Check in at LPL: The February Library Newsletter
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Library Closure in February

  • The Library is CLOSED for Presidents' Day on Monday, February 20. 
  • Book drops will be LOCKED from 2/19 at 5pm until 2/21 at 8:30 am.

       * Remember - No items are due when the Library and book drops are closed!

Melissa Hisel, Library Director

From the Director

You asked, we listened!
You asked for access to more items, and I am happy to report that we are now part of Prospector, a catalog of over 44 academic, public and special libraries in Colorado and Wyoming, with access to over 34 million books, DVDs, CDs, journals, government documents, electronic resources and other materials held in these libraries.
Check out all the details in our article below.

We heard your requests for weekend programs geared to children and families, and so we’ve added several new weekend events:
Toddler Yoga & Story Time, Saturday February 4 @ 10:30
Paws to Read, Sundays February 5 & 26 @ 1:30, where kids can read aloud to a trained therapy dog and their owner. Check our news graphic below for more details to sign up!
Cuentos y Cantos con Santiago - en Español, Sunday February 12 @ 3
Sunday Afternoon Stories, Sunday February 26 @ 3, all ages stories and fun!

We continue to respond to our customers and to our community, making Lafayette Public Library a safe space where together we can learn and explore!

You too can get involved - support us through the Friends of the Library, and help us continue to offer the best programming we can to our fantastic community.

Prospector catalog logo

Prospector Catalog is Here!

We’ve jointed Prospector!
Last September Lafayette joined the Flatirons Library Consortium, offering our community access to materials in the collections of the Broomfield, Boulder, Louisville and Longmont Public Libraries. Later this month, Loveland will join the FLC, expanding our customers access with the 155,700 additional items in their collection.

This month Lafayette has joined Prospector, a network of forty-four academic, public and special libraries in Colorado and Wyoming. Our connection to Prospector will give Lafayette library patrons access to more than 30 million books, journals, DVDs, CDs, videos and other materials held in the Prospector member libraries.

With a single search, patrons can find materials and request free delivery to our local library. So now when you search Lafayette’s catalog and do not find what you are looking for, you may access Prospector to expand your search. There is a graphic link at the end of your Lafayette search results page that gives you access to the Prospector collection. Follow the on-screen prompts to make item requests or call the library at 303-665-5200 for assistance.

Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Lafayette Reads!

Lafayette READS! is a quarterly reading and discussion group, under the umbrella of Lafayette Library. We select books that are not only great reads, but that are relevant to today’s issues. Our informal discussions focus on the book itself, as well as on ways in which the story sheds light on the contemporary world. Lafayette READS! covers both fiction and non-fiction, new books and rediscovered classics. And - we’re a reading group that really does talk about the book!

Our next book is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz. New York Times called the fast-paced romp, “Mario Vargas Llosa meets ‘Star Trek’ meets David Foster Wallace meets Kanye West.”  It’s funny, cool, sad and inspiring, narrated by one of the most original voices in recent fiction. We'll discuss the book on Monday, March 20 at 6pm, so get reading!

Civic Matters

Civic Matters: Be Engaged!

After the fury surrounding the 2016 election, and in light of Maine adopting instant-runoff voting, Americans are eager for ballot options that would allow voters to express their true preferences more effectively.

More Choices for Voters, Part 1 on February 2 @ 6, explores voting options for elections.

Presenter is Rob Richie, director of FairVote, a frequent media source and  guest on C-SPAN, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, and NBC. FairVote is a non-profit organization that researches and advocates election reforms that increase voter turnout and fair representation.

More Choices for Voters, Part 2 on February 21 @ 6, addresses approval voting in CO. An Approval Voting bill, House Bill 17-0608, has been introduced in the Colorado House of Representatives by State Rep. J. Singer, to permit Approval Voting in municipal elections.

Presenters:  Neal McBurnett, Board Member, The Center for Election Science & Jonathan Singer, State Representative, (D-Longmont)
The Center for Election Science is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization comprised of voting system experts and activists. Co-Sponsored with League of Women Voters of Boulder County, RCV of Colorado, and Approval Voting USA.

Empire of Storms


Teens/Tweens, 13-18
Guess how many books there are in the library and enter to win an autographed copy of Sarah J. Maas’ book, Empire of Storms! Pick up entry forms in the Teen Zone.

Phineas and Ferb Guide to Life

Children, ages 1-12  Guess how many children’s fiction books there are in the library and enter to win a copy of Phineas and Ferb Guide to Life. The entry forms are in the children’s area near the computers.  One winner  for each book will be picked at the end of February. Good luck, and start guessing!

And more Library News & Events!

Click below and check on this month's highlighted services and events. Get tax and computer help, listen to an award-winning author, read to a dog, and see what we bring to the Lafayette senior lunch program. There's always something happening!

Tax help program
Take your child to the library day
Carter Wilson event
Computer Help
Reading Buddies Playdates
Paws to Read
Reading Without Walls

Stretch Yourself-

Expand your reading horizons - read something outside your comfort zone!

Pick up something different from your usual read, and see what you might learn. Ask yourself this question: "Is my bookshelf a mirror, or a window?"

National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Gene Luen Yang invites you to take the "Reading Without Walls Challenge!" Inspired by his official platform, the challenge encourages readers to explore books of diverse voices, genres, and formats. Read - be someone else!

Art at the Library, Diane Edwards and Molly McCrosson
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