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Programs & Clubs for Teens (and Tweens)

7th Annual Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest

  • Saturday, March 7 & Sunday March 8, 10 am to 5 pm
  • Held at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Rd., Longmont
  • Join your library friends at the 7th Annual Rocky Mountain STEAM Fest!
  • Not familiar with STEAM? It stands for Science, Technology, Entrepreneurship (invention!), Arts and Making. Truly something to engage and fascinate everyone!
  • You'll experience all the fun that you can possibly imagine under one roof at this WOW-filled, two-day indoor festival focused on science and arts activities.
  • With over 100 indoor, hands-on activities, this event has something for everyone no matter how young or old, tall or small, nerdy or not.
  • Learn more about STEAM Fest.
  • For all ages.
  • Tickets are required for each person for each day. The Library has been given a very limited number of free tickets, and we will not be getting more.
  • Ticket reservations will open on Monday, February 10 at 10 am. No email address? Call 303-651-8472 to register by phone.

Reserve a Ticket for Saturday, March 7 below.

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Reserve a Ticket for Sunday, March 8 below.

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Mindfulness & Meditation for Teens

  • Saturdays, February 8, March 21, April 25, and May 16, 1 to 2 pm
  • Navigating life as a teen cam be stressful. We're here to help with a program designed just for you.
  • Marcia Walker will present this program about mindfulness, meditation and movement for teens, based on the book by Mallika Chopra called Just Breathe.
  • Marcia is a certified yoga instructor and a Zen meditation practitioner with the Prairie Mountain Zen Center in Longmont.
  • This program will include breathing practices, mindfulness meditation and yoga poses.
  • Teens will be encouraged to find a safe, happy, quiet space within their homes and to set an intention to practice mindfulness meditation daily. Learning to create and sustain mental wellness is key to a long, contented life.
  • For 6th through 12th graders only.
  • In the Craft Room.
  • No registration required.

Switch Gaming Afternoon (Session 2)

  • Tuesday, March 24, 3 to 5 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Join us for an extra special, big-screen Switch party in our large Meeting Rooms.
  • Drop in to play and watch games like Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros.!
  • We'll provide the Switch and controllers, you bring your gamer enthusiasm.
  • No instruction will be provided, but there will be adult supervision in the room.
  • Please note there are two separate age-restricted sessions: 1-3pm is just for those in 3rd through 5th grades and 3-5pm is just for those in 6th through 12th grades.
  • No registration required.

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

6th Annual Peeps Literary Diorama Contest!

  • Drop off dioramas March 26 to April 2; Vote for your favorite in the Library lobby, April 3-9.
  • 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, March 26.  All entries must be received by Thursday, April 2 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 3 and Thursday, April 9 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 10 and winners will be contacted about their prizes.
  • Dioramas must contain one or more marshmallow Peeps, can be no larger than 16"x16", should depict a book theme, 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)

Wildlife Rehabilitation: the Hows and Whys

  • Thursday, April 23, 7 to 8 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Join Alie Moreno, the Wildlife Educator at the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, for this interesting and informative program about our local wildlife rehabilitation efforts. 
  • She'll answer questions like: What is Wildlife Rehabilitation? What is the purpose of the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center? What circumstances bring animals to Greenwood? What is the process of rehabilitating wild animals? What to do if you find a sick, injured, or orphaned animal?
  • Moreno will also share ways to involved and help the Greenwood Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.
  • Best for tweens and older.
  • Registration is required and will open on Wednesday, April 1 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.

Can't attend? This program may be recorded and available on our Watch Recent Programs page a few weeks after the program's date.


Teen & Young Adult Job Workshop

  • Saturday, April 25, 2 to 4 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Looking for a summer job? Unsure where to start?
  • Getting job experience without having job experience can be tough, but we're here to help.
  • At this workshop, a local Human Resources (HR) professional from the Boulder Area HR Association will share tips, tools, and resources to conduct a successful job search and get hired faster. Don't be intimidated -- you CAN do this!
  • For ages 15-19.
  • Registration is required and will open on Wednesday, March 25 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.


Teen Gaming Club

  • Thursdays, 4 pm to 6 pm
  • Join us for our newest weekly after-school program for 6th through 12th graders…. Teen Gaming Club!
  • Come compete, cooperate, and collaborate on our Nintendo Switch featuring a selection of games for 4-8 players.
  • This is a drop in program, and first come first served.
  • All levels of gamers are welcome, however no instruction will be provided by Library staff.
  • For 6th through 12th graders only.
  • Held in the Craft Room
  • 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 spring semester session on Friday, December 20 at 10 am. Click the button to register for one or more meetings. No email address? Call (303) 651-8477 to register.

Click or tap to register for this program.


eSports + Online Gaming Club

  • Every Second Wednesday, 3 pm to 6 pm
  • Looking for a challenging, fun, and safe environment to meet fellow games and improve your skills, teamwork, and matchmaking seasonal ranking (MMR)?  Your Library's got you covered.
  • 10 gaming laptops will be available, but players are encouraged to bring their own, too. 
  • For 6th through 12th graders only.
  • Held in the Conference Room.
  • No registration required. 

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.

Click or tap to register for this program.


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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

  • Fourth 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.

Tech Café @ the Library

  • Every Second Monday, 10 to 11 am
  • Visit us at the Longmont Public Library Tech Café for a brief computer class followed by plenty of time for questions. Each month we'll cover a common topic, program, or website and help you learn to navigate it.
  • Bring your devices! Bring your questions!
  • All ages and skill levels are welcome to come and seek technology assistance whether it be on smartphones, laptops, tablets and/or computers.
  • Held in the Computer Lab.
  • No registration required.

Technoguía @ the Library

  • ¡Cada tercer lunes, de 6 a 7 pm, empezando el 16 de marzo!
  • Visítenos en Technoguía para una clase de computación breve seguido por amplio tiempo para preguntas. Cada mez abarcaremos un tema, programa o sitio web común y le ayudaremos a navegarlo.
  • ¡Traiga sus dispositivos! ¡Traiga sus preguntas!
  • Personas de cualquier edad y nivel de conocimiento están bienvenidas para buscar ayuda con la tecnología tal sea con dispositivos móviles, laptops, tabletas o computadoras.
  • En español.
  • Se llevará a cabo en la Sala de Computación.
  • No es necesario registrarse.

¡Lotería Mexicana!

  • First Sundays through May, 2 to 3 pm
  • 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.

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.

Play Wintertime Bingo!

  • Thursday, January 2 through Saturday, February 29
  • Join us this winter for another fun reading, listening, and watching challenge!
  • Get a bingo board from the Library's 2nd floor information desk, or download and print one here.
  • Mark the boxes that you complete. Got a bingo? Turn in your card at the 2nd floor desk and spin the wheel for the chance to win a fun prize, like a Ziggi's gift card or book-themed gear from Out of Print. Every spin is a winner!
  • Please note: Each bingo card may have a maximum of 5 wins, and there is a one card per player limit.
  • For ages 16 and older.
  • No registration is required.

EforAll:  Pitch Contest

  • Thursday, February 27, 6 to 8 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • You've seen "Shark Tank" on TV -- now come and see what it's like in real life!
  • The Library is excited to host EforAll Longmont's February Pitch Contest – a fast-paced, community event that enables early-stage entrepreneurs to gain valuable exposure and feedback on a business idea at no cost.
  • Come hear local entrepreneurs share their ideas in a contest to potentially win money to start their business.
  • It's a great opportunity to network and validate a business idea with potential to win a cash prize from EforAll.
  • Entrepreneurs should go to EforAll Longmont for complete information.
  • Everyone is welcome to show up the night of the program to see the presentations and view the contest.
  • For adults and older teens.
  • No registration required.

1st Annual Gardening Fair

  • Sunday, March 1, 2 to 4 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • As the days slowly lengthen and warmer weather sporadically appears, local gardeners begin to hanker for soil between their fingers and young plants in their gardens. So, we're here to help launch the gardening season.
  • Get a jump start on planning your summer garden -- be it food or flower -- at the Library's 1st Annual Gardening Fair, featuring booths staffed by local gardening retailers and experts prepared to answer your questions and offer ideas.
  • All ages are welcome at this fun program -- you're never too young (or old!) to dig in the dirt!
  • Also, watch for our Free Seed Library to open in early March, too!
  • No registration required.

ThriftU: Spring 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.
  • Wednesday, March 11, 6:30 to 8:30 pm (Add to Calendar)
    • For our March ThriftU craft, we will take wooden bowls, trays and plates and transform them with paint into chic decor.
  • Wednesday, May 13, 6:30 to 8:30 pm (Add to Calendar)
    • In May, we will be using old picture frames to make hanging planters or bird feeders.
  • 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.
  • Supplies will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own items.
  • Decreasing household waste is an important strategy of the City’s Sustainability Plan, thank you for helping us achieve our goals of reducing waste through reusing and recycling. Visit the Sustainability Program’s webpage to learn more about the City’s sustainability goals and strategies.
  • Registration is required and will open for March and May classes on Thursday, February 13 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.


Skean Dubh Celtic Band

  • Thursday, March 12, 7 to 8 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Skean Dubh is one of the most enjoyable Celtic/Acoustic bands in the Rocky Mountain region.
  • Their diverse repertoire spans centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, Scottish ballads, Irish pub-songs, Celtic folksongs, and gorgeous slow airs. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people.
  • These versatile musicians have received accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances. They have that unique combination of traditional melodies, driving rhythmic accompaniment, and extremely musical vocals that make their performances unforgettable. The music may be Celtic, but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to full on rock.
  • They have continually delighted audiences both with their musical styling and with their unusual instrumentation (a unique blend of traditional and modern instruments) including: Uilleann, (Irish) bagpipes, fiddle, guitar, banjo, bouzouki, whistles, mandolin, bodhran, and accordion.
  • For all ages.
  • Registration is required and will open on Wednesday, February 12 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.

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.


Meet Suffragette Lucy Stone

  • Thursday, March 19, 7 to 8 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Join Lyda Mary Hardy for this first-person living history portrayal of Lucy Stone.
  • It was Lucy Stone who converted Susan B. Anthony to the cause of women’s suffrage. Stone was the first Massachusetts woman to earn a college degree, and soon after, she began to lecture for the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, at a time when it was forbidden for women to speak in public. Admitting that, “I was a woman before I was an abolitionist, I must speak for the women,” Stone spent her life devoted to women’s issues.
  • For ages 16+.
  • Registration is required and will open on Wednesday, February 19 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.

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.


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.
  • NOTE NEW LOCATION: Meetup is held in the Longmont Firehouse Station #3, 1000 Pace St.
  • 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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