Many libraries will be closed or closing early this week due to their proximity to Mardi Gras parade routes. Closures for Feb. 6-11 include:

Friday, the Main Library, Martin Luther King Library, and Central City Library will all close at 4 p.m.

Saturday, the Latter Library, Children’s Resource Center Library and Algiers Regional Library will be closed all day, and all other libraries will close at 2 p.m.

Sunday, all libraries will be closed all day.

Wednesday, the Latter Library will close at 2 p.m., and all other libraries will close at 4 p.m.

CONCERT AND LECTURE SERIES: The Main Library presents the third installment of the popular concert and lecture series featuring Broadway musicals, “Curtain Up! Light the Lights!” from 5 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5.

This month’s program will feature “Broadway from 1980-1990: The Birth of the Mega Musical & the Emergence of Disney.” Come learn about the history of such great shows as “Les Misérables,” “Dreamgirls,” “Into the Woods,” “Sunset Boulevard” and “The Phantom of the Opera” as well as the emergence of Walt Disney’s entry into Broadway, the blockbuster musicals of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and the continued importance of Stephen Sondheim.

Light refreshments will be served and limited parking in the library staff parking lot adjacent to the Main Library will be available.

BLACK HISTORY PROGRAMS: In celebration of Black History Month, the library has a full schedule of events focusing on black history for children, teens and adults. Scheduled programs and events include talks by author Keith Medley and poet Maurice Ruffin, genealogy workshops, a teen acting competition, storytelling by Luther Grey, Donald Lewis and Brother Roscoe, and much more. To see the full schedule of Black History Month programs and events, visit new

ONLINE LEARNING: The library now offers hundreds of highly interactive, instructor-led online courses that are focused on professional development, technology skills and personal enrichment. The six-week courses are taught entirely online by instructors, and new sessions begin every month. To see what courses are offered and to learn more, visit

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