Launched in 2010 by “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator and Dizzy Feet Foundation co-founder Nigel Lythgoe, National Dance Day is an annual celebration that takes place on the last Saturday in July. This grass-roots campaign encourages Americans to embrace dance as a fun and positive way to maintain good health and fight obesity.

The library has teamed up with NOLA Dance Network to offer National Dance Day choreography at the following locations for the finale flashmob July 30 at the East New Orleans Regional Library:

Thursday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Norman Mayer Library

July 14, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Algiers Regional Library

July 21, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Main Library

July 30, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., East New Orleans Regional Library

FREE CPR: The Hubbell Library will offer a free CPR class at noon Saturday. Participants will learn how to perform CPR on adults, children and infants as well as first aid for choking victims and defibrillator training. A nationally recognized two-year basic CPR/AED card, issued through ASHI, will be available after the class for a special library rate of $20.

FOCUS ON WOMEN: Simone Spence is an advocate focused on improving the lives of women through an engaging, thoughtful and practical discussion about women’s lives. Her book, “Deadbeat vs. Deadbroke: A Guide to Getting All Children What They Deserve,” explores what Louisiana women can do to combat economic insecurity and improve their lives and the lives of their children. Discussions will be held at the following locations:

Monday, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Main Library

Tuesday, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Norman Mayer Library

July 13, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Algiers Regional Library

NEWS ARCHIVE: The library is now home to the Historic Times-Picayune Database, which offers a vast resource of historical information from 1837 to 1988. The library’s Louisiana Division will offer a class providing search techniques and strategies for getting the most out of the database and assisting in research. The class will be held at the Main Library at 1:30 p.m. July 10.

SUMMER READING: The library’s 2016 Summer Reading Program is now underway, with events, reading rewards, contests, prizes and raffles. With over 350 events for children, teens and adults, there is truly something for everyone all throughout July. For more information and to see the full schedule of events, visit

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