Check in at LPL newsletter

Lafayette Public Library brings community, information,
and ideas together to inspire literacy, learning, and discovery.

Welcome to Check In @ LPL our monthly online newsletter. We hope you enjoy our new look, and that this "slimmed down" version will help you quickly and easily find what interests you. Comments? Let us know - stop by at any desk, or drop us a note.

The Library is closed November 12 for Veterans' Day. The Library closes at 5 pm on November 21, and remains closed on November 22, for Thanksgiving.


We put our most valuable resource at the top of the list, our volunteers! 
Volunteer Gratitude 

We continue to expand our database collection in order to offer easily accessible, comprehensive information on a wide range of subjects. Try out these research tools this month:
  • Explora Easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books. Both the design and content of each Explora product is customized for the age or audience.
  • New York Times Enjoy free and unlimited access to The New York Times online while at the Library, on public computers or via WiFi. Full current editions, and also unlocks the newspaper's archives, podcasts and customized email newsletters, lesson plans and more.
  • Novelist Fiction readers can find new authors and titles based on topics of interest or other books enjoyed. Search by favorite author, title or series and find similar titles, reviews and reading group guides.
  • Novelist K-8 Discover great books for kids and young adults. Search by title, author, series or reading level to find similar titles and reviews.


We offer an assortment of tools that simplify your Library life. Try out a few, and enjoy the advantages of easy access.
  • Museum passes Lafayette cardholders in Lafayette are eligible for free admission to participating Denver and Boulder area cultural institutions.
  • eMagazines Stream or download eMagazines for free, with RBDigital.
  • Text messaging with the Library - Receive information and manage renewals and holds by text message.
  • iPads - Enjoy the use of an iPad in the Library, for up to 2 hours.
  • Libby helps you find and reserve library materials, from anywhere!
  • Lucky Day - This could be your Lucky Day. look on the display in the Library lobby and you might avoid those long hold waits.
To Do at the Library
Computer Coaching
National Novel Writing Month contest

National Novel Writing Month
Youth Writing Contest

Celebrate National Novel Writing Month with our youth writing contest!

Kids and Teens Grades K-12 can submit a short story of 500 words or less. All short stories will be published on the Library's blog, and we'll award prizes to five winners chosen at random from each grade group - K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
Email your stories to

Writing Buddies logo

Not sure how to get started? Every Tuesday this month stop by the activity space near the Teen Zone to get writing help at Writing Buddies!

Writing Buddies Playdates - Drop in!

Tuesdays in November, 4-5 pm. Kids in K - 5th grade.
It's National Novel Writing Month! Drop by the activity space near the Teen Zone to get help on your short stories and novels. Our teen volunteers help you have fun brainstorming, writing, and editing your writing.

Holiday Book Sale

Friends of the Library Holiday Sale

December 1-9 during Library hours in the Library lobby
Find great gifts! We will offer holiday books, music, and movies, as well as puzzles, games, and small gift items. Visit early and often.

You can help us get ready for our big Holiday Sale with your donations of holiday books, CDs, DVDs, puzzles, games, and notecards. Remember, all the money we raise goes directly to the Library in support of programs.

Mark your December calendars . . .

Less by Andrew Greer

LafayetteREADS! might be just be the reading group you’ve been looking for.
Throughout the year we select thought provoking titles that allow for rich conversation, and we offer a group discussion open to the community.

December's LafayetteREADS! selection is Less by Andrew Greer. Join us for our community discussion on Monday, December 10, at 6 pm. Read more in our blog.

Winter Break Reading Challenge

Winter Break Reading Challenge for All Ages!

December 21-January 7
This winter break, don’t forget to take time for yourself; take a break, and read. Reading is a great way to recharge and escape from the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and the library wants to help make it fun and easy to keep your reading habit going.  
Join our all ages Winter Break Reading Challenge, December 21 - January 7. Look for more details in our December newsletter.  

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