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Check In: Library December Newsletter

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     December  2012                                                                                                              "Where Books are Just the Beginning ..."

Welcome to Check In @ LPL

Turning of the Seasons
It’s THAT season again – Fa la la la la, do, do, do, do! Dragon sculpture and snowmen
Yes, the Holiday Season can be a time filled with family, friends and good memories, gifts and giving, but it is also filled with LOTS of things “to do”!

Maybe a quiet moment is in order; some time to collect yourself, to slow down, and to take care of your mind and your spirit. Visit us this month; give yourself the gift of quiet, of breath, of time to slow down.

Share a bit of quiet in our reading area, or take home a copy of your favorite wintertime DVD, and cuddle down on the couch to watch and enjoy.

Find the perfect children’s book to read with your favorite “child”, no matter what the age. Share an old family favorite, or a special holiday tale. Experience again the richness of “The Polar Express”, or take out “Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins” and continue creating your own traditions. Let Patricia Polacco’s storytelling inspire you, or share the mysterious story of “The Nutcracker”.

We have many books that will inspire you to create unique gifts, or cook delectable meals. And we probably have just what your tired spirit needs for renewal and inspiration. 
Check out our Library Staff Seasonal Picks - our gift to you!  
Give yourself a precious gift; join us at the Library this month!

Christopher MaierAnnual Holiday Tea 
Sunday, December 2, 2 - 4 pm at Lafayette Public Library
Presented by the Friends of the Lafayette Library Foundation
Enjoy a treasured Lafayette family tradition at the Annual Holiday Tea, an afternoon of tea and cookies, good company, and a potpourri of original and traditional tales with Christopher Maier, storyteller extraordinaire.
Tickets: $9 for adults, $6 for seniors and children 8+. Tickets sell fast for this special event! 

Library Holiday Closures
The Library will be closed on Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25, in observance of Christmas. The Library closes at 5pm on Monday, December 31, New Year's Eve. The Library is also closed on Tuesday, January 1, for New Year's Day. 
Holiday Special Programs
Join us at the Library for special programming throughout December!

Gingerbread Story Time for Toddlers

Monday, December 17 at 10:30 am in the Children’s Area on the Upper Level. Join us for special stories, songs, activities & winter fun for toddlers, walkers - age 3.
Gingerbread Family Story Time
Thursday, December 20 at 10:30 am in the Children’s Area on the Upper Level. Join us for stories, songs & winter fun for families!

Make your own Gingerbread House!
A special holiday craft for kids 7-12. Thursday, December 20, 3:30 - 5:00pm in the Meeting Room.
Create a special gingerbread house to add to your holiday festivities. Candy and supplies will be provided, but please bring a one pint milk carton. Wear comfortable clothing. Parents may stay, but volunteers will be present. Registration necessary; register at 303-665-5200 or online.

Twas the Night Before Christmas: A Celebration of the Season
Thursday, December 20, 7-7:30 pm, in the Children’s Area on the Upper Level. Children of all ages, cuddle up in your favorite jammies, and listen to the famous poem "Twas the Night Before Christmas", as read by Papa "Santa" Larry. Enjoy seasonal music and stories. Bring your favorite child, no matter the age!

Storytimes at the Library through December 13!
Join us each week for fun and learning in the Children's Area, and celebrate the joy of books.

Toddler listening to storyBook Babies – Wednesdays, 10:30 am
For the very young through first walkers; share the joy of books, songs and rhymes with your baby. For babies and their adults only!

Toddler Time - Mondays, 10:30 am
For toddlers, active walkers through 3 years old; join an active story time especially for toddlers featuring short books, finger plays, rhymes, and songs. Siblings are welcome.

Family Fun Story Time - Thursdays, 10:30 am
For young people ages 3 - 5; share a lighthearted, enjoyable time of stories, songs, rhymes, and fun for preschoolers and their parents/caregivers. Siblings are welcome!

Cuentame un Cuento . . .  Tell Me a Story . . .
Friday December 14, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Share rich bilingual stories, rhymes, songs, and activities for families and children of all ages in the Children's Area!
Viernes 14 de diciembre de 3:30-4:30
Comparte ricas historias bilingües, rimas, canciones y actividades para familias y niños de todas las edades en el Área Infantil!

Shake, Rattle & Sing! Music Program
Saturday, December 1, 11:00 am. Sing, dance, rattle and roll with Ms. Ellen. Fun and laughter abound as we make lots of music together! Join us in the Children's Area on the Upper Level.

Homework Center News
The Homework Center for grades 3-12 is open for free, drop-in, bilingual homework help Mondays - Thursdays, 3-6 pm on the Lower Level. The Homework Center closes for winter break on December 24 and reopens January 8. For more information, contact the Homework Center Director, 303-665-5200 x3817.

Math & Physics High School level tutoring for high school students is available Mondays - Thursdays, 5-6:30 pm group study room. A free, drop-in program. The tutoring program closes for winter break on December 24 and reopens January 8. For more information, call 303-665-5200 x3817.

FUN with Multiplication!
December 3-14, 4-5 pm. Our famous class for grades 3+ teaches the "tricks" for learning and retaining the multiplication tables through 100. Proven and effective, low stress method offered by teacher John Lamb. $15 per student; call for family rates and scholarships, 303-665-5200 x3817. 

Tis the Season! The Santa Cop Program
The Lafayette Police Department coordinates gift donations for families in need, through the Santa Cop program. Many Lafayette families struggle to provide basic life necessities, and so providing holiday gifts for their children is next to impossible. If you would like to help support this program, you can place new, unwrapped toys in the donation box located in the Library lobby through December 5, or bring cash donations to the police department.

French Story Times
Il Était une Fois
Friday December 7 & 21, 4:00 pm
This is a volunteer-led, delightful storytime in French, featuring books, songs, and activities. Find us on the Upper Level of the Library.

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 Historic Lafayette Photos
The Library has a large collection of photos online.
Search our collection of historic photographs in our catalog or view our Historic Photographs Gallery of the same images.

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Friends of the Library Foundation (FOLF) News
Thanks to everyone who took the time to vote for the Friends in the Precision Plumbing giveaway. The Friends of the Library won for October, which means $1,000 goes to them for their great efforts. Way to go, Friends!!

Volunteer as a Computer Coach!
We need computer coaches to help people with our public computers and personal laptops. Answer questions or problem solve on basic MSOffice programs, email, internet research, social media, e-readers and more. Bilingual Spanish speaking coaches are always in high demand! Apply online or in person at the library, or contact the
Coordinator of Volunteer Services, 303-665-5200 ext.3852.

Lafayette Kids Ready to Read
Lafayette Library's early literacy outreach program sends volunteers to present quality, literacy-enriched story time programs for childcare centers, preschools and family childcare homes in the city of Lafayette.

Seven new volunteers have been trained, bringing the total number of volunteer story time leaders to fifteen. These volunteers provide monthly or bi-monthly visits to eleven early childhood programs in Lafayette.

Calvin Whitehall Photo of mountains and clouds
Library Gallery Space

Calvin & Cheryl Whitehall
Cheryl Whitehall Pastel of Mt Sanitas

Enjoy Cheryl's rich artwork, and Calvin's lush photographs, hanging in the Library Gallery during December and January.

TV series on DVD!

Our DVD collection now includes award-winning TV series. DVDs check out for 1 week, with an opportunity to renew. Enjoy!