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April at the Library is filled with poetry, gratitude for libraries, celebration of our valued volunteers, and lots of new Library initiatives.
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We’re launching a mini-makerspace in summer 2018!
We envision a collaborative, community-driven space where users can learn to use new tech tools in creative ways. We’ll have 3D printers, micro controllers, and some basic robotics equipment.  We’ll offer special classes, monthly equipment orientations, and limited weekly drop-in hours for independent project work.  More to come as our makerspace vision becomes a reality – stay tuned for more information to come. Want to volunteer as a Makerspace mentor or share your expertise in a workshop? Find out how!
Got a catchy name for our new makerspace - share it!

NEW! iPads @ the Library

iPads in the Library

We now have 10 iPads available for use
within the library

You can now borrow an iPad for up to 2 hours per day, if you are a Lafayette library cardholder in good standing!

iPads are available on a first come, first served basis, and can be checked out at the Adult Services desk on the upper level. All users must sign an acknowledgement of the library’s iPad Loan Policy; minors ages 11 and older may borrow an iPad with signed permission from a parent or guardian, and with a signed Loan Policy. Enjoy!

Career Resources

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Every day, thousands of Americans visit their local libraries for career assistance. - American Library Assoc.
In an increasingly digital world, the internet provided at our Library ensures that everyone can submit an online job application. 

We now work with local partners to offer basic guidance in job search skills.  We’ll be hosting regular “drop-in” sessions to provide job seekers with opportunities for resume review, online application and basic job search tips. Find more information, and check our calendar for career resource events! Help us by volunteering your skills.

TEENS Want help finding that summer job?
Get to our Teen Summer Jobs series: Get a Summer Job Step 2:  Ace an Interview 
Local employers are hiring now - you've already filled out a job application, and now you have an interview. Now what? Learn what to do and what not to do in your interview. A City of Lafayette Human Resources representative will be on hand to help.  
April 12, 4:30-6 pm, and April 21, 1:30-3 pm at the Library.

ADULTS “Walk In” Resume Critiques  April 13,10:30 -12:30.Bring in your resume for a quick review by one of the resume experts from Workforce Boulder County. Designed for folks who need a minimal critique and are comfortable reworking their resume on their own. Sign up for a time slot.

Great Services

We offer services for everyone, and at the best price out there - for free! Need to charge your mobile device? We have you covered. Looking for a great read/listen/watch? Sure enough, got that too. We have software and hardware that help make your life a little easier. And our best asset? We have a staff waiting to help. Come on in, or log on in, and see all we have to offer.

Computer help
Automate DIY auto repair
Find your family - genealogy software
eMagazines with RB Digital
Colorado State Park Passes at the Library
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Volunteer News

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Thank you, Library Volunteers!

National Volunteer Week, April 15-21, is an opportunity to celebrate the impact of volunteer service at our Library. Thanks to all of you who volunteer and help build a stronger, more vibrant community.

We have many volunteer opportunities available - apply, get involved, and get happy!

Career Coach Volunteers

Are you patient and enjoy working one-on-one with others? Consider volunteering as a career coach. We’re looking for volunteers familiar with the basics of online applications, effective resumes, job search sites and search strategies.  
If you’ve been looking for way to give back to your community, and if this sounds like an interesting opportunity, read the position details and complete our volunteer application, and we’ll be in touch.

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Summer Reading Teen Volunteers

Who’s excited ‘bout summer reading
Teens grades 6-12 - apply to volunteer today to help with Summer Reading during June & July. This is a great way for teens who love reading to share their enthusiasm with kids, teens, and adults! Apply now to be a Teen Summer Reading volunteer. 

Makerspace Volunteers

We need volunteers to help us make our Makerspace vision a reality! 
Become a makerspace mentor - help our teen and adult community members work and play with science, technology, engineering, art & crafts, and math. If you have tech skills, enthusiasm, patience, and kindness, apply to be part of our makerspace team, or share your expertise and teach a class in coding, 3D printing, or other tech area.

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Homebound Delivery Service

Our Homebound Delivery program assures that library resources are accessible to our entire population.  We have several volunteers ready to help community members take advantage of this service. 

If you or someone you know would like to set up regular visits with our friendly, prescreened volunteers, please call our volunteer coordinator Scott at 303-661-1172, or email him with your request. 

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Friends of the Library Bookstore

Thanks to City Councilor Merrily Mazza for celebrating our newly renamed Friends Bookstore. She is joined by the Friends president Ginger McKay, Library Director Melissa HIsel, and Library Board member Warren Hite. Stop in and enjoy the best reading bargains in Lafayette! We love books, and want to share them with you, while earning money for Library programs that also spread the booklove. 
Make a difference in our community, and 
join us in our work.

One Book 4 Colorado

One Book 4 Colorado

The One Book 4 Colorado program aims to get free books into the hands of 4-year-olds across the state each year. 

The title of this year's prize book will be announced on April 9, and copies of the book in English and Spanish will be given away at the Lafayette Library (while supplies last). Learn more about the program from Gov. Hickenlooper!

Screen Free Week

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The international celebration where children, families, schools, and communities spend seven days turning OFF entertainment screen media* and turning ON life! It's a time to unplug and play, read, daydream, create, explore nature, and spend time with family and friends. (*work and school assignments not included). 
Check out the activities at the Library happening all week long. Kids, tweens and teens - turn in your screen free activity log for a free book!
Adults - complete the program and be entered into a prize drawing for a pass or similar prize sponsored by the rec department.
Register at the REC Center, 111 W. Baseline Rd., Lafayette, 303-665-0469 or online.   

Book Groups

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LafayetteREADS! 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.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

LafayetteREADS! Current Selection is The Underground Railroad. Join the discussion on June 18 at 6 pm.
The Underground Railroad, by award-winning author Coulson Whitehead, is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman's ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share. 

Receive a free copy when you sign up for the June 18 discussion group! Check with a librarian for details.

Last of the Doughboys by Richard Rubin

WWI Centennial Book Group

The WWI Centennial Book Group reads and discusses books that give insight to WWI and how that impacted the country and the world. 

Join us on Thursday May 10 @ 6 pm for a discussion of The Last of the Doughboys by Richard Rubin. Read our blog for an in depth look at the book, then sign up to reserve your copy and be part of the discussion group.

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.

Senior Services Collaborations

Senior Resources Session - drop in

April 6, 10 am - 12 noon
For folks 60+ and their caregivers
Get information and referrals to area resources; find out about benefit eligibility and get help with some applications; learn about financial assistance programs for seniors; get answers to Medicare questions; learn about home modification needs for aging in place; find out about meaningful volunteer positions; get Alzheimer’s and dementia information and support. Sponsored by Lafayette Senior 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. Next date is April 24.

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

Special Services

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. Next storytimes are April 14 and 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.


Check out our blog posts! We have lots of suggestions for everyone. Like what you see? Check it out or put it on hold. 

Staff Picks
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Page to Screen reviews
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Teens and kids best reads
Page to Small Screen


Black Panther read-alikes
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Spring-y books for kids
Dewey Decimal system number of the month
Babies Love Science
Reading Buddies


Art at the Library, June Sanchez
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