In New Orleans, Jefferson Parish and St. Tammany, our libraries double as community centers, where meetings are held, youngsters get help with homework and new skills are learned.

The Alvar branch library celebrates that sense of community every month during its Alvar Arts series, which presents artists to the community.

Alvar Arts’ gatheringfrom 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday is both a musical event and a neighborhood potluck party. Local women’s band the Honeypots will perform, playing songs from their latest album, “Something Sweet,” along with traditional holiday music.

Snacks and beverages will be provided, but patrons are welcome to bring a dish to share. Sing-alongs and dancing will be encouraged.

The branch is at 913 Alvar St. Call (504) 596-2667 for more information.

A notable craft class

Also Thursday, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., the Mid-City branch will hold a class to teach adults and teens to make a notebook — a perfect last-minute homemade gift.

The free do-it-yourself workship is appropriate for folks 12 and older. Materials will be provided (first come, first served).

The Mid-City Branch is located in the American Can Building at 3700 Orleans Ave.

Call (504) 596-2654 for more information.

Solstice in the garden

Celebrate the winter solstice at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lower Ninth Ward Street Library in cooperation with the New Orleans Public Library.

The celebration includes one-on-one reading, story-telling, crafts, free books and free seeds.

The gathering will be held in the Guerrilla Garden at Chartres and Charbonnet streets.

Libraries close for holidays

New Orleans public libraries will be closed for the holidays on Dec. 24, 25 and 31 and Jan. 1.

Algiers Regional

3014 Holiday Drive, (504) 596-2641

Storytime: Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Young adult craft (ages 12-17): First Thursday, 4 p.m.

Computer education session: daily at 11 a.m. No appointment necessary.

Guys Read Book Club: Ages, 9-13; last Saturday of the month, 2 p.m.

Young adult homework club: ages 12-18, Wednesday, 3 p.m.

Alvar Branch

913 Alvar St., (504) 596-2667

Storytime: Monday, 10 a.m. and Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Basic computer tutoring: By appointment

Chess with Bernard Parun: Fourth Thursday, 5 p.m.

Stitch ’n’ Book knitting circle: second and fourth Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Central City Branch

2405 Jackson Ave., Building C, Room 235, (504) 596-3110

Storytime: Tuesday, 10 a.m.

Urban Fiction book club: Second Wednesday, 5 p.m.

Movie for preschoolers: Monday, 10 a.m.

Children’s Resource Center

913 Napoleon Ave., (504) 596-2628

Storytime: Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.

Story with craft (ages 4-8): Second and fourth Monday, 4:30 p.m.

Kids Movie Matinee: Fourth Saturday, 1 p.m.

Lego Club (ages 6-12): Second Saturday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

East New Orleans Regional

5641 Read Blvd., (504) 596-0200

Storytime: Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.

Book club: first Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Hubbell Branch

225 Morgan St., (504) 366-0657

Storytime for toddlers: Thursday and Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.

Pajama storytime: Thursday, 5:30 p.m.

Computer tutoring: By appointment

Keller Library and Community Center

4300 S. Broad St., (504) 596-2660

Storytime for toddlers and babies: Monday, 10:30 a.m.

Computer tutoring: Saturday, 10 a.m., by appointment

Reading to Rover: Second Thursday, 6 p.m.

Citizenship class: Sunday, 2 p.m.

Homework help: Thursday and Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.

ESL tutoring: Thursday and Monday, 5 p.m.

Spanish conversation: Thursday and Monday. 6 p.m.

Cooking with Crescent City farmer’s market: Wednesday, 5 p.m.

Chess club: Thursday, 6:30 p.m.

King Branch

1611 Caffin Ave., (504) 596-2695

Storytime: Wednesday, 10 a.m.

After-school movie: Thursday, 3 p.m.

Poetry workshop for adults: Second Friday, 3 p.m.

Latter Branch

5120 St. Charles Ave., (504) 596-2625

Storytime: Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Family movie: Second and third Sunday, 2 p.m.

New Orleans Haiku Society: Third Monday, 6 p.m.

Sew Hip NOLA: Second Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

Poetry buffet: First Saturday, 2 p.m.

Mid-City Branch

3700 Orleans Ave., (504) 596-2654

Storytime with craft: Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.

Crafts for ages 4-10: First Saturday, 2 p.m.

Homework assistance: Wednesday, 4-6 p.m.

Nix Branch

1401 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 596-2630

Storytime: Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

Norman Mayer Branch

3001 Gentilly Blvd., (504) 596-3100

Storytime: Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.

Romance book club: Second Tuesday, 2:30 p.m.

Mystery book club: Third Thursday, 5:30 p.m.

Writing Workshops Led by Youths (ages 12-17): Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.

Sewing (ages 13-17): First Saturday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Smith Branch

6301 Canal Blvd., (504) 596-2638

Storytime: Saturday, 11 a.m.

Preschoolers’ storytime: Thursday,11 a.m.

Main Library

219 Loyola Ave., (504) 596-2565

Holiday craft: For kids and teens, in the African-American resource center, Saturday, 11 a.m.

Children’s storytime and craft, (ages 5 and up): Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

Baby Jam: Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

Teen video game day: First Saturday, 2 p.m.

Teen Movie: Second Saturday, 2 p.m.

Anime Club: Third Saturday, 2 p.m.


The Jefferson Parish libraries will have a break in programming from Dec. 16 to Jan. 5. Libraries will close Dec. 24, 25 and 31, and Jan. 1.

Free computer classes: Call (504) 838-1144.

East Bank Regional

4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, (504) 838-1190

Harahan Branch

219 Soniat Ave., Harahan, (504) 736-8745

Lakeshore Branch

1000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 838-4375

North Kenner Branch

630 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, (504) 736-8730

The North Kenner branch is closed Thursday for air conditioning repairs.

Old Metairie Branch

2350 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 838-4353


4036 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson, (504) 838-4350