Check in at LPL: The Library Newsletter

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The Library is closed Wednesday, July 4, and reopens on Thursday, July 5. Book drops are closed July 3 at 8 pm, and reopen July 5 at 8:30 am. There are no fines for items due on July 4 or 5.

We're in the thick of Summer here, celebrating July 4th, continuing our Summer Reading program, and generally having a sweet summer with books, authors, and finding new ways to connect.

Summer Reading is STILL HERE!

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Summer Reading logo


To help bridge the summer slide reading gap, we offer Summer Reading, a fun reading program for all ages - little ones, kids, teens and adults.

Program continues through July 31

Sign up, track your time online, and receive great prizes for reaching your own reading milestones.
Last day to sign up for Summer Reading is July 24 
Last day to pick up your prizes is July 31

And thanks to all our amazing teen volunteers, to our sponsors, and especially to the Friends of the Library, for helping present a valuable summer reading experience for our community.

Summer Reading Prizes

Have we got prizes!

We have summer reading prizes for everyone who signs up! Check out our list:
Kid Prizes: Menchies and Lakeside discount coupons, Fidget Toy or Rapids coupon, Chipotle coupon or Lakeside Ticket, Book of your choice, Great Oudoors Waterpark pass or an Elitch’s pass.
Teen Prizes: Menchies and Lakeside discount coupons, Fidget Toy or Rapids coupon, Chipotle coupon or Lakeside ticket, Book of your choice, Teen pool party at the Great Outdoors Waterpark on August 10th or an Elitch's pass
Adult Prizes: Menchies coupon, UTurn Coupons, Chipotle BYGO coupon, Front Range Brewery, Ancestry DNA kits, FATE brewery coupon. Claim all prizes by July 31!


Emily France
The Last Town on Earth
Reads and Treats
Lafayette Reads

LafayetteREADS!  is the Library’s quarterly book discussion group. We select four thought-provoking titles for the year that allow for rich conversation, and provide free books to the first ten people who sign up for the discussion. We also offer a book group kit for each title.

Join us for the next book discussion on December 10 at 6 pm, for a discussion of Less by Andrew Greer.

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

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Summer Reading is 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. 

How can you assure that your library’s Summer Reading and other programs continue to serve our community from year to year?  Be a Friend!

  • Come to the Friends Book Sale August 18 through 25, and find book bargains while supporting 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. We need more help -  marketers and visionaries welcome!

Studio 775 - Library Makerspace

Studio 775

Studio 775 Makerspace
Open House Hours

Mondays, July 23 & 30, 10:30 am-12:30 pm
Wednesdays, July 25 & August 1, 1:15 -3:45 pm

It's here - it's staffed, and we have open house hours!
Drop by to observe equipment at work and chat with our volunteer mentors.Check out sample projects in action and learn about the machines’ capabilities! Kids 12 and under need an adult with them. 
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. 


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Missing our reminder emails?

The library is working to make sure our holds notices and reminder emails get where they’re headed. If you’ve noticed some trouble receiving your library emails, here are a couple easy fixes.

  • Next time you’re in, stop by a desk to double-check that we have your current and accurate information.
  • There are some email providers that work better than others.  If your email address ends in ME.COM or iCLOUD.COM, it might be harder for us to reach you.  Think about providing us with a different address if that is an option.

Library text messages

Sign up for our easy text messages

Why not avoid emails issues and sign up for our easy text messages.  By signing up, you will be notified about holds and overdue items on your phone - you can even renew items via text!

Here’s the short scoop on how to get text messages from the library:

1. Text SIGNUP to 720-893-9151 (or REGISTRESE to receive messages in Spanish). When prompted, enter your Lafayette Library card number (no spaces).
2. You will receive three more messages with introductory information. Want more details? Here you go!

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
Kids launchpads


We have a new shipment of Playaway Launchpads, created especially for elementary age kids. Launchpads tablets are pre-loaded with games that are appropriate for elementary school ages and do not need internet access. Great for travel!
Launchpads check out for three weeks - try one this summer, especially on those road trips, or in the airport.

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
Independent Bookstores
Sync Audiobooks


Young teens recommend
Teens exciting book and movies
Kids graphic novels
Kids new books and movies
Teen art
Kids artwork on display
Teens and kids best reads

Yay - summer is still here! Let's play - travel - read - read - read . . .
Try Summer Reading this year - read enough and read your way to the new Lafayette waterpark or to Elitch's!

We have great youth programs lined up for July - concerts, crafts, and even a young adult author. Have fun -READ!

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Melinda Driscoll artwork

Main Gallery

Melinda Driscoll Paintings

Water inspired abstract paintings
"My paintings are meant to be soothing and healing for the soul.  My hope is that others feel that when viewing my paintings.

I follow where the paint and color lead me.  The texture that forms and the color combinations that expose themselves are the drivers for each piece.  I just need to let go of expectations and assumptions and each painting presents itself on the canvas."


Age Well Boulder County
Art Night Out information
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