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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.

 


Author Finn Murphy is bringing his tales of many decades as a long haul truck driver to the Library.

The Long Haul:  A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road, with Author Finn Murphy

  • Thursday, June 28, 7 to 8 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Join author Finn Murphy for "a rollicking assessment of life on the Big Slab by a decades-experienced long-haul trucker reflects on the changing realities of the working class as witnessed during journeys ranging from the I-95 Powerland and the Florida Everglades to the truck stops of the Midwest and the Rocky Mountains." (NPR)
  • As he crisscrosses the country, Murphy recounts with wit, candor, and charm the America he has seen change over the decades, from the hollowing-out of small towns to changing tastes in culture and home furnishings.
  • Don't miss this unique viewpoint on American culture.
  • Unable to attend?  This program will 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 Friday, June 1, 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.

 


Scott Landolt, a scientist at NCAR, shares his experiences working in Antarctica.

Antarctica: Catching Snow in the World's Southernmost Desert

  • Thursday, July 12, 6:30 to 8 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Have you ever been curious what it is like to work in Antarctica, where temperatures can drop below -50F and wind speeds can exceed hurricane force?
  • Snow accumulation is the primary precipitation method that sustains the Antarctic ice sheets. Yet, snowfall remains one of the most difficult meteorological variables to accurately measure, especially in windy conditions.
  • A new field program funded by the National Science Foundation is focused on testing recent advances in technology to determine if accurate snowfall measurements are now possible in the Antarctic environment. Join NCAR Scientist Scott Landolt as he provides an overview of this field program, the challenges of working in Antarctica, day-to-day life around McMurdo Station, and stunning photography of the Antarctic ice sheets.
  • Landolt, a Longmont native, is an Associate Scientist at NCAR and has worked in the Research Applications Laboratory for over 20 years. One of his primary research areas focuses on improving snowfall measurements and observations. He was an active participant in the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Solid Precipitation Intercomparison Experiment (SPICE) to establish a world standard for snowfall measurement. More recently, Landolt has been actively working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on developing methods to utilize snowfall measurements with aircraft deicing practices. Outside of NCAR, Landolt is a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver in the meteorology program.
  • Unable to attend?  This program will be livestreamed on the Longmont Observer Facebook page, and recorded and posted on our Watch Recent Programs page.
  • Registration is required and is currently full.

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 11, 10 am to 12 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • After great success last year, we're once again hosting a 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.

Author Timothy Sprinkle brings his advice on surviving alone in the wilderness to the Library.

Lost and Stranded: Expert Advice on How to Survive Being Alone in the Wilderness, with Author Timothy Sprinkle

  • Thursday, August 16, 7 to 8 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Author and journalist, Timothy Sprinkle, will share stories of survival in the back country covering more than two dozen hazardous scenarios.
  • Accounts from expert sources—medical doctors, first responders, wildlife experts, and others—help to explain how each scenario plays out on the ground, followed by suggestions on how to avoid or survive each risk factor.
  • Unable to attend?  This program will be live-streamed 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, July 16 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.

 


Dr. Richard Loft, from NCAR, will discuss how science and technology affect atmospheric predictions and modeling.

How Scientists Make Atmospheric Predictions

  • Thursday, September 6, 6:30 to 8 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Dr. Richard Loft of NCAR will help us understand how scientists use technology to make scientific predictions and create models of possible scenarios. He'll examine how they've used technology in the past and what the future holds.
  • Soon after their invention, scientists harnessed computers to serve as powerful mathematical “telescopes,” enabling the investigation of problems that couldn’t be solved by human brainpower alone. These early explorations led to the discovery of chaos theory and soon thereafter to the modeling of that crucial, thin layer of fluids that enshrouds planet Earth – our atmosphere and oceans. These models produced improved weather forecasts, saving untold lives and property, and led to an understanding of the risks of continued greenhouse gas emissions, knowledge surely critical to sustaining human technological civilization.
  • What lies ahead for computing in atmospheric science? Today, the computing power once largely wielded by scientists is now in the hands of billions of people, readily accessible from any tablet or smartphone. Ideas like virtual reality, artificial intelligence, the internet of things and the cloud have leapt from science fiction and straight into consumer products. Science, which once led the charge in computing technology, is now both feeding off these macro trends and struggling to keep up. The road ahead will require us to rethink our approach to modeling, prediction, and delivering information to an increasingly-wired society. This public talk will discuss some of the challenges and also provide a glimpse of the wonders that lie in store.
  • Dr. Loft is the Chief Technology Officer in the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). In this capacity, he oversees CISL’s R&D efforts in areas such as technology tracking, algorithmic research, and the development of useful computational tools and services.
  • Unable to attend?  This program will be live-streamed 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 6 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.


Honor the WWI centennial with a statewide book discussion series at the Library.

WWI Centennial Statewide Book Discussion Series -- Where Do We Go From Here?: America in the First World War

  • Second Wednesdays of Every Third Month, from May 2017 through August 2018, 7 to 8 pm
  • Honor the 100-year anniversary of US involvement in World War I by reading and discussing a curated selection of novels and memoirs the reflect the period.
  • Visit our Book Groups webpage to see the complete list of titles.
  • This group is best for mature high schoolers and adults of all ages.
  • This program is presented by the Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities, Colorado Humanities, and the Colorado World War I Centennial Commission.
  • Registration is required for each meeting and is limited to 15 participants per meeting.  No email address?  Call (303) 651-8472 to register.

Click or tap to register for this program.


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. 


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.
  • JUNE 26! Writing Workshop with Author Jon Bassoff
    • William Faulkner once said that “A writer needs three things, experience, observation, and imagination, any two of which, at times any one of which, can supply the lack of the others.” Jon Bassoff, the author of five noir novels, will discuss how these three elements can be used to write a compelling novel. He will focus on writing what you don’t know, allowing you to step away from your writing comfort zone.
    • Jon was born in 1974 in New York City and currently lives with his family in a ghost town somewhere in Colorado. His mountain gothic novel, Corrosion, has been translated in French and German and was nominated for the Grand Prix de Litterature Policiere, France’s biggest crime fiction award. Two of his novels, Corrosion and The Disassembled Man have been optioned for the big screen with Emile Hirsch set to star in The Disassembled Man and scheduled to begin filming in 2019. For his day job, Bassoff teaches high school English where he is known by students and faculty alike as the deranged writer guy. He is a connoisseur of tequila, hot sauces, psychobilly music, and flea-bag motels.
  • 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!
  • Registration is not 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.

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

We Use Eventbrite.com to Register for Adult Programs

The Library switched to Eventbrite.com to handle online registrations for our adult programs. Why the change?  Because Eventbrite:

  • is more 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 and Teen 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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