What’s New @ The Library: Program takes young readers around the world

By charles Brown

Special to The Advocate

“Many Children, Many Cultures, Many Books” is the theme for the Pebbles Center’s annual “El día de los niños/El día de los libros” program, which translates to “Children’s Day/Book Day.”

Día, as it is most commonly referred to, emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Each Día program focuses on a different country or world area and is held at various New Orleans Public Library branches in April.

Participants receive a “passport” to be stamped for completing Día goals, such as attending a Día program at the library, or reading a story about another country. Four stamps earn a small prize.

On Thursday at 10:30 a.m., the Hubbell branch will host a special Día storytime for toddlers featuring stories from Asia.

The Children’s Resource Center will have Día activities and a storytime featuring France at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

More Día events are scheduled throughout the remainder of April and will feature Africa, Indonesia and South American countries, with a culminating event held April 30 at the Children’s Resource Center, featuring Calliope Puppets.

For information about the Día program or any other NOPL events, visit http://www.neworleanspubliclibrary.org.

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

New Orleans Public Libraries


Algiers Regional

3014 Holiday Drive, (504) 596-2641

Computer education session: 11 a.m. daily.

Pass the word-Poetry Workshop: 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Storytime:10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday; 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Young adult homework club-ages 12-18: 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Alvar Branch

913 Alvar St., (504) 596-2667

Alvar Arts — Mudlark Puppeteers: 7 p.m. Thursday.

Storytime: 10:30 a.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. Monday.

Basic computer tutoring: By appointment.

Stitch ’n’ Book Knitting Circle: 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Central City Branch

2405 Jackson Ave., (504) 596-3110

Homework Help for grades 1-12: 4 p.m. Thursday.

Movie for preschoolers: 10 a.m. Monday.

Storytime: 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Children’s Resource Center

913 Napoleon Ave., (504) 596-2628

Storytime & craft (ages 4-8): 4:30 p.m. Monday

Storytime: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

East New Orleans Regional

5641 Read Blvd., (504) 596-0200

homework clinic: 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Computer Class - Keyboarding & Storing Information (level 1): 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

e-books help: 4 p.m. Monday.

Storytime: 1 p.m. Saturday; 5 p.m. Tuesday.

vietnamese film: 2 p.m. Saturday.

Computer Class - Facebook for Beginners (level 2): 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Hubbell Branch

225 Morgan St., (504) 366-0657

Storytime for toddlers: 10:30 a.m. Thursday and Wednesday.

Pajama storytime: 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

celebrate spring: 1 p.m. Saturday.

Computer tutoring: By appointment.

Keller Library and Community Center

4300 S. Broad St., (504) 596-2660

homework help: 4:30 p.m. Thursday and Tuesday.

Citizenship Class: 10 a.m. Saturday.

Computer tutoring: 10 a.m. Saturday, by appointment.

Crafty Stories Garden Party: noon Saturday.

E-Book Fair: 2 p.m. Saturday.

Storytime for toddlers and babies: 10:30 a.m. Monday.

Every Child Ready to Read Family Workshops: 6 p.m. Tuesday.

King Branch

1611 Caffin Ave., (504) 596-2695

Storytime: 10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Latter Branch

5120 St. Charles Ave., (504) 596-2625

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program: 10 a.m. Thursday.

Friends of New Orleans Public Library book sale: 10 a.m. Saturday and Wednesday.

Storytime: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday; 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Mid-City Branch

3700 Orleans Ave., (504) 596-2654

Storytime with craft: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Homework assistance: 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Nix Branch

1401 S. Carrollton Ave., (504) 596-2630

Storytime: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Norman Mayer Branch

3001 Gentilly Blvd., (504) 596-3100

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program: 10 a.m. Thursday.

Booked for Murder Book Club: 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Writing Workshops Led by Youths (ages 12-17): 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

monday after-school movie: 4 p.m. Monday.

Tuesday Afternoon Tabletop Games: 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Storytime: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday; 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Smith Branch

6301 Canal Blvd., (504) 596-2638

Preschoolers’ storytime: 11 a.m. Thursday.

Teen Homework Helper Database Tutoring: 5 p.m. Thursday.

Storytime: 2 p.m. Saturday.

lego club: 3 p.m. Saturday.

Main Library

219 Loyola Ave., (504) 596-2560

Book parade: 10:30 a.m. Saturday.

crafts with miss andrea: 2 p.m. Saturday.

Share a Read Book Club: 2 p.m., Saturday.

comics kitchen: 4 p.m. Tuesday.