Library calendars for New Orleans and Jefferson Parish, March 28, 2013

Just like New Orleans where it seems something is always happening, the New Orleans Public Library provides communities with a wide range of events and programs at its 14 locations. For that reason, I am pleased to have this opportunity to share more information about great library activities.

One event that is a natural fit for this food-crazed town is the second annual Edible Book Festival on April 6 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Alvar Branch, 913 Alvar Street. The library and the New Orleans SIFT organization will celebrate this festival where food and literature are literally brought together.

The highlight is the edible book contest, where entries must be made of edible material and look like a book, be a pun on a book title, or be a reference to a character or scene. Contest categories include Novel Eats, most inspired use of literature or literary reference; Cooked Book, best book-like structure; Upper Crust, adult best in show; and Bound for Greatness, 12 and younger best in show. Entries are judged and eaten by all who attend.

In addition to the contest, there will be an activity area for children to create paper puppets of famous literary characters, other hands-on activities and live music.

I hope you will join us for some delicious literature at the library. Bon app├ętit! Visit http://www.neworleanspubliclibrary.org.

Charles Brown is 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.
  • STORYTIME: 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday; 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
  • ADULT POETRY NIGHT: 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
  • GUYS READ BOOK CLUB: 2 p.m. Saturday.
  • AARP FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE PROGRAM: 10 a.m. Monday..
  • CHESS CLUB: 4 p.m. Tuesday.
  • YOUNG ADULT HOMEWORK WCLUB-AGES 12-18: 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Alvar Branch

  • 913 Alvar St., (504) 596-2667
  • CHESS MASTER BERNARD PARUN: 7 p.m. Thursday.
  • STORYTIME: 10 a.m. Monday; 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
  • EASTER EGG HUNT & STORY TIME: 11 a.m. Saturday.
  • BASIC COMPUTER TUTORING: By appointment.

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
  • KIDS MOVIE MATINEE: 1 p.m. Saturday
  • STORYTIME: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

East New Orleans Regional

  • 5641 Read Blvd. (504) 596-0200
  • STORYTIME: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

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.
  • COMPUTER TUTORING: By appointment.

Keller Library and Community Center

  • 4300 S. Broad St., (504) 596-2660
  • CITIZENSHIP CLASS: 10 a.m. Saturday.
  • COMPUTER TUTORING: 10 a.m. Saturday, by appointment.
  • SPRING STORYTIME: 1 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 and Tuesday.
  • FRIENDS OF NEW ORLEANS PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE: 10 a.m. Saturday and Wednesday.
  • STORYTIME: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and 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 and Tuesday.
  • 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 and 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.
  • TEEN POTLUCK BOOK 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.
  • COMICS KITCHEN: 4 p.m. Tuesday.

East Jefferson Parish

  • HTTP://www.jefferson.lib.la.us.
  • FREE COMPUTER CLASSES: Call (504) 838-1144

East Bank Regional

  • 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, (504) 838-1190
  • STORY WITH CRAFT: 11 a.m. Thursday.
  • JEFFERSON PARISH REGIONAL PLANNING: 4 p.m. Thursday.
  • THE FICTION WRITERS’ GROUP: 7 p.m. Monday
  • BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS: 10 a.m. Tuesday.
  • AUTHOR ROBERT FERRIS, FLOOD OF CONFLICT- THE NEW ORLEANS FREE SCHOOL STORY: 7 p.m. Tuesday.
  • FOREIGN MOVIE NIGHT: 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Harahan Branch

  • 219 Soniat Ave., Harahan, (504) 736-8745
  • STORYTIME WITH CRAFT: 4 p.m. Thursday.

Lakeshore Branch

  • 1000 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie, (504) 838-4375
  • CHILDREN’S CRAFT: 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
  • AMATEUR RADIO CLASS - SESSION ONE: 6 p.m. Monday.
  • AMATEUR RADIO CLASS - SESSION TWO: 6 p.m. Tuesday.
  • GAMING NIGHT: 5 p.m. Wednesday.

North Kenner Branch

  • 630 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner, (504) 736-8730
  • STORYTIME WITH CRAFT: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Old Metairie Branch

  • 2350 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 838-4353
  • STORY WITH CRAFT: 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
  • JEFFERSON HISTORICAL COMMISSION: 6 p.m. Monday.

Rosedale

  • 4036 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson, (504) 838-4350
  • STORY WITH CRAFT: 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday.
  • CHILDREN’S CRAFT: 1 p.m. Saturday.