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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

Get out of the house and into the Library over Spring Break!

Spring Break Drop-in Yarn Craft

  • Tuesday & Wednesday, March 26 & 27, 1 to 5 pm
  • Help us refresh the Children's and Teen area for spring by creating with yarn! If you knit, crochet, weave or just enjoy twisting fibers to make art, drop by and get creative.
  • We’ll supply tools and materials…you supply the know-how. Your work will become part of the spring ‘yarnbombing’ of the Library!
  • For all ages; under age 9 must be accompanied
  • In the Craft Room.
  • No registration required.

The library is hosting a special Diversity Storytime about kids with autism.

Diversity Storytime: Learning About Kids with Autism

  • Monday, April 1, 6 to 7 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Join us for stories to learn more about the experience of kids on the Autism Mosaic.
  • Local author Sue Baer will share her new picture book called Just Elliot: A Story of Acceptance about how a child with Autism experiences the world.
  • For all ages.
  • In the large Meeting Room.
  • No registration required.

Spring Planting Storytime, with Growing Gardens

  • Friday, April 5, 11 to 11:30 am (Add to Calendar)
  • Growing Gardens brings a special garden-themed storytime to the Library!
  • We'll read books about gardens, explore the parts of a plant, and have the opportunity to plant our very own seed to take home and care for. 
  • Growing Gardens cultivates community through sustainable urban agriculture. Their education and enrichment programs provide opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with their food, the land, and each other.
  • Grown-ups: be sure to visit our new Free Seed Library on your way through the lobby to get some seeds of your own!
  • For families with young children.
  • In the large Meeting Room.
  • No registration required.

Join the fun of the annual Peeps diorama contest at the Library!

5th Annual Peeps Literary Diorama Contest!

  • Drop off dioramas April 4-11; Vote for your favorite in the Library lobby, April 12-18.
  • It's back! Join the fun of the Library's annual diorama contest using marshmallow peeps to depict notable scenes from beloved books.
  • Dioramas can be dropped off at the Library, starting Thursday, April 4.  All entries must be received by Thursday, April 11 at 9 pm. Adult dioramas need to be submitted at the 2nd Floor Information Desk.  Children's and tweens category submissions need to be dropped off at the Children's and Teens Desk.
  • Stop by the Library lobby between Friday, April 12 and Thursday, April 18 to vote for your favorite!
  • Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
    • Best Adult Diorama (ages 14+)
    • Best Tween Diorama (ages 9-13)
    • Best Kid Diorama (ages 8 and younger)
    • Best Transformation of a Peep
    • Best Diorama Title
    • Library's Choice (voted on by library staff)
    • "Peeple's Choice" (determined by popular vote)
  • Winners will be announced on Friday, April 19 and winners will be contacted about their prizes.
  • Dioramas must contain one or more marshmallow Peeps, can be no larger than 16"x16", and must be freestanding.
  • The Library is not responsible for any damage done to the diorama while on display, and dioramas not retrieved after the contest will be repurposed.
  • Please review complete rules and fill out an entry form.
  • Watch the 2017 news story from Fox 31. (Please note that dates in the article and video are from 2017)

The library is giving away a free picture book to every 4-year-old.

One Book Colorado Giveaway

  • Monday, April 8 through Monday, April 22
  • Each year, the Colorado State Library conducts a huge book giveaway statewide, with the aim of putting a new book in the hands of every 4-year-old child.
  • Now’s your chance to stop by the Children’s and Teen Services Desk at the Longmont Public Library between April 8 and 22  to pick up a free “One Book Colorado” picture book to be shared with your 4-year old and entire family.
  • Books are available in English and Spanish.
  • Books are available while supplies last.
  • For families with 4-year-old children.
  • No registration required.

The library is hosting a summer kick-off party!

Summer Reading Program Kickoff Party at Sunset Pool!

  • Thursday, May 23, 5 to 8 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Say a happy goodbye to school and big hello to summer at our annual kickoff party celebrating summer reading!
  • Kick off your summer with a free night of swimming and activities at Sunset Pool, 1900 Longs Peak Ave.
  • Bring a picnic or chow down with some of Longmont's best food trucks!
  • Enjoy a spectacular family evening while learning what your library and community have to offer this summer.
  • There will be plenty of activities for non-swimmers!
  • Children age 8 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Should this program be postponed or cancelled for any reason, including weather, notice of the change will be posted to the Library's website and social media platforms by 12 noon the day of the program.
  • Registration is required and will open here on Monday, April 29 at 10 am. No email address?  Call (303) 651-8477 to register.

Click or tap to register for this program.


Come enjoy an all ages concert and sing-a-long with The Hollands!

Merrymaking with The Hollands!

  • Thursday, July 18, 7 to 8 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • The Hollands! are an internationally touring family band with roots in the US and Australia.
  • With four full-length albums under their belt, the Hollands! are seasoned performers and are known for engaging audiences and rousing a sing-a-long with their intimate merrymaking.
  • They are 21st-century nomadic travelers and frolic in the Americana, Folk revival scene.
  • By the end of their performance, audiences will feel like they are part of the band. This is the experience and magic that happens when The Hollands! come to town.
  • Learn more about the band members and watch their music videos on their website
  • Can't attend? This program may be streamed live online, courtesy of the Longmont Observer. You can view these livestreams on the Longmont Observer website and on its Facebook page. The program may also be recorded and available on our Watch Recent Programs page.
  • Registration is required and will open here on Tuesday, June 18 at 10 am.  No email address?  Call 303-651-8472 to register by phone.

Click or tap here to register for a Library program through Eventbrite.com.


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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The library offers morning, bedtime and bilingual children's storytimes The library has storytime kits for toddlers and preschoolers.The library has experience bags for toddlers and preschoolers.The library has kits for children's book clubs.The 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.

Library programs for teens


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