Check in at LPL: The July Library Newsletter

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

July 4 - Library Closed

The Library and the book drops are closed on Tuesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. Book drops close Monday, July 3 at 8 pm, and reopen on Wednesday, July 5 at 8:30 am.

To Do at the Library
Computer Coaching
Melissa Hisel, Library Director

From the Director

At Lafayette Library, we continuously transform ourselves in order to better serve our community. Last September we joined the Flatirons Library Consortium, in order to offer more choices and streamlined access to thousands of items from area libraries. And now, to further align with the practice of other libraries in the Consortium, Lafayette items may now be renewed twice, when not on hold for another patron. We are committed to creating an agile organization that evolves and responds to our community.

We also embark on an exciting process of creating a new Strategic Plan that will guide us through the next few years. You can get involved and add your ideas and observations to the mix. Find out how to help us get started, then watch this space in the coming months for more opportunities to be part of envisioning the Library in the next years. - Melissa Hisel, Library Director

Library Matters

This is what a librarian looks like

This is What a Librarian Looks Like

This is What a Librarian Looks Like : A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information by Kyle Cassidy

Libraries - librarians - in this age of internet-carried information, who needs 'em? Who, indeed? In this photo-rich reflection, Cassidy delves into what librarians and libraries bring to their communities. Read more on our blog and find your own librarians!

Library Strategic Planning

Love Your Library?

Data Lovers Needed!
The Library board and staff are in the beginning stages of developing a new Strategic Plan.
 You can help!

Be a Friend!

Help your Library -
join the Friends!

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Our Newest Way to Connect - Instagram!

You can follow us on Facebook, or Twitter, or our blog. And now you can follow us on Instagram, the visual social media. Connect and follow LPL!

Summer Reading

Thanks to our Summer Reading Volunteers & Sponsors!

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We couldn't offer Summer Reading without the generous community support we receive. On behalf of more than 3,500 happy adults and kids, we thank you all!

Thank you to the amazing Friends of the Lafayette Library, our volunteer-run foundation, a group of hard-working community volunteers who fund the Summer Reading Program each year from the sale of donated books and media. Join them!

We are also very grateful to the following sponsors for their generous support of summer reading by providing wonderful discounts, free food or drink, as well as complimentary admission tickets to three thousand children, teens and adults this summer!

Bob L Burger Recreation Center * Chipotle * Chocolaterie Stam * Colorado Rapids * The District * Eats & Sweets * Elitch Gardens * FATE Brewing Company * Front Range Brewing Company * Lafayette Home Brew * Lakeside Amusement Park * Martino's * Menchies * Proper Coffee and Cocktails * Subway * WOW! Children's Museum *
Thank you and Happy Reading!

Thanks to all our Summer Reading Volunteers!

A Big Thanks to our tireless library Volunteer corps, both young and not-so-young!  Working at the Summer Reading table, tracking down customer requests, processing materials and pitching in during library programs - Lafayette’s Summer Reading wouldn’t be nearly as excellent without their generous help! 

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All About  BOOKS!

Sing for your life
WWI Book Group
Summer Reading Booklists for All
Free Audiobooks for teens 13+ at Sync
Book Group To Go kits

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.

Magician Ann Lincoln
Historical Society presents WWI Centennial Program
The Day the Sun Will Disappear

Services we offer

Online High School Diploma
Playaway Launchpads
CO State Park Backpacks

Beyond the Library Walls - Our Offsite Services

Where are the librarians this summer - they're all over Lafayette! The library provides services BEYOND the library walls; join us Tuesdays at 10 on Festival Plaza, for storytimes - or celebrate with us at Art Night Out, the 2nd Friday each month! 

We bring Summer Reading to Boulder Ridge Mobile Home Park - drop by on Mondays, from 2-4 for prizes, games, and books. We have regular visits to Josephine Commons and Affinity senior living, and we support our “Little Libraries” at Waneka Lake and Lamont Does Park.  

Last but not least, our Homebound Delivery Service volunteers bring library materials and smiles to folks who can't make it to the library due to illness or other situations.
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

Get Outside - It's Summer!

Parks and Recreation Month

News from Lafayette Cultural Resources

Lafayette Arts and Cultural Resources receives $50,000 National Endowment for the Arts Grant

The grant will support programming at The Collective, the community arts hub, to create a stronger, more cohesive arts sector and foster greater community participation in local arts activities. 

Moments in Mexican-American History of the Southwest 

Exhibit by CU Professors Arturo Aldama and Marjorie McIntosh
July 8-August 25 at The Collective, 201 S. Public Road.
The exhibit, a collage of photographs, maps, and historical text, spans the period from the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo of 1848, to the current activities of Latino student groups on the CU-Boulder campus. 
August 3 at 7 pm, conversation with Professors Aldama, Vigil-Tapi, McIntosh, and members of the community, about contributions Latinos have made to Lafayette's history.

Arts in Education Grant Opportunity

Teachers of Lafayette schools may apply for a grant to support arts-related projects with local students, awarded by Lafayette Cultural Arts Commission. Grant applications are due September 1, 2017; find more information and grant details.

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