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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 Valerie 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

Hour of Code!

  • Monday, December 9
  • Session 1:  2nd - 5th graders, 5:30 to 6:30 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Session 2:  6th - 10th graders, 6:30 to 7:30 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Join the global learning event, The Hour of Code!
  • This is a one-hour coding challenge to give youth a fun introduction to computer science. Every child should have the opportunity to learn how to create technology and computer science concepts help nurture creativity and problem-solving skills.
  • Participants will get to experience one of the many Hour of Code activities where they can create computer games and programs.
  • This event will be led by a Librarian who specializes in technology.
  • Held in the Computer Lab.
  • Registration is required, is limited to 20 participants per session, and will open here on Monday, November 4 at 10 am. No email address? Call (303) 651-8477 to register.

Click or tap to register for this program.


Holiday Cookie Decorating Party

  • Monday, December 16
  • Session 1: 5 to 5:30 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Session 2: 6 to 6:30 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Join us for fun and sprinkles at our annual, all ages cookie decorating event!
  • We will have gingerbread people, frosting, and toppings to make your perfect gingerbread friend for the holidays.
  • Connie Ryle Neumann invites you to also stay and experience a pioneer Christmas story from Laura Ingalls Wilder's memories of her "Little House on the Prairie."
  • Registration is required, is limited, and will open here on Sunday, December 1 at 10 am. No email address? Call (303) 651-8477 to register.
  • This program typically sells out quickly, so register early.

Click or tap to register for this program.


Kids of all ages are invited to the Library for a winter craft time.

Drop-in Winter Craft Time

  • Monday, December 30, 2 to 4 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Children of all ages are invited to stop by the Library for a fun make-and-take winter-themed craft.
  • The craft project should take about 20 minutes to complete. Younger children may need assistance from a helpful adult.
  • No registration required.

¡Lotería Mexicana!

  • Sunday, November 3, 2 to 3 pm (Day of the Dead theme) (Add to Calendar)
  • Monday, December 30, 6 to 7 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Traditional Mexican bingo night for the whole family
  • We use chocolate for "money," and prizes include bilingual books and treats from local Mexican markets.
  • This is a bilingual, family event -- all ages are welcome!
  • No registration required.

Children and teens can read, watch, and listen to win prizes over Winter Break.

Winter Break Reading Bingo! for Kids and Teens

  • Friday, December 20 through Sunday, January 5
  • Challenge yourself to read, watch, and listen to new things over Winter Break and win prizes!
  • Stop by the Children's and Teens desk to pick up a bingo card, or download and print yours here soon.
  • Turn in your completed bingo card by January 6 for a special prize.
  • Program is open to children and teens of all ages.
  • No registration required.

Ongoing Programs and Groups for Children

Art Cart Tuesdays

  • Every Tuesday during the School Year, 3 to 5 pm
  • Drop in and enjoy some fun and creative art activities after school on Tuesdays. Each week, we'll provide supplies and a suggested project that you can make and take home.
  • This self-paced, self-directed activity is designed primarily for kids in grades 3rd through 6th, but children of all ages are welcome.
  • Children under age 9 must be accompanied by a caregiver aged 16 or older.
  • Program does not operate during the summer or other school vacation periods.
  • In Craft Room.
  • No registration required.

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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; home schoolers welcome!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • D.E.A.R dogs are registered, and guardians are with dogs at all times.
  • Interested in learning more about the D.E.A.R. program?  Get more information here.

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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