Are you looking for resources in Spanish? The Jefferson Parish Library has many ways to help patrons who speak Spanish or who want to learn to speak English.
The book collection at the North Kenner Branch Library, 630 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, contains almost 1,400 Spanish-language books and 35 books in Brazilian Portuguese. The collection at the Terrytown Branch Library, 680 Heritage Ave., contains more than 550 Spanish-language books.
Tumble Book Library, a database of animated, talking picture books on the library’s website, includes a collection of Spanish-language books for children.
The library has a small collection of DVDs in Spanish as well — most are at the North Kenner Branch Library.
Multiple online databases are available on the library website. Most of them provide instantaneous translations of the English text to Spanish, including Auto Repair Reference Center, Morning Star, Value Line, Medline and Kids Search.
Jefferson libraries also have several Spanish-language databases, including the World Book Web, which includes two interactive, multimedia Spanish-language encyclopedias; Salud en Espanol, the Spanish-language edition of Ebsco’s Consumer Health Complete database; Economia y Negocios; Fuente Academica; and MediciLatina.
Live tutoring and homework assistance is available in Spanish.
Brainfuse is available daily from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tutor.com is available from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday.
Those who speak Spanish can learn English as a second language by accessing the library’s website for Mango Languages or Pronunciator.
All of the services mentioned above are free for anyone with a Jefferson Parish Library card.
CELEBRATE THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS: Ron Chapman, author of “The Battle of New Orleans: But for a Piece of Wood,” will discuss his nonfiction book at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. Although it occurred near the end of the conflict, the Battle of New Orleans was a pivotal moment in the War of 1812 and in the history of the United States. Had the defenders of New Orleans, led by Maj. Gen. Andrew Jackson, failed, the British would have been able to seize the territory recently acquired by the United States in the Louisiana Purchase, including the lucrative port of New Orleans. This account details the British military blunders, chief among them a failure to account for the strong current of the Mississippi River. If the British had tested the river’s flow with a simple piece of wood, all might have been lost for the fledgling American nation. Chapman, professor of history at Nunez Community College, brings the last weeks of the War of 1812 to life with descriptions of the battles, portraits of the major figures, the political climate of the time and the consequences of failure.
MAKE A LIBRARY RESOLUTION: Rarely does a day go by when there is not some type of programming at one of the 16 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library. One of the easiest ways to keep track of upcoming events is to “like” the library on Facebook.
All programs at the library are free of charge and are open to the public. For more information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, go to www.jplibrary.net or “like” the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.