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

Library Closures in November

The Library is closed on November 10 and 11 for Veterans Day. We will reopen on November 12 at 1 pm. Books drops are locked starting at 8 pm on November 9, and will be open again on November 12 at 12:30 pm. There are no books due while we are closed.

The Library closes at 5 pm on November 22 and is closed all day on November 23 for Thanksgiving. We will reopen on November 24 at 10 am. Books drops are locked starting at 5 pm on November 22, and will be open again on November 24 at 10 am. There are no books due while we are closed.

A Reading Buddies Farewell - November 14

Sarah Dodson-Knight

Reading Buddies is a free, award-winning reading enrichment program that pairs rising 1st-3rd graders with volunteers in 7th-12th grades.

For the past ten years our Reading Buddies program has been guided by coordinator Sarah Dodson-Knight. She has nurtured the program and watched as Little Buddies moved on to become readers, and some became Big Buddies and other Library volunteers. Sarah expanded the program in many ways, bringing it to Boulder Ridge Mobile Park, and creating Reading Buddies playdates to keep kids reading throughout the year.

The Library is grateful to Sarah for all of her care and work this past decade, and invites the community including all present and past Reading Buddies to join us in a farewell reception at the Library on November 14, 5 pm.

RE(a)D Friday Weekend @ the Library

REaD Friday Holiday Book Sale

Shop the Library for great gift deals

Who needs Black Friday shopping madness when you can shop RE(a)D Friday (and Saturday, Sunday and Monday) at the Library's Holiday Book Sale.

Traffic? Bad moods? Overspending? Who needs 'em! Shop your Library, and smile.

You'll find the gifts that keep giving at our Holiday Book Sale. Reused books are a thoughtful, environment-friendly gift for your friends, family, and neighbors, and they provide much needed income to fund our reading programs such as Summer Reading.

Library Holiday Tea

Holiday Tea

Celebrate the Holiday Season with a Lafayette tradition on Sunday December 3, from 2-4 pm.

Enjoy assorted teas, cookies, and music, featuring "The New Renditions" a cappella barbershop quartet.
Tickets are available at the Library:  Adults, $12; Seniors 60+ and Students, $10.

This program is appropriate for children 8 years and older. See you at the Tea!

Teens and Tweens

National Novel Writing Month


November is National Novel Writing Month - Nanowrimo! The Library is offering an all youth - grades K-12 writing contest during the month, and help with writing those stories on Thursdays from 4 - 6 pm.

Learn more about National Novel Writing Month - and check out our Nanowrimo blog post with all of the cool contest details.

Volunteer with us!

Volunteer coordinator Scott

Every month brings new faces to the library’s Volunteer Team, making new contributions.  In the last couple of weeks alone, we’ve added new Volunteer Tutors to our popular Homework Center (have you seen the new upstairs space?). We’ve trained a couple new Volunteers for our Lafayette Kids Ready to Read program, sharing stories with local preschools and daycare centers. And one of our volunteers facilitates a senior discussion group for travel DVDs. Our team of Circ Aide Volunteers continues to grow, helping us pull customer requests, straighten shelves and empty overflowing book carts.  

One of our greatest accomplishments over the past couple months has been to strengthen our pool of Youth Volunteers. It seems there are always new faces at our Teen Collection Connection meetings, where young people give feedback on library programming and collection while getting to know new peers. 

Find the quick and easy application on our website, as well as details about each position. Why not be part of our volunteer team?! - Scott, Library Volunteer Coordinator

So Much TO DO @ The Library!

Columbine Mine Massacre
WWI Centennial Book Group
Movies and Mortality

Each month we offer programs and events for a wide variety of interests. Check out ALL of our programs this month, on our To Do page

It's all about those books . . .

Lafayette Reads! Water Knife
Staff Picks
Books to Film
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Picture Book Month
Book Group To Go kits

Services we offer at the Library

Online High School Diploma
Playaway Launchpads
Computer Coaching


In addition to providing Ancestry Library edition, which  delivers billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more from countries all over the world and is available  on the library computers, we now subscribe to My Heritage library edition.

MyHeritage Library Edition is available here at the library as well as  outside the library with your library card. It is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind. It contains more than 6 billion historical records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other regions. New collections containing millions of records are added monthly
Check out all of our genealogy links!

Our Latino Heritage: Latino Families in Lafayette

LPL proudly hosts a community collaborative exhibit, created from photos and stories of Lafayette Latino families. Community members are invited to add their own framed family photos, past and present to the ever-growing exhibit of photos and stories about their families, friends, and heroes. The stories will be included in a community notebook as part of the exhibit. To submit your photos and stories, contact Karen Andrews.

Homework Center
Travel Bug Club
Electric Vehicle Charging Station

So much to do at the Library!

Each month we offer programs and events for a wide variety of interests. Check out ALL of our programs this month, on our To Do page.

Beyond the Library Walls - Our Offsite Services

Books and more beyond the library walls icon

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, and visits to Josephine Commons , Affinity Senior Living, Boulder Ridge Mobile Home Park, and 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

Art at the Library - See and Respond Exhibit
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