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Support NOPL 20% on 20: Support New Orleans Public Library
New Orleans Public Library has been named the 20% on 20 partner for 2015 by local apparel and gift company Dirty Coast. On the 20th day of every month in 2015, 20% of all Dirty Coast product sales, both in store and online, will be donated to the Library. In case you’re not familiar with Dirty Coast, they specialize in fun, local, products featuring all things New Orleans – Mardi Gras, Music, Food, and on and on. You can check out their full line of products on their website,, or in either of their store locations, 5631 Magazine Street or 329 Julia Street. Buy on the 20th and support NOPL!

Summer Reading Teen Summer Reading Program Design Contest
The New Orleans Public Library wants YOU to create a design for the 2015 Teen Summer Reading Program
deadline April 24
Pick up a registration form at any library location.
Or download and print your own from here.
El dia de los ninos El día de los niños / El día de los libros
We have many programs sheduled featuring different countries from around the world. Pick up a passport at any library and collect stamps while you learn about new places.
April 4 - 30
All Locations
Link here for the schedule of events
Purchased Lives NOPL and the Algiers Historical Society Present . . .
Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade, 1805-1865
Erin Greenwald of The Historic New Orleans Collection will discuss the exhibition she curated, which runs through July 18th at the Williams Research Center. The show is called "Purchased Lives: New Orleans and the Domestic Slave Trade, 1808-1865," and focuses on New Orleans' role as the largest slave market in the antebellum South.
April 18, 10 a.m. - Noon
Algiers Regional Library
Edible Book Festival Edible Book Festival
Come assemble, display, and consume your literary, edible creations. We will have prizes, delicious snacks, activities for young people, and so much more.
April 18, 12 - 3 p.m.
Alvar Library
Inkwell Press Money Smart Week for Teens
Meet Gabe Flores of Inkwell Press
Gabe Flores started his own screen printing business in his early 20s and now also works with new fashion labels who do their designs. Find out how he did it, his tips and good advice.
April 18, 1 p.m. -- Norman Mayer Library
April 24, 3 p.m. -- Main Library
Comic Workshop Teen, Tween Comic Workshop by Harriet Burbeck
Kids will explore visual narrative by making small comic books and creating their own visual stories.
April 18, 2 - 4 p.m.
Nix Library
Spectacular Sunday Sale Spectacular Sunday Sale
The Friends of New Orleans Public Library will have a special book sale at the Latter Library Carriage House. In addition to the sale, there will be a food truck, live music and refreshments.
April 19, 3 - 5 p.m.
Latter Library
Lemonade Day Money Smart Week
Get Money Smart for Lemonade Day
This workshop, presented by the Girl Scouts, will help you plan your Lemonade Day stand. You can create a sign, taste some different lemonades, and start thinking about your goals.
April 20, 4 p.m. -- Algiers Regional Library
April 23, 5 p.m. -- Keller Library & Community Center
Rahsaan Ison Money Smart Week for Teens
Meet Rahsaan Ison of Ison Bow Ties, Etc.
Rahsaan Ison is a 15-year-old bow tie mogul! He started a unique business expressing his own personal style and encourages others to do the same.
April 20, 5 p.m. -- Smith Library
April 21, 5 p.m. -- Alvar Library
Free Legal Tips Free Legal Tips for Your Small Business
Attorney Rebecca Miller will discuss and answer questions about legal issues facing small business owners, including entity selection and business succession planning.
April 20, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
Online Health Information Workshop for Seniors Online Health Information Workshop for Seniors
What is trustworthy online health information and how can you find it? Finding reliable health information on the internet can be really overwhelming but Public Health Librarian, Elaine Hicks from Tulane University's Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences will help you navigate online resources to better understand what your doctor is talking about.
April 21, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
Wills 101 Wills and Trusts 101: Basic Estate Planning in Louisiana
If you do not have a plan for protecting your assets while you are alive and controlling who receives the benefit of your assets after you die, then Louisiana has a plan . . . and you may not like it! During this one-hour program, William J. Perry will explain the basics of Louisiana’s plan and options for making a plan of your own. This program is presented in celebration of Smart Money Week.
April 21, 6:30 p.m. -- Nix Library
April 22, 5:30 p.m. -- Robert E. Smith Library
April 25, 12:30 p.m. -- Rosa Keller Library & Community Center
Zine Club Kick-Off Party NOPL, Alvar Library, and the New Orleans Comics & Zines Fest present . . .
Zine Club Kick-Off Party
At Zine Club, we will read, discuss, and make zines. At the kick-off party, in partnership with NOCAZ (New Orleans Comics and Zines Fest), we will have zine and comic readings, a zine and comic-making table, and music by DJ Die Out!
April 22, 4 - 6 p.m.
Alvar Library
Tiger Talks NOPL, the Broadmoor Improvement Association, and LSU Health Sciences Center present . . .
Tiger Talks Wellness Program
Members of LSU Health Sciences Center want to talk about wellness with you! Get practical knowledge and join this interactive community conversation. Coffee will be served. Free and open to all ages (children under 10 years must be accompanied by an adult).
April 23, May 28 and June 25, 6:30 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
Taijuana Sylvester Money Smart Week for Teens
Meet Taijuana Sylvester
Taijuana Sylvester is the local owner of a flourishing home crafting business making hair bows, tutus, candles and more.
April 25, 2 p.m.
Smith Library
Wills 101 Jazz History
Join Eric Seiferth of the Historic New Orleans Collection for a discussion of the history of jazz.
April 29, 6:30 p.m.
Hubbell Library
Dolphin Conversation Amazon River Dolphin Conversation with Suzanne Smith
Suzanne M. Smith, the director of the Amazon River Dolphin Conservation Foundation and Broadmoor community member, has worked with marine mammals for over 25 years in the United States and Latin America. Her experiences range from rescuing animals to training animals of all species. Now she is focusing on the conservation of the Amazon river dolphin and its surrounding ecosystem. Come see images and learn about her travels to the Amazon Rainforest, the local residents, and the amazing animals who live along the beautiful Rio Negro. The Amazon river dolphin faces many threats. We will also discuss how the Foundation is working to save them.
April 30, 6 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
Free Comic Book Day NOPL, in partnership with Crescent City Comics, presents . . .
Free Comic Book Day
Join us, all day long, for free comics, fun, and more!
May 2
All Locations
Author Series: Wayne Curtis NOPL Author Series
Wayne Curtis: And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails
Demon Rum has long shouldered blame for such dark episodes as the slave trade, the excesses of blood thirsty pirates, and widespread drinking that led to Prohibition, but it rarely gets credit for its positive role in American culture. Join Wayne Curtis, author of And a Bottle of Rum, for a lively discussion of rum's illustrious past and an historic rum cocktail demonstration and tasting.
May 4, 6:30 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
Cinco de Mayo Festival Cinco de Mayo Festival
Join us for a special storytime and celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a piñata.
May 5, 5 p.m.
East New Orleans Regional Library
Connell Valette NOPL and the Algiers Historical Society Present . . .
Connell Valette
Did you know there's a Valette Street in Algiers Point? Join Connell Valette as he gives a presentation on his ancestral family.
May 16, 10 a.m.
Algiers Regional Library
Introduction to Genealogy Resources Introduction to Genealogy Resources
This class will introduce beginners to the genealogy resources available in the Louisiana Division/City Archives.
May 16, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Main Library
Born to Dance Born to Dance!
Love to dance? Learn a short dance routine, no matter what kind of experience you have! Class will be taught by Karen Davis-Jones, owner of Studio K Performance Company and Dance Educator of the Landry-Walker's Dance Department. Students ages 10-18 are welcome to attend.
May 16, 1 - 2 p.m.
Algiers Regional Library
Teddy Bear Tea Teddy Bear Tea Party
Come join us at our 3rd Annual Teddy Bear Tea Party! We'll be reading stories, drinking tea, eating cookies, and blowing bubbles together. Disposable cups will be provided, but bringing your own teacup is reccommended. Don’t forget to Bring Your Own Bear!
May 16, 2 p.m.
Latter Library
An Evening with Jose Torres-Tama An Evening with Performance Artist & Poet José Torres-Tama
Immigrant Dreams and Alien Nightmares is a debut collection that documents twenty-five years of José Torrest-Tama's poetry in his unique bilingual voice.
May 21, 7 p.m.
Nix Library
Link here for more information
Every Child Ready to Read
Every Child Ready to Read is a national early literacy program of free workshops for families with children from birth to age 5. Learn how you can help your child develop early literacy skills -- which lead to life-long results. The 60-minute sessions include practice with your child.
March 8 - May 28
Various Locations
Link here for the Spring 2015 Schedule
Career Workshop Series Career Workshop Series
With Jessica Rareshide, Certified Personnel Consultant and Certified Staffing Professional. These workshops will provide the strategies and techniques to find the right job and career for you.
January 22 - May 28
Various Locations
Link here for more information, dates, times, and locations
Every Child Ready to Read: Resources Every Child Ready to Read
Resources for Parents and Caregivers
The Every Child Ready to Read Program is a parent and caregiver education initiative, designed to introduce the practices for building early literacy skills, practices that can be enjoyed during your child's day-to-day routines. This program provides fun activities that highlight local stories, customs and culture, and develops early literacy skills necessary to become READY TO READ when a child enters school.
Explore the many ways you can help your child become READY TO READ
Good Reads for Teens Good Reads for T(w)eens
Link here for lists of good reads for tweens and teens
BIA Events Events Sponsored by the . . .
Broadmoor Improvement Association at the Keller Library & Community Center
  Free Kindermusik Classes
The Tibodeaux School of Music will conduct 4 sessions of Kindermusik to children under 3 yrs. old. Register at or call 821-6633. Spaces fill quickly and are reserved for first-timers.
Beginning April 8, 5:30 - 6:30
Turn the Page
A collaborative effort to make New Orleans the most literate city in America by 2018.
For more information on Turn the Page, visit

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