The New Orleans Public Library has begun offering after-school snacks and meals for youth in partnership with Second Harvest Food Banks’ Kids Café program. The program is being offered at the following locations on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, snacks from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • Alvar Library, 913 Alvar St., meals from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday 
  • Central City Library, 2405 Jackson Ave., snacks from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • Keller Library & Community Center, 4300 S. Broad Ave., snacks from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday 
  • Martin Luther King Library, 1611 Caffin Ave., meals from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Nix Library, 1401 S. Carrollton Ave., snacks from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

EMPOWERING WOMEN: Women Up: Embracing Your Power will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center, 4300 S. Broad Ave. 

The purpose of the program is to give women support from other women while building skills of empowerment and love. It repeats every Thursday and is free, but registration is required by emailing

SCARES FOR TEENS: Students age 10-17 are invited to the After Hours Escape Box Spectacular from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive.

The library staff will create a fun and slightly scary zombie apocalypse escape box. An escape box is a cooperative game where the players solve puzzles, crack codes and find hidden clues to stop the zombies.

There also will be a scary movie screening, a slime-making session, food and much more. Participants are encouraged to wear costumes.

GENEALOGY: The Library’s Louisiana Division archival staff continues its introductory course in genealogical research this week with two sessions Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave.

The morning session, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., is Obituaries for Genealogy Research. Archivist Amanda Fallis will discuss what an obituary is and how it can be used for research. The afternoon session, from noon to 1 p.m., is related to protecting personal history information in a storm-prone city. Representatives from The New Orleans Preservation Collaborative will present information and have an open discussion about protecting personal photographs and papers before the rains come.