Loveland Loves to Read 

Loveland Loves to Read is our annual One Book, One Community program.

Each year, community members come together through the reading and discussion of a common book. In addition to book discussions, a variety of related events are scheduled.

Donations to Loveland Loves to Read will help us to engage well-known authors in future years. Donations may be made online through this website.

Loveland Loves to Read 2020 

He’s coming back to Loveland! In 2015, William Kent Krueger became a favorite author among the Loveland Loves to Read fans, and now he will return. In 2015 we read Ordinary Grace, a story of pain and values in difficult situations. The 2020 book choice is This Tender Land, a story that is part Grapes of Wrath and part Huckleberry Finn, with a reflection on what this nation has become. Adults and young adults will enjoy this story, set in the depression, with four young loners who set off on their own.

Krueger’s presentation is scheduled for November 17, 7:00 p.m. at the Rialto Theater in Loveland.  He will speak of This Tender Land and the Transformative Power of Stories, a topic that relates to all ages. Tickets will be available through the Rialto website on July 7th. All seats will be reserved at $30 Premium (closest to the stage) and $20 General (back rows and balcony). Prices include the ticketing fees.

If you order books online through Amazon, don’t forget to go through, with Friends of the Loveland Public Library as the nonprofit organization that you'd like to support. Every purchase through Amazon Smile will give .5% to the Friends and to our library, and your books will be delivered to your home.

What more could we ask for? Benefit our library, delivery to our home, an interesting read, with reflective discussions.

Attention homeschooling parents and book groups:

Visit to read an excerpt, watch videos, see photos that inspired the book, study a map of the setting, and print a discussion guide.

Loveland Loves to Read 2019 - Water in the West: A Conversation


For this year's main Loveland Loves to Read event, authors Paolo Bacigalupi (The Water Knife) and Patty Limerick (A Ditch in Time: The City, the West, and Water) participated in a conversation moderated by Brian Werner (Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District), followed by questions from the audience, and a book signing.

Each of our presenters offered book suggestions for readers interested in following up on some of the themes that were discussed.


Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, by Marc Reisner

Drug War Zone: Frontline Dispatches from the Streets of El Paso and Juarez, by Howard Campbell

High County News (magazine)


A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean

Beyond the Hundredth Meridian, by Wallace Stegner

Mayordomo: Chronicle of an Acequia in northern New Mexico, by Stanley Crawford

Wisdom Sits in Places: Landscape and Language Among the Western Apache, Keith Basso.

Written in Water: The Life and Times of Benjamin H. Eaton, by Jane E. Norris


Last Water Hole in the West: The Colorado-Big Thompson Project and the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, by Daniel Tyler

Silver Fox of the Rockies: Delphus E. Carpenter and Western Water Compacts, by Daniel Tyler

      The Water Knife, by Paolo Bacigalupi, and A Ditch in Time, by Patricia Limerick

      All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

      Spider Woman's Daughter, by Anne Hillerman

      The Work of Wolves, by Kent Myers

      Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger

      Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, by Alexandra Fuller

      Crooked Letter Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin

      The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith

      Blue Heaven, by C.J. Box

      Murder at the Brown Palace, by Dick Kreck

      The Cold Dish, by Craig Johnson

      Bellwether, by Connie Willis

      The Whistling Season, by Ivan Doig

      The Meadow, by James Galvin

      The Eagle Catcher, by Margaret Coel

      Plainsong, by Kent Haruf

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