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Check In @ LPL: Library December Newsletter

December Newsletter

 "Where Books are Just the Beginning ..."

  Welcome to Check In @ LPL  - December 2014

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!”
                                                                     - Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Holidays are Here . . .
Black Friday! Cyber Monday! Everyone has advice on how to spend your money this holiday season. We too have advice for you. Join us, take a deep breath . . . sit in our quiet area . . . browse through our collection . . . and smile. We have a Librarians' Guide to Giving, an afternoon Holiday Sale in the Friends Book Nook, ideas on how to make your own holiday film festival, and a list of holiday story times.
Enjoy the season! 

To err is human, to forgive just makes sense!
Our holiday gift to you:  pay half of your overdue fines and we’ll forgive the rest. After all, we want to see you in the Library!

To usher in the holiday season and celebrate the New Year, the Lafayette Public Library is offering a one-time “overdue fine forgiveness” promotion.  We’ll waive
half of your overdue fines if you pay the rest between December 15 and
January 31
. Read all the details

Library Closures
The Library is closed on Wednesday, December 24, and Thursday, December 25. We reopen on Friday, December 26 at 10 am. Book drops close on Wednesday, December 23 at 8 pm, and reopen Friday, December 26, at 8 am.

New Years
The Library closes on Wednesday, December 31 at 5 pm, through Friday, January 2 at 10 am, for New Year’s. Book drops close on Wednesday, December 31 at 5 pm, and reopen Friday, January 2 at 8 am.
Holiday gift listA Librarians' Guide to Giving
Our gift to you this season! We have assembled a list of intriguing reads for everyone from kids through adults. Drop by our holiday picks display and pick up a list, or download and print it yourself. Enjoy!           
Holiday Film Festival               
    Holiday Films
No time to read during this hectic season? Make your own family film festival!
Pick up several holiday favorites, fire up the popcorn popper, sit back, and enjoy a great evening together with family and friends. Click on the links below to place your favorites on hold.
 A Charlie Brown Christmas  A Christmas Carol 
 A Christmas Story  An American Christmas Carol
 Christmas in Connecticut  Christmas Vacation
 Disney's Classic Holiday Stories   Elf
 Fred Claus  How the Grinch Stole Christmas
 White Christmas  It's a Wonderful Life
 It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie
 Love Actually  Merry Madagascar
 Miracle on 34th Street  Olive, The Other Reindeer
 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer  Scrooged
 The Bishop's Wife  The Little Drummer Boy
 The Nightmare Before Christmas  The Nutcracker
 The Original Christmas Classics Disc 1  The Polar Express
 The Original Christmas Classics Disc 2  The Snowman
 Twas the Night Before Christmas  

Celebrating Hanukkah

Hanukkah begins December 16 at sundown. Every year, just when we seem to need it most, when the days are at their shortest and the nights have grown unbearably long, Hanukkah arrives and casts its glow upon a people hungry for light. Enjoy our Hanukkah books and music recommendations.
 Asher and the Capmakers  Candles Long Ago
 Celebrate Hanukkah  Light the Lights
 On Hanukkah  Papa's Latkes

Holiday Music PicksChristmas at Downton Abbey music
Holiday Wishes by Idina Menzel. The voice behind Rent, Wicked, and Frozen wraps up a selection of holiday classics.

Christmas At Downton A festive collection of familiar hymns and carols  to transport you to a holiday at Downton Abbey.
Friends of Lafayette Library Foundation - FOLF NewsFriends of the Library
FOLF is a passionate organization dedicated to Lafayette Library excellence. Join us today!

The Annual Holiday Tea is December 7, 2-4 pm, for adults and kids, ages 6+. Get your tickets at the Library - before they run out!

Don’t forget, the FOLF Book Nook is a great place to shop for holiday gifts of books, CDs, and DVDs. Visit us Sunday, December 14, 1-4 pm for  A Friend-ly Holiday Sale  in the Book Nook. Find the best gifts!

We love your donations! Please look at our updated donation guidelines,
to see how you can best help us.
Program LafayetteProgram Lafayette logo
Program Lafayette offers four programs for kids and teens this month, during National Hour of Code Week, December 8-13. Sign up to be part of the series.
Take an hour, learn to code!

12/8 @4:30 Python for Kids                   •  12/10 @ 4:30-6 pm, Sphero Robots
12/12 @ 4:30-6 pm,Tech Lights             •  12/13 Check Program Lafayette for details
Registration required! 
Computer Class
Get to Know Your iPhone and iPad

Wednesday, December 17, 10:30
Bring your iphone or ipad and learn how powerful these devices can be!! Learn tricks and tools you need to get the most benefit from this technology. Computer coach David Clark will be on hand to guide participants.

Computer Coaching
Coaching in basic computer skills: web, email, photos, Twitter, security and backup issues, e-readers, and downloadables.
•  Mondays, 3 - 5 pm, drop in
•  Wednesdays, 10 - noon, drop in

 Computer Coach Tip of the Month                               
Computer Coach photoRight Click!
If you're still using a mouse with your computer, consider using the right mouse button to pop up a contextual menu. Context in this case means “appropriate for now, options available for whatever is currently on your screen”.

If you highlight text and then right-click that text, it brings up a menu that allows you to copy, cut, and perform other options that are text appropriate. Right click in a document and you'll see "print" in the menu options. This also applies to files.

Right-click a file on your desktop or in a list of files and the context menu will give you options such as: copy, paste, move, delete, etc. In this case, you can copy or paste a file from one location to another much easier than other methods.

Explore the right button on your mouse. Don't be afraid to right-click to see what options are possible: nothing will happen until you select a menu option!
Welcome Intercambio to the Library!
intercambio staffIntercambio builds understanding, respect and friendship across cultures through educational and intercultural opportunities. Their newest office is at Lafayette Library.  

Office hours: Monday - Wednesday and Friday, 10-1. Appointments available after hours; 720-771-4986,

Speak English?  Teach Someone who Doesn’t!
Language barriers lead to loneliness, isolation, and cultural exclusion. Intercambio Uniting Communities helps overcome those feelings with low-cost English classes for adults that foster a sense of belonging.

Help folks who don’t speak English. Bilingual or teaching experiences not necessary – just patience and enthusiasm. More information on teaching and classes at our website.
Library Gallery Spacesmosaic elk
Mbutterfly abstract paintingain Gallery

December and January highlight the mosaics of Julia Moritz (pictured on right), and the acrylic abstracts of
Ana Maria Botero (pictured at left)         
Library North Gallery  horses by Gerry Morrell 
Enjoy the nature photographs of Gerry Morrell, Lafayette Fire Chief, in our North Gallery on the upper level.
The North Gallery is a library-managed space available
to community artists and youth. Contact us for details on how to apply for a display.
What's New in our Collection
New Items by Category 
    Storytelling icon
             Story Times
Regular story times begin again in January! Check out the details on our webpage.
Special holiday story times:

Christmas Story Time
Monday, December 15;
10:30 am. A special story time just for the little ones! Enjoy stories, music, and crafts.

Hanukkah Story Time with the Adventure Rabbi Jamie Korngold
Wednesday, December 17; 10:30 am. Celebrate Hanukkah with author Rabbi Jamie Korngold for a fun Hanukkah story time, music, and a special craft!

Solstice Story Time
Friday, December 19; 10:30 am
Celebrate the Solstice with stories, music, and crafts!

Join us for school break activities:
Ninja Ninja Never Stop Story Time
with author Todd Tuell
Friday, January 2, 10:30 

LEGO Programs
Monday, January 5, 10:30 for ages 3-6 & 3:30 for ages 6-12.

Spot the Elf iconSpot the Elf!
Join the 
month- long scavenger hunt for elves, in city places, and downtown shops. Pick up a booklet, fill it out, and then enter the prize drawing by bringing it to the Bob L. Burger Recreation Center by December 19. 
December Programs           
Financial Stability Workshops
Wed., December 3, 1-3 pm
Budgeting on a Small Income: Learn how budgeting with little to no income can work for you.

Wed., December 10, 1-3 pm
Organizing for Financial Management: Create & maintain your at-home financial system.

Wed., December 17, 1-3 pm
Communicating for Financial Health: Develop communication tools to reach better outcomes
in difficult situations.

Classes are free & open to all; offered by Boulder County. Learn more
Community Music:
Jazz for All Seasons

Monday, December 15, 6 pm
Featuring the Monday Night
Jazz Ensemble, led by
Steve Christopher.

Community Music is offered monthly by the Center for Musical Arts, sponsored by the Friends of the Lafayette Library Foundation.
Teen Program
Minecraft Group Play Event

 Monday, December 29, 1-3 pm
BVSD Battle of the Books
is a reading program for kids in 3rd thru 8th grades. Read the books, then be part of the Knowledge Bowl Competitions during April 2015. We have the book lists ready for this competition. Get ready . . .
Get set . . . Read!

Homework Center Corner
Free, bilingual, drop-in homework center, grades 3-12, Mon-Thurs, from 2:45-6:30 pm. Closed December 19, reopens
January 6.
Comprehensive math and physics tutoring for high school students-free!
M-Th, 5-6:30 pm.
No tutoring 12/19-1/6

Reading Buddies
• Play Dates

Through January 5, we offer weekly afterschool “playdates” on Tuesdays, 4-5 pm. 
Kids grades K-5 can play reading and vocabulary games with Big Buddy volunteers.  
Sign up online; click on “Reading Buddies playdate”
for the days you prefer.
Winter Term
Applications for Reading Buddies’ are  online and in the library!
Social Media
Reading Buddies is active on Facebook and Pinterest.  We share news about the program, community activities, reviews, game suggestions, book advice, and more.  Follow us! 
Historical Society
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I, the Historical Society has installed a new exhibit in the library. Learn about the causes, consequences, and weaponry used in this horrific conflict.

Who’s Who? Picasa and People of the Past
Thursday, January 8, 7 pm

Presented by Dr. Beth Simmons
Learn how Picasa (a Google facial recognition program) helps identify historic photographs of people, in this case Ute Indians. 
A Reminder
Tax season at the Library begins in February, with individual sessions by AARP. Sign ups begin January.
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