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Important Notices Regarding Our Programs and Events:

  • It's always a good idea to check our Calendar for last-minute changes or cancellations.
  • Visit our Children's Storytimes page to see all our great storytime offerings!
  • To obtain more information about these programs and events, please call the Library at 303-651-8477.
  • All programs and events are free, unless otherwise noted.
  • All craft fees, if noted, must be paid prior to the day of the event.
  • Registration is required for all programs, unless otherwise noted below. Please register by clicking or tapping the "Register" button.  If you do not have an email address, you may register by calling 303-651-8477 or visiting the information desk in the Children's and Teens area. Registration will close at 3 pm the day prior to the program so that staffing needs can be assessed.
  • Children aged 8 and younger must be accompanied by a caregiver or adult aged 16 or older.
  • All programs and events are held at the Library, unless otherwise noted.
  • If you require reasonable accommodation(s) in order to participate in these programs, please call (303) 651-8477.
  • Summer Reading Programs are about reading and earning prizes -- summer activities and programs are separate from the reading programs and do not require participation in the reading programs. 
  • Comuníquese con Amy al 303-651-8783 para información en español.
  • These programs are generously funded by the Friends of the Longmont Library.

The Friends of the Longmont Library generously support library programs and services.


Special Programs and Events for Children

The library is hosting a special Diversity Storytime to honor Native American Heritage Month in November.

Diversity Storytime: Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

  • Monday, November 19, 6 to 7 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • November is National Native American Heritage Month and we're celebrating with a special program for children and one for adults.
  • Join us for an all ages storytime to raise the voices of indigenous authors and storytellers in our community.
  • We aim to recognize and celebrate the people of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and other Native American tribes who are indigenous to Longmont.
  • No registration is required, so bring the family to celebrate Native American Heritage Month and meet new and old friends in our community!

Come to the library for a festive Holiday Storytime & Cookie Decorating program.

Holiday Cookies and Stories Party

  • Monday, December 10, two sessions! 6 to 6:45 pm OR 7 to 7:45 pm
  • Join us for a festive Winter Cookie Party complete with cookie decorating and cookie-themed storytelling!
  • We will provide participants with various cookies to decorate with frosting, sprinkles, and special treats.
  • Librarians will perform and read stories, including a bilingual one, related to the beauty of the COOKIE!
  • Psst! Watch for a live performance of The Christmas Cookie Sprinkle Snitcher!
  • Registration is required and will open here on Monday, November 5 at 10 am. No email address? Call 303-651-8477 to register by phone.

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Come to a special bedtime storytime featuring Beatrix Potter's classic "The Tailor of Gloucester".

Beatrix Potter's The Tailor of Gloucester

  • Thursday, December 13, 7 to 7:30 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Meet Beatrix Potter (as portrayed by Connie Neumann) as she reads her favorite Christmas tale with a magical twist from jolly old England.
  • The Tailor of Gloucester is set between about 1735 and 1785. Beatrix Potter went to great lengths to create an authentic setting for the story: observing tailors at work, sketching scenes of Gloucester while visiting friends and gaining inspiration from 18th-century clothes in the V&A's collection. This is a magical holiday book, so join us for its reading!
  • Best for families with children ages 5 to 9.
  • No registration required.

Come learn about the science behind Harry Potter's magic, with CU Science Discovery at the Library.

Muggle Magic: The Science of Harry Potter

  • Thursday, January 3, 1 to 2 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Welcome to Hogwarts! In this exciting program from our friends at CU Science Discovery, budding witches and wizards will get an introduction to Mendelian genetics and then explore the magic that surrounds us every day.
  • Join your fellow wizards-in-training as we learn the science behind Hogwarts charms and potions.
  • We’ll learn how to make different liquids change color, make things disappear and reappear, and make troll boogers, quicksand and boo bubbles!
  • Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the science behind Harry’s wizarding feats – it’s sure to be a magical time.
  • This program is for 3rd through 5th graders only.
  • Registration is required and will open here on Monday, December 3 at 10 am. No email address? Call 303-651-8477 to register by phone.

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Ongoing Programs and Groups for Children

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Drop-in, Free Tutoring During the School Year

  • Every Wednesday during the School Year, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Drop-in, free tutoring with trained, experienced tutors!
  • One-on-one math, science, writing and reading help.
  • For students kindergarten through high school.
  • No registration required; first-come, first-served.
  • Program does not operate during the summer or other school vacation periods.
  • Visit our Homework Help page for more resources.

The library offers chess club for chess enthusiasts ages 7 and older.

Chess Club

  • Every First and Third Monday, 7 to 8 pm, please check the Calendar.
  • Players of all levels are welcome.
  • Best for ages 7 and up.
  • No registration required.

 


The Library offers a Lego Club for children of all ages.

LEGO Club

  • First Friday of the month, 6 to 8 pm; EXCEPT for January 2018, when LEGO Club will not be held (Add to Calendar)
  • Complete a building challenge and have your creations displayed in the Library!
  • Family event; all ages welcome; snacks provided.
  • Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No registration required.
  • This is an after-hours event, so we ask that participants use the West Entrance doors only.

New and learning readers can read to therapy dogs as part of the D.E.A.R. program at the library.

Dogs Enjoy Afternoon Reading (D.E.A.R.)

  • Second Saturday of the month, 1 to 2 pm
  • Children of all ages are invited to read to specially trained dogs. Great program for young or tentative readers -- dogs don't judge or get frustrated!
  • Drop-in program, no registration required.
  • DEAR dogs are registered through Pet Partners, and guardians are with dogs at all times.

Join us for traditional Mexican lottery games at the Library.

¡Lotería Mexicana!

  • Last Monday of the month, 6 to 7 pm during the school year, 7 to 8 pm during the summer
  • Traditional Mexican bingo night for the whole family!
  • We use chocolate for "money," and prizes include bilingual books and treats from local Mexican markets.
  • No registration required.

Mayor's Book Club, free books

Mayor's Book Club

  • A FREE monthly program for 3 and 4 year old children.
  • Participating children receive a new book each month until they turn 5.
  • Children can also watch the Mayor and others read the monthly book on Longmont's Channel 8. 
  • The purpose of the Mayor's Book Club is to encourage a love for reading.  Reading early in life also helps promote child development and later school success. 
  • Brought to you by the City of Longmont, Division of Children, Youth and Families, and Bright EYES.
  • Download the printable enrollment form, in Spanish and English.
  • Visit the Mayor's Book Club website.

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Library programs for teensThe Library has many special programs and services for children and youth with special needs.You can watch some of the library's recorded children's programs online.


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