Check in at LPL: The Library Newsletter

Our Mission: Lafayette Public Library brings community, information,
and ideas together to inspire literacy, learning, and discovery.

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Computer Coaching


The Library closed for Labor Day weekend and maintenance September 1, 2, & 3. We reopen on Tuesday, September 4 at 10 am.
Book drops are closed August 31 at 5 pm, and reopen September 4 at 8:30 am. There are no items due September 1-4.


The Library is always a busy place; we are engaged in the distribution of information in our community. To that end, we offer services that promote free access to information. This month we join forces with libraries nationwide to commemorate important initiatives that affect our communities.

September is Library Card Month
Banned Books Week
Constitution Week

September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all.

Banned Books Week is September 23-29
"Banning Books Silences Stories. Speak Out! Censorship succeeds when no one talks about it." Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community - librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types - in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. 

Constitution Week is September 17-23
Constitution Week is the commemoration of America's most important document, 
the United States Constitution. It stands as a testament to the tenacity of Americans throughout history to maintain their liberties, freedoms and inalienable rights.


Have you met our Volunteer Computer Coaches?  
  • Mondays 10:30-12:30
  • Tuesdays 10:30-12:30 and 5:30-6:30
  • Wednesdays 10:30-12:30
  • Thursdays 5:30-6:30
Our Volunteer Computer Coaches offer free, basic tutoring in the library’s main floor Computer Lab. Just drop by with your new device or your tech questions, and our patient and skilled Volunteers will lend a hand. We don’t do repairs or extensive training, but our Coaches might just have the answer you’ve been looking for!  No advance appointment is needed, whether you’re downloading ebooks for the first time, figuring out your new camera phone, or setting up a new social media account to keep in touch with family and friends. Just drop by and say hello as your schedule permits.
Friends of Lafayette Public Library

Let's be FRIENDS!

Thanks to all our friends who helped with our book sale,and to all who supported the Library with their purchases. We raised  $3571, almost as successful as our previous annual sale!

Friends of the Library is again accepting donations of adult, children's' books, DVDs and CDs in good condition - check out our guidelines. We also now accept donations of jigsaw puzzles, small boxes of note cards, and educational games.   

Our next week-long quarterly lobby sale will be in early December. Stay tuned for details!
Thanks for your support and remember, all proceeds are used to fund library programs, especially the Summer Reading Program. 


Back to school is a great time to learn something new! We offer the free, easy to use Explora database for middle and highschoolers, as well as adults. If you need homework help, we offer that too, and it is drop in, bilingual, and free!

Explora database
Learn with Lynda
Homework Center


Free Museum Passes
Library text messages
iPads at the library
Downloadable Library
RB Digital magazines
Colorado State Park Passes
Playaway Launchpads
Studio 775 Library Makerspace
Book Group to Go


Killers of the Flower Moon

On the Same Page

Every year the communities of Lafayette, Louisville, and Superior join together to ask, "What would happen if everyone read the same book at the same time?"

This year’s title is Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage murders and the birth of the FBI by David Grann

Join us on September 24 at 6 pm for a discussion on this masterfully presented true crime chapter of our history. This New York Times bestseller is "Disturbing and riveting...It will sear your soul." - Dave Eggers

"In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off…

Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating." - Library catalog


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
Page to Screen
Birding in Lafayette-our feathered fauna


Young teens recommend
Books for kids
Reading Buddies
Reading Buddies at Boulder Ridge
Kidfun, Teenfun


Douglas Pratt photo

Main Gallery in September

Lafayette Alleyways

Photographs by Douglas Pratt
Douglas Pratt has been taking photos since he was a teen, and recently decided to  capture his hometown in a unique way, by photographing the alleyways of Old Town Lafayette. 
"I discovered this incredibly engaging world with its own personality. It was a wonderfully different aspect from how I traditionally think of our homes and the folks who live in them. It was a world of its own with a rich, distinct meaning."


Day of the Dead skull

Day of the Dead - Día de Muertos at the Library
October 27 - November 9
Day of the Dead - Día de Muertos, is a Mexican holiday focused on gatherings of family and friends to remember friends and family members who have died.

Join the Library in its celebration of Day of the Dead! We will host community-constructed altars placed throughout the Library, created by individuals, famiilies, and community groups. Plan to drop by to visit the altars and share the love of our community for those who have gone before us.

Would you or your group like to host an altar? Contact the Library at 303-661-1175 for an application. Individual and family applications are due by September 14, and community organization applications are due by September 22.

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