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 Closure in February

The Library is closed Monday, February 19, in observance of Presidents Day. We reopen on Tuesday, February 20, at 10 am. Book drops close Sunday, February 18 at 5 pm, and reopen Tuesday, February 20 at 8:30 am.

Services at the Library

We just keep getting better!

We have 2 new device charging stations in the library now for all the gadgets you carry with you! They are handily placed by electric outlets and seating areas, one in the fiction area and one in the nonfiction area.

We have software to make your library life easier - check them out below! software
eMagazines with RB Digital
Library text messages
Free tax service at the Library
Playaway launchpads
Legal help database

Volunteer News

Homebound delivery service

Homebound Delivery Service

Our library engages over 250 community volunteers every year; some volunteers work within the walls of the library, while others take the library to those who are unable to visit us. We call this service our Homebound Delivery

 Our program pairs volunteers with homebound customers who bring books, audio CDs, DVDs and music to their home. The volunteers become acquainted with the interests and tastes of the homebound customers, and sometimes even make selections for them based on that information. Our Homebound program makes sure the library’s resources are available to all.  

If you are homebound and interested in setting up a regular volunteer visit, give Scott a call at 303-661-1172.  If you’d like to volunteer to serve our homebound population, visit us online and fill out our easy and quick volunteer form.  

Computer help

Computer Coaching

Check us out! We have additional computer coaches joining our already mighty computer coach team of seasoned veterans. We now offer free, drop-in, one to one computer help, Mondays through Thursdays. A big library thank you to all our hard-working and loyal coaches!
Computer Coaching Schedule:
Mondays, 10:30 am-12:30 pm - Jon
Tuesdays, 10:30 am-12:30 pm - Cher
Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 pm - Mark
Wednesdays, 10:30 am-12:30 pm - David
Thursdays, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm - Dante

Friends of the Lafayette Public Library

Your Friends of the Library update
Our hardworking Friends of the Library offered the community a wealth of gently loved books at their book sale in January. They raised more than $3600, all of which goes directly to our library programming. Look for more lobby book sales throughout the year, and continue to support your Friends at the library! 

The Friends Bookstore prices have increased to $3 for hardbacks and $2 for paperbacks. Thanks as always for your continued support.

Book Groups!

Lafayette Reads Pachinko

Lafayette READS!

Lafayette READS! is a quarterly reading and discussion group, under the umbrella of  Lafayette Public Library. We select books that are not only great reads, but that are relevant to today’s issues. Informal discussions are open to all, and focus on the book itself, as well as on ways in which the story sheds light on the contemporary world.  Lafayette READS! covers both fiction and nonfiction, new books and rediscovered classics.

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Lafayette READS! Current Selection

Pachinko Book Discussion Group, March 8
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee is a sweeping historical saga of one Korean family living in exile in Japan. It is a gripping tale of an extraordinary family struggling with faith, family, and identity. This work was a 2017 finalist for the National Book Award and was on all the Best of 2017 book lists.
Receive a free copy when you sign up for the March 8 discussion group! Check with a librarian for details.

Book groups

Book Group BOOKJOY at the Library

If you're looking for a book club to join, check with us! We are rich in book clubs; we have public groups and community read groups to choose from. We provide meeting space for book clubs and carry a number of book club kits available to our community. You can even start your own book club; learn about what we offer in terms of resources and supports. We love to help folks read! Check out more information. 

Keep up with the latest in book group news, featuring community read dates and titles. Sign up for our Book Groups List to find out about our WWI Centennial Book Groups, author visits, and community read updates.

Special Services

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

The Dementia Caregiver Support Group is a safe place to receive support for the difficult journey of caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia, at any stage of the disease. The group is facilitated by trained volunteers on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Association, and meets at the library on the 4th Tuesday of the month, from 6 – 7:30 pm.

No registration is required. For more information, contact the Alzheimer’s Association 800-272-3900.

2018 dates: 02/27; 03/27; 04/24; 05/22; 06/26; 07/24; 08/28; 09/25; 10/23; 11/27. 

Dementia services

Dementia: The Unexpected Journey
Tuesdays, Feb. 13, 20, 27, & March 6, 1:30-3:30 pm
Join instructor Kelly Squire as she guides you through breaking the stigma of living with dementia, and helps you focus on embracing your new world in a positive way. 
This four-week course is for those affected by dementia and their care partners. Each week will focus on a new topic:
Week 1 Dementia isn't a dirty word
Week 2 No regrets! Adventure before dementia
Week 3 You can't pour from an empty cup
Week 4 Saying goodbye to what was and living for what is

Adaptive Storytimes

Adaptive Storytime
All ages and abilities are welcome at our monthly adaptive storytimes!

Storytimes are on Saturdays at 10:30 in the Kid Zone. Dates are: February 17, March 17, April 14, May 12.
Each month we present a special storytime with a focus on visual props, printed prompts, emotion icons, and visual supports for communication. Join us for stories, rhymes and songs with a special emphasis on inclusiveness for children with communication and sensory differences.

Blog Bits

On our blog this month - suggestions for all ages, fiction and non, books and film See something that intrigues you? Check it out or put it on hold. 

Fake News
Staff Picks
Page to Screen reviews
Bad Weather Reading list
Teens and kids best reads
Page to Small Screen

Library for You(th)

PAWS to Read
Babies Love Science
Reading Buddies

Genealogy at the Library


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

Art at the Library

Art at the Library, June Sanchez
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