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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.


The Library is participating in National Voter Registration Day.

Get Registered to Vote on National Voter Registration Day!

  • Tuesday, September 25, 10 am to 9 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • When was the last time you checked your voter registration? If you aren't properly registered, you can't vote, so get registered now!
  • National Voter Registration Day is a national holiday celebrating our democracy. It was first observed in 2012 and has been growing in popularity every year since. Held on the fourth Tuesday of September, National Voter Registration Day has been endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS). It is further supported by the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED).
  • The Library is partnering with the League of Women Voters of Boulder County to host this event for the first time.
  • Get in here. Get registered. VOTE.

Author Karen Auvinen will be at the library to talk about her book, "Rough Beauty."

Rough Beauty: 40 Seasons of Mountain Living, with Author Karen Auvinen

  • Thursday, September 27, 7 to 8 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Author, poet, mountain woman and professor Karen Auvinen will speak about her new memoir, Rough Beauty.
  • Rough Beauty traces Auvinen's journey as she recovered from a devastating fire at her home that burned every word she'd ever written as well as many family treasures and forced her to reconcile her love of solitude with her need for community.
  • Named one of the 10 best books of June by the Christian Science Monitor and called "breathtaking" by Publishers Weekly, Rough Beauty captures the introspection that happens at the convergence of the wild places in ourselves and the natural world.
  • Auvinen's work has appeared in the New York Times as well as numerous literary journals. A former Artist-in-Residence for the State of Colorado, She is the winner of two Academy of American Poets awards and has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes in fiction.
  • Auvinen earned her MA in poetry from the University of Colorado-Boulder, under the mentorship of Lucia Berlin, and went on to earn her PhD in fiction writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Currently, she teaches film and popular culture at the University of Colorado-Boulder.
  • Books will be available for purchase and a book signing will follow.
  • 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, August 27 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.

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.

 

 


Richard Estep returns to the library to speak about his 26 years investigating haunted places.

Investigating Haunted Places

  • Thursday, October 11, 7 to 8 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • October at the Library will be a little more “spirited” this year, thanks to local author Richard Estep!
  • Join Estep, a paranormal investigator, Stanley Hotel tour guide, and television personality, as he brings stories of the most haunted places he has encountered in 26 years of paranormal investigations.
  • Born in England, Estep educated himself on the paranormal at a local library before moving to Boulder County and founding the Boulder County Paranormal Research Society in 2006.
  • Estep has written 14 books and appeared on the television shows, “Haunted Case Files” and “Haunted Hospitals.”
  • This program is for adults and teens age 16 and over only.
  • A Q & A session and a book signing will follow the presentation.
  • Registration is required and will open here on Tuesday, September 11 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.


Denver author Cynthia Swanson will be coming to library to talk about writing her fiction set in the mid-20th century.

Writing & "Integrity Modern" with Author Cynthia Swanson

  • Thursday, October 25, 7 to 8:30 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cynthia Swanson will discuss her two novels, The Bookseller and The Glass Forest. Both novels are set in the mid-20th century, and Cynthia is becoming known for her strength in capturing the historical settings for her compelling stories. 
  • The Bookseller, Cynthia’s debut novel (set in Denver in 1962), is soon to be a motion picture starring Julia Roberts. An Indie Next selection and the winner of the 2016 WILLA Award for Historical Fiction, The Bookseller is being translated into over a dozen languages.
  • Cynthia's second novel, The Glass Forest, is a gripping literary suspense story set in the 1960s about a deeply troubled family and three women who reveal its dark truths. In a recent Denver Post review, Sandra Dallas calls The Glass Forest “a well-crafted story of a complex family with secrets that will surprise the reader.”
  • Cynthia is also a mid-century modern design aficionado, and she brings her love of and respect for mid-century design and detail to her writing in a form she's dubbed "Integrity Modern." 
  • Cynthia lives in a mid-century modern home in Denver with her family, where she is working on her third novel.
  • Books will be available for purchase.
  • 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 Tuesday, September 25 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.

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.

 

 


Meet W.E.B. DuBois, War Activist (as portrayed by Charles E. Pace)

  • Thursday, November 8, 7 to 8:30 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Join us for a special Chautauqua performance by seasoned national scholar presenter, Charles E. Pace, as he inhabits the life and times of W.E.B. DuBois.
  • DuBois was an author, activist, and one of founders of NAACP.  He is considered the most influential advocate for African American soldiers' rights during their war participation. Pace's presentation is all about DuBois's work during the World War I.  
  • Despite institutionalized racism, hundreds of thousands of African Americans fought in the U.S. military during World War I. Even as most African Americans did not reap the benefits of American democracy - so central to the rhetoric of World War I - many still chose to support a nation that denied them full citizenship. DuBois was an eloquent advocate for these men.
  • 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, October 8 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.


Plundered Skulls & Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America's Culture

  • Wednesday, November 28, 7 to 8 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Five decades ago, Native American leaders launched a crusade against museums to reclaim their sacred objects and to rebury their kin. This controversy has exploded in recent years as hundreds of tribes have used a landmark federal law to recover their heritage from more than one thousand museums across America. Many still question how to balance the religious freedoms of Native Americans with the academic freedoms of American scientists, and the arguments continue on about whether the emptying of museum shelves elevates human rights or destroys humanity’s common heritage.
  • This talk presents Dr. Chip Colwell’s new book and winner of a 2018 Colorado Book Award, Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America’s Culture, a personal journey that illuminates how repatriation has transformed both American museums and Native communities. The story reveals why repatriation law has become an imperfect but necessary tool to resolve the collision of worldviews between scientists and Native Americans—to decide the nature of the sacred and the destiny of souls.
  • Dr. Chip Colwell is the Senior Curator of Anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Colwell looks at the complex negotiations around who owns the past, including Native American human remains. His work has been highlighted in The New York Times, Denver Post, Archaeology Magazine, and others. He is also the founding editor-in-chief of Sapiens.org.
  • Books will be available for purchase.
  • 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, October 29 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.

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.

 


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 a ukulele club for musicians aged 16 and older.

Longmont Library Ukulele Club

  • Every Second Tuesday of the Month, 7 to 8 pm beginning September 11
  • 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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