It’s the entertainment event of the season: the release Friday of “The Hobbit,” the long-awaited film based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic.

To celebrate the new movie, Tolkien fans 10-17 years old are invited to test their Hobbit IQ at the library’s J.R.R. Tolkien Trivia Night, on Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Latter Branch Library.

Prizes include “Lord of the Rings” DVDs, free passes to see “The Hobbit,” a Lego board game based on the book and more.

Patrons can also pick up a free copy of “The Hobbit” at Latter while supplies last.

The branch is located at 5120 St. Charles Ave. Call them at (504) 596-2625.

Those crafty librarians

The Martin Luther King branch offers do-it-yourself crafts every day this week. The branch is at 1611 Caffin Ave. in the Lower 9th Ward. Call ahead at (504) 596-2695.

Holiday closures

All New Orleans library branches will close at 5 p.m. Thursday. Libraries will close for the holidays on Dec. 24, 25 and 31, and Jan. 1.

Algiers Regional

3014 Holiday Drive, (504) 596-2641

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

visit with santa: Thursday, 10:30 a.m.

Young adult craft (ages 12-17): First Thursday, 4 p.m. Thursday: T-shirt silk-screening.

Computer education session: daily at 11 a.m. No appointment necessary.

Guys Read Book Club: Ages, 9-13; last Saturday of the month, 2 p.m.

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

Alvar Branch

913 Alvar St., (504) 596-2667

Storytime: Monday, 10 a.m. and Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

Basic computer tutoring: By appointment

Chess with Bernard Parun: Fourth Thursday, 5 p.m.

Stitch ‘n’ Book knitting circle: second and fourth Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Central City Branch

2405 Jackson Ave., Building C, Room 235, (504) 596-3110

Storytime: Tuesday, 10 a.m.

Urban Fiction book club: Second Wednesday, 5 p.m.

Movie for preschoolers: Monday, 10 a.m.

Children’s Resource Center

913 Napoleon Ave., (504) 596-2628

Storytime: Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.

Story with craft (ages 4-8): Second and fourth Monday, 4:30 p.m.

Kids Movie Matinee: Fourth Saturday, 1 p.m.

Lego Club (ages 6-12): Second Saturday, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

East New Orleans Regional

5641 Read Blvd., (504) 596-0200

Storytime: Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.

Book club: first Saturday, 2:30 p.m.

Hubbell Branch

225 Morgan St., (504) 366-0657

Storytime for toddlers: Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.

Pajama storytime: Thursday, 5:30 p.m.

Computer tutoring: By appointment

Keller Library and Community Center

4300 S. Broad St., (504) 596-2660

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

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

Reading to Rover: Second Thursday, 6 p.m.

Citizenship class: Sunday, 2 p.m.

Homework help: Today and Tuesday, 4:30 p.m.

ESL tutoring: Thursday and Monday, 5 p.m.

Spanish conversation: Thursday and Monday. 6 p.m.

Cooking with Crescent City farmer’s market: Wednesday, 5 p.m.

Chess club: Today, 6:30 p.m.

King Branch

1611 Caffin Ave., (504) 596-2695

Storytime: Wednesday, 10 a.m.

After-school movie: Thursday, 3 p.m.

Poetry workshop for adults: Second Friday, 3 p.m.

Latter Branch

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

Storytime: Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday, 6 p.m.

Family movie: Second and third Sunday, 2 p.m.

New Orleans Haiku Society: Third Monday, 6 p.m.

Sew Hip NOLA: Second Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

Poetry buffet: First Saturday, 2 p.m.

Mid-City Branch

3700 Orleans Ave., (504) 596-2654

Storytime with craft: Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.

Crafts for ages 4-10: First Saturday, 2 p.m.

Homework assistance: Wednesday, 4-6 p.m.

Nix Branch

1401 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 596-2630

Storytime: Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

Norman Mayer Branch

3001 Gentilly Blvd., (504) 596-3100

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

Romance book club: Second Tuesday, 2:30 p.m.

Mystery book club: Third Thursday, 5:30 p.m.

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

Sewing (ages 13-17): First Saturday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Smith Branch

6301 Canal Blvd., (504) 596-2638

Storytime: Saturday, 11 a.m.

Preschoolers’ storytime: Thursday,11 a.m.

Main Library

219 Loyola Ave., (504) 596-2565

Children’s storytime and craft, (ages 5 and up): Saturday, 11:30 a.m.

Baby Jam: Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

Teen video game day: First Saturday, 2 p.m.

xBox and Playstation games in the Auditorium (use ours or bring your own)

Teen Movie: Second Saturday, 2 p.m.

Anime Club: Third Saturday, 2 p.m.


The Jefferson Parish libraries will have a break in programming from Dec. 16 to Jan. 5. Libraries will close Dec. 24, 25 and 31, and Jan. 1.

Free computer classes: Call (504) 838-1144.

East Bank Regional

4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, (504) 838-1190

Harahan Branch

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

Lakeshore Branch

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

North Kenner Branch

630 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, (504) 736-8730

The North Kenner branch is closed Thursday for air conditioning repairs.

Old Metairie Branch

2350 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 838-4353


4036 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson, (504) 838-4350