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

“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.