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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. 
  • 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 hosting a special concert featuring the music of Chanukah.

"Just in Time for Chanukah" Concert with the Colorado Hebrew Chorale

  • Thursday, December 7, 7 to 8 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Enjoy an evening of Chanukah holiday music and presentation about the holiday's origins and traditions, including a demonstration of lighting the menorah. The repertoire will feature seasonal favorites in Hebrew, Yiddish, and English, as well as other eclectic selections.
  • The Colorado Hebrew Chorale has been singing together since 1993, under the direction of Carol Zozak Ward.  Learn more about them on their website.
  • Chanukah begins Tuesday, December 12.
  • Registration is required for this program and is full.

Visit some of Colorado's classic ski descents with Author Dr. Jon Kedrowski.

Classic Colorado Ski Descents with Author Dr. Jon Kedrowski

  • Wednesday, December 13, 7 to 8 pm (Add to Calendar)
  •  Dr. Jon Kedrowski will discuss his book Classic Colorado Ski Descents; travel around Colorado with ski mountaineer Dr. Jon Kedrowski as he guides you to some of the best ski descents the state has to offer.
  • In 2016, Jon Kedrowski became the first person to climb and ski each of Colorado's 14,000' peaks in one winter and spring ski season. But the story doesn't just end with the 14ers. His new guidebook, Classic Colorado Ski Descents showcases 70 ski options on Fourteeners, Thirteeners, as well as easily accessible mountain passes and locales; with routes that range from peaks with gentle terrain, to tree glades, endless powder, ridgelines, steep faces, and couloirs.
  • Join Dr. Kedrowski as he shares stories from his adventures skiing Colorado's classic backcountry terrain. The goal is to send each aspiring ski mountaineer in the audience home with new backcountry skiing objectives and stoked for a new season approaching!
  • Learn more about Dr. Kedrowski on his website.
  • Registration is required for this program.

Click or tap to register for this program.

 

The Longmont Library is proud to present the Authors We Love series, featuring published authors throughout the year.This program is part of the 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 16, 1 to 3 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.
  • Registration is not required.

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.

Dr. Ian Feinhandler returns to the Library to talk about the Crisis with North Korea.

The Crisis with North Korea, with Dr. Ian Feinhandler

  • Thursday, January 11, 7 to 8 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Dr. Ian Feinhandler, one of our most acclaimed presenters, returns to the Library with an engaging and timely look at the current geopolitical crisis between the United States and North Korea.
  • Since 2006, North Korea has conducted six nuclear tests. Between January 1 and September 15, 2017 North Korea conducted 14 missile tests, demonstrating the capability to reach American soil with an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. On August 8, 2017 President Trump declared that any North Korean threat to the United States would be met with “fire, fury and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.” In response, North Korea announced plans to launch four missiles into international waters near the U.S. territory of Guam. As the crisis heats up, the world -- and American citizens -- watch and wonder what will come next.
  • Dr. Feinhandler is a Professor of Geography and International Affairs at the University of Colorado-Boulder and Front Range Community College.
  • This program is for adults and older teens.
  • Registration is required for this program and will open here on Monday, December 11 at 10 am.  No email address?  Call (303) 651-8472 to register.

Click or tap to register for this program.


Author Ed Sealover will discuss his book, "Colorado Excursions with History, Hikes, and Hops" at the Library.

Colorado Excursions with History, Hikes, and Hops, with Author Ed Sealover

  • Thursday, January 25, 7 to 8 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • Do you love beer, history, and hiking? If so, you won't want to miss award-winning author Ed Sealover as he presents his newest book, Colorado Excursions with History, Hikes and Hops, in which he explores Colorado's natural beauty, unique watering holes, and a history that reflects our state's wild and rugged character.
  • A reporter with the Denver Business Journal, Ed Sealover covers state government, tourism and the beverage industry. Over his 20-year journalism career, he's received 77 state, regional and national awards in categories ranging from investigative reporting to political reporting to public service. Sealover has been writing about beer since 2003, including the book, Mountain Brew: A Guide to Colorado’s Breweries (2011) and his ongoing "Beer Run" blog.
  • PLEASE NOTE:  This program will be held in the City Council Chambers at 350 Kimbark St.
  • Registration is required for this program and will open here on Monday, December 26 at 10 am.  No email address?  Call (303) 651-8472 to register.

Click or tap to register for this program.

The Longmont Library is proud to present the Authors We Love series, featuring published authors throughout the year.This program is part of the Authors We Love series.

 

 


The Library will be hosting its annual Author Open House.

6th Annual Authors We Love Open House

  • Saturday, February 10, 1 to 4:30 pm (Add to Calendar)
  • For the sixth 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 Authors We Love series.


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 will open here on Thursday, February 8 at 10 am.  No email address?  Call (303) 651-8472 to register.

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 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 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. 
  • No registration is required, and attendees may attend all, a few, or even just one workshop session.

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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