Check in at LPL: The Library Newsletter

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

To Do at the Library
Computer Coaching

Special Library Closure in September!

Melissa Hisel, Library Director

From the Director
Library System Update

At Lafayette Library, we continuously transform ourselves in order to provide better service. Our great catalog services depend on our infrastructure, and at times that must be updated in order to continue providing the service you expect.

Lafayette Public Library will be closed Labor Day Weekend September 2nd, 3rd and 4th so that the servers hosting the Flatirons Library Consortium catalog can be migrated to a new and more effective host, the Marmot Library Network.  

What does this mean for Library service?

During this time Library patrons will temporarily have limited access to online accounts, and details of items currently checked out will be unavailable. Online databases (including Overdrive downloadable library) will also be unavailable. Full service should resume on Tuesday September 5th.

We apologize for any inconvenience, but know that this move will provide more robust service to our community! - Library Board and Melissa Hisel, Library Director

The Great American Eclipse

American Eclipse

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will sweep the United States, along a narrow path stretching from Oregon to South Carolina. The event is called the "Great American Eclipse" because it will be so accessible to a large number of Americans: it is estimated that 22 million will witness this wondrous natural event, when the sky darkens at midday, and the tenuous solar corona becomes visible to the naked eye.

Learn, celebrate, and view this historic celestial event with us during August!

The Day the Sun will Disappear: Eclipse 2017
Tuesday, August 1, 6:30 pm

Gianna Cauzzi, a local scientist at the National Solar Observatory will discuss facts about total solar eclipses - why they happen, what to expect, how to best observe them, as well as propose a "best course of action" for people living in our area. We will distribute solar safety glasses at this time.

Eclipse Story Time
Thursday, August 10, 10:30 am

We’ll have a special story time with stories about space and information about safe observation of the eclipse. We will distribute solar safety glasses at this time.

Eclipse Viewing Party
Monday, August 21, 11 am – noon, all ages welcome!

View the near-total solar eclipse from the library! We'll start with space-related activities and stories, then use both special glasses (provided through the generosity of the Space Science Institute) and pinhole viewers to observe the eclipse safely and carefully. Please register so we have enough supplies for everyone.

Eclipse Reading
Check out this intriguing history of the 1878 eclipse
American eclipse: a nation's epic race to catch the shadow of the moon and win the glory of the world, by David Baron

Web Resources
NASA has a comprehensive website with activities, events, broadcasts, and resources from NASA and their partners across the nation.

Homework Center Opening

Homework Center volunteers

Visit our new home!

Our award-winning Gaea Shaw Homework Center reopens on Monday, August 28, at 2:45 pm for the school year! Visit us in our new space on the upper level, just north of the stairs and elevator. 

Skilled, caring and experienced volunteers are available for individual help, 2:45-6:30 Monday through Thursday afternoons, when school is in session. 

Students in grades 3-12 are welcome to drop by for homework help, or to use our space and supplies for homework. No registration is required, snacks are provided, and as always, the service is free and bilingual!

High school math and physics homework help also begins August 28, from 5-6:30, in the Group Study Room on the upper level. For students in high school, or in high school math courses, our math and physics tutors are available Monday through Thursday evenings 5-6:30 when BVSD classes are in session. No registration required, and the service is free!

Library Matters

Library Strategic Planning

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

Be a Library Friend

We need your help -
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!

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 ENTIRE Summer Reading Program each year from the sale of donated books and media. Do you LOVE Summer Reading? Then join the Friends, so we can have another great summer program next year!

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! 

All About  BOOKS!

Sing for your life
WWI Book Group August
Staff Recommended Reads
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.

The Day the Sun will Disappear
Stuffie Storytime and Sleepover
Eclipse Viewing Party

Services we offer

Online High School Diploma
Playaway Launchpads
Lafayette WWI doughboy

Beyond the Library Walls - Our Offsite Services

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Did you know the library provides services BEYOND the library walls? We offer 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 , Affinity Senior Living, Boulder Ridge Mobile Home Park, and our “Little Libraries” at Waneka Lake and Lamont Does Park.

Join us at Art Night Out, August 11; or drop by our new Travel Bug Club at the Lafayette Senior Center, on August 4, from 10-noon. 

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

News from Lafayette Cultural Resources

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.
Programs are at The Collective, the Lafayette community arts hub, 201 N. Public Rd. 

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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