Staff from the Jefferson Parish Library will be present during Holiday in the Park festivities at Lafreniere Park.

The library’s Storytime Troupe will hold performances at 8 p.m. on most Friday and Saturdays in December. The troupe will perform a rotation of classic and original holiday stories, including “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Don’t Let the Pigeon Decorate the Christmas Tree,” “Santa Duck and His Merry Helpers” and “Interrupting Chicken’s Night Before Christmas.”

Library staff will maintain a booth at the event where people can play library trivia, can sign up for or renew library cards, can pick up event calendars for any library branch and can get information on the latest technology and offerings.

SMALL-BUSINESS RESOURCES: Jefferson Parish Library offers an array of services to small-business owners or those thinking of starting one in the new year:

Newsbank provides access to the text of newspaper articles published in The Advocate, The Times Picayune, New Orleans CityBusiness and other Louisiana newspapers.

Reference USA provides access to U.S. companies by name, industry, Standard Industrial Classification code, number of employees, city, ZIP code, etc.

Access the Business Plans Handbook by going to, clicking on “Online Databases” then “My Library’s Databases” then “Gale Group Databases” then “Virtual Reference Library” then “Business Plans.”

Visit for a compilation of useful business websites.

DIGITAL MAGAZINES: JPL has added Flipster to go alongside Zinio to give patrons more access to digital magazines at no charge and without having to step into the library. Digital magazines are periodicals such as Time, People, Forbes, Entertainment Weekly and others. They can be accessed on an e-reader or tablet. Flipster and Zinio are available at It’s free with a valid Jefferson Parish library card for access

‘DOWNTON ABBEY’ NIGHT: The East Bank Regional Library hosts Episode One, Season Six of “Downton Abbey” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The show depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era, with the great events of the day having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy. This is the last season of the series. Vianne’s Tea House, of Mandeville, will present a tea service demonstration as well as scones. Cabbott Creamery provides cheese. Free and open to the public.

“THE LITTLE PRINCE”: The Great Books Discussion Group at East Bank Regional Library focuses on “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The book, published in 1943, features a narrator whose plane is downed in the Sahara Desert, and he is frantically trying to repair it. Ironically, Saint-Exupéry vanished over the Mediterranean one year later during a reconnaissance mission in his Lockheed P-38.

“ON EVIL”: The Great Books Discussion Group at the Old Metairie Branch Library discusses “On Evil” by Moses Maimonides at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 2350 Metairie Road, Metairie. Maimonides, a medieval Sephardic Jewish philosopher and astronomer, became one of the most prolific and influential Torah scholars and physicians of the Middle Ages. Born in Córdoba, Almoravid Empire on Passover Eve, 1135 or 1138, he died in Egypt on Dec. 12, 1204. He worked as a rabbi, physician and philosopher in Morocco and Egypt.

All programs at the library are free of charge and are open to the public. 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.