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Community Arts and Literacy Class A Community Arts & Literacy Class
Music, movement, storytelling and theater for pre-school aged children and their families. Featuring: Christ Sheard and Briceshanay Gresham. Free books and snacks!
May 7, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
Free Comic Book Day Free Comic Book Day & Mini-Comic Book Making Workshops
Stop into any NOPL location to pick up your free comic book! (Comics available for any and all ages while supplies last through a partnership with Crescent City Comics.) Plus, join us for one of our Mini-Comic Book Making Workshops with New Orleans Comic and Zine Fest.
Comics Giveaway: May 7, all day, all locations
Mini-Comic Making Workshops:
Keller Library & Community Center -- 2 p.m.
Algiers Regional Library -- 2 p.m.
Gland All Ages Show Featuring GLAND
Come hear the musical stylings of New Orleans-based, all lady punk trio, Gland, and special guests. Information about volunteering for and participating in Girls Rock Camp will be available. Snacks provided.
May 7, 6 - 8 p.m.
Alvar Library
Voter Registration Week Voter Registration Week
The Registrar of Voters Office will be visiting the following NOPL locations to offer voter registration
May 9, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Algiers Regional and Smith Libraries
May 11, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- East New Orleans and Main Libraries
May 13, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Keller Library & Community Center
Coding for Kids Kids Code
Are you interested in computers and learning to code? Join Tech Talent South for an afternoon of code every Monday. Each week they'll cover a different topic so come to every class or stop in when you can. This program is limited to kids, 9-13 years. Please bring your own laptop; our computer supply is limited.
May 9, 16 & 23, 4 - 5 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
Blood Pressure Testing Blood Pressure Testing
Make a healthy choice and get your blood pressure tested. High blood pressure usually doesn't have any symptoms so it's important to monitor it.
May 9, 16, & 23, 5 - 6 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
Short Films Screening Short Films Screening with NOCCA
NOCCA Creative Writing and Media Arts students teamed up to create video poems. We will be screening them, and student writers and filmmakers will be on hand to discuss. Light refreshments will be served.
May 12, 4 - 5 p.m.
Alvar Library
Obituaries for Beginners Obituaries for Beginners
New to obituaries? Always wondered what an obituary is and what it can be used for? Join Louisiana Division/City Archives and Special Collections staff for an introductory talk on how to find, read and understand obituaries. A story usually starts at the beginning, but sometimes you can learn more by starting at the end.
May 14, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Main Library
Estate Planning Estate Planning: More Than Just a Will
Estate planning attorney Rebecca Miller and financial advisor Marigny de Mauriac will review estate planning basics such as account registration, designating beneficiaries, preparing and executing wills and powers of attorney, probate procedure, life insurance, and other important topics, including real life examples and pitfalls to avoid.
May 14, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
Littlebits Maker Sundays
NOPL littleBits Global Chapter Meetup
Come together to learn, play, and build with littleBits at the Main Library in Youth Services. Each month will be a different design challenge. Open to all skill levels, ages 8 - 17 and caregivers.
Every 3rd Sunday (May 15, June 19, July 17), 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Main Library
Link here for the NOPL littleBits Global Chapter's site
Nat Williams Exhibit Nat Williams Art Exhibit
Algiers Regional Library is pleased to showcase the work of local artist Nat Williams.
On Display: May 15 - June 18
Artist Reception: May 16, 6 - 7 p.m.
Algiers Regional Library
Link here for more information on Mr. Williams and his work
Deborah Burst Author Night at Nix
Deborah Burst
An award winning freelance writer and photographer, Deb is a New Orleans native who enjoys writing outdoors at her home in Mandeville. Deb has had more than 1,000 articles and photos published with local, regional, and national magazines. She published Hallowed Halls of Greater New Orleans: Historic Churches, Cathedrals, and Sanctuaries in 2013 and Louisiana's Sacred Places: Churches, Cemeteries and Voodoo in 2014. Her latest book is Southern Fried and Sanctified: Tales from the Back Deck.
May 19, 7 p.m.
Nix Library
Murder at the Globe Adult Summer Reading Program
Murder at the Globe: An Interactive Murder Mystery Party
Kick off NOPL's 3rd Annual Adult Summer Reading Program with a bit of intrigue! It's the day before A Midsummer Night's Dream debuts, but the Globe Theatre needs to find a new playwright AND figure out who murdered their last one! Join the library for a night of anachronistic intrigue and incriminating banter as you try to figure out which of six suspects committed the crime. Refreshments will be served. Elizabethan attire is not required (but will be admired).
May 20, 6 - 8 p.m.
Main Library
Author Talk: Deborah Burst NOPL & the Algiers Historical Society Present . . .
Deborah Burst, Southern Fried and Sanctified
A contemporary southern writer and photographer, Deborah Burst will discuss her third book, Southern Friend & Sanctified: Tales from the Back Deck. The presentation follows some of Ms. Burst's fondest travels detailed in her signature photography from New Orleans and the Gulf Coast states to Georgia, South Carolina, then roaming the mountainsides of Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Virginia.
May 21, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Algiers Regional Library
Free ACT Practice Tests Free ACT Practice Tests @Your Library
NOPL is now offering FREE ACT Practice Tests. Register Today with the Princeton Review. And don't forget you can find free ACT study books at the library, and through our website database, Learning Express
May 21, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Main Library & Algiers Regional Library
June 25, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Norman Mayer Library & Algiers Regional Library
July 23, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Norman Mayer & Algiers Regional Library
August 20, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. -- Main Library & Algiers Regional Library
Link here more information
Poetry Workshop: Valentine Pierce National Poetry Month
Spring Poetry Workshop with Valentine Pierce
New Orleans poet and performer Valentine Pierce will lead a five-part poetry workhop for adults. Novice writers, as well as poets with some experience, are enclouraged to attend. Get inspired and write some dynamic poetry for 2016! Participation at all 5 workshops is suggested, but not required. Participants will be invited to read their poetry at a public reading when the program is completed. Sign up in advance at the Alvar Library circulation desk.
Saturdays, April 23 - May 21, 1:30 - 4 p.m.
Alvar Library
Butterflies and Bees Butterflies and Bees: An Art Talk and Honey Tasting
New Orleans artist Muffin Bernstein will discuss her art (currently on display at Hubbell Library) and the inspiration behind it: pollinators, and their importance to our lives. Enjoy a honey tasting and leave with a seed bomb to plant more wildflowers and promote bee and butterfly activity.
May 25, 6:30p.m.
Hubbell Library
Every Child Ready to Read Every Child Ready to Read 2016 Spring Workshops
Every Child Ready to Read is a national early literacy program of free workshops for parents and caretakers of children from birth to age 5. Early literacy skills lead to lifelong results. There are four workshop topics, each with a different activity, a free book, and a kit to take home.
April 16 - May 25, Various times
All Locations
Link here for the workshops schedule
Career Workshop Series Career Workshop Series with Jessica Rareshide
These workshops will provide the strategies and techniques to find the right job and career for you.
January - May, 2016; various times
Multiple NOPL locations
Link here for a description of the workshops and for times and locations
Know Your Money, Know Your Finances Know Your Money, Know Your Finances
Join representatives of Gulf Coast Bank and Trust Company as they host a series of workshops covering topics of debt, savings, first-time home buying, investing and retirement. This first session will focus on the topic Taking Control of Your Finances: A Plan to Reduce Debt & Build Savings. Please RSVP at 596-2641.
Wednesdays in May and June, 6 p.m.
Algiers Regional Library
Link here for a list of dates and topics
Career Online High School Earn an Accredited High School Diploma
The New Orleans Public Library is awarding scholarships to the Career Online High School program, which is part of the world’s first accredited, private online school district. This program is designed to provide adults the opportunity to complete their high school education.
Link here to learn more about Career Online High School.
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
Ogden Museum Pass Ogden Museum Pass
The New Orleans Public Library and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art have partnered to offer the public the opportunity to check out an Ogden Museum pass from all 14 Library locations. Each pass will provide free museum entry for up to 2 adults and 7 children for a two week period. The pass also includes museum entry to special Ogden programs such as Ogden After Hours, Art for Arts Sake, etc. as well as access to nearly 700 museums throughout the U.S. and Canada through the North American Reciprocal Museum Program. All 14 Library locations have 1 Ogden Museum Pass for check out.

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