With more than 20 children’s story times and many children’s activities held each week throughout our 14 library locations, the library is a wonderful place for kids to develop a love of learning.

But the library doesn’t stop providing those opportunities once children become teenagers. We offer a wide range of teen activities including book clubs, movie screenings, homework clubs and many other free programs all designed to encourage teens to continue their love of learning at the library.

Applications are being accepted to compete in the teen “Bust-A-Rhyme” Rap Contest being held at The Martin Luther King Branch (1611 Caffin Ave.). Winners will receive prizes and the contest will be judged by local rap artists Shorty, the89 Boyz, and from the MelaNated Writers Collective, Ayanna Molina.

The contest is free to enter and open to Orleans Parish residents ages 11-18. Contestants can enter either the written lyrics or freestyle category and they can enter as a group or individually.

Registration is limited to 10 performances per category. To enter the rap contest, or for more information, call 596-2695 or email mlandrum@neworleanspubliclibrary.org.

The “Bust-A-Rhyme” Rap Contest will be held at 1 p.m. May 31 at the Martin Luther King Branch.

Crafts for teens

A new craft series just for teens called Wednesday Teen Crafternoon will begin at the Norman Mayer Branch (3001 Gentilly Blvd.) at 3 p.m.Each week teens will be led in a different craft project like book making, creating jewelry, painting, sculpture, and more.

This series provides teens May 29.with a fun and free way to explore crafts and develop skills. To find out what the weekly craft topic will be, call the Norman Mayer Branch at (504) 596-3100.

For more information on teen programs, or any other events, visit our website at neworleanspubliclibrary.org, and to stay informed on upcoming events, like our Facebook page, facebook.com/neworleanspubliclibrary, and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/nolalibrary.

Libraries close for holiday

All branches of the the New Orleans Public Library will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial 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.

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

guys read book club: 2 p.m. Saturday.

teen chess club: 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Alvar Branch

913 Alvar St., (504) 596-2667

chess master bernard parun: 5 p.m. Thursday.

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

homework help: 11 a.m. Saturday

Basic computer tutoring: By appointment.

Central City Branch

2405 Jackson Ave., (504) 596-3110

Storytime: 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Children’s Resource Center

913 Napoleon Ave., (504) 596-2628.

Kids Movie Matinee: 1 p.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.

Hubbell Branch

225 Morgan St., (504) 366-0657.

family movies: 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

teen movies: 2 p.m. Saturday.

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.

cooking for seniors: 5:30 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.

zumba!: 6 p.m., Tuesday.

Spanish Conversation Circle: 6 p.m. Wednesday.

King Branch

1611 Caffin Ave., (504) 596-2695.

DIY crafts: all day Thursday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Storytime: 10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Latter Branch

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

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

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.

Booked for Murder Book Club: 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

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

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

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

Wednesday afternoon teen crafternoon and skill share: 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Smith Branch

6301 Canal Blvd., (504) 596-2638.

Preschoolers’ storytime: 11 a.m. Thursday.

Storytime: 2 p.m. Saturday.

teen potluck book club: 3 p.m. Saturday.

Main Library

219 Loyola Ave., (504) 596-2560.

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

crafts with miss andrea: 1 p.m. Saturday.

comics kitchen: 4 p.m. Tuesday.