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Stream The Great Courses for FREE in August
The Great Courses is one of the premier learning series in the world. This is the THE learning series if you want high quality instruction from the very best in their fields. Partnering with prestigious organizations including National Geographic, the Smithsonian Institutes, and the Mayo Clinic, the series features engaging and understandable lectures by esteemed professors, professionals, and experts. These courses are available for purchase online, ranging in price from $35.00 to hundreds of dollars per series, but they are FREE at the Library. AND, during the month of August, you can stream these incredible lectures on your tablet or phone as library staff considers whether to offer the streaming service permanently. So, stream away and let us know what you think! Click the button to the left for more information and to get started.
Learn More About Mental Health with our New Wellbeing Bags
As part of a citywide effort to spark conversations about mental health, the Longmont Public Library has teamed up with Supporting Action for Mental Health to add two new Experience Bags to the Library’s collection. These new bags, one created for families and one for adults, provide useful and relatable materials to help start the often difficult conversations about the importance of mental health, the symptoms of various mental health problems, and how those problems manifest in the lives of the sufferers. The bags contain movies, books, magazine articles, and information about how to seek mental health care for a loved one. Labeled “Wellbeing Bags,” the bags also represent the introduction of a new group of Experience Bags dedicated to living healthier, happier, better lives. In the future the Library hopes to add more Wellbeing Bags to the collection, on topics ranging from beginner meditation to urban farmsteading. The Experience Bag collection can be found on the Library’s first floor, between the stairs and the elevator.
Discover Front Range Attractions with Free Passes from your Library
The Longmont Public Library’s book collection numbers in the tens of thousands, but knowledge is not found in books alone. To be truly well-rounded, a person must also have experiences. To promote learning experiences, the Friends of the Longmont Library has partnered with many local museums and attractions to offer free daily passes to patrons through the Library’s website. These new “Discovery Passes” are a ticket to history, art, science, culture, and nature all along the Front Range, accessible with just a library card. Click the button above to learn more and reserve yours today!
Don't Miss Author, Journalist, and Former First Lady of Colorado Helen Thorpe!
- Monday, September 17, 7 to 9 pm (Add to Calendar)
- This event will be held in the Stewart Auditorium at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont.
- Atrium doors will open at 6 pm. Seating is first-come, first-served.
- A cash bar will be available.
- Join author, journalist, and former First Lady of Colorado Helen Thorpe for a fascinating and timely discussion of how immigrant children are finding new homes in American classrooms.
- The United States is at a political crossroads around questions of immigration, multiculturalism, and America’s role on the global stage. In her recent book, The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom, Helen Thorpe’s intensive, year-long reporting puts a human face on these debates—or rather, the faces of 22 newly-arrived teenagers taking a beginner-level English Language Acquisition class at South High School in Denver.
- The book was named a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.
- Helen Thorpe lives in Denver, Colorado. She has been a staff writer for the New York Observer, The New Yorker, and Texas Monthly. She has also written freelance stories for the New York Times Magazine, Slate, and other publications. Her radio stories have aired on "This American Life" and "Sound Print." The Newcomers is her third book. She was born in London and attended Princeton and Columbia Universities. During her marriage to John Hickenlooper, Ms. Thorpe served as the First Lady of Denver (2003-2011) and the First Lady of Colorado (2011-2015).
- Following the program, Ms. Thorpe will be selling and signing copies of her books.
- Registration is required and will open here on Friday August 24 at 9 am. Tickets are limited to two per party, and NO telephone registrations will be accepted. Telephone messages left requesting tickets will not be returned. We expect this event to sell out very quickly. (Add Registration Date to Calendar)
Submit Your Work & Get Published
Now is your chance to check the box on that long-held dream of being published. Sharpen your pencil, get a grip on that pen, or open your laptop to create a written masterpiece. Grab your camera and take that unforgettable shot. Pull out your charcoal or watercolors and capture an incredible moment. Then submit your original work to our You Belong staff for consideration to be included in the 2018 You Belong Anthology. With several years’ experience selecting and publishing local authors, playwrights, and artists, anthology staff are excited to begin the selection, editing and publication process. Longmont-area residents of all ages are invited to submit entries. The editorial committee will select works for publication from several writing genres, including fiction, personal narratives, poetry, essays, and children’s stories, as well as illustrations and photographs. Don't be shy - our community is full of talented people, and we suspect you're one of them.
Submit your work now.
The deadline for submission is Friday, September 7 at 5 pm. (Add Deadline to Calendar)
Receive Text Message Notifications
The Library is using Shoutbomb to manage text notifications! Now you can use the text function on your phone to:
- renew items
- get notices of available holds
- see overdue items and fees
Ready to sign-up?
Signing up is totally free. Standard text rates apply. You must have a phone that can send and receive text messages AND text to an email address (it doesn’t have to be a smart phone).
- Text SIGNUP+your library card number to 1-720-893-9151. (To receive your messages in Spanish, use REGISTRESE instead of SIGNUP.) Be sure to type the keyword in all CAPS.
- After a successful registration, you will receive three messages:
- Message congratulating you on registering and informing you of the ADDCARD keyword function;
- Message indicating which of the available services are active or inactive; and
- Message informing you of the MYBOOKS keyword function.
If at any point you get stuck, please send a text message with the keywords HELP then a space SIGNUP. You will receive detailed instructions on how the process works.
How to Select Which Notices to Receive:
- Text NOTICES to view your current status of all the opt in/out notices.
- The following notices are all ON by default. You do not have to do anything further to receive them. To turn off a notice, text the keyword that is in CAPS to 1-720-893-9151 (this is the same number you used to sign up). Text the keyword again to turn the notice back on. Be sure to text keywords in all CAPS
- HOLDS: This is a notice that you have holds ready to be picked up.
- OVERDUE: This is a notice that things are already overdue.
- RENEW: This is a notice that things will soon be due, and you can renew them.
View and download our printable flyer with these instructions to register, plus a list of shortcut phrases to help you navigate the system.
Start Learning with Lynda.com - FREE with your library card!
The Library recently acquired access to all of Lynda.com's library of classes and tutorials, and we're sharing them with you for no charge! If you've used Lynda.com in the past, you know how easy, interesting, and helpful its classes are, and if you aren't familiar with Lynda, you're in for a great surprise.
Lynda.com is a premier online learning resource offering more than 4,000 courses covering technical skills, creative techniques, business strategies, and more. Lynda for Libraries allows you to watch videos in small, easy-to-manage chunks and to return to the lessons at your convenience.
Course offerings include:
- Art, graphic design, and music classes, teaching everything from 3D animation to engineering sounds to the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, and more);
- Help with computer programs, including basic videos on how to use Microsoft Office;
- Courses that can help you with your career; everything from public speaking to marketing to dealing with workplace issues;
- Computer programming, IT management (Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X), and web design;
- Photography and video;
- and much more!
How do you sign up?
Just access Lynda.com through the Library's website at home or in the Library, create a profile by entering your library card number, create a password, and you're good to go.
Win Family Movie Night with DVDs Everyone Will Love
Do you just gotta have the latest and greatest in video but hate to pay for streaming services? We've got you covered -- with our "Gotta See It" DVD collection. This collection, patterned after our popular "Lucky Day" books, is located in the lobby and consists of the newest and best DVDs we can find. No holds, no wait. Just come in, grab whatever you've just gotta see, and check it out.
Mobile Printing Services
- Available from all mobile devices, through our MobilePrint app.
- Print from anywhere to the Library printer network.
- Pick up your print jobs at the Library!
- Regular printing fees apply.
- Download our printable one-page instruction sheet for complete details.
We've Added Another Way to Keep Up with Some of Your Favorite Library Programs
Check us out on Meetup.com! We post all our recurring adult programs there , so join up (it's FREE! and easy) and follow us for all the information and reminders you need. We are also considering posting single programs as well, so let us know what works for you.
Where We're From -- Immigrants in Your Community
We invite you to celebrate the rich melting pot of our community with this short, powerful video. Then, stop by the Library's second floor and let us know where your family originated by participating in our interactive display.
Video produced by Patricio Illanes, in conjunction with One Action 2016.