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Career Online High School Earn an Accredited High School Diploma
The New Orleans Public Library is awarding scholarships to the Career Online High Schoolprogram, 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.

Teen Speak Teen Speak: A Poetry Writing Workshop Series for Teens
Local poet Delia Nakayama, through a generous grant from Poets & Writers, will host this 5 workshop poetry writing series for teens. Ms. Nakayama will introduce teens to American Haiku, the Five Senses, & Writing from Personal Experience, intermixed with group discussion/exchange and simple writing exercises. The workshops will also touch on the reading of works aloud. The syllabus will be fluid to accommodate the students' needs.
December 1, 8: 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Children's Resource Center
Created Equal Created Equal: Civil Rights Matter
As part of its Created Equal programming series, NOPL will host a screening of Freedom Riders, a PBS documentary about a diverse group of volunteers who risked being violently attacked while travelling into the segregated South to challenge the largely ignored 1961 U.S. Supreme Court decisions, which overturned racial segregation in interstate travel. Following the screening, a discussion about the similarities between the 1960s Civil Rights movement and the present-day Black Lives Matter movement will be led by Dr. Kathleen Fitzgerald, a visiting associate professor in Tulane University's Sociology Department.
December 3, 7 p.m.
East New Orleans Regional Library
AHC Assistance Affordable Health Care Act Assistance
Representatives of Cognosante, the Affordable Care Act navigators, will be present to help people with healthcare enrollment.
December 3, 10 & 17, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Alvar Library
Library Libations The Southern Food & Beverage Museum & The Museum of the American Cocktail Present . . .
Thirsty 1st Thursdays at the New Orleans Public Library
Please join us for a presentation from SoFAB's John & Bonnie Boyd Hospitality and Culinary Library. Learn about the Library and its treasure trove of menus, cookbooks, and myriad other food related items. Come thirsty, as we'll be creating and sharing a spirited holiday drink recipe.
December 3, 7 p.m.
Smith Library
Blind Date With a Book Blind Date With a Book
Great fun for the whole family, "Blind Date With a Book" is an event where books are covered in paper and you choose a book based on a short written description of its contents. All the fun of playing matchmaker (for yourself) and none of the awkwardness of a bad date! There will be light refreshments so come prepared to leave with a treat for your stomach and your brain!
December 5, 1 - 4 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
Holiday Fun Fest Holiday Fun Fest
Come join us for a day of holiday cheer with music, arts & crafts, games, refreshments, free children and teen books, and music by Bamboula 2000 and the Miles Berry Trio. Sponsored by the New Orleans Public Library Foundation.
December 5, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Children's Resource Center
Quilt Exhibit & Presentation Quilt Exhibit & Presentation
Cecilia Tapplette-Pedescleaux
The work of award-winning quilter Cecelia "Cely" Tapplette-Pedesclaux will be on exhibit from November 7 - December 7
Algiers Regional Library
Link here for more information on the artist and her work
Hour of Code Hour of Code
Join us and Tech Talent South for the largest learning event in history . . . The Hour of Code! Aspiring web developers and programmers of all ages are welcome to attend. The Tech Talent South team and alumni will be leading the sessions and will be on hand to help with questions. No experience needed. Open to all ages, 6 and up. (The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. One-hour tutorials are available in over 40 languages at
December 7, 8 & 9, 4 - 5 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
Author Visit Author Visit
A Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook: Recipes from Ignatius J. Reilly's New Orleans
Cynthia LeJeune Noble's A Confederacy of Dunces Cookbook offers recipes inspired by the delightfully commonplace and always delicious fare of Ignatius and his cohorts. Through an informative narrative and almost 200 recipes, Nobles explores the intersection of food, history, and culture found in the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, opening up a new avenue into New Orleans rich culinary traditions.
December 8, 6 p.m.
Smith Library
Jose Torres-Tama An Evening with José Torres-Tama, Performance Poet & Artist
Immigrant Dreams & Alien Nightmares is a debut collection that documents twenty-five years of José Torres-Tama's poetry in his unique bilingual voice. Labeled a "Permanent Resident Alien" during his entry into GringoLandia at the age of seven in 1968, he explores the psychic, physical, and open wounds of an Ecuadorian immigrant balancing two languages and cultures, challenging the United States to live up to its mythic ideals as the beacon of democracy.
December 8, 7 - 8:30 p.m. -- Alvar Library
January 7, 6:30 - 8 p.m. -- Keller Library & Community Center
How to get your writing published How to Get Your Writing Published
Author Tiffany Monique will teach prospective authors about the process of self-publishing and promoting one's own work.
December 9, 6 - 7 p.m.
Traditional Publishing
Authors Zack Bartlett, Cassie Pryun and Katy Simpson Smith will explain the process of submitting poetry, short stories, and novels to traditional publishing venues.
December 16, 5 - 7 p.m.
Norman Mayer Library
Creole World Author Talk and Book Signing
Richard Sexton, Creole World
Fine art and media photographer Richard Sexton will present images and stories from his latest work, Creole World: Photography of New Orleans and the Latin Caribbean Sphere. Published by The Historic New Orleans Collection, Creole World allows readers a visual exploration of the historical, cultural, and architectural ties that bind New Orleans to other Creole cities across Latin America and the Caribbean. Copies of the book will be available for check out and purchase.
December 9, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
Ghost Hunting 101 Ghost Hunting 101
Join David Laville, founder of the New Orleans Ghost Hunters, as he explains to you what ghosts are, techniques and equipment used for ghost hunting, and how to review evidence. Sponsored by the Friends of Hubbell Library.
December 9, 6:30 p.m.
Hubbell Library
Jingle All the Way Jingle All the Way
Come out and enjoy exciting events for the entire family!
December 10 - 21
Algiers Regional Library
Link here for the schedule of events
Wellness Forum Tiger Talks Wellness Forum
Members of LSU Health Sciences Center want to talk about wellness with you! On the 2nd Monday of each month, we'll discuss a health topic important to you. Get practical knowledge and join this interactive community conversation. Coffee will be served. Free and open to all ages - children under 10 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Health Screenings -- December 14, 1 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
Link here for more information on each program
504 Healthnet Information Table 504HealthNet Information Table
Come by and discuss your healthcare options with the folks from 504HealthNet, an association comprised of 22 non-profit and governmental organizations in the Greater New Orleans are who are active in helping residents access high quality health care in our community. They will be available to answer all your health insurance questions and help you navigate the Insurance Marketplace.
December 14, 1 - 2 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
Kit Wohl Big Easy Author Series
Kit Wohl
Kit Wohl is an award-winning writer, photographer, and artist. A lifelong food and win enthusiast, since 2005 she has authored twelve cookbooks that celebrate cuisine and her native New Orleans, including New Orleans Classic Creole Recipes and New Orleans Classic Cocktails. She will be discussing another of her classic cookbooks, New Orleans Classic Celebrations.
December 16, 7 p.m.
Algiers Regional Library
Marvin Allen Author Night at Nix
Marvin Allen, Magic in a Shaker
Marvin Allen, a bartender for the last 25 years, currently works at the Carousel Bar at Hotel Monteleone. His book, Magic in a Shaker: A Year of Spirited Libations, is a guide to mixing cocktails. Each chapter talks about a spirit, its history, and recipes pertaining to that spirit.
December 17, 7 p.m.
Nix Library
Sugar Plum Celebration Sugar Plum Celebration
Come join us as we celebrate the season with music, crafts, treats, cookie decorating, free children's and teen books, and a visit from a special guest. Sponsored by the New Orleans Public Library Foundation.
December 19, 12 - 2 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
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
Connect 2 Educate New Orleans Kids Partnership - Connect 2 Educate Resource Directory 2015
A digital copy of the Connect 2 Educate Resource Directory can be downloaded now, or printed copies will be available to pick up at all New Orleans Public Library locations beginning Saturday, September 26. This is a free comprehensive guide to programs for children and youth ages 0-18 in Greater New Orleans that features 84 free or low-cost community-based programs available to youth, regardless of where they stay or go to school, and 30 school-based programs available in partnership with specific schools across Greater New Orleans. For questions or feedback related to the Connect 2 Educate Resource Guide, please email or call (504) 655-0424.
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.
Support NOPL 20% on 20: Support New Orleans Public Library
New Orleans Public Library has been named the 20% on 20 partner for 2015 by local apparel and gift company Dirty Coast. On the 20th day of every month in 2015, 20% of all Dirty Coast product sales, both in store and online, will be donated to the Library. In case you’re not familiar with Dirty Coast, they specialize in fun, local, products featuring all things New Orleans – Mardi Gras, Music, Food, and on and on. You can check out their full line of products on their website,, or in either of their store locations, 5631 Magazine Street or 2121 Chartres Street. Buy on the 20th and support NOPL!

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