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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 is closed all day and the book drops locked on Sunday, September 1, and Monday, September 2, in observance of Labor Day. No books are due on September 1, 2, or 3. We reopen on Tuesday, September 3.

SPECIAL in September!

  • Library Card Sign-up Month Kids and students get your own library card! We can save families hundreds of dollars on educational resources and services, from free access to STEAM programs, educational apps, in-person and virtual homework help, to the expertise of your friendly librarians, a library card is one of the most cost effective back to school supplies available. Calculate your savings! 
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15. Celebrate and recognize the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of Hispanic and Latino communities.
  • Banned Books Week, September 22-28, celebrates the freedom to read, spotlighting current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. 

Back to School Resources for Teachers, Parents & Kids

  • School Resources Learn all about what we offer for parent, teacher, and class visit resources 
  • Twenty Years of Homework Help This school year marks the twentieth year that Lafayette Public Library has offered free, drop-in homework help for students in grades 3-12! Read more about our Homework Center. 
  • Reading Buddies is our program for kids in grades K-3, who have fun reading and playing games with our teen volunteers. Spaces are still available, so sign up today

Save the Date

Day of the Dead

Save the date for our commemoration of Day of the Dead!
Saturday, October 26, 10:30 am - 1 pm

Activities all day to celebrate the Day of the Dead/Día De Los Muertos!

Call for Community Participation
Interested in creating/hosting an altar for Day of the Dead? 
Solictud de Participación Comunidad: ¿Tienen interes en crear/alojar un altar para Día de los Muertos?
Please contact Lafayette Public Library-Deadline October 11, 2019
Póngase en contacto con la biblioteca a más tardar el 11 de octubre 2019
Angelique Velasco 303-661-1181.


Aging Solo & End of Life Planning
Friday, September 27, 1-3 pm
A workshop for those aging without family support. Our panel answers important questions - medical and financial power of attorney; how to assign beneficiaries and direct assets in the simplest way, and more. The panel includes an end-of-life planner, public administrator, elder law attorney, and trust officer. Register: call 303-661-1492.

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!


When we joined the Flatirons Library Consortium a couple years ago, it immediately put many thousands more items at your disposal. If a book isn’t on our shelves, we can usually have a copy delivered within a couple days, because more than 98% of items requested are available through the six FLC libraries.  

But what about those books, DVDs or CDs that aren’t in the FLC collections? Fortunately, you’ll find most of those through Prospector, our interlibrary loan arrangement that checks dozens of other public, university and specialty libraries in and around Colorado. When you can't locate an item in your search through FLC libraries, scroll to the bottom of the screen where you’ll see the Prospector graphic. A quick click on the blue bar labeled “See more results in Prospector” will display search results from all of the other affiliated libraries. Select “Request It” when you find the item, enter your info and we’ll call or email when your item is delivered here.  

Let us know if you’d like a quick demonstration on using Prospector - we’ll help you access almost any item you need!


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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.

ON THE SAME PAGE Book Discussion
September 16, 6 pm. 
Community discussion of The Last Cowboys.

An Evening with The Last Cowboys author John Branch, September 26, 6:30 pm. Enjoy a special evening with John Branch, author of The Last Cowboys: A Pioneer Family in the New West. Tickets are required for this free event at the Arts Hub, 420 Courtney Way, Lafayette. Tickets available starting September 5; information on our calendar.   

Book recommendations


Explore all our blog posts each month and get the lowdown on our staff picks, youth favorites, and specialty lists. See anything you like? Find it all in our catalogIf you need even more choices, try Novelist Good Books Alerts!

Lucky Day - Books are available for checkout, on display in the lobby. Avoid long hold waits on popular titles! No renewals, only one Lucky Day at a time.

Online Magazines - Bring them anywhere, with RBDigital. Stream or download eMagazines for free! Our most popular titles include National Geographic, The New Yorker, 5280 Magazine and more, with over 100 titles in the collection.
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We're looking for folks who want to make an impact on our community! Here are a couple of our current volunteer openings - if you see an opportunity you'd like to try, just fill out the form and contact us!

Homework Center Tutor

As a volunteer Homework Center Tutor, you will help students, individually or in small groups, work on homework assignments in a variety of subjects, including elementary and middle school math. We ask that you commit to 1-2 hours a week for the school year. Bilingual Spanish skills are a plus, but not required! Apply now.

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The Friends of Lafayette Public Library

Drop by the Friends Lobby Book Sale, Saturday, September 7 through Sunday, September 15 during regular library hours!

Browse hundreds of donated adult and children’s books, priced between .50 - $4, as well as CDs and DVDs and non-book items. $10 for 9 am admission, only on Saturday, September 7. 

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.
  • 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 downloadable library materials, from anywhere!
  • Consumer Reports WEBSITE - free access to the member content of the Consumer Reports website!
  • Scan your stuff at the Library! We have a scanner and dedicated computer in our computer lab for your use, but our copy machine also has scanning capabilities. Ask a computer coach or librarian for help!

Colorado Historical Newspapers
More Lafayette area newspapers have been added to the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection, which you can get to through the Lafayette Public Library website. We have additional years of the Lafayette Leader, News Free Press, and The Erie News.

You can access Lafayette newspapers in the Colorado Historic Newspapers Collection through our website in any of these ways:

Colorado Talking Book Library
Talking books are not just for blind people! If you or someone you know is not able to enjoy books or magazines because you cannot see well enough to read conventional print, or a physical disability prevents you from handling the printed materials, or a reading disability causes you to be unable to read, the Talking Book Library provides audio, Braille and large print books that keep you connected to reading, stories and adventure.

Museum and Office Space Passes

Museum Passes

Free Museum Passes to area cultural institutions for cardholders living in Lafayette!

  • Clyfford Still Museum
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science 
  • Fiske Planetarium CU-Boulder 
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
  • WOW! Children's Museum

Shared Office Passes
Confluence Small Business Collective
Free weekday access for one person, up to four times per year 
Confluence is a shared-office "co-working" community offering flexible work, meet, and event space in downtown Lafayette. The pass includes wifi and use of common areas! Check out this resource!


  • Bike Maps - Fall is a great time for a bike ride; we have foldout Boulder County bike maps, to help you enjoy the area and ride safely.
  • Computer coaching: Mondays: 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Tuesdays: 10:30 - 12:30, Wednesdays: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Fridays: 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Saturdays: 10:30 am - 12 noon, Sundays: 1-3 pm

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. 


We offer several art galleries throughout the library featuring local artists, community art, and local school art projects. Check out what exhibits are here, and scheduled in the future by using our library art calendar. 

  • Lobby North and South Galleries - Lauri Dunn

  • Upper North Gallery - Ken Sanville, Rural Still Lifes

  • Upper South Gallery - BVSD Student Art 

  • Upper Kids Gallery - Flower Power - Mandala Art

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.

  • Explore your Family History with Ancestry
    Search billions of genealogy documents; access this resource at the Library.
  • Explora Easy-to-use and reliable content from leading publications.
  • Novelist Fiction readers, find new authors and titles based on what you like!
  • Novelist K-8 Kids and young adults find books similar to those they love.
  • ReferenceUSA gives you instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on U.S. businesses and U.S. residents. Learn more!
To Do at the Library
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Homework Help
Art at the Library

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