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


Find your niche this month at the Library - we have so many resources to share, recommendations to explore, and programs to expand your horizons. Join us, in person or online, and celebrate life with its many offerings. See you at the Library!

Library Closure

The Library is closed on May 26, 27, and 28 in observance of Memorial Day. We reopen Tuesday, May 29 at 10 am.
Book drops are closed starting Friday, May 25 at 5 pm, and reopen Tuesday May 29 at 8:30 am.
No books are due during the library closure.


Screen Free Week - Unplug!


April 30-May 5

Be part of 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. Join us!

Friends of the Library Book Sales through May 6

Library Friends Book Sale through May 6 

Visit the Library Friends Book Sale through May 6 during library hours, in the main lobby and in the upper lobby. Find great fiction and non-fiction books for both adults and children!  Some items are special-priced, but most adult books are $2-$3 and children's books are .50 cents-$1. 
Don't miss this opportunity to buy some interesting books for your reading pleasure!

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"The research is clear that children who don't read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress and that loss has a cumulative, long-term effect."

To help bridge the summer gap, we offer Summer Reading, a fun reading program for all ages - little ones, kids, teens and adults. Join us June 1 through July 31 for  all sorts of reading ideas and opportunities, engaging programs, and even prizes for reaching your own reading milestones! Find out more details and stay tuned for summer fun!

Homebound delivery service

Homebound and want to read our books?

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. 

Lafayette Reads

Lafayette Reads! 

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 current selection is The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

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.

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.

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.

Reading Recommendations

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
Teens and kids best reads
Sync Audiobooks
Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood
Words of Wisdom for Grads
Haiku Fun from us to you


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!

Makerspace coming soon


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!


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

Volunteer News

Our patient and resourceful Computer Coach volunteers set up shop in the library’s Computer Lab, answering questions big and small. One of our volunteers even visits a local senior center to help with any computer questions.

If you have a good basic working knowledge of computer applications and systems, and you are looking for a new way of connecting with our community, just fill out our online volunteer application. We’d love to add you to our team!

Also, if you’re trying to figure out a new device, or just need some help puzzling over a tech question, please stop by during the following times.  Our Computer Coach volunteers love a good challenge!


Dewey Decimal system number of the month
Kid approved 4th and 5th grade books
Adaptive Storytime


Thursday, May 17, 2018 will be the last day of the 2017-2018 school year for the Homework Center and Math/Physics High School Homework Help at Lafayette Public Library. Many thanks to the nearly 35 volunteers that staff our program and provide free, drop-in homework help after school throughout the school year. We look forward to opening again in September!


Sr Carmen logo

Main Gallery

Sr. Carmen Community Center Historical Photo Exhibit

Sister Carmen Community Center, a non-religious nonprofit, has provided critical assistance to residents of East Boulder County for 40 years. As a Family Resource Center, they have implemented expanded services and enhanced programming based on the FRC model to empower participants to become self-sufficient. 
Enjoy the photo exhibit of the history of the Sr. Carmen Community Center in the Main Gallery during May.

Intercambio logo

Our newest gallery! South Gallery

Intercambio Exhibit - A brief representation of all the great connections that have been formed through the Intercambio English program.

Cross-cultural relationships have a benefit for entire families and the broader community, not just teacher and student. Diverse communities are coming together and the social walls are being broken down. Confidence is growing, fear is receding, and communities are integrating.


Lafayette Waterpark
Art Night Out information
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