Kids can be hands-on at New Orleans Library events | Entertainment/Life

The library is launching a new monthly program to promote early literacy and creativity skills through free play, using the most epic set of blocks you’ve ever seen.

The giant wooden blocks come in many shapes, and library staff can ask the children a variety of open-ended questions about what they are building. This helps children build narrative skills and play techniques, two important skills necessary for reading.

Play is one of the five pillars of early literacy, the basic knowledge of reading and writing children need before they learn to read and write. The other pillars are talking, singing, writing/drawing to build up fine motor skills and finger muscles and being read. The event is designed for children up to 5 years and their carers.

The library hosts “block parties” from 4 to 5 p.m. on the third Friday of the month through February at rotating locations.

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The first block party is at the Alvar Library, 913 Alvar St., on Dec. 2.

HIGH SEX EDUCATION: The New Orleans Public Library and Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast will host “Starting Early Conversations,” a two-part workshop series for families with early elementary students to discuss age-appropriate sex education resources.

This program, designed for children ages 5-8 and their caregivers, focuses on conversations around healthy bodies, families, birth and the holidays.

The workshops will be held from 4 to 5:45 p.m., Dec. 1, at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive. Space is limited and registration is required. Register at

URBAN FICTION: The library’s Urban Fiction Book Club will meet at the Norman Mayer Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd., from 3 to 4 p.m., Dec. 3 for a fun and open discussion of Carl Webber’s “The Man on the Run.”

The group meets on the first Saturday of each month, and new members are always welcome. January’s selection is “Lady of the House” by EN Joy.

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KWANZAA Holidays: The New Orleans Public Library is kicking off Kwanzaa celebrations early this year with a free three-part financial literacy series to honor the holiday’s principle of Ujamaa, or cooperative economics.

The Financial Spotlight Lunch Hour Workshop second workshop begins at noon Dec. 6 at the East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd., and is all about homeownership.

Registration is recommended, and lunch is provided for the first 20 participants. Visit to register.

ONLINE SKILLS: The New Orleans Public Library has partnered with the AARP Foundation, Older Adults Technology Services and the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library to present Digital Skills for Seniors 50+, a workshop series that runs through 2023.

In December’s lecture, it is about the connection of cloud storage. Times and locations for the program are:

  • 2 pm Dec. 7 Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave.
  • 3 p.m. Dec. 15, Nora Navra Library, 1902 St. Bernard Ave.
  • 2 p.m. Dec. 21, Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Vakanz Fuert
  • Noon Dec. 28, East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Reading Blvd.
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TECH FOR ALL: Anyone can stop by the main library, 219 Loyola Ave., between 1 and 5:30 p.m. Dec. 6 to check out the Best Buy Teen Tech Center. Normally only open to ages 13-18, the center is open to all ages on the first Tuesday of each month.

The center is a free makerspace where teenagers can have fun and develop skills, exploring their interests through hands-on, project-based learning.

It’s packed with gadgets like 3D printers, a green screen, recording studio, virtual reality headsets, and more. Details at

Janet LeGros is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the New Orleans Public Library.


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