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

We offer great ideas, opportunities, and solutions with our Check In @ LPL monthly online newsletter. We love hearing from you - drop us a note!

Friends of the Library
Spring Break Book Sale
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Friends Spring Book Sale

Visit our Friends Lobby Sale March 24-31, during library hours. *For a $10 donation, you can enjoy an hour of early bird shopping on Saturday, March 24, 9-10 am.

We offer fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children, from .50 - $3. There will also be CDs, DVDs and some non-book items for sale. Don't miss this opportunity to buy some interesting books for your reading pleasure!


Donate to our sale
We are seeking donations of adult and children books, CDs and DVDs; puzzles, children’s games, small toys, notecards, picture frames, unused journals and diaries, decorative soaps, unopened hand lotion, and other unused, decorative bath items. Sorry, we cannot accept any donations not in these categories at this time.


Fundraising Friends 

Please consider joining our Friends group to support library initiatives like our hugely popular Summer Reading program. You could be part of a small team focused exclusively on fundraising projects. If you have previous fundraising or grant writing experience, and want to help build and sustain a vital and exciting part of your community, let us know! Contact Library Director Melissa Hisel for more information.

Library 101

Library 101 is a new newsletter feature where we'll highlight a new library resource or service. We'll also offer refresher reminders for some of our resources that you might not know about yet. Stay tuned each month for valuable library information!


Automatic Renewal for Library Customers

We’re excited to announce a new library service, automatic renewal for library customers!

  • How does auto-renewal work? If you have an item checked out, and nobody else has requested that item, it will be automatically renewed for another checkout period!  Of course, this won’t work for items that are not eligible for renewal, such as our Lucky Day collection or certain Prospector items.  
  • How will I know if my items are auto-renewed? If you’re signed up for our 3-day email courtesy notice, the notice will inform you which of your items have been renewed and which weren’t, and you’ll be given a new due date for the auto-renewed items. 
  • Will fines still be charged?  Yes; once an item has reached the end of its possible renewals, fines will begin to accrue

As always, we recommend you monitor the status of your account online, or through the self-checkout machines here at the library. Questions?  Always feel free to ask! 

Library Resources
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TAX HELP

AARP Tax Aide - Wednesdays through April 10
10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Volunteers from AARP assist people in preparing and filing their taxes. The service is free, but appointments must be made in advance by signing up online or calling the Library at 303-665-5200. Most appointments are already booked, so if you cannot make your scheduled appointment, please call and free up the space, thanks!

*New this year-participants must fill out Form 13614-C, Intake/Interview & Quality Review Sheet, available at the Library, or download the form.


ONE BOOK COLORADO - APRIL 8-22!

The state of Colorado is giving away 75,000 books to 4-year-olds this spring! Find out more, and bring your 4 year-old friends to the library April 8-22 for a free book.
Library Databases

DATABASE COLLECTION

We continue to expand our database collection in order to offer easily accessible, comprehensive information on a wide range of subjects. See something on our list that you forgot was available? Try it - our librarians are happy to help.

LIBRARY TOOLS FOR EASY ACCESS

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.
  • Museum passes - Free admission to area cultural institutions-restrictions apply.
  • Text messaging with the Library - 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 - On display in the lobby - avoid long hold waits on popular titles.
  • NY Times - Access all the news you need, for free!

GET A HANDLE ON YOUR ENERGY USAGE

Power Check Meters help you make your home more energy efficient! They are available for check out; watch the video tutorial.

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Have you met our Volunteer Computer Coaches?  

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. Our Coaches just might 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.
Hours:

  • Mondays; 10:30-12:30 and 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Tuesdays; 10:30-12:30 and 5:30-6:30 pm
  • Wednesdays; 10:30-12:30
  • Thursdays, 5-6:30 pm
  • Sundays; 1-3 pm

If you’re interested in joining our Volunteer Computer Coach team, just fill out our Volunteer Application.  

Book recommendations

Explore our blogposts this month for things to read as we approach the end of winter (though perhaps, not the end of winter weather). We love to share what we come across, so try a few recommendations. You can access the books through our catalog.

Lafayette Reads Book discussion

The Newcomers by Helen Thorpe 
Book discussion March 18, 6 pm
LafayetteREADS! is a quarterly Lafayette community reading and discussion group. We select books that are not only great reads, but that are relevant to today’s issues. Informal discussions focus on the book itself, as well as on ways in which the story sheds light on the contemporary world. Read and relate to your community!

LIBRARY OUTREACH

You don’t need to come to the library to enjoy our services; we have a growing outreach program that allows us to present library services outside our building in places such as Josephine Commons elder housing, The Peaks senior living, Lafayette preschools and day care centers, and to our homebound patrons. This month we feature our work at Boulder Ridge Mobile Home Park in Lafayette. 

Library Buddies

Library Buddies at Boulder Ridge

Library Buddies brings the library to the Boulder Ridge Mobile Home Park and surrounding communities, partnering with teen volunteers and Boulder Ridge management.

Each week kids and volunteers read, play games, and make crafts. We offer special library programs such as a Paws to Read program in that location, where young readers have the opportunity to read with certified therapy dogs from Therapy Dogs of Boulder County. We look forward to expanding our special events at Boulder Ridge with My Nature Lab, Open Space and Mountain Parks of Boulder, and Lafayette Open Space. We love our work! 

To Do at the Library
Storytimes
Computer Coaching
Homework Help
Art at the Library
Makerspace
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