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View the Library Children's and Teens' CalendarThe library has great books for teens.The library has great volunteer opportunities for teens.

Children and Teens can get Homework Help in person, or online at the libraryThe Library has many special programs and services for children and youth with special needs.You can now receive library notices via text -- just click to learn how!


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Programs & Clubs for Teens (and Tweens)

Hour of Code!

  • Monday, December 9, two sessions
  • 2nd - 5th graders, 5:30 to 6:30 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • 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.

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Nintendo Switch Launch Party

  • Monday, December 23, 1 to 5 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Come join us for the unveiling of the Longmont Public Library's very own Nintendo Switch!
  • Compete and collaborate with friends in a variety of games on the library's first gaming console.
  • For those in 6th through 12th grades.
  • Snacks provided!
  • Held in the Craft Room.
  • 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.

The Library has a fun program for kids in 6th through 12th grades who enjoy playing Dungeons & Dragons.

Dungeons & Dragons Drop-in Adventure

  • Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
  • Calling all D&D lovers! 6th - 12th graders who have some experience playing Dungeons & Dragons are invited to come and play friendly campaigns at the library.
  • This is a kid powered program! Participants will have to work together cooperatively to create the playing experience. New players may join but there is no specific instruction provided for beginners. The most experienced players will Dungeon Master and more experienced players will help along players without as much experience.
  • Players may come every week or as often as they'd like.
  • Snacks provided!
  • Registration is required, and will open for the fall session on Wednesday, July 24 at 10 am. Click the button to register for one or more meetings. No email address? Call (303) 651-8477 to register.

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The library has a special writers' group just for teens.

Teen Writers' Group

  • Third Fridays of the month, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Come hang out with our after-hours writing group just for 6th through 12th graders!
  • We'll gather, share creative writing tips, respond to writing prompts, and write together.  Bring something you're working on, or start a new writing project.
  • No writing experience necessary, and all are welcome.
  • Watch the Calendar for special guest speakers and presentations.
  • Snacks will be provided.
  • Registration for the Fall Semester will open here on Friday, August 16, at 5:30 pm.
  • Registration is required for each month's meeting.  Click the button below to register for one or more meetings.  No email address? Call (303) 651-8477 to register.

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Chess Club

  • Every First and Third Monday, 7 to 8 pm; please check the Calendar for changes or cancellations.
  • Players of all levels are welcome.
  • No registration required.

The library has a Teen Library Committee

Teen Library Committee

  • 4th Monday of the month during the school year, 6:30 to 8 pm, unless otherwise noted, so check the Calendar.
  • Come to our monthly meeting of teens and tweens interested in having their voices heard at the Library.  Help decide which teen programs the Library should offer, which materials we should add to the collections, and how the teen space can better serve YOU. 
  • Open to 6th-12th graders only.
  • 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.

Adult Programs & Groups Open to Teens

Adult programs often require registration through Eventbrite. Under age 18? Ask a parent or guardian to register you or stop by the 2nd Floor Information Desk and register in person.

ThriftU: Fall Semester

  • Master the art of thrift store upcycling with your ThriftU degree! Earn your degree in as little as two hours with the Longmont Library ThriftU program.
  • Classes are free so no financial aid is needed and there are no pesky loans to repay! Get your education started today!
  • For ages 16 and older.
  • Class size is limited to 25 people.
  • Wednesday, September 4, 6:30 to 8:30 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • The first class in the semester will be a lesson in getting spooky. We will learn to create some creepy decorations for the Halloween holiday from thrift store dishes and figurines.
  • Supplies will be provided, but you can also bring old dishes or figurines from home.
  • Registration is required and will open on Monday, August 5 at 10 am. No email address? Call 303-651-8472 to register by phone.

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  • Wednesday, November 13, 6:30 to 8:30 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • This class will teach you to stand out with your gift giving this holiday season. Learn how to use thrift store fabric scraps to make lovely gift tags and clever gift card holders to attach to your presents.
  • Supplies will be provided, but you can also bring fabric scraps from home.
  • Registration is required and will open on Monday, October 14 at 10 am. No email address? Call 303-651-8472 to register by phone.

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Paints & a Passport: Traveling as Creative Inspiration

  • Thursday, November 7, 7 to 8 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Are you interested in creating while traveling? Or in using your journeys as inspiration for art or writing?
  • Join local artist Laura Garabedian to talk about the intersection of travel and creativity. She’ll share stories about creating on the go and storing inspiration for later, as well as weathering the inevitable hiccups of international and remote travel.
  • Laura’s most recent journey took her to China and Tibet with six other creatives. They hiked up the Himalayas in search for snow leopards, climbed ancient stairs in recently discovered ruins, and got their cars stuck in the snow. A lot! When they returned, Laura and her fellow travelers collaborated to produce an elaborate journal to share their adventures with others. Along with stories, Laura will bring photos, her own journals, and souvenirs from the trip so that others can hold her memories in their hands.
  • For adults and teens aged 16+.
  • 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 on Thursday, October 10 at 10 am. No email address? Call 303-651-8472 to register by phone.

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Exploring the World through Language, Rhythm, & Percussion

  • Thursday, December 5, 7 to 8:30 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Get ready for a program that defies categorization! 
  • Michael Udow will take us on a whirlwind journey combining fun, easy, hands-on examples that relate poetry, math, geography, science and cultural awareness to one another while drawing on concepts presented in his new book, Percussion Pedagogy.
  • Video examples of music from around the world and videos of Michael working with young aspiring musicians are included in his program.
  • Udow retired after heading the percussion program at the University of Michigan for twenty-nine years and serving as principal percussionist at The Santa Fe Opera from 1968 – 2009. He draws on his decades of performances, clinics and residencies in North America after dozens of trips to Japan with multiple appearances in China, Korea, and Europe.
  • Udow refers to his “retirement” as “reassignment,” composing operas, symphonies and chamber music. His compositions have been performed by the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Colorado Chamber Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Richmond Symphony and Madison Philharmonia.
  • Come and enjoy a low-key/non-judgmental/group participatory evening at your Longmont Public Library.
  • This program will be of special interest to music teachers and school teachers.
  • For adults and teens aged 16+.
  • 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 on Tuesday, November 5 at 10 am. No email address? Call 303-651-8472 to register by phone.

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The Longmont Library is proud to present the Authors We Love series, featuring published authors throughout the year.This program is part of the Longmont Public Library’s “Authors We Love” series.

 


The Library has a ukulele club for musicians aged 16 and older.

Longmont Library Ukulele Club

  • Every Second Tuesday of the Month, 7 to 8 pm During the School Year
  • Come meet new people and strum 'til your heart's content at this meetup featuring Kay Miller, Longmont resident and member of the Rocky Mountain Ukulele Orchestra, as the coordinator and instructor. 
  • All levels welcome (really!)
  • Ages 16 years or older.
  • You provide your own ukulele; we'll provide songs to practice and instruction.
  • No registration required.
  • Meetup is held in the 1st floor meeting room.
  • No registration required.


Let's get together to speak Spanish and English.¿Aprendiendo inglés?  Learning Spanish?  ¡Hablemos!  Let's Talk! 

  • Los martes, de 12:00 a 1:00pm & Los jueves, de 5:30 a 6:30pm.
  • No hay ningún costo, y el grupo está abierto a cualquier persona que desea practicar su inglés, o su español. Idealmente, los participantes tendrían por lo menos un nivel intermediario del lenguaje que quieren practicar, pero todos serán bienvenidos.  Los niños pueden participar también, pero es la responsabilidad de los padres decidir si la conversación es adecuado para su edad (los temas de conversación varían mucho).  
  • Los participantes del grupo que se reúne los martes al mediodía pueden traer su proprio almuerzo sencillo o merienda, y no hay problema con venir tarde o salir temprano, según lo permita su horario.  
  • La Biblioteca proveerá meriendas por el grupo que se reúne los jueves por la tarde. 
  • Ésta es una oportunidad para conocer a otra gente que está aprendiendo inglés o español.  Habrá varios temas interesantes y juegos divertidos.    
  • No hay que registrarse.
  • Se lleva a cabo en el primer piso, en la Sala de Conferencias.
  • Tuesdays, 12 to 1 pm & Thursdays, 5:30 to 6:30 pm.
  • This meet-up is free and open to anyone wanting to practice their language skills. It is recommended that participants have at least an intermediate level of Spanish to effectively participate, but everyone is welcome to attend. Children are also welcome, but parents should monitor conversations for appropriate content.
  • Tuesday lunchtime participants are welcome to bring a brown-bag lunch and come and go as their schedules allow. 
  • We’ll have tea and sweet snacks on hand for Thursday evening meet-ups.
  • Get to know other language learners while practicing conversations with in Spanish or English. We’ll choose themes and games that will be entertaining and interesting to all of us.
  • No registration required.
  • Meeting is held downstairs in the Conference Room.

See our Printable Flyer in both English and Spanish!


Important Notices Regarding Our Programs, Groups, and Clubs:

  • It's always a good idea to check our Calendar for last-minute changes or cancellations.
  • 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.
  • Registration is required, unless otherwise noted, and most registration can be accomplished online.  No email address? Call 303-651-8477 to register.
  • 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.
  • 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.


Cool Stuff!

The library has book kits for teen book clubs.Teen Book Club Kits

... because reading is even more fun with friends.

Teen Book Club Kits are created for tweens and teens to facilitate a communal reading experience, whether as a formal book club, or just a group of friends. These kits contain multiple copies of a single popular title, along with materials to prompt discussion about the book. These kits are in teal-colored bags.


Learn a Language the Fun Way with Pronunciator

Learning a language just got better at the Library with the Pronunciator online language learning service.

Pronunciator is here to make language learning more successful and more fun. 

  • 80+ languages, with more added each year
  • App for on-the-go learning
  • Includes teacher-led conversation classes, streamable and downloadable audio lessons, and intensive, deep dive, multi-week, structured courses.
  • Great for students of all ages – from toddlers up.
  • Incorporates feature films and songs to keep things fun.
  • ESL courses taught in 55 non-English languages
  • "ProCitizen" courses, specifically designed for U.S. immigrants to succeed at the Naturalization Test
  • Free with a library card and easy to get started. Click the button above and GO!

Mobile Printing Services

The Library now has a mobile printing app.


You can now receive library notices via text -- just click to learn how!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).

  1. 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.
  2. 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:

  1. Text NOTICES to view your current status of all the opt in/out notices.
  2. 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.


Are You Reading or Watching "Thirteen Reasons Why?"

If so, you and/or your friends may be talking about and thinking about Hannah's struggles and her decision to kill herself.  Suicide is, of course, a serious and tragic topic, but one that is very real for teens. Because of that, we've put together a little brochure to help you think about and talk about the stuff that Hannah is dealing with and her ultimately sad decision. Our Teen section librarians are also happy to talk to you about the book anytime.  Stop in, call (303) 651-8891), or email to connect with Claire. But whatever you do, don't ever give up. If you or someone you care about is considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline right now. 1-800-273-TALK(8255). And remember Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

On August 3, the Library hosted a program about teen suicide and prevention, presented by SAMH Committee, Mental Health Partners, and the City of Longmont's Children, Youth and Families Division. Watch complete program below:


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