Kids can get involved in New Orleans Library events | entertainment/life

The Library is introducing a new monthly program to encourage early literacy and creative skills through free play using the most epic blocks you’ve ever seen.

The giant wooden blocks come in a variety of shapes, and library staff can ask the kids a variety of open-ended questions about what they’re building. This helps children develop storytelling skills and play techniques, two important skills they need to start reading.

Play is one of the five pillars of early literacy, the basic knowledge children need about reading and writing before they learn to read and write. The other pillars are speaking, singing, writing/painting to develop fine motor skills and finger muscles and reading aloud. The event is aimed at children up to the age of 5 and their carers.

The library hosts “block parties” at changing locations from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the third Friday of the month from February through February.

The first block party will be held on December 2nd at the Alvar Library, 913 Alvar St.

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

This program, designed for children ages 5-8 and their caregivers, focuses on conversations about healthy bodies, family, childbirth and celebrations.

The workshops will take place on December 1st from 4:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive. Places are limited and registration is required. Sign in at events.nolalibrary.org.

URBAN FICTION: The Library’s Urban Fiction Book Club is meeting at the Norman Mayer Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd. on December 3 from 3-4pm for a fun and open-minded 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. The January selection will be “Lady of the House” by EN Joy.

KWANZAA CELEBRATIONS: The New Orleans Public Library kicks off the Kwanzaa celebrations earlier this year with a free three-part financial literacy series to honor the holiday principle of Ujamaa, or cooperative farming.

The second workshop of the Financially Lit Lunch Hour workshop begins on December 6 at noon at the East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd. and is all about home ownership.

Registration is recommended and the first 20 participants will receive lunch. Visit events.nolalibrary.org 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 will run through 2023.

The December lecture is all about connecting cloud storage. Times and locations for the program are:

  • 2 p.m. December 7, Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave.
  • 3:00 p.m., December 15, Nora Navra Library, 1902 St. Bernard Ave.
  • 2 p.m., December 21, Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive
  • Noon Dec. 28, East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd.

TECHNOLOGY FOR EVERYONE: Anyone can stop by the main library at 219 Loyola Ave. between 1:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on December 6 to see the Best Buy Teen Tech Center. Normally only open to 13-18 year olds, the center is open to all ages on the first Tuesday of every month.

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

It’s loaded with gadgets like 3D printers, a green screen, a recording studio, virtual reality headsets, and more. See bbttc.nolalibrary.org for details.

Janet LeGros is the director of marketing and communications for the New Orleans Public Library.



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