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

This month we feature things to do, books to read, films to watch, and tools to use. Visit our To Do page, featuring special events, drop-in fun, and opportunities to create and make!

The Library will be closed all day and the book drops locked on Thursday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. No books are due on July 4 or 5. We reopen on July 5.

Summer Reading continues ...

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Summer fun continues - read, have fun at our events, and log your reading activities online to qualify for prizes. (Ever wonder why we do it? Check out our blog post on the history and philosophy of summer reading programs!)
Important Dates:

  • July 13 - Magician Ann Lincoln appears at 11 am!
  • July 24 - Last Day to Sign Up
  • July 30 - Jeff and Paige Concert @ Festival Plaza, 10:30 am!
  • Weekly - Adults Gift Basket Prize Drawings
  • July 31 - Last Day to Record Time and Pick up Prizes
How it Works, Prize Info, and Help - Visit our Summer Reading and Beanstack Help pages.

Finally, great big THANK YOU's to over 80 teen volunteers who staffed all of our summer programs, and to our Friends of the Library who fully funded Summer Reading.

Library 101
Find new Library resources, services, and reminders for existing resources you might not know about yet. Stay tuned each month for valuable Lafayette Library information!

Want to talk to us, check out or register for events, or reserve a study room or event space? Use the colorful round buttons in the middle of our homepage (and at the bottom of every page) to quickly launch these functions.

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Contact Us - go to our contact hub, which includes our survey link, main Contact form, and other ways to share your materials requests or comments.

Check out the new Calendar!

When you visit our new Library Calendar, you'll see a fresh, more modern look, and here are tips to view the calendar on mobile or desktop:

  • Do you visit our site on a mobile device? The default Events view plays well on a small screen!
  • On a desktop or to see the whole month, toggle to a calendar by clicking on the calendar icon above the search filters.
  • In calendar mode, click on the "Date" search to navigate to a new month.
  • Screenshots and a list of more features we love

Reserve Rooms – go straight into our new room booking system for study rooms or to request and hold an event space. Full details about all spaces, rates and policies are available at the click of that button!

These tools are designed to help you easily accomplish what you want to do, and we encourage you to give them a try. 

Book recommendations
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On The Same Page 2019

Our Fall choice for Lafayette READS! always coincides with On the Same Page, the one-book program we share with Louisville Library and the community of Superior. The 2019 selection is The Last Cowboys - A Pioneer Family in the New West, by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist John Branch.

"The Last Cowboys is a grand and compelling work of reporting that, like Buzz Bissinger’s Friday Night Lights, offers deep insight into American ritual and tradition. And in telling the Wright family’s story, from branding days to rodeo nights to annual Christmas gatherings, Branch captures something vital of the grit, determination, and integrity that fuel the American Dream." - Library catalog

You can read about the book, as well as our "read-alike" recommendations, and we'll have more information soon about lots of other opportunities surrounding the book NPR called "a can't-put-it-down modern Western." 
Reserve your copyadd our book discussion to your calendar; Monday, September 16, at 6 pm; and stay tuned for more information on our author visit in September.

Library Resources


We offer an assortment of tools to simplify your Library life. Try out a few of this ever-growing list, 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!
  • New! Consumer Reports website - free access to the member content of the Consumer Reports website!
  • We have many shiny new foldout Boulder County Bike Maps placed in various places around the library - enjoy and ride safe!
  • 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.
  • State Park Backpacks/Passes

    It’s so summer, and we have such rich opportunities to get out into the thick of nature! Your Lafayette Library card can be used to check out a State Parks Pass for seven days, for use at any (or multiple) state parks during that period. Check it out!


We offer several art galleries throughout the library featuring local artists, community art, and local school art projects. Exhibits change regularly, so keep an eye out when you're visiting and enjoy a range of works by local artists. View our current exhibits when you are here, and discover the rich creative works of area artists. You can check out what exhibits are here, and those in the future by using our library art calendar. 

Library Databases


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.


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. See you at the Library, and not only in our building!

Join us this summer; we offer programs and events at Boulder Ridge MH Park in Lafayette, storytimes on Tuesdays 10 am, at Festival Plaza on S. Public Rd., and information at monthly Art Night Out events, and at the Library.

Kids Eat Free!
LaMont Does Park S. Boulder Rd., Lafayette 

July 8-18, starts at 11:45 am
Kids under 18, NO registration or ID needed!
Look for our “pop up” presence throughout the summer during the lunch program.

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Coming in August!

Join us on Wednesday, August 14 at 6:30 pm at the library for The Story of the American Cowboy, the third of four seminars presented by Active Minds. We will explore the story of the American Cowboy. We will peel back the mythology and explain how the origins of the Cowboy lie south of the border in the Spanish colonies in the Americas; we will trace the development of the American Cowboy and its influence upon this part of the country, and even tell a good 'ol Cowboy story or two. Join us!

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

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