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As anyone who has attended a good author talk knows, authors are often the best storytellers and most engaging speakers.  They use words for a living and sharing stories is their passion!

At the Longmont Public Library, we love authors as much as our readers do, and our programming librarians delight in connecting readers and writers for shared experiences.  Have an idea for a great author you'd like to see on this list?  Drop us a line by email or give us a call at (303) 651-8472. We'd love to hear from you.  In the meantime, we hope to see you at our author talks! 

Click or tap here to register for a Library program through

We Use to Register for Adult Programs

The Library has switched to 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 is super easy:

Step 1:  Create an account on

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" 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.

Upcoming Events in the Series

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.


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