East Chicago Public Library


The Children’s Room Welcomes the younger patrons from preschool age through eighth grade with books, programs and their own reference services. The staff also plays host to classes from the City's schools. Books are carefully selected for the best in children's literature. Help in finding books is always close at hand.

Children feel free to read, do homework or work educational programs on the computer. Parents are encouraged to borrow books for reading to their children. Regular programming includes Preschool Story hour, Computer Club, After-school Reading and Crafts, Films and Summer Reading Program. Other programs are planned for the various age groups throughout the year.

Weekly - After School Activities also include:
  • Lego day – (the second Thursday of each month)
  • Play Station 3 day (Every 3rd Tuesday)
  • Tasty Treats – Once a Month
  • Graphic Novel – Once a Month
  • Monday – Movie Day
  • Tuesday – Crafts
  • Wednesday – Read Day
  • Thursday - Games
  • Friday – Free Day
Once a month starting in June (Spoken word) for 9-12 graders only – More information coming soon!!

Scholastic Reading Counts websites Reading Assessment  -Quiz Program,   Math Assessment  

Student Access URL:



Movie Day
Movie Day
Activity Day
Craft Day
Story Time
Activity Day
Craft Day
Computer Day
Game Day
Game Day
Mondays Bilingual Story Hour (Gloria Roldan and Rosa Garcia) 11-noon
Tuesdays Preschool Story Hour at St. Mary’s (Argusta Gilmore-Bennett) 1-2 p.m.
Wednesdays Preschool Story Hour Safe Haven (Mary Bennett) 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Thursdays Bilingual Story Hour (Gloria Roldan and Rosa Garcia) 11-noon
**** Just a reminder, please note that the following days have been set for specialty programming.

Youth Services Department Offers:

  • Arts & Crafts
  • Homework Hotline
  • Game Day
  • Summer Reading Program
  • Head Start
  • Preschool Story Hour
  • Toddler Time
  • Reading Across America
  • Class Visits
  • Grandparents Day
  • Teen Read Week
For safety's sake, we ask that you do not stand in or block the door ways or entry hall. Please bring all book bags with you into the library.

Please remain on the sidewalks outside of the library building. This will allow u to keep the grass green and the parking lot safe.

Food, drinks and gum are not permitted in the library.

For your safety and that of others, running is not allowed in the library.

Please help us take care of the library furniture. Chairs, not tables, are made for sitting. Please do not rock backward on chairs ,put your feet on the furniture, or book bags on chairs.

Restroom use is limited to one person at a time.

Guidelines for Fun & Safety

If you need help finding information or materials, please ask a staff member for assistance. We are here to help you.

Out of consideration for others who are reading or studying, please keep your voices down and watch your language.

Because the library's telephones are for business use only, you may not receive personal calls.

Please observe the library's clearly posted closing times. If you need to wait for a ride home after the library has closed, for your protection you will asked to wait at the police station across the street.