Check in at LPL: The May Library Newsletter

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

Library Closures in May

  • Library is closed Sunday, May 28, and Monday, May 29, for Memorial Day. Book drops close on 5/27 at 5 pm, reopen on 5/30 at 8:30 am. No books due when book drops are closed.
To Do at the Library
Homework Center
Melissa Hisel, Library Director

From the Director
A Culture of Reading

At the library we are committed to cultivate a culture of reading in Lafayette, and our services and programs reflect our commitment. Here’s an overview of just some of the literacy building services we offer to the community.

* Our staff are happy to make suggestions of great reads, and you can learn what we are reading, by following our blog Books and Beyond.

* With your library card you can access Novelist, a database full of read-alikes and other recommended reads for all ages. 

* Follow the library on GoodReads, a social network for readers.

* Be part of Lafayette READS! It’s a great way to find a good book and meet community members. This community reading group offers quarterly selections and book discussions.

* Summer is coming! We will be in our Lafayette community schools this month, distributing information about Summer Reading – so watch your child’s school take-home folder for more information. 

* Visit us at the library booth on May 12th at Lafayette’s Art Night Out. We’ll have a giant Connect 4, crafts, and other fun surprises for kids and families.

* Finally, the Gaea Shaw Homework Center closes for the school year on May 18, but drop in before then for support with finals and end-of-year school projects from our amazing tutors!

                                                      Keep reading! - Melissa Hisel, Library Director
1000 Books Before Kindergarten

New Program Coming to the Library

Thanks to the Daughters of the American Revolution

Coming Soon! 1,000 Books before Kindergarten
The Indian Peaks Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution dedicated their 2016 fundraising efforts to help Lafayette Public Library start a 1,000 Books program for young children. This program encourages parents of babies and preschoolers to read with their children every day; they can earn special rewards along the way. We anticipate beginning in the fall - thanks to DAR for supporting this initiative with their donation of over $1600!

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Readers' Advisory Services

Looking for your next best read, or a catchy new music CD?  How about an age-appropriate movie for the whole family, or the best audio books for that upcoming road trip?  You can ask our library staff for advice - it’s called Readers’ Advisory, and is a service we proudly (and happily) provide. So the next time you are in the library, ask us for your next best read - or from home you can check out our Books and Beyond blog for great and timely recommendations. You can even search our blog for all sorts of interesting reads. Follow our catalog Staff Picks lists for Fiction and for Nonfiction. We LOVE talking and writing about books!

Book Recommendations from our Blog

We’ve assembled a series of recommendations for you, and for your kids, your tweens, and your teens. Enjoy!

Adult book recommendations
Teen Books on Empathy
Great Books for Tweens
Books about kids who changed the world
All Birds Have Anxiety

All Birds Have Anxiety
by Kathy Hoopmann

Feeling anxious in these times? Here is an ageless book just for you - and your child, your friend, your co-workers.
Librarian Kathy shares this most favorite book of hers: “Great book!  It offers clear insights on anxiety for “birds” of any age.  In a few words the author explains how anxiety can make us feel, and the strange things it can cause us to do.  It’s helpful for recognizing how out of control anxiety can make us feel while helping us to understand it in others.  The beautifully photographed birds offer a safe place to reflect our feelings.”

So much to do at the Library!

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.

Spanish Library Services
Teen Summer Volunteer
CO State Park Backpacks
Computer Help
WWI Centennial Book Group
Lafayette Reads - Richard Louv

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Summer Reading Fun 2017

Here it comes . . . really! Summer break is on track to begin in a few short weeks! And with summer comes Summer Reading, our free and accessible reading program for all ages. Summer Reading is an engaging way to keep your kids (and yourself) reading, that starts on June 1 and continues through July. We offer prizes and incentives for reading 15 minutes a day, so be sure to come in to sign up, or register online, starting June 1.
Watch our Teen Summer Reading video 

Library Services Beyond its Walls

Beyond the Library Walls - Our Offsite Services

Did you know the library provides services BEYOND the library walls? We provide a range of outreach services, such as Lafayette Kids Ready to Read, bringing story times and library materials to early childhood care facilities around town; and Homebound Delivery Service volunteers who bring library materials to folks who can't make it to the library due to illness or other situations.
We also schedule regular visits to Josephine Commons and other Lafayette neighborhoods, and we support our “Little Libraries” at Waneka Lake and Lamont Does Park.  Do you have an idea for library outreach? Contact our outreach librarian to share your ideas!

Art at the Library, Ruth Soller and Lafayette Historical Society
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