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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 with Eventbrite" 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 Johannes al 303-651-8772 para información en español.
  • These programs are generously funded by the Friends of the Longmont Library.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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


The World's Most Haunted Places, with Richard Estep

  • Thursday, October 24, 7 to 8:30 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Back by popular demand, join local paranormal investigator and author Richard Estep as he shares his experiences of the most haunted places in the world.
  • Estep is a paranormal investigator, Stanley Hotel tour guide, television personality, and the founder of the Boulder County Paranormal Research society. He has authored 14 fiction and nonfiction titles including In Search of the Paranormal, Haunted Longmont and The World's Most Haunted Hospitals, and appeared on the television shows, “Haunted Case Files” and “Haunted Hospitals.” 
  • When Estep isn't hunting for ghosts, he is a paramedic and EMT educator.
  • This program is for adults and teens age 16 and over only.
  • A Q & A session and a book signing will follow the presentation.
  • 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. No email address? Call 303-651-8472 to register by phone.

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.

 

 


Sugar Skull Painting

  • Saturday, November 2, 2 to 6 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Stop by the West Patio and decorate a pre-made sugar skull in honor of the Day of the Dead.
  • We'll supply the skulls, the frosting, and the sequins -- you bring your creativity.
  • Final products are NOT meant for eating.
  • All ages welcome, but children ages 8 and under must be accompanied by a caregiver. 
  • Part of the Downtown Family Fiesta Day of the Dead Celebration.
  • No registration required.

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.

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


Books & Brews

  • Saturday, November 16, 2 to 3 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Ever wondered what kind of beer a good mystery novel might taste like? Reading a book you'd love to pair with the flavors of summer?
  • Come join our librarians as we delve into what good books taste like, the literary qualities of beer, and give your inner bookworm AND your taste buds something new to explore!
  • This is not a book club in the traditional sense: we are interested in the way beer can highlight the reading experience, and vice versa. As a discussion group of book and/or brew enthusiasts, we highly encourage attendees to bring their knowledge of favorite books and brews and share with others!
  • This session we welcome a speaker, Dan Rabin, an award-winning beer and travel journalist and longtime Boulder resident who will speak about his travels and the beer industry in Colorado.
  • Come have fun with us at Collision Brewing Company, 1436 Skyway Dr., Longmont.
  • This is a new quarterly series - watch for it at brew pubs around town!
  • This program is for those 21 and older, no registration is required, and absolutely no purchase is necessary to play! Just bring yourself, your friends, and your inner book worm!

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.

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.

 


Enjoy an afternoon of beautiful holiday music throughout the library courtesy of the Colorado Celtic Harp Society.

Harps for the Holidays

  • Saturday, December 7, 1 to 2:30 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • A well-loved seasonal favorite returns to the Library for another performance of delightful holiday favorites by the Colorado Celtic Harp Society. Take a break from your shopping to stop by the library and watch, or just browse and enjoy the music as it fills our space. 
  • Learn more about the Colorado Celtic Harp Society on their website.
  • No registration required.

Miss a program?  Watch it online!

Miss a Recent Program?

We record many of our adult programs and post them online for you to see later.  Just click the button to go to the page and start watching!


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

  • Saturdays, 10 to 11 am
  • 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.
  •  Cada sábado, 10 to 11 am (¡cada sábado, empezando 1 de junio!)
  • 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
  • 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 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. 

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 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!


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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