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
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.
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.
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.
1611 Caffin Ave., (504) 596-2695
Storytime: 10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.
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.
3700 Orleans Ave., (504) 596-2654
Storytime with craft: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Homework assistance: 4 p.m. Wednesday.
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.
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.
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.
219 Soniat Ave., Harahan, (504) 736-8745
Storytime with craft: 4 p.m. Thursday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
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.