Just like New Orleans where it seems something is always happening, the New Orleans Public Library provides communities with a wide range of events and programs at its 14 locations. For that reason, I am pleased to have this opportunity to share more information about great library activities.

One event that is a natural fit for this food-crazed town is the second annual Edible Book Festival on April 6 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alvar Branch, 913 Alvar Street. The library and the New Orleans SIFT organization will celebrate this festival where food and literature are literally brought together.

The highlight is the edible book contest, where entries must be made of edible material and look like a book, be a pun on a book title, or be a reference to a character or scene. Contest categories include Novel Eats, most inspired use of literature or literary reference; Cooked Book, best book-like structure; Upper Crust, adult best in show; and Bound for Greatness, 12 and younger best in show. Entries are judged and eaten by all who attend.

In addition to the contest, there will be an activity area for children to create paper puppets of famous literary characters, other hands-on activities and live music.

I hope you will join us for some delicious literature at the library. Bon appétit! Visit 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.

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

adult poetry night: 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

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

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program: 10 a.m. Monday..

chess club: 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Young adult homework wclub-ages 12-18: 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Alvar Branch

913 Alvar St., (504) 596-2667

Chess Master Bernard Parun: 7 p.m. Thursday.

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

Easter Egg Hunt & Story Time: 11 a.m. Saturday.

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

Kids Movie Matinee: 1 p.m. Saturday

Storytime: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

East New Orleans Regional

5641 Read Blvd. (504) 596-0200

Storytime: 10:30 a.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

Citizenship Class: 10 a.m. Saturday.

Computer tutoring: 10 a.m. Saturday, by appointment.

spring storytime: 1 p.m. Saturday.

Storytime for toddlers and babies: 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Every Child Ready to Read Family Workshops: 6 p.m. Tuesday.

King Branch

1611 Caffin Ave., (504) 596-2695

Storytime: 10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Latter Branch

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

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program: 10 a.m. Thursday and Tuesday.

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

Storytime: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and 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

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program: 10 a.m. Thursday and Tuesday.

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

monday after school movie: 4 p.m. Monday.

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

Smith Branch

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.

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: 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.

Jefferson Parish Regional Planning: 4 p.m. Thursday.

The Fiction Writers’ Group: 7 p.m. Monday

basic computer skills: 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Author Robert Ferris, Flood of Conflict- The New Orleans Free School Story: 7 p.m. Tuesday.

foreign movie night: 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Harahan Branch

219 Soniat Ave., Harahan, (504) 736-8745

Storytime with craft: 4 p.m. Thursday.

Lakeshore Branch

1000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 838-4375

Children’s craft: 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

Amateur Radio Class - Session One: 6 p.m. Monday.

Amateur Radio Class - Session two: 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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.

Jefferson Historical Commission: 6 p.m. Monday.


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.