Next week, from April 15-21, the New Orleans Public Library joins libraries nationwide in observing National Library Week to highlight the value of libraries.

While many libraries will honor the occasion, few if any other libraries in the country have as much cause for celebration as the New Orleans Public Library. We have recently experienced an amazing amount of growth in both the number of our libraries and in the number of programs and services that we offer.

In the past year, five new library buildings were opened throughout the city. The total number of libraries serving the residents of New Orleans is 14 — deeply committed and trusted spaces throughout New Orleans where people can connect with each other, enrich their lives and build their community.

To celebrate, there will be a food truck roundup at the Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave., from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. The library will offer giveaways and discounts during the roundup, and sign up people for new library cards.

At any given time in every one of the 14 New Orleans Public Library locations, children are learning at a storytime, a small business owner is utilizing a database to gain market research information, teens are gathering for an afterschool homework clinic or a recent best-seller is being checked out, either the print or e-book version.

Simply put, the library is enriching New Orleans, and that is why we are celebrating and want you to join us, not just during National Library Week, but every day.

Charles Brown is executive director of the New Orleans Public Library.

New Orleans Public Libraries

Algiers Regional

3014 Holiday Drive, (504) 596-2641

Computer education session: 11 a.m. daily.

Young Adult Craft: 4 p.m. Thursday.

Algiers Regional Anime Club for Adults: 5 p.m. Thursday.

Pass the word-Poetry Workshop: 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

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

chess club: 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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

Alvar Branch

913 Alvar St., (504) 596-2667

Theater 1540 Presents “The Hero Villain,” an Internet Audio Play by Dan Couget: 7 p.m. Thursday.

Storytime: 10:30 a.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. Monday.

Basic computer tutoring: By appointment.

Central City Branch

2405 Jackson Ave., (504) 596-3110

Homework Help for grades 1-12: 4 p.m. Thursday.

Movie for preschoolers: 10 a.m. Monday.

Storytime: 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Children’s Resource Center

913 Napoleon Ave., (504) 596-2628

Storytime & craft (ages 4-8): 4:30 p.m. Monday

lego club: 11 a.m. Saturday

Storytime: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

East New Orleans Regional

5641 Read Blvd., (504) 596-0200

homework clinic: 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Storytime: 1 p.m. Saturday; 5 p.m. Tuesday.

East New Orleans Library first Anniversary Celebration: 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

teen library council: 5:30 p.m. Monday.

computer classes: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and Saturday.

Hubbell Branch

225 Morgan St., (504) 366-0657

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

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

Computer tutoring: By appointment.

Keller Library and Community Center

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

homework help: 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Tuesday.

Reading to Rover: 6 p.m. Thursday.

Citizenship Class: 10 a.m. Saturday.

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

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

Every Child Ready to Read Family Workshops: 6 p.m. Tuesday.

King Branch

1611 Caffin Ave., (504) 596-2695

Storytime: 10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Latter Branch

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

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program: 10 a.m. Thursday.

Friends of New Orleans Public Library book sale: 10 a.m. Saturday and Wednesday.

let’s talk haiku: 6 p.m. Monday.

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

Mid-City Branch

3700 Orleans Ave., (504) 596-2654

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

Homework assistance: 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Nix Branch

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

Storytime: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Norman Mayer Branch

3001 Gentilly Blvd., (504) 596-3100

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program: 10 a.m. Thursday.

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

divine design sewing: 10 a.m. Saturday.

monday after-school movie: 4 p.m. Monday.

romance book club: 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Tuesday Afternoon Tabletop Games: 4 p.m. Tuesday.

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

Smith Branch

6301 Canal Blvd., (504) 596-2638

Preschoolers’ storytime: 11 a.m. Thursday.

Teen Homework Helper Database Tutoring: 5 p.m. Thursday.

Storytime: 2 p.m. Saturday.

Main Library

219 Loyola Ave., (504) 596-2560

Book parade: 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

crafts with miss andrea: 2 p.m. Saturday.

comics kitchen: 4 p.m. Tuesday.

East Jefferson Parish

Free computer classes: Call (504) 838-1144

East Bank Regional

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

Story with craft: 11 a.m. Thursday.

Microsoft Word 2010, Part 2: 6 p.m. Thursday.

Princeton Review ACT Strategy Session: 6 p.m. Thursday.

Author Event! J.W. Mallard, Lines of a Circle: 7 p.m. Thursday.

Calligraphy Meeting and Demonstration: 10 a.m. Saturday.

saturday craft: 10 a.m. Saturday.

Teen Movie Day: 2 p.m. Saturday.

Mad Skillz-favorite book magnets: 4 p.m. Monday.

doctor who video club: 7 p.m. Monday.

family night: 7 p.m. Monday.

The Fiction Writers’ Group: 7 p.m. Monday.

Read and sing: 10 a.m. Tuesday.

basic computer skills: 10 a.m. Tuesday.

peek inside windows 8: 2 p.m. Tuesday.

reading to rover: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Author Event! Virginia Barkley, Clutterbusting for Busy Women: 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Harahan Branch

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

Storytime with craft: 4 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Lakeshore Branch

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

Children’s craft: 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Story time and craft: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Amateur Radio Class - Session five: 6 p.m. Monday.

gaming night: 5 p.m. Wednesday.

North Kenner Branch

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

Storytime with craft: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Old Metairie Branch

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

Story with craft: 10:30 a.m. Thursday.


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

Story with craft: 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday.

children’s craft: 1 p.m. Saturday.