September means back to school, and being back in school means homework. The Jefferson Parish Library has two databases to help students complete their homework assignments.

To access the databases, go to the library’s webpage at Go to right hand side of the page and click on “online databases.” Click on “homework help,” where two databases are located: Brainfuse Helpnow and HomeworkLouisiana.

Brainfuse Helpnow provides instant, live homework help in math, English, social studies and science for grades K-12 and all ages. The site provides state-aligned skills building; comprehensive writing assistance; test center; foreign language center; computer literacy and basic software assistance; and Studyroom, a peer-to-peer and self-study tool, such as online study groups.

HomeworkLouisiana provides a life online tutor; skills builder; homework help and tutoring for kindergarten through college basics; writing center; career center; and adult education center.

The two databases are homework-specific, and they are just the tip of the iceberg. The library has online encyclopedias, magazine and newspaper collections, language instruction programs and much more for students.

HURRICANE KATRINA NONFICTION: The Jefferson Parish Library will host a panel of authors who have penned nonfiction books about Hurricane Katrina: John Batty, registered nurse, author of “Voice of Angels”; Michelle Buuck, author of “The St. Bernard Fire Department in Hurricane Katrina”; and Mikel Schaefer, author of “Lost in Katrina.” It happens at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

GENEALOGY: Sal Serio will hold two sessions of his popular genealogy course Wednesday, beginning at 1 p.m. at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. The seminars focus on “Introduction to Family Research” at 1 p.m. followed by “Vital Records: Birth, Baptism, Marriage, Death and Other Types” at 2:30 p.m. Two more sessions will occur Wednesday, Sept. 16: “Census Records: 1910 and 1920” at 1 p.m., and “Cemeteries and Obituaries” at 2:30 p.m. The sessions are designed as introductions to genealogical research. Some classes will be presented by guest speakers.

CALLIGRAPHY: The New Orleans Lettering Arts Association meets at 10 a.m. Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. NOLAA is a small group of calligraphers dedicated to promoting all aspects of the lettering arts. It meets monthly to explore and share calligraphic techniques. Participants must provide their own supplies. Space is limited. Registration is required; attendees should go to A member of New Orleans Lettering Arts Association will call to confirm.

TRANSFORM YOURSELF: The Theosophy and Self-Transformation Discussion Group meets at 2 p.m. Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The group tries to foster a general understanding and familiarity with the key ideas from Western and Eastern schools of philosophy, the latest theories and trends in modern science, and a comparative study of the world’s major religious traditions.

WRITERS’ GROUP: The Dramatica Discussion Group holds its first meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. It will meet every other Monday night thereafter. Dramatica is a theory of story structure that states that memorable stories reflect the human mind’s attempt to solve problems. Group participants will explore how effective stories are structured, through discussion, movie viewing and story writing. Dramatica is for all story mediums: novels, short stories screenplays and plays.

GREAT BOOKS: The Old Metairie Great Books Discussion Group explores “On Liberty” by John Stuart Mill at 7 p.m., Tuesday at the Old Metairie Branch Library, 2350 Metairie Road. The EBR Great Books Discussion Group talks about Jane Austen’s “Emma” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie.

AMERICAN LEGION CONCERT: The American Legion Post #175 Band will perform a free concert for patrons at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

For more information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, go to, or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.