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Check In @ LPL: Library April Newsletter
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 "Where Books are Just the Beginning ...

  Welcome to Check In @ LPL  - April 2014
“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”
                                                                                     -- Rainer Maria Rilke
Library News

Library Closures
Friday, April 11, 2014 - Staff Development Day
Book Drops closed Thursday, 4/10 at 5 pm - Saturday 4/12 at 8 am

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - Easter
Book Drops closed Saturday, 4/19  at 5pm - Monday 4/21 at 8am
National Library Week banner National Library Week
April 13 - 19

"Lives Change @ Your Library!"
Join libraries in communities nationwide celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of our library, librarians and library workers.

Lafayette Public Library is at the heart of our community, deeply committed to offering a safe place where everyone can gather, connect, and engage with each other, address local issues, and enrich and shape Lafayette.
Starting June 1, the library will close one hour earlier, at 8 pm instead of 9 pm, Monday-Thursday evenings. This change, approved by the Library Board in February, came after careful consideration.

“When we looked at the data for the past 12 months, it was very clear that use of the library drops dramatically in all areas – checkouts, foot traffic, staff interactions, and computer use – after 8pm,” said Library Director Betsy Stroomer. 

“By closing an hour earlier Monday through Thursday, we will gain more than 1,000 staff hours a year to provide better service both here in the building, and off-site in the larger community. No one on the staff will lose hours, and we’ll be able to use those hours more effectively.  We have already planned more computer classes at the library, and will offer expanded summer reading activities at Lamont Does Park.”

One Book 4 ColoradoOne Book for Colorado

April 7-21
More than 75,000 books will be given to 4-year-olds during One Book 4 Colorado, the popular reading program that puts books in the hands of young children and encourages families to read together. Bring in your 4 year old for this year's book, available in English and Spanish.
Working on the Future . . . Right Now!
eXpress Checkout

eXpress Checkout logoWe have a new eXpress Checkout station coming to the Library! Our new location is in the Children’s section, available for all those young readers.
 Checkout quickly, easily, and privately. Use our eXpress Checkouts!

Our Staff Picks This Month
    April Book Recommendations  
We share some of our favorite reads, and a movie with you this month. Enjoy!
Do you have favorites? Let us know - email us!

Kate recommends watching Moonrise Kingdom
Kids Chapter Book Claudia recommends 
Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue! An Origami Yoda Book   
by Tom Angleberger              

Kids Picture Book Melissa recommends reading this to your child
The Bad Birthday Idea by Madeline Valentine
Adult Fiction
Stefanie recommends  Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Adult Nonfiction
Sarah recommends 
The Smithsonian’s History of America in 100 Objects

This Month at the Library

Story Times
Something for most everyone - babies, toddlers, preschoolers, families, and bilingual story times. Check our story times page for details!

One Book 4 Colorado Story Time
Thursday, April 17, 10:30 am
Join us for a special story time featuring the One Book 4 Colorado selection.
Gardening Help
Basics of Backyard Compost
Thursday, April 3, 6-8 pm 
Backyard composting is an effective way to reduce your household carbon footprint and provide quality compost for use in gardens.
Register Now!

Maintain Your Xeriscape Garden
Tuesday, April 8, 6-8 pm
Alison Peck from the Center for Resource Conservation will present tips and tools to maintain your low-water xeriscape garden.   

Xeriscape Gardening
Thursday, April 10, 6-8 pm 
Seminar on xeriscape gardening presented by the Center for ReSource Conservation, and sponsored by the City of Lafayette.            

Homeschooling Resources
Comic Strip Creation for Homeschoolers
Tuesdays, April 1, April 15, & April 29, 10:15-11:30 am
Click on each date to Register!
Students will first create a set of characters, then each week storyboard their characters through a dilemma and a serious or silly solution to a unique ending. Children & Teens ages 5-15           

Art Class for Homeschoolers

Tuesdays, April 8 and April 22, 10:00 - Noon
Click on each date to Register!
This art class is designed to provide an opportunity for home schooled children ages 5-12 to get together and make art.
New Computer Classes!
Computer Basics Class
Wednesday, April 9, 10:30-11:30 am
Learn to access the Internet; create an e-mail account; create, save, and upload a document to your e-mail.  Register Now!
Word Basics Class
Wednesday, April 23, 10:30-11:30
Learn the basics of using Microsoft Word using the libraries computers.  Register Now!
Community Music: Swingin' with Jazz
Saturday, April 12, 1 pm 
Join the Center for Musical Arts' Jazz Improv Combo, for some swinging, spicy jazz, sure to liven up your afternoon.
BiomimicryBiomimicry: What Open Spaces Can Teach Us
Wednesday, April 16, 7:00-8:30 pm
If we want innovative solutions to environmental challenges, where do we find them? Biomimicry looks at how nature performs a function and mimics this sustainable design to perform functions that we want to do as humans. 
This interdisciplinary approach brings together two worlds; nature and technology, biology and innovation, life and design. Biomimicry is a way of seeking sustainable solutions by borrowing life’s blueprints, chemical recipes, and ecosystem strategies. 

Join Certified Biomimicry Professional Marie Zanowick-Bourgeois for a fascinating look at how we can see our local landscapes as sources of new and sustainable ideas.   
Math Games
Thursday, April 17,  4-5:15 pm
Children in 1st-3rd grades and teen volunteers play math enrichment games. Register Now!                      

Be Well Class For Seniors
Thursdays, April 17- May 22, 10 am -12:30 pm
Free for Boulder County residents 60+, with a chronic health condition.
Register Now!

Overcoming Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Thursday, April 24, 7-8 pm
Presented by Brigitte Haegdorens
Are Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome impacting your life and that of your loved ones? Listen to Brigitte's story of how she overcame it. You too can prevail over these illnesses!
Author Talkstypewriter
Publish Yourself: Self-Published Authors and Their Path To Print
Saturday, April 26, 2:30-4:30 pm
An afternoon for readers and writers, featuring a diverse panel of four area writers who made the increasingly popular choice to publish their own books. Contributors include Andrew Burt, Anne Eliot, Jamie Ferguson and Chris Myers, who will discuss their path to print, as well as reading from their recent work and answering audience questions. Authors will sell and autograph their books. This is a great gathering for book groups, readers, and for writers who are looking for some inspiration to take that next step.
Coming up in May . . .

Día de niño día del libro  - Children's Day/Book Day Celebration
 May 2 at 3:30    
Summer Reading starts May 30!

What's New in our Collection
New Items by Category

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Help Us Help YOU!
Carry Your Library Card
Your library card: don't leave home without it! Checkouts are faster if you use your card. Lost your card? Just ask for your Free Library key card and replacement card.
Be a card-carrying Library member!

Now Hear This!
On Our Music Shelves
Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary     
Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary
Concert Celebration

This 2 disc set features a star
studded who’s who playing tribute
to Dylan at a 1992 retrospective
show. Contributors run the gamut
from Stevie Wonder and The Clancy Brothers to John Mellencamp and
Lou Reed.  
            It’s Your Lucky Day!
Lucky Day
Our Lucky Day collection contains extra copies of our most popular titles, available for immediate checkout on a first-come, first-served basis! Check often - our collection moves really quickly!
Homework Center Corner
Free, bilingual tutoring in many subjects for students in 3rd grade through high school. Monday-Thurs., 3-6:30 pm. Call 303-661-1175 or email us with questions.

Charlas y Chats
Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 pm
An adult bilingual conversation group. Practice makes perfecto!
Enjoy good conversation while brushing up on your other language!
Intermediate to Advanced Level.
Special Requests
Please share your old Wii games with us, so we can share with our teens!
Volunteer Corner
Volunteer Report
National Volunteer Week
April 6-13
Thank you to our valuable volunteers; your presence helps us offer many programs and services to the community. In 2013 we had 163 volunteers give 6,294 hours of their time. Kudos to you all!

Open Volunteer Positions
•  Summer Reading Teen Team
•  Publicity Staff Assistant
•  Homebound Delivery Volunteers
•  On Call Special Event Volunteers
More details
Special Event Volunteer opportunities in April:
4/7 - 21  One Book 4 Colorado, a statewide book give away program
for 4 year olds.
4/13 - 19 National Library Week
Interested? Contact coordinator of Volunteer Services Susan Nagle,  303-665-5200 x1178. Pick up an application at the Library or online.  www.cityoflafayette.com/library

Computer Help
Computer Coaches
Coaching in basic computer skills:

web, email, photos, Twitter, security
and backup issues, e-readers, and downloadables.

•  Mondays, 10 - 12 by appointment  
•  Tues., 10 - noon, drop in or appts.
•  Wednesdays, 10 - noon, drop in.
•  Thurs., 10 - noon, drop in or appts.
•  Sundays, 2 - 4, drop in and appts.
Call 303-665-5200 x1163.
Volunteer as a computer coach! 
Email Susan for details.

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Tax Help! Tuesdays 4/1; 4/8; 4/15
1-4 pm
AARP volunteers help with your taxes! Reserve your space.
303-665-5200, option 2
Library Gallery Shows
          Bas Relief of gorilla          
On our Gallery walls during April we feature bas-relief artist Arlan Stokes, and landscape artist Richard Powell.

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