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Check In @ LPL: Library September Newsletter
September Newsleader  

 "Where Books are Just the Beginning ..."

  Welcome to Check In @ LPL  - September 2014
"Try to remember the kind of September,
 When life was slow and oh so mellow
 Try to remember the kind of September
 When grass was green and grain so yellow" . . . lyrics by Jones and Schmidt
Friends book saleThe Friends of the Lafayette Library Foundation’s
Annual Book Lover’s Sale
EVERYBODY loves a Good Book!
Find your favorites at the Book Lover’s Sale
Saturday, September 20, 10 am - 4 pm
Lafayette Public Library, 775 W. Baseline Rd.

Thousands of items for only 50¢ - $2 each. Credit cards accepted! Find paperbacks, hard backs, children’s picture and chapter books, CDs, DVDs.

Author Talk SeriesAuthor Talks
People, Place, Water:
Ogallala Road

an Author's Talk by Julene Bair, author of Ogallala Road: A Memoir of Love and Reckoning. 
Ogallala Road
Thursday, September 4, 6 pm

Longmont author Julene Bair reads from her work and discusses issues of the environmental consequence of a lifestyle dictated by personal comfort.

Praised by the New York Times Book Review as, “tough, restless, energetic, admirable and a fine writer,” Longmont’s Julene Bair writes “where Barbara Kingsolver meets Terry Tempest Williams and Wallace Stegner”. 

On the Same PageOn the Same Page is the community reading program that gets folks in Lafayette, Louisville, and Superior all reading the same book at the same time.

This year’s community read title is Pandora’s Lunchbox by Melanie Warner, an eye-opening book about processed foods in our diet. Join us this month for related activities.

 Wed., September 10, 6:30 pm
Our Food, Our Microbes, Ourselves: Exploring the Human Microbiome.
Dr. Rob Knight, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and University of Colorado at Boulder presents about the microbial side of ourselves; bacteria and other symbionts outnumber us dramatically - even within our own bodies.

Where do our microbes come from, how do they change over our lifetimes, and how do they differ in people from different cultures? Learn how food, lifestyle (including exercise and sleep), and other factors affect our microbiomes, and what that means to us.

Pandora’s Lunchbox Book Discussions
September 14, 1:30, at Louisville Public Library
September 24, at 6:30,  at Lafayette Public Library

Stories on Stage:  Feed Your Soul: Stories from the Kitchen
October 2, 7 pm, at Louisville Center for the Arts, 801 Grant Ave., Louisville
Recommended Reads
We love to read! Take a peek at this month's staff picks.

Kids & Young Adults
Book Recommendations Kids                
•  Mighty Dads  by Joan Holub. What could be better than a dad-truck?
            Rick Riordan
•  Percy Jackson's Greek Gods  by Rick Riordan. ANOTHER great adventure!

Attention Rick Riordan Fans - Rick will speak about his new book, The Blood of Olympus, Sunday, October 12th at 1:30pm, Boulder Theater, presented by Boulder Bookstore.

•  The Sea of Trolls  by Nancy Farmer. An engaging fantasy adventure with a Norse mythology foundation.

•  Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children  by Ransom Riggs. An enjoyable, eccentric read, with well-developed characters, a Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.

•  The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Land Swamp (audiobook) by Kathi Appelt. A folksy narrative read by Lyle Lovett; great funny romp through the swamp!


  Book Recommendations Adults

•  Point of Direction  by Rachel Weaver. Local author writes engagingly of Alaska.

•   Hyberbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened  by Allie Brosh. LOL! Seriously.

•  Acts of God  by Ellen Gilchrist. Delightfully positive and poignant short stories, set in the New Orleans area.

•  Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life  by Jane Pauley. Should you be thinking of a big picture? Try this inspiring book for starters.

•   Orphan Black (TV Series) What if you were a clone? Suspenseful, well done, with a great up and coming actress.

Three Word Reviews from the Teen Advisory Board
The Teen Advisory Board meets monthly - all teens welcome!

            Teen Book Recommendations           
•  Let's Get Lost  by Adi Alsaid. Evan's three words: Compelling. Entertaining. Escape.
•  The Intern's Handbook  by Shane Kuhn. Mayank's three words: Suspenseful. Mysterious. Darkly-humorous.
•  Slaves of Socorro  by John Flanagan. Kate's three words: Formulaic. Great -dialogue. Unfinished.
•  The Riddle  by Alison Croggon. Christine's three words: Complicated. Well-rounded. Compelling.
Thanks to our teens for their reviews! Our three words: Great. Interesting. Thanks!
Don't forget to try out the Goodreads social reading site. Create an account, then "like" Lafayette Public Library on Goodreads. You can then view book reviews by other patrons and library staff, and can even add your own!

Tech Corner
confused computer keyComputer Help
Computer Coaches
Coaching in basic computer skills: web, email, photos, Twitter, security and backup issues, e-readers, and downloadables. Call 303-665-5200 x1163 to set up an appointment.

•  Mondays, 10 - 12 by appointment  
•  Wednesdays, 10 - noon, drop in.
•  Sundays, 2 - 4 by appointment only

Lafayette Historical Society
Migration of African Americans to the West
Thursday September 11, 7pm

Presented by Terri Gentry, a volunteer docent and a member of the board of directors of the Black West Museum of Denver. Includes African Americans movement west, featuring homesteaders, ranchers, farmers, miners, entrepreneurs, communities and the Buffalo Soldiers.

Music logoCommunity Music
This month we welcome back our musical partner, the Center for Musical Arts. Each month CMA and the Friends of the Library partner to bring a variety of delightful music into the library.

Music Together® Demonstration Classes
Tuesday, September 2, 10am
Wednesday, September 3, 10am
Saturday, September 6, 10am

Experience songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play in a relaxed and playful atmosphere.
Reservations appreciated for this very popular class: call 303-665-0599 x100 or email Harpist

The Heavenly Harpist, Nancy Brace
Saturday, September 13, 1pm
Enjoy the lush, ethereal sounds of the harp as you stroll through our collection of books, magazines, CDs, and DVDs.            
Library Gallery Spaces
 Main Gallery: Art on the Street
Art on the streetArtists and poets of all ages were asked to respond to Lafayette’s Public Art on the Street series, and their work is displayed during September in the See and Respond show, sponsored by the Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission. 

Drop in for the special Art on the Street public reception, September 5, 6-8pm. The People’s Choice Award for Best Sculpture and the See and Respond contest prizes will be awarded at that time. Celebrate another delightful season of sculptures on the streets in Lafayette!

New North Gallery

            Kimono Kakushin exhibit
Stop by for a peek at our new North Gallery on the upper level of the library, opening September 5. The North Gallery is a library-managed space available to community artists and youth. Contact us for details on how to apply for a display.

The opening show is Kimono Kakushin, by the Boundless Fiber Artists. Authentic kimonos have been surface-designed using various media, and stitched as contemporary quilts.  In Japanese, “Kakushin” embodies renewal, reform, and a change from the status quo.
Overheard at the LibraryOverheard at the Library
A customer came to the Adult Nonfiction desk for some instruction on how to set up an account with our Front Range Downloadable Library. One thing led to another; we explored her options for downloading audio books to her phone, then researched available titles, and showed her additional resources for discovering new audio books. 
     She then asked about computer classes, after one of our information monitors caught her eye. In saying goodbye, she remarked: “Boy, I almost forgot how great libraries are! I don’t come here nearly often enough. Libraries are such great resources for our community!"

Last week while working in the Lobby, a patron told me, “I just love coming to this library. You always have a great selection of new books, better than some other larger libraries.”

We LOVE hearing your comments - please share them with us.

What's New in our Collection
New Items by Category

Library News
Library Closed
August 31 - September 1

The Library is closed Sunday, August 31, and Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day. We reopen on Tuesday, September 2 at 10 am.

Book drops are closed Saturday, August 30 at 5 pm; they reopen Tuesday, September 2, at 8am
         125th Lafayette Anniversary
   Lafayette Quasquicentennial
          125th Anniversary

Join us at the September 19 Art Night Out in downtown Lafayette to celebrate our community's history! We have activities, crafts and information. 
Stop by the Library’s booth and enter our drawing for a ticket to the History Colorado Center! 

Lafayette Public Library and Lafayette Historical Society mark the 125th with three displays at the Library on the people and history of Lafayette, as well as a bibliographic resource for those interested in delving deeper.
       Story time

Story Times begin again September 8! Check our story time page for days and times.    
Library Book Bike
Join us at the Library Book Bike on Art Night Out, September 19, during the Lafayette Anniversary celebration.
We LOVE our library, and are looking for other “library lovers”!
Join a group of people who have a passion for libraries, love new ideas and bring energy and a sense of humor to their work.

Lafayette Public Library has two openings for part time Assistant Librarians, with a focus on children's services.

Do you love the energy and enthusiasm of a library buzzing with children and families in creative play?
 Do you love engaging with members of the community in story times and other programs for all
 Are you committed to the importance of library services to families?

 If you said yes, we'd like to meet you! Apply now for assistant librarians, and help us create a vibrant, literate community.
Homework Center Corner
The Gaea Shaw Homework Center is a free, bilingual, drop-in homework center, staffed by gifted volunteer tutors. The Homework Center opens its doors to kids in grades 3-12 every school day from 2:45-6:30, starting September 2.

Comprehensive math and physics tutoring for high school students – free! M-Th, 5-6:30pm.

      Latino Heritage
Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15 to October 15

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
in recognition of the contributions of people whose ancestors come from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. ¡Viva la diversidad!

Volunteer Here!
Volunteer this Fall with Kids
• Be a Homework Center Tutor- work side by side with motivated students in elementary and middle school to help them understand and complete homework. 
Be a Crazy 8s Club Coach - if you’re comfortable with math, enjoy working with kids, and can devote time and energy to an afterschool, once a week math club for elementary students. 

Find out more, and apply online or in person at the library. Email Susan Nagle or call 303-665-5200 x1178 for more information.
             Database Tips
Learning ExpressHave you looked at our Learning Express Library Database lately?

School Center: Resources to help elementary, middle, and high school students prepare for important tests, get extra help with assignments, and boost their skills in important subjects.

High School Equivalency Center:  Practice tests and tutorials for the 2014 GED, HiSET, and TASC exams. New practice tests and an introductory tutorial for the Spanish-language version of the 2014 GED.

Popular Software Skills Center:  New courses in Powerpoint 2013 for basic, intermediate, and advanced levels.
Did you know . . .
Stories to Go
We offer “Stories to Go” book kits for you and the little ones in your life. The kits are built around themes, and each kits contains several picture books, small toys or puppets for active play, and lyrics for songs and rhymes. Kits are in the children’s area, available to everyone. Check out one, and you’ll be hooked!       

Did you know . . .    

You can use your library card to read Consumer Reports online!  Follow this link, enter your library card number, and access any Consumer Reports article.
 Hack the Arts event 
Hack4theArts Lafayette: 
A Civic Coding Event  
Saturday, Sept.20, 8am - 8pm

At The Post Brewing Company  

Hack4theArts Lafayette is a
day-long event where community volunteers create new and fun web or mobile applications to build awareness and engagement with Lafayette’s public art. Join other
civic-minded geeks for a day of coding, food, prizes, and more!           

Colorado Elections

Colorado now provides all mail ballot elections, same-day voter registration, and resident access to Voter Service and Polling Centers.

Voters may visit Voter Service and Polling Centers to drop off their ballot, obtain a new or replacement ballot, register for the first time or change/update their voter registration, and use accessible voting equipment. Find a list of locations and hours and dates of operation at 

Lafayette Public Library is a drive-by ballot drop off station, not a voter service and polling center.
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