loud concludes for 2019 with Poet Laureate Adrian Matejka. Matejka is currently the Poet Laureate of Indiana (2017- 2019). He is the author of "The Devil’s Garden," which won the New York/New England Award and "Mixology," a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series. Mixology was also a finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature. His third collection, "The Big Smoke," focuses on Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight champion of the world. "The Big Smoke" was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was also a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and 2014 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. His most recent book, "Map to the Stars," was published in 2017.

Thursday, Nov. 28

Library Closed

Happy Thanksgiving!

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