REBUILD New Orleans Public LIbrary
Jump, Jive and Join In at the Alvar Branch
October 13, 2007

The Alvar Branch had a second re-opening event on October 13, when Capital One sponsored “Jump, Jive, and Join In,” a celebration among Bywater residents of their renovated library and its recently landscaped pocket park. The Charmaine Neville Band and the NOCCA Jazz Band performed. Local food and drink included barbeque from The Joint, beer and wine from Bacchanal, and for dessert, Hubig’s Pies. Kids enjoyed the music as well as storytelling, balloons, and crafts.

The Alvar branch interior had been ruined by post-Katrina flooding and was renovated in a four-month “extreme makeover” organized by Library Journal in spring 2006. Donors from across America helped fund the renovation; publishers and vendors provided the books, CDs, and furniture. Major donors are recognized on a new plaque unveiled on October 13.

The exterior of the Alvar Branch and baloons from the event's major sponsor, Capitol One

Charmain Neville and her band provided the "jive" in Jump, Jive and Join In.

The NOCCA (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) Jazz Band jived too.

Our guests jumped and joined in.

Patrons joining in to the Alvar experience.

A young reader at Alvar.

Photographs Copyright 2007 Jackson Hill/

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