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Special Programs and Workshops

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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.

So watch for the new orange button! 

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.

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, listen, and watch to win Wintertime Bingo!

Wintertime Bingo!

  • Tuesday, January 2 through Wednesday, February 28
  • Join us this winter for a fun reading and watching challenge! Beginning January 2, pick up a special bingo card at the 2nd Floor Information Desk, or print one here.
  • Then, fill out a book column, a film column or go diagonal and do both! Got a bingo? Turn in your card at the 2nd floor desk and get a little something. Got a blackout (all boxes filled in)? Give yourself a pat on the back, turn in your card and get something special!
  • One prize per person, while supplies last.
  • No registration required.

Patron-favorite Adrian Miller returns to the library with a program about the African-American experience during Colorado's early years.Black Gold:  The African American Experience in Early Colorado, with Adrian Miller

  • Thursday, February 22, 7 to 8 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Come join us for an informative and entertaining evening as Adrian Miller--a Denver-based, award-winning writer and amateur historian--shines a spotlight on the interesting African Americans who lived in Colorado before 1920. We'll hear about artists, civil rights advocates, entertainers, entrepreneurs, faith leaders, inventors, politicians and restaurateurs who made our state a special place. Don't miss this evening with one of our most popular presenters!
  • Miller has received the James Beard award for his cookbook, Soul Food, and was a 2017 NAACP Image Award nominee for Outstanding Literary Work, Non-fiction, for his book, The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, from the Washingtons to the Obamas.
  • Photos courtesy of the Longmont Museum. Pictured to the left, "Sugar" Epperson. On the banner above, "Sugar" Epperson and Benjamin Epperson.
  • PLEASE NOTE:  This program will be held in the City Council Chambers at 350 Kimbark St.
  • Registration is required and will open here on January 22 at 10 am. This registration will be handled through Eventbrite.com. Please see the instructions above to register with Eventbrite if you are not already familiar with it.  No email address?  Call (303) 651-8472 to register.

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


Two FRCC professors come to the Library to explain "The Rise of Nazism and the Alt-Right in America."

The Rise of Nazism and the Alt-Right in America

  • Thursday, March 8, 7 to 8 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Join Front Range Community College faculty, Professor Mary Ann Grim and Dr. Catlyn Keenan, as they trace the historical roots of Nazism in America through the development of the organizations associated with the so-called "Alt-Right" movement.
  • Alt-Right and Fascist organizations are becoming bolder and more public, both in America and around the world. Who are they?  Where did they come from? What does this mean for America?
  • This program is for adults and older teens.
  • Registration is required for this program and is currently full. 

Join the fun of the annual Peeps diorama contest at the Library!

4th Annual Peeps Literary Diorama Contest!

  • Drop off dioramas March 15-22, Vote for your favorite in the Library lobby, March 23-29.
  • It's back! Join the fun of the Library's annual diorama contest using marshmallow peeps to depict notable scenes from beloved books.
  • Dioramas can be dropped off at the Library, starting Thursday, March 15.  All entries must be received by Thursday, March 22 at 9 pm.
  • Stop by the Library lobby between Friday, March 23 and Thursday, March 29 to vote for your favorite!
  • Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
    • Best Adult Diorama (ages 14+)
    • Best Tween Diorama (ages 9-13)
    • Best Kid Diorama (ages 8 and younger)
    • Best Transformation of a Peep
    • Best Diorama Title
    • Library's Choice (voted on by library staff)
    • "Peeple's Choice" (determined by popular vote)
  • Winners will be announced on Friday, March 30 and winners will be contacted about their prizes.
  • Please review complete rules and fill out an entry form.

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein by reading the book and participating in a book discussion group.Frankenstein Book Discussion

  • Saturday, March 17, 10:30 to 11:30 am (Add to Calendar)
  • Are you a Frankenstein fan or would you like to read it for the first time? We're having a special book group discussion to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Frankenstein. Read a classic, share your perspective, and learn what others think!
  • This discussion group will be limited to 20 attendees.
  • Registration is required and will open on February 17 at 10 am. This registration will be handled through Eventbrite.com. Please see the instructions above to register with Eventbrite if you are not already familiar with it.  No email address?  Call (303) 651-8472 to register.

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


Frankenstein author Mary Shelley comes to life in a performance by Susan Marie Frontczak.Mary Shelley Comes to Life, with Susan Marie Frontczak

  • Thursday, March 22, 7 to 8 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein with a performance by Susan Marie Frontczak in character as author Mary Shelley.  The performance will be followed by a Q & A period with "Mary Shelley" and then a Q & A session with the scholar playing her.
  • Learn more about Susan Marie Frontczak's "Living History" series featuring notable women in history on her website.
  • Share information about this program with this downloadable, printable flyer.
  • Registration is required and will open on February 17 at 10 am. This registration will be handled through Eventbrite.com. Please see the instructions above to register with Eventbrite if you are not already familiar with it.  No email address?  Call (303) 651-8472 to register.

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


Author Bill Ellis hosts a program to help writers conduct background research for historical fiction writing.

Writing Historical Fiction: Background research for the historical novel, Stirling Plantation, with Bill Ellis

  • Tuesday, April 3, 6:30 to 7:30 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • The first rule of writing fiction is to show, not tell, your story. This applies particularly to writing historical fiction. The purpose of showing the story is to involve the reader by evocative techniques that put the reader in the story’s scenes. Background research is crucial to creating a relatable and realistic scene in an historical novel. Using his most recent novel as an example, author Bill Ellis will describe his research process and share his tips for conducting background research.
  • Stirling Plantation is Ellis' sixth novel. He has contributed frequent political and social commentary to the Longmont Times-Call for the last 12 years. He has taught writing workshops since 1976 and worked as a writer-in-residence at Sunset Middle School under grants from the Longmont Council for the Arts.
  • Stirling Plantation will be for sale after the program.
  • No registration is required.

This library program will discuss the history of how doctors and hospitals have been paid.

From Poultry to Obamacare: A History of How Hospitals and Doctors Get Paid

  • Thursday, May 3, 7 to 8 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Today, the United States has a unique and complicated system for paying hospitals and doctors for the healthcare services they provide. So how did we get here?
  • Dr. Bob Marder, a retired healthcare consultant and hospital administrator, traces the history and the reasons behind how our healthcare payment system evolved from free market direct payment in the early 1900s to reliance on various forms of insurance including employee based insurance, private insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, managed care and the Affordable Care Act (i.e. Obamacare).
  • He will also explain the conflicting economic incentives between doctors and hospitals that have been built into these systems that often create confusion for patients.
  • Can't attend? This program will be streamed live online, courtesy of the Longmont Observer. You can view these livestreams on the Longmont Observer website and on its Facebook page.
  • Registration is required and will open here on Tuesday, April 3 at 10 am. This registration will be handled through Eventbrite.com. Please see the instructions above to register with Eventbrite if you are not already familiar with it.  No email address?  Call (303) 651-8472 to register.

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

 


The Library has a new life coaching series for young adults, "Are You Ready to Launch?"

Are You Ready to Launch?:  Life Coaching Series for Young Adults

  • First Mondays of the Month, February through May, 6:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Moving through your late teens and early twenties can be tough.  Sometimes it seems like everyone has their life figured out and you're still deciding what to have for lunch. Newsflash:  No one has it all figured out, but some people are better equipped to tackle the challenges of young adulthood.  And you CAN be one of them!
  • This new, free life coaching series, designed especially for older teens and early to mid-twentysomethings, will help you get a handle on your career plans, your social life, and taking optimal care of yourself so that you launch your life into the orbit you desire. 
  • Each month's workshop has a different theme or topic:
    • February 5:  Learn about Careers that are a Good Fit for You, with Jane McKean, MA , GCDF Career Counselor (Add to Calendar)
      • Jane will present on the Holland's model from the Strong Interest Inventory. "If you find your people, you will find your work."
      • The session will include a fun, interactive exercise and then some time learning about careers in the Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional fields.
    • March 5:  Learn Tricks to Stay Confident and Ready for Anything! with Dr. Shayna Brody Whitehouse, Licensed Psychologist (Add to Calendar)
      • It's "Bring Your Parents" to workshop week!
      • Shayna will discuss ways teens and young adults can stay ready for the easy and the hard things that come their way in life and how parents can help. She will also have interactive activities so young adults and their parents can think about ways to cope with successes and disappointments and to stay positive.
    • April 2: Don't Just Survive, Thrive! with Karrie Bach, RD, CSSD Performance and Medical Dietitian (Add to Calendar)
      • Realistic wellness tips for living on your own.
      • Learn how to stock your dorm room or apartment so that you can make cheap, healthy meals and snacks on the go, how to make sleep a priority while still having fun, and some techniques for relaxation in this power hour of wellness.
      • Karrie will present several options so you can find what fits best for you and your lifestyle.
      • Arrive ready to participate, as you'll be preparing and making some healthy food options out of the mini-fridge.
    • May 7: Use Your Time to Create a Life that Fits You, with Sheila Kiechlin, Professional Coach and Organizer (Add to Calendar)
      • Come learn that time management is Life Management.
      • Learn techniques and tips to know how and what should go on your calendar and to-do list.
      • Explore your values, needs, and strengths and the part they play in creating a life that fits you.
      • There will be activities to help guide you along the process.
      • Please come with an image of your life that fits.
  • This program will be held upstairs in the Unquiet Study Area. 
  • There is no charge for any of these workshops.
  • No registration is required, and attendees may attend all, a few, or even just one workshop session.
  • Download our printable flyer to share with friends or post around the community.

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.
  • 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!


Head to the Library for a Make & Mingle craft time.

Make & Mingle Craft Time

  • First and third Saturdays of each month, from 10 am to 12 pm, beginning in January 2017!
  • If you're working on a craft project, bring your knitting, sewing, drawing, scrap-booking or other creative outlet to our craft time and enjoy some like-minded company as you create.
  • This easy-going meet-up provides a dedicated space for you to feed your creative soul with company from other crafters and no interruptions from family or other responsibilities.  Bring whatever you're working on and your own supplies, and have fun with other crafters/makers/artists!
  • Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided.
  • This meet-up is intended for older teens and adults, although well-supervised children may attend with their parent(s). 
  • No registration necessary; just show up.

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 - NO MEETING IN DECEMBER 2017
  • 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.

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