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.

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Computer Coaching


Oh yeah, it's June and that means Summer Reading! It's all about the reading for the next 2 months. Beanstack is our new Summer Reading partner, making it easier to sign up and track your reading. Join us this summer for the adventure of reading - have fun, earn prizes, and be part of this great library community. See you at the Library!

Summer Reading is HERE!

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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 join us for summer fun!

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Meet Beanstack, our new Summer Reading partner

Beanstack is an award-winning program that provides easy access to our Summer Reading program.

Sign up, track your reading, and even get reading recommendations tailored to you!

Get the Beanstack app for your phone or tablet and track your reading from anywhere.


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. Join us June 18 at 6 pm for some great discussion.

Eats & Sweets

Reads & Treats, an Un-Book Group

Booktalk and more - eats, drinks, and sharing what you've been reading, watching, or listening to. June 28, 4:30-6:30, drop by and join the gang of new bookfriends at Eats & Sweets, 401 S. Public Rd. - we'll have a sweeeeet time!

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.

Volunteer News

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As we head into the Summer Reading season, it’s a great time to remind everyone what an important role the Friends of the Library play in our programming and outreach.The Friends are a volunteer driven non-profit group, dedicated to raising funds to support our library. 

Matter of fact, our Summer Reading program is made possible in large part through contributions from Friends of the Library.  Like everything else in life, Summer Reading is more expensive every year (and it is more popular every year!).  This is where YOU come in!  How can you assure that your library’s Summer Reading and other programs continue to serve our community from year to year?  

  • Purchase items from the Friends’ Bookstore here at the library
  • Donate your like-new books, DVDs and CDs to the Friends’ Bookstore
  • Become a member of the Friends of the Library 
  • Offer your time to the Friends - It’s a great way to give back to your library and to the larger community!
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. 

Studio 775 - Library Makerspace

Studio 775

Studio 775 Makerspace Tour

June 1, 2-4 pm

It's here - it's staffed, and it's set to open in mid June!
Drop by for a guided tour of our new mini-makerspace. Kids 12 and under need an adult to share the tour. 
We have 3D printers, a Carver router, and a cutter for paper, vinyl, fabric, and more.

We envision Studio 775 as a collaborative, community-driven space where users can learn to use new tech tools in creative ways. In the future we’ll offer special classes, monthly equipment orientations, and weekly drop-in hours for independent project work. 

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
June is Audiobook Month
Page to Screen
Grandparents as nature guides


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!

Libby app for downloading books
Automate DIY auto repair
Find your family - genealogy software
eMagazines with RB Digital
Colorado State Park Passes at the Library


Dewey Decimal -kids and teens nonfiction

So many ways to enjoy your summer break! Hang out with friends - go to camp - travel - read - read - read . . .
Did we say read? Try Summer Reading this year - read enough and you'll get a visit to the new Lafayette waterpark or to Elitch's!

We have special teen and kid events throughout the summer, from Brazilian percussion to LEGO Challenge, static electricity demonstrations, and terrarium building.

Find it all at the Library - oh, and don't forget to READ!


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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.

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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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