The New Orleans Public Library is partnering with YMCA Educational Services and the Tulane School of Social Work to offer computer skills training and assistance at the Main Library.

Every Monday from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., computer basics will be taught in a two-part, hands-on, question-and-answer session. On Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 11:10 a.m., a new computer skill will be taught each week.

Appointments can be scheduled for those looking to receive assistance with filling out My Hire, food stamps and general benefits applications; with résumé preparation; with online job applications; with locating social services information; and with referrals to specialized employment programs in the New Orleans area.

Appointments are required to receive this assistance; call (504) 596-3842.

Appointments are available for one-on-one technology assistance covering general Internet use, computer skills, online searching, software use and accessing the library’s online resources. Appointments are required to receive this assistance; call (504) 596-2585.

A LITERARY EVENING: The May meeting of the Big Easy Author/Scholar Talk program will feature Mixed Company, a multidisciplinary arts collective of women of color based in New Orleans. The evening will include literary readings, salon-style conversation, art and video installations. Refreshments will be served at the program, to be held from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. Thursday at the Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center.

COMIC BOOK GIVEAWAY: Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book shops and libraries around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who visits their locations.

Saturday, the library is celebrating Free Comic Book Day by not only providing free comic books at all library locations but also by hosting several workshops on making mini comic books with the New Orleans Comic and Zine Fest.

Free comic books are being provided through a partnership with Crescent City Comics and are available while supplies last. The workshops will be held at 2 p.m. at both the Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center and the Algiers Regional Library.

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