The library now offers an additional way for library cardholders to view films and documentaries online, for free. A new product called Kanopy has more than 30,000 titles to choose from.

Access to Kanopy is available at, and the films and documentaries can then be viewed via desktop, mobile device or through a Roku device. The library provides users access to 12 films per month using play credits, with three days to watch each film.

LEARNING ELECTRONICS: The LittleBits After-School Club meets at 4 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mid-City Library, 4140 Canal St.

LittleBits are modular electronics used to create a wide range of inventions. The club is for students ages 10 and up. Those who attend are encouraged to get creative and bring ideas to construct and share with other participants.

NEW YORKER DISCUSSION: The New Orleans Lifelong Learning Cooperative is hosting a weekly discussion group about the New Yorker magazine from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Thursday at the Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center, 4300 S. Broad Ave.

Copies of The New Yorker are available at the library, or digital issues can be accessed online through the digital magazine product, Flipster, available on the e-resources section of the library website,

The discussion group is limited to 15 participants, and registration is encouraged by emailing

HIRE TRAINING: A representative from the Louisiana Workforce Commission will conduct training sessions on HiRE (Helping Individuals Reach Employment) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive.

HiRE is the commission's improved self-service system that provides employment services formerly available in the Louisiana Virtual One Stop as well as unemployment benefit services.

At the end of the training, attendees will be able to register and log into the HiRE website, search for jobs, create a resume, learn about training opportunities and file a new, additional, or reopen an unemployment insurance claim.

Additional HiRE training sessions will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at the Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave., and from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Nov. 8, at the East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd.

BOOK FESTIVAL: The library is a proud partner of the New Orleans Book Festival being held from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at New Orleans City Park.

The festival will offer free food, music and activities for children, teens and adults. Visit to see the full schedule of events and participating authors as well as the free shuttle bus schedule from all library locations, except for the Central City Library, which is closed on Saturday.

Charles Brown is the executive director of the New Orleans Public Library.