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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)

Teen Tuesday: DIY Craft Afternoon

  • Tuesday, June 18, 2 to 4 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Join us for TWO fun craft activities: make your own galaxy-patterned tote bag (or bring in any canvas thing you have from home) and carve your own stamps!
  • We will provide everyone with a tote bag to create the galaxy effect with and all the supplies needed to create your own rubber stamp to take home.
  • For 6th through 12th graders only.
  • Registration is required and will open here on Thursday, May 23 at 10 am. No email address? Call (303) 651-8477 to register.

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Teen Café

  • Tuesdays, June 18, July 2, 16, & 30, 2 to 4 pm
  • It's a pop-up Teen Café! Drop in for a a place to hang out, listen to music, drink a hot or cool beverage, eat snacks, read, play board games, and/or relax.
  • No adults or little kids allowed!
  • For 6th through 12th graders only.
  • No registration required.

AniMovie Afternoon

  • Saturday, June 29, 2:30 to 4:30 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Anime lovers unite! Come watch an anime favorite, chat about manga, and eat some tasty Japanese snacks!  All are welcome, whether you've watched dozens of shows or none at all.
  • For 6th through 12th graders only.
  • No registration required.

The library hosts an after dark party for teens on the second Saturday of every 3rd month.

Teen Takeover Saturday - Summer Fun Party!

  • Saturday, July 13, 6 to 9 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Join us for our quarterly after-hours program just for 6th through 12th graders.
  • We'll be celebrating Summer with a black light party and games.
  • This is an after-hours event; the rest of the Library is closed!
  • Pizza and soda will be served.
  • Participants will be required to sign in when they arrive and provide a permission slip signed by a parent or guardian. Download, print and sign the permission slip now -- just bring it with you!
  • Registration is required and will open here on Thursday, May 23 at 10 am. Participants must register before noon the day before the program to allow time to have adequate staffing. Registration is limited to first 100 registered participants.

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Teen Tuesday: Choose Your Own Adventure Challenge

  • Tuesday, July 16, 2 to 4 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Join us for a live-action Choose Your Own Adventure challenge in the Library... the fate of your afternoon is in your hands, choose carefully!
  • For 6th through 12th graders only.
  • Registration is required and will open here on Thursday, May 23 at 10 am. No email address? Call (303) 651-8477 to register.

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Tree of Dreams Book Release Party w/ Author Laura Resau

  • Friday, July 19, 2 to 3 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Go behind the book with Award-winning author Laura Resau!
  • Laura will share her inspiration for her new novel, praised as “a moving exploration of friendship, activism, and how chocolate makes everything better” (Kirkus starred review).
  • Learn about Laura’s fascinating research in the Amazon rain forest and chocolate factories, and see photos of the people and places who inspired the story.
  • Come celebrate this new book with us!
  • This program is designed for tweens and teens in grades 3 and higher.
  • Registration is required and will open here on Thursday, May 23 at 10 am.  No email address?  Call (303) 651-8477 to register.

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Chocolate Flight 'n' Write Writer's Workshop w/ YA Author Laura Resau

  • Friday, July 19, 5:30 to 7:30 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • This month's meeting of our Teen Writers' Group will be extra special, featuring a workshop led by award winning YA author, Laura Resau!
  • Join acclaimed author Laura Resau for a delicious writing workshop. Laura will guide you through a fun chocolate tasting, which will open your senses and let your creativity soar. Write imagery-rich poems, stories, and character sketches… all while enjoying dark chocolate as exquisite inspiration. What could be better?
  • Never attended one of our Teen Writers' Group meetings before? No worries!  This program is open to everyone in 6th through 12th grades!
  • Registration is required and will open here on Thursday, May 23 at 10 am.  No email address?  Call (303) 651-8477 to register.

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Do what you can to make the world better.  Our volunteer fair can help you figure it out.

Volunteer Fair for Adults & Teens

  • Saturday, August 17, 10 am to 12 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Join us for a community favorite! Our annual Volunteer Fair for adults and teens!
  • Nonprofits and volunteer groups from around the community will be on hand to distribute information about their work in our community and how you can help out.
  • No registration is required; just bring yourself, your friends, and your desire to make our community even better!
  • Want to host a table at our event? Contact Josie by email or at 303-651-8791.

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; PLEASE NOTE: over the summer, this program will be held EVERY OTHER TUESDAY, beginning June 23.
  • 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 summer session on Wednesday, May 22 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 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.
  • 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: Summer School

  • 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.
  • These classes are the first in a new series.
  • Wednesday, June 12, 6:30 to 8:30 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Your first class will be Clothing Transformations 101. You will learn to use thrift store clothes like jeans and tshirts to make rockin coasters and handy tote bags.
  • Supplies will be provided, but you can also bring old jeans and tshirts from home.
  • Registration is required and will open on Monday, May 13 at 10 am. No email address? Call 303-651-8472 to register by phone.

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  • Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 to 8:30 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Our second class will be Library study hall where you will learn to transform old books into wonderful home decor like a trippy 3D geodesic ornament and a lovely candle holder.
  • Registration is required and will open on Wednesday, June 12 at 10 am. No email address? Call 303-651-8472 to register by phone.

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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.

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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.
  • This program will be on hiatus in June and July, returning in August to the same time slot.


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!


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¡Loteria Mexicana!

  • Last Monday of the month, 6 to 7 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.
  • No registration required.

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 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.


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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