Check in at LPL: The March Library Newsletter

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

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Melissa Hisel, Library Director

From the Director

Bringing community, information, and ideas together!

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!

March is Read Aloud Month and LPL encourages families to make reading aloud a regular part of your daily routine. Young children are born learning - and their parents and caretakers are their first teachers! When you share books with your child for 15 minutes each day your are building your child’s vocabulary, teaching them how books and language work and helping them associate books with positivity and love! So read with your child from birth through their elementary years (and beyond!). Reading aloud everyday is the single most important thing you can do to prepare your child to learn.


LPL provides services BEYOND the library walls! We provide a range of outreach services from Lafayette Kids Ready to Read, which brings story time and library materials to early childhood care facilities around town, Homebound Delivery Service, and visits to Josephine Commons and other Lafayette neighborhoods.  Do you have an idea for library outreach? Contact our outreach librarian to share your ideas!

You too can get involved in creating this vibrant community that is LPL - support us through the Friends of the Library, and help us continue to offer the best programming we can.
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. 

Join us on Monday, March 20 at 6pm, to discuss 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.


A Gentleman in Moscow
To the Bright Edge of the World
The End of Night

What Are YOU Reading?

Spring is close - but we still have March to winter through!
Are you running out of books that pull on your interest? You can read our staff picks blog post for ideas that might whet your reading appetite. From feel-good fiction, to historical romps and adventure - from psychological suspense to thought-provoking musings on the natural and man-made world, staff interests run the gamut!


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Love those Read-Alikes

We offer NoveList for your “read-alike” pleasure.

NoveList is a comprehensive readers' advisory solution for fiction lovers. With an intuitive interface and extensive content, NoveList answers the question: What should I read next?

Need a tutorial? Check out these great tools! 


So much to do . . .

Each month we offer programs and events for a wide variety of interests. We've highlighted a few below, but check out ALL of our programs this month, on our To Do page.


Tax help program
Paws to Read March
Spring Break Kids Book Sale
Computer Help
Reading Buddies Playdates
Paws to Read
I Voted film

I Voted? A Documentary Film Screening

Thursday, March 23, 6 pm

Katie Couric produced  I Voted?, a documentary by Jason Grant Smith that is “an in-depth examination of U.S. election systems …  millions of Americans cast unverifiable digital ballots on vulnerable voting computers. In addition, I learned that cyber expediency casts an ominous pall over the future with rising interest in online voting.” Join us for this provocative and non-partisan film, presented by the League of Women Voters.


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LPL en Español


We are committed to offering access to information for ALL in our community! Here are a few of the ways we’re reaching out to our Spanish-speaking community (and folks that would like to speak it better,) both inside and outside the library.
At the library we offer:

*  Charlas y Chats, an English/Spanish exchange hour every Wednesday at 6:30.

*  A Free Legal Clinic on Friday, March 10, with a Spanish translator available upon advanced request. Call 303-665-5200 to register.
*  Storytime en Español, Sunday March 12 at 3:30.
*  Bilingual Library tours available; call to reserve a time for your group

At Boulder Ridge Mobile Home Park we offer:
*  A Free Legal Clinic with Spanish translation available on Wednesday, March 15, 4-6 pm. Call 303-665-5200 to register.
*  Reading Buddies program for grades 3-5, on Monday afternoons at 3:45.


Thank you!

An LPL Thanks to Lafayette’s Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1771 for their donation of two books to the children’s collection:
America’s White Table by Margot Theis Raven
The Poppy Lady: Moina Bell Michael and her tribute to Veterans by Barbara Elizabeth Walsh
We are grateful for your thoughtful donations!

Art at the Library, Diane Edwards and Molly McCrosson
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