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Happy Independence Day!
All New Orleans Public Library locations will be closed on
Friday, July 3, and Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

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 329 Julia Street. Buy on the 20th and support NOPL!

Summer Reading Program 2015 Summer Reading Program 2015
New Orleans Public Library’s 2015 Super Hero themed Summer Reading Program offers something for everyone! Each of our 14 library locations will host events for children, teens and adults throughout June and July. Children and teens who read 8 books or 800 pages will receive special rewards.
  To sign up, visit any library location or link here: Summer Reading Program Sign Up
  Link here for: Children’s Event Schedule, Teens' Event Schedule, Adults' Event Schedule
  Link here for the Adult Summer Reading Program Writing Contest

Mecca: Art Exhibit Mecca: Art Exhibit & Opening Reception
Algiers Regional Library is showcasing the work of local artist MECCA in July and August. Malaika "Mecca" Burke is a Guyanese born artist. She was raised in New Jersey and graduated with a degree in Illustration before moving to New Orleans in 2009. She now works full time as a tattoo artist and painter.
On exhibit: July 1 - August 31
Opening Reception: July 8, 3 p.m.

Algiers Regional Library
Navigating the Historic Times Picayune Navigating the Historic Times-Picayune
Have you ever wondered . . . Was your great-grandfather in the newspaper? What happened on Mardi Gras in 1900? The cost of Saints season tickets in 1967? Then join us to learn about the Historic Times-Picayune database, 1837-1988. We will discuss searching techniques and strategies to help you get the most out of your research.
July 11, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Main Library
You can Win at the Pay-Gap Game You Can Win at the Pay-Gap Game
Join Jessica Rareshide of Rare Insights, LLC to find out how everyone can get the pay they deserve.
July 11, 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Algiers Regional Library
board games All Ages Board Game Night
Come one come all to Smith Library's first ever All Ages Board Game Night. We will playing fun and exciting board games such as; Pandemic: Contagion, and the classic Werewolf, among others. Gamers of all skill levels are invited. Those under the age of 12 should be accompanied by a guardian.
July 11, 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Robert E. Smith Library
Acting Workshop TV, Film, & Commercial Acting Workshop with Sonia Lopez
In this Hollywood South how-to, you'll learn how to book acting jobs, turn your creative spirit into a successful audition, meet and secure an agent, use improvisation in an audition, and bring a script to life. Build self esteem, confidence, and public speaking skills while performing film, TV, and commercial scripts. Workshops include on-camera work. Beginners to professionals welcome. Reservations required. Call 504 596-2660 or email
July 11, 2 - 3:30 p.m. (For Kids, ages 5 - 15)
July 18, 2 - 4 p.m. (For Teens & Adults, ages 16+)
Keller Library & Community Center
Scratch Scratch Coding Workshop for T(w)eens
T(w)eens ages 9-14 are invited to a 2 hour, basic Scratch computer coding workshop with Jaelle Scheuerman of New Orleans Women in Technology. Space is limited! In order to reserve a spot, please come with a parent IN PERSON to the front desk at Smith Library to sign up. Unfortunately, we can not take reservations over the phone.
July 15, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Robert E. Smith Library
She Makes Comics She Makes Comics: Documentary Screening & Discussion
She Makes Comics traces the fascinating history of women in the comics industry. Despite popular assumptions about the comics world, women have been writing, drawing, and reading comics since the medium’s beginnings in the late 19th century. And today, there are scores of women involved in comics and its vibrant fan culture. Featuring dozens of interviews with such vital figures as Ramona Fradon, Trina Robbins, Raina Telgemeier, Karen Berger, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and G. Willow Wilson, She Makes Comics is the first film to bring together the most influential women of the comics world. Refreshments will be served. For Teens and Adults, 13+
July 16, 7 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
Miki Pfeffer Author Night at Nix
Miki Pfeffer, Southern Ladies and Suffragists
Miki Pfeffer holds a Ph.D. in Urban History and is a visiting scholar at Nicholls State University. Southern Ladies and Suffragists: Julia Ward Howe and Women’s Rights at the 1884 New Orleans World’s Fair follows a lively cast of women at the 1884 World’s Fair in New Orleans as they struggle through controversies to showcase their industry, arts, science, and inventions. Wine and cheese will be served.
July 16, 7 p.m.
Nix Library
St. Julian Eymard NOPL and the Algiers Historical Society Present . . .
Principal Nick Dean of Crescent Leadership Academy
Principal Nick Dean of Crescent Leadership Academy will discuss the academy's recent purchase of the decade-long shuttered, former St. Julian EYMARD property at the rear of Behrman park. Mr. Dean will discuss the significance of the academy's move from the 9th Ward to Algiers and how the reanimation of the St. Julian EYMARD property has subsequently breathed new life into the academy. The main classroom building and front office/cafeteria have primarily been repaired. The next steps are to renovate and re-purpose the church and rectory, to continue to revitalize ties with the community and create opportunities for their students. Crescent Leadership Academy is a Type 5 Charter School for expulsion students, under the authorization of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE).
July 18, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Algiers Regional Library
Inkheart Smith Book to Movie Night: Inkheart
Come enjoy a classic brought to life at Book to Movie Night. Popcorn and soda provided. Seating is limited.
July 18, 6 p.m.
Robert E. Smith Library
Chess Club Chess Club
Join us for monthly sessions that include learning how to play chess and compete in tournaments. Sessions will be held in the upstairs Teen Room and are open to ages 12-18.
Every 3rd Monday (beginning July 20), 5 p.m.
East New Orleans Regional Library
Our Own Private Peauxdunque Our Own Private Peauxdunque
Featuring Maurice Carlos Ruffin, Terri Shrum, and Tad Bartlett of the Peauxdunque Writers Alliance. Join us for readings, wine, and other refreshments. For adults, 21+.
July 23, 6 - 8 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
Sazerac History of the Cocktail Series
Each month Smith Library will be exploring the history of a different cocktail and its impact on New Orleans and the world. We discuss its creation, and its impact followed by a brief demonstration and tasting. All patrons must be 21 and over to attend.
July 25, 5 p.m.
Robert E. Smith Library
French Quarter French Quarter Architecture
Join Becky Smith from the Historic New Orleans Collection as she gives an illustrated survey of French Quarter architecture from the founding of the city in 1718 to the mid-20th century.
July 30, 6:30 p.m.
Hubbell Library
Creole Series Part II Creole Series: Part II
Creoles in New Orleans
Join Gregory Osborn of NOPL's Louisiana Division to discover the unique history of Creoles from Louisiana, particularly New Orleans. Learn about who they were -- where they lived, how they earned their livings, what language they spoke, what their day-to-day lives were like – and about who they are today.
July 30, 7 p.m.
Nix Library
Galveston Storm The Great Galveston Storm 1900
This presentation on one of the most devastating hurricanes in United States history includes a general discussion of hurricanes and the history of their study, the burgeoning city of Galveston – once called the “New York of the Gulf,” the storm itself, and Isaac Cline, the meteorologist who put his faith in science over nature, learning a terrible lesson. He would redeem himself years later in New Orleans.
August 6, 5 p.m.
Robert E. Smith Library
Southeast Louisiana Food NOPL and the Algiers Historical Society Present . . .
Addie & Jeremy Martin
Co-authors Addie & Jeremy Martin will speak on the development of what we think of as "Cajun" culture today owes a great deal to the fisheries industries. Furthermore, the identity of what it is to be a Cajun has largely become tied up with life on the water. Without the fisheries, Southeast Louisiana--and the cultures and cuisines that call it home--would be very different. This intriguing presentation explores the ways in which the fisheries shaped the food, culture, language, and economics of the coastal Cajun people and their homeland of Southeast Louisiana. Their book is Southeast Louisiana Food: A Seasoned Tradition.
August 15, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Algiers Regional Library
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
BIA Events Events Sponsored by the . . .
Broadmoor Improvement Association at the Keller Library & Community Center
  Computer 1091
This class will provide a strong foundation to computer beginners in a comfortable, no-stress environment. Registration required (504 821-6633)
Beginning May 7, 3:30 - 5 p.m.
Turn the Page
A collaborative effort to make New Orleans the most literate city in America by 2018.
For more information on Turn the Page, visit

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