I am excited to announce that early sign-up for our much-loved annual Summer Reading Program is scheduled to begin May 15, with kickoff parties scheduled at each of our 14 library locations on May 31 and June 1, depending on the library location.

Early signup and details on the kickoff parties can be found by visiting our website, http://www.neworleanspubliclibrary.org.

Our Summer Reading Program provides rewards and programs to encourage school-age youth to continue reading over the summer. Kids who do not read at least four grade-level books in the summer will lose two months’ worth of reading skills, which has been called the educational “summer slump.”

This theme of this year’s Summer Reading Program is “Dig into Reading” for those 11 and younger, and “Beneath the Surface” for children 12-18. Every child who signs up and participates will earn prizes for reading eight books or 800 pages.

In addition to reading, the Summer Reading Program offers fun, safe and free activities throughout the summer, including library visits from Wetlands Express, the Bugmobile, Red Ball Express, and special music performances from Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra musicians.

Through magic shows, story times, crafts and many other programs, children who participate will learn about gardening, archaeology, food chains and more, all related to the themes of “Dig Into Reading” and “Beneath The Surface.”

Teens can join us for nail art, glitter tattoos, duct tape wallets and other crafts. Teens can win a $100 gift card and see their design on summer reading program T-shirts by entering our Teen Reading Program T-Shirt Design Contest by May 22.

To enter the design contest, download the application from our website or pick up an entry form at your local branch.

With so many free and fun programs and events scheduled, we are fighting hard to make sure that no child has to experience the “summer slump.”

For more information about the Summer Reading Program or any of the many events offered for free from the New Orleans Public Livrary, visit our website, http://www.neworleanspubliclibrary.org.

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.

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

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

Teen anime club: 2 p.m. Saturday

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.

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

homework help: 11 a.m. Saturday

Basic computer tutoring: By appointment.

9th ward book parade: 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

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.

lego club: 11 a.m. Saturday

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.

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.

cooking for seniors: 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

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.

Business Writing On Demand: 7 p.m. Monday.

craftacular for adults: 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Spanish Conversation Circle: 6 p.m. Wednesday.

King Branch

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

rewrite- a writing workshop: 2 p.m. Friday.

9th ward book parade: 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Storytime: 10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Latter Branch

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

Sunday Matinees-for ages 9 and older.: 2 p.m. Sunday.

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.

movie night: 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

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.

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

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.

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.