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Main-Calendar-ButtonThe Library has a special series of author talks.Miss a program?  Watch it online!


Special Programs and Workshops

Upcoming Programs & Events:

Ongoing Meetups for Adults:


Important Notices Regarding Our Programs and Events:

  • 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 303-651-8472.
  • All programs and events are free, unless otherwise noted.
  • Registration is required for all programs, unless otherwise noted below. Please register by clicking or tapping the "Register Now" button.  If you do not have an email address, you may register by calling 303-651-8472 or visiting the information desk on the Library's Second Floor. Registration will be open approximately 30-45 days prior to the event or program and will close at 3 pm the day of the program.
  • Stand-by Registration:  Sometimes we have people register for programs or events and then cancel or not show up.  If you are unable to register for a program but would like to attend, you may come to the Library 30 minutes before the program starts to stand-by for open seats.  You will be provided a numbered card, indicating your place in the stand-by line and we will call numbers when/if seating becomes available.
  • Can't attend? Many of our programs are streamed live online, courtesy of the Longmont Observer. You can view these livestreams on the Longmont Observer website and on its Facebook page.
  • 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) 651-8472.
  • Missed a program? Visit our Watch a Recent Program page or check out our YouTube playlist -- we record many programs, so you may be in luck.  And if you subscribe to our YouTube playlist, you'll be notified each time we add a new recorded program. 
  • 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. 


Read, watch, and listen to win prizes with Wintertime Bingo!

Wintertime Bingo!

  • Wednesday, January 2 through Thursday, February 28
  • Join us this winter for another fun reading and watching challenge!
  • Get a bingo board from the Library's 2nd floor information desk, or download and print one here beginning January 2.
  • 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 fun prize -- a coupon for a free book at the Friends' lobby bookstore or at a book sale, a Ziggi's gift card, or LOCO for Longmont merchandise (while supplies last). Every spin is a winner!
  • For adults and older teens.
  • No registration is required.

Author Laura Pritchett will be hosting a writing workshop and an author talk at the Library.

The Journey of a Writer, with Author Laura Pritchett

  • Thursday, January 3
  • Writing Workshop: Love the Outdoors? Write It, 5:30 to 6:30 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • We Coloradoans love the outdoors – camping, hiking, burning our feet on the great Sand Dunes. Feeling deeply connected to places often warrants expression; many nature-lovers seek a way to communicate their ideas/bonds/hopes to a larger audience.
  • However, there’s a real trick in rendering place – connecting the “external landscape” of the world to the “internal landscape” of you or your characters.
  • In this workshop, we’ll be looking at what contemporary nature writers are doing, how they’re doing it, and to what effect—and applying it to your work.
  • Appropriate for all genres and levels.
  • Registration is required for both parts of the evening with Laura Pritchett.  You may register for one or both, but each part requires a separate registration. No email address?  Call (303) 651-8472 to register.

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

  • Author Talk: The Journey of a Writer, 7 to 8 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Laura Pritchett has pursued her life’s dream for 25 years—writing novels about the people of her native Colorado. She wrote in her first diary: “I want to be a riter [sic] someday,” and she did (after a lot of ups and downs, twists and turns). Come hear about the path of a novelist, essayist, and lover of the natural world.
  • Whether you love her fiction, nonfiction, or magazine writing (or are new to it!), come hear what this PEN-USA and Colorado Book Award-winning author has to say about literature, books, and the West.
  • Laura Pritchett is the author of nine books and one play. She began her writing journey with the short story collection Hell’s Bottom, Colorado, which won the PEN USA Award for Fiction and the Milkweed National Fiction Prize. This was followed by the novels Sky Bridge, Stars Go Blue, and Red Lightning, and The Blue Hour, which garnered other writing awards.
  • She’s also editor of three anthologies and author of two nonfiction books: Great Colorado Bear Stories and Making Friends with Death: A Guide to Your Impending Last Breath.
  • Her first play was recently produced in Fort Collins. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, O Magazine, Salon, High Country News, The Sun, Brain, Child, and many others.
  • She holds a PhD from Purdue University and teaches around the country. Learn more on her website.
  • Books will be for sale.
  • Unable to attend?  This program may be livestreamed on the Longmont Observer Facebook page, and recorded and posted on our Watch Recent Programs page.
  • Registration is required for both parts of the evening with Laura Pritchett.  You may register for one or both, but each part requires a separate registration. No email address?  Call (303) 651-8472 to register.

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

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.

 

 

Kick off Wintertime Bingo with a Book & Film "Tasting."

Book & Film Tasting

  • Sunday January 6, 1 to 3 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Prepare yourself for Wintertime Bingo (see above!) with this fun program designed to introduce you to new books, films, and genres you may not be familiar with.
  • Take a seat at one of our "café tables," each with a different, tastefully displayed genre of book or film, and peruse a menu of displayed items along with tips on how to "taste" a book or film. Sample items at any or all tables, and make notes of any you'd like to check out.
  • Enjoy the expertise of a "waiter" (a/k/a librarian) who can suggest, clarify, and recommend similar titles.
  • Light refreshments will be served to whet your palate.
  • No registration is required.

Come hear Dr. Catlyn Keenan discuss the #metoo movment.

The History of #metoo, with Dr. Catlyn Keenan

  • Thursday, January 24, 7 to 8 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • This program will provide historical context for #metoo, from its genesis in 2006 to the surge of activity beginning in 2017.
  • The presentation will examine the major figures involved on multiple sides of the movement, the gains that have been made, and the initiatives identified as most important.
  • Please note: this presentation includes frank conversations about sexualized violence.
  • Dr. Catlyn Keenan teaches philosophy, religious studies, and women and gender studies at Front Range Community College, where she has been employed since 2001. An avowed intersectional feminist, Dr. Keenan promotes equality and dignity for all people while recognizing that tearing down systems of privilege and oppression for the benefit of all is difficult work that requires people from diverse backgrounds to establish shared lines of communication. She specializes in gender and sexualities studies, religion and violence, and religion in popular culture.
  • Unable to attend?  This program may be livestreamed on the Longmont Observer Facebook page, and recorded and posted on our Watch Recent Programs page.
  • Registration is required and will open here on Monday, December 24 at 10 am.  This presenter's last program sold out very quickly, so don't wait to register. No email address?  Call (303) 651-8472 to register.

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


The library is hosting a series of conversations about the experience of war.

Still Coming Home:  Conversations about the Experience of War

  • Saturday, February 2, 9, and 16, 10 to 11:30 am
  • War may be hell, but coming home isn’t easy either. Returning home presents a unique set of challenges for which many service men and women are ill-prepared, and many question whether we as a society are doing enough to support and understand those struggles.
  • Join us for a series of facilitated conversations on Saturdays in February that will unpack these challenges and how vets are facing them. Facilitators are able to engage participants in courageous conversations that include and respect widely different beliefs.
  • Participants are encouraged to read works by Denver veterans collected in the recently published anthology, Still Coming Home, and talk with the authors, editors, and other community members about their experiences of war and challenges since returning to civilian life. Copies of the anthology will be provided.
  • The series of three conversations builds on themes and is meant to be a deeper experience for those who attend all three, but participants are welcome to come to one or two.
  • This program is for those age 13 and older only and is limited to 35 participants to ensure intimate and open conversations.
  • This program is co-hosted by Colorado Humanities.
  • Registration is required and will open here on Wednesday, January 2 at 10 am. PLEASE NOTE:  You must register for each session individually.  Registering for one session will NOT automatically register you for the others. No email address?  Call (303) 651-8472 to register.

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


The Library will be hosting its annual Author Open House.

7th Annual Authors We Love Open House

  • Saturday, February 9, 1 to 3:30 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • For the seventh year, the Library is offering local fans an opportunity to meet dozens of local and Colorado authors at the “Authors We Love Open House.”
  • Readers can browse from table to table, meeting authors, asking questions, and even buying books. There will be published authors of fiction, nonfiction, adult, children’s, and young adult books, plus genres and subjects galore.
  • This is a relaxed and fun atmosphere to get to know lots of creative Coloradans and maybe even get some inspiration for your own writing.
  • No registration is required and all ages are welcome.

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.

 

 

Storyteller Becky Stone will bring Maya Angelou to life in this special library program.

Black History Live:  Maya Angelou

  • Thursday, February 28, 7 to 8:30 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Storyteller Becky Stone will bring author and poet Maya Angelou to life in this special performance to honor Black History Month. 
  • This program is for ages 18+ only.
  • This program is offered in partnership with Colorado Humanities and is part of a larger Black History Live tour created and funded by them.
  • Stone is an accomplished storyteller who brings historical figures, including Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks, to vivid life in engaging and moving Chautauqua performances.  See her as Rosa Parks in this video from 2017.
  • Registration is required and will open here on Monday, January 28 at 10 am. No email address?  Call (303) 651-8472 to register.

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


Meetups for Adults

The Longmont Public Library is a great place to connect with people who have similar interests or circumstances.  Throughout the year, we offer lots of programming to helps patrons connect with the like-minded. 

Important Notices Regarding Our Meetups:

  • 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 303-651-8472.
  • All programs and events are free, unless otherwise noted.
  • Registration is not required for meet-ups, unless otherwise noted.
  • All programs and events are held at the Library, unless otherwise noted.
  • Follow our meetups on Meetup.com.

The Longmont Public Library is on Meetup.com!

The Friends of the Longmont Library generously support library programs and services. 


The library has an informal English conversation group for adults.

"Say Hello!" Informal English Conversation Group

  • Every Second Saturday of the Month, 10 to 11 am, beginning January 12
  • Have some tea and cookies while practicing conversation with others interested in improving their English in an informal, conversational setting.
  • We recommend attendees have an intermediate level of English to effectively participate, but everyone is welcome!
  • This meet-up is held on the 2nd Floor in the Unquiet Study Area.
  • Conversations are conducted entirely in English and are guided by a native English speaker.
  • No registration required. Come and go as your schedule permits.
  • El segundo sábado de cada mes, 10 to 11 am, empezando 12 de enero
  • Reúnese con otras personas interesadas en practicar la conversación en inglés con té y galletitas.
  • Ambiente informal de conversación.
  • Se recomienda tener un nivel intermedio de inglés para participar efectivamente, ¡pero todos son bienvenidos!
  • Nos reunimos en la Biblioteca Pública de Longmont en la sala “Unquiet Study Area” en el segundo piso.
  • Conversaciones son solamente en inglés y guiadas por anglohablantes nativos.
  • En la Sala de Estudio en Voz Alta.
  • No hay que registrarse. Llegue cuando puede, salgue cuando necesite.

The Library has an anime club for adults.

Anime-niacs: Anime Club for Adults

  • Every Fourth Wednesday of the Month, 6 to 8 pm, beginning January 23
  • Join the Grey Havens group as they host a meetup for adults interested in discussing and sharing anime.
  • Monthly meetups will have each have themes/topics.
  • This meet-up is held on the 2nd Floor in the Unquiet Study Area.
  • No registration required. Come by yourself or with friends. All those 18+ are welcome!

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
  • 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.

Join our Writers' Group!Calling All Writers! Join our Writer's Group

  • Tuesdays, 6 to 7:30 pm.  First and third Tuesdays are open write/sharing.  Second and fourth Tuesdays are discussion and meeting.
  • This group is for patrons who are at least 18-years-old and at any point in their writing endeavors.
  • The group is sometimes joined by inspiring and helpful speakers or presenters, so be sure to check the Calendar for specifics!
  • No registration required.  Come whenever you'd like!
  • Meeting is held upstairs in the UnQuiet Study Area.

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 Segundo piso, en el área conocido como “the Unquiet Study Area”.
  • 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 upstairs in the Unquiet Study Area.

See our Printable Flyer in both English and Spanish!


The Library is partnering with the Longmont Genealogy Society to offer monthly workshops to genealogy searchers.

Genealogy Basics with the Longmont Genealogy Society

  • Every Fourth Saturday of the month, 10 am to 12 pm
  • Volunteers from the Longmont Genealogical Society offer their time, knowledge, and assistance to the public one Saturday each month.  Participants are guided on how to search for their ancestors and use the various resources available both in and out of the library. 
  • Two internet computers are reserved for participant access to online resources such as Ancestry.com.
  • Bring any information you have -- name(s), a date of birth or death, a place, etc. and see what you can discover!
  • No registration required.
  • In the meantime, don't forget to check out our Genealogy webpage full of links and resources to help you get started or dive deeper into your family history.

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

We Use Eventbrite.com to register for Adult Programs because Eventbrite:

  • is convenient -- access it through an app on your phone or tablet, or through the web on your computer or laptop;
  • automatically delivers reminder and cancellation emails to you;
  • allows you to reserve up to 6 tickets in your name; 
  • can handle ticket reservations for very large events; and
  • will list all our programs in one place, making it easier to register for multiple library programs at once.

Registering through Eventbrite.com is super easy:

Step 1:  Create an account on Eventbrite.com.

Step 2: Type "Longmont Public Library" in the Search box to search "Longmont, CO."

Step 3: You will see a list of upcoming events and programs at the Library.  Click or tap on the one you'd like to register for.

Step 4:  You'll see more information about the program and a green button on the right titled "Register." Click or tap there to register for the program.

If you do not have an email address or are more comfortable making your registration by phone, that option will still be available. Children's and Teens program registration will continue through the current system for now.

If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to an adult services librarian on the 2nd floor, or call (303) 651-8472.


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