Check in at LPL newsletter

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and ideas together to inspire literacy, learning, and discovery.

Welcome to Check In @ LPL our monthly online newsletter! Enjoy all we offer during this month of celebrations. Comments? Let us know - drop us a note.

The Library is closed December 24 and 25 for Christmas. The Library closes at 5 pm on December 31 for New Year's Eve, and January 1 for New Year's. Remember, no books are due when we are closed, nor on the day following our closures. We got you covered!


The Library is grateful for all the support we receive!

  • We put a treasured resource at the top of the list, our volunteers! 
  • We are thankful for all of our staff, who work hard to make our customers feel welcome and engaged at the library. 
  • We are thankful for our Library Board members, who give their time, energy, and creativity to keeping the library relevant to today's needs and interests.
  • We are thankful for the Friends of the Library who provide extra funding for our programs for kids and adults. Without them, we would not be able to offer so much to so many! 
  • We are grateful to be at the center of a thriving community that values learning, creativity, exploration and discovery! 


Your support makes all the difference in this Library. You can show your love in so many ways; use the library services, volunteer, and even contribute to our work through the Friends of the Lafayette Library. 
  • Makerspace Studio775 - contribute to our makerspace! We have a wish list available at the library desks and in the makerspace. These items would help us continue to offer low-cost opportunities to explore new maker movement technologies.
  • Teens, make an impact on your community; join us as a teen volunteer, and let your voice be heard!
  • You can make a difference - join the Friends!
  • Be a Fundraising Friend!  Apply now to be part of a much-needed fundraising group.
  • Use Amazon Smiles - select Friends of the Lafayette Library as an Amazon Smiles donor when you to purchase Amazon items.
  • Remember the Friends of the Lafayette Library in your will or trust. Please contact us for further details.
  • Purchase books at our year-round Friends Bookstore, located on the Library's main level.
  • Honor holidays or special occasions for friends and relatives with a gift that doesn't take up rooms or add pounds. Use the Friends gift donation card, available at our festive Friends Holiday Sale, or at the desks.
  • Purchase items at our Friends Holiday Sale December 1-9, in the lobby areas; see below for details.
Holiday Book Sale

Friends of the Library Holiday Sale

December 1-9 during Library hours in the Library lobby areas.
*Be an "early bird" for $10 for early entry to the sale on Saturday, December 1, 9-10 am!

Find great gifts! We will offer holiday books, music, and movies, as well as puzzles, games, and small gift items. We offer hundreds of lightly used adult and children’s books, most priced between .50 and $4. Fiction, nonfiction, CDs and DVDs as well as non-book items will be offered!  All money raised goes to Library programming!

What to Read, and What to Gift this Season

Follow our Books and Beyond blog each month, and get the lowdown on our staff favorites, youth favorites, and specialty lists.

Less by Andrew Greer

LafayetteREADS! might be just be the reading group you’ve been looking for.
Throughout the year we select thought provoking titles that allow for rich conversation, and we offer a group discussion open to the community.

December's LafayetteREADS! selection is Less by Andrew Greer. Join us for our community discussion on Monday, December 10, at 6 pm. Read more in our blog.

Winter Break Reading Challenge

Winter Break Reading Challenge for All Ages!

December 21-January 7
This winter break, don’t forget to take time for yourself; take a break, and read. Reading is a great way to recharge and escape from the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and the library wants to help make it fun and easy to keep your reading habit going.  All you have to do log into the Beanstack account you made for Summer Reading, or create a new one for your family! Find all the details on this fun reading challenge.

Special Reading Lists

Looking for something special to read? You can find all our special reading lists on our catalog's home page!


We continue to expand our database collection in order to offer easily accessible, comprehensive information on a wide range of subjects. Try out these research tools this month:
  • Explora Easy-to-use features and reliable content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books. Both the design and content of each Explora product is customized for the age or audience.
  • New York Times Enjoy free and unlimited access to The New York Times online while at the Library, on public computers or via WiFi. Full current editions, and also unlocks the newspaper's archives, podcasts and customized email newsletters, lesson plans and more.
  • Novelist Fiction readers can find new authors and titles based on topics of interest or other books enjoyed. Search by favorite author, title or series and find similar titles, reviews and reading group guides.
  • Novelist K-8 Discover great books for kids and young adults. Search by title, author, series or reading level to find similar titles and reviews.


We offer an assortment of tools that simplify your Library life. Try out a few, and enjoy the advantages of easy access.
  • RB Digital eMagazines - Stream or download magazines for free - a great resource for that holiday traveling you'll be doing.
  • Museum passes Lafayette cardholders in Lafayette are eligible for free admission to participating Denver and Boulder area cultural institutions.
  • Text messaging with the Library - Receive information and manage renewals and holds by text message.
  • iPads - Enjoy the use of an iPad in the Library, for up to 2 hours.
  • Libby helps you find and reserve library materials, from anywhere!
  • Lucky Day - This could be your Lucky Day. look on the display in the Library lobby and you might avoid those long hold waits.
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