The New Orleans Public Library has, once again, planned a variety of educational, entertaining and fun programs to help you fill your summer days. Summer is one of the busiest times around the library, and everyone is invited to join our superhero-themed summer reading programs for children, teens and adults.

Signing up to participate in the Summer Reading Program is easy: Just visit a library or the website for more information and to see the full schedule of events.

This year’s children’s program, “Every Hero Has a Story,”will run from May 29 through July 30. Just a few of the highlights include visits to libraries by the Audubon Zoomobile and Bugmobile, superhero crafts and story times, library visits by the New Orleans Fire Department and more. Children who read eight books, or 800 pages, will receive a certificate and other rewards.

“Unmask” is the name of our Teen Summer Reading Program, with events scheduled from May 30 through Aug. 1. Teens will have the opportunity to participate in silk-screening and tie-dying workshops, do-it-yourself crafting, electronics workshops and more. Teens who read eight books, or 800 pages, will receive a certificate and a prize and will be entered into a raffle for a bike.

Last year was the first time the library offered an Adult Summer Reading Program, and it was such a success that it is being offered again this year. “Escape the Ordinary” is the theme, and programs will run from June 6 through July 29. A silent disco, performances by Jason Marsalis, CSI night, wine and coloring, and a superhero costume party are just a few events scheduled.

To see the full schedule of events, including kickoff parties at all 14 library locations, visit any library or

The New Orleans Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is made possible by the support of numerous local businesses and community service groups that contribute funds and in-kind donations for programs, prizes and supplies. They truly help the library system maintain a full schedule of events.

Charles Brown is the executive director of the New Orleans Public Library. For more information, visit neworleanspublic