We hope you enjoy these
photographs of 2012 programs and other happenings at
New Orleans Public Library

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June 2012
Teen Docents from the Ogden Museum travel to libraries, schools and camps this summer with a puppet show all about some of the Ogden Museum’s most notable artwork. The show came to the King Branch on June 17. The docents each chose a favorite painting from the museum and created a story — and whimsical puppets — based on the themes of the painting. The show, which includes six short performances, is a fun and accessible way for younger children to engage with the Ogden’s art, as skits including music, dancing and audience participation bring paintings to colorful, three-dimensional life.
At the Nix Branch on June 26, staff members Joy and Charlotte hosted a Fancy Nancy Soiree for young ladies.
Irwin Royes, the World's Smallest Magician came to perform amazing feats of magic, delighting Alvar's patrons young and old on June 26.
On June 20, the lucky kids at Alvar had a visit from New Orleans Zephyrs mascot Boudreaux who listened to a story about playing baseball with them and spread cheer and team spirit throught the Alvar branch. Go Zephyrs!
At Alvar's Summer Reading Program crafts on June 16, some of our younger patrons made cute and imaginative owl hand puppets out of paper bags.
The June Louisiana Bicentennial Program on Jazz and Blues featured Estelle Campagne and the Uptown Beaux at Nix on June 15th.
For the Summer Reading Program, Sally Farrell brought her live Birds of Prey to Nix on June 14th.
At Alvar on June 14th and the kids had a great time cutting apart old stuffed animals and learning to sew them back together in hitherto unimagined combinations -- called "frankentoys"!
On June 9th, the Alvar Branch had a bat storytime and children got to make their own construction paper bats to take home.
Perennial Summer Reading Program favorite Sally Farrell brought her Live Birds of Prey to the Smith Branch on June 11.
The Audubon Zoomobile came to Mid-City for the first Summer Reading Program on June 7th.
Nix started off the Summer Reading Program with I Dream of Pirates on June 6th. Joy read pirate stories and the kids made Jolly Roger flags and skull bracelets.
We kicked off the 2012 Summer Reading Program on June 2 with a huge celebration at the Latter Branch, complete with storytelling, face painting, cool treats, a giant bubble machine, and, of course, sign-ups for the program.
May 2012
Ms. Pete, Libary Associate at the King Branch, made a wonderful display wall for the Martin Luther King School's first class of graduating Seniors. Each sparkling graduation hat is in honor of a graduating Senior MLK Student.
King Library staff members, Elizabeth Granzow and Kris Ford, made a "Graduation Tree" in honor of New Orleans' 2012 high school senior graduates, and in VERY special honor of the MLK School's first graduating class of seniors.
To celebrate Children’s Book Week, Cecilia Dartez, author of the "Jenny Giraffe" books, read to the first graders of St Andrew’s Episcopal School at the Nix Branch.
On May 8th, in celebration of Children's Book Week 2012, author Anthony Melancon visited the King Library and read from his book Mrs. Cora's Clothespins. After story time, kids made adorable and useful little clothespin alligators.
In honor of Children's Book Week 2012, the King Library hosted a free Visionworks vision screening and glasses voucher program for local children on May 8th.
King Library staff members, Elizabeth Granzow & Kris Ford, prepare for the 2012 NOPL Summer Reading program at a Summer Reading Program Workshop. Here they are pictured with their very creative demonstration paper bag owl craft projects.
April 2012
For the Nix Branch's April Count the Whatever Contest, there was a tie. Both young Isaac Davis and John Landrum guessed 108 frogs in the jar out of a possible 109. Since April is both National Frog Month and National Kite Month they each won a kite.
Poet Lee Grue spoke during the Alvar Branch's Poetry Forum on April 28, 2012. Afterwards, patrons shared their own poetry with attendees.
On April 25th , the kindergarten of St Joan of Arc came in for a special storytime devoted to fairy tales and rhymes. Among other stories they got multiple versions of "Three Little Pigs" and "An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly."
At the Central City Branch Library on April 25, a musician from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied Miss Aleta during storytime with a demonstration and short performance for the Mahalia Jackson Elementary School students and the TCA Headstart students.
AARGh, On April 24th, St. Andrew’s pre-K came to the Nix Branch for stories of salty pirates. After several pirate tales, the kids drew treasure maps and made themselves skull and crossbones bracelets.
The Mayor, with help from library, city, and community representatives, cut the ribbon to open the East New Orleans Library on April 12 and later shared a good read with some of the kids from the East.
Rain pushed the grand opening of the Robert E. Smith Library indoors, but nothing could dampen the spirits of the patrons who welcomed the full-fledged return of NOPL to Lakeview.
On April 20, a proud and happy Charles Brown, NOPL Executive Director, welcomed patrons to the newly opened Norman Mayer Library.
Surrounded by other dignitaries and public officials, Mayor Mitch Landrieu cut the ribbon to open the doors of the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center on April 17.
On April 17, kids from the Edgar P. Harney Spirit of Excellence Academy made a field trip to Latter for a storytime about library/book-themed books. Afterwards, the kids made animal masks in honor of one of the storytime books -- Wild About Books -- about a bookmobile going to the zoo and teaching all the animals to love books.
Main Library hosted an E-Book Fair for National Library Week. Patrons came to see a variety of tablets and e-readers in use, and to learn about free library e-books from experienced staff who are e-book fans themselves.
At the Edible Book Festival at Alvar on April 14, participants competed to create something "bookish" made completely of food. Two of the winners were for (at left) Love in the Thyme of Cauliflower (Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez) and Infinite Zest (Infinite Jest by David Wallace).
On April 13, the Louisiana Division celebrated the release of the 1940 Federal Census with a program on how to use this new genealogical resource and a party, with period food and music and staff and participants dressed for the occasion. The archivists came dressed as a census taker and as good old Uncle Sam.
Storyteller Ms. Christine held a special ribbon cutting ceremony for the children of the newly opened Norman Mayer Branch Library in Gentilly.
On April 19, Elizabth Granzow presented and AMAZING "shapes" story time to a group of children at the King Library.
Children enjoyed the Easter Egg Hunt and Storytime at the Alvar Branch on April 7.
For the Nix Branch's annual celebration of National Frog Month, the 2nd graders of St Andrew’s came in for frog stories and a frog craft. Joy read several frog stories and then the kids made their frog visors.
March 2012
King's story teller, Ms. Elizabeth, reads Harold & the Purple Crayon to children on March 22.
St. Andrew’s kindergarten came to Nix on March19th to help us celebrate National Pig Month and Porky Pig’s Birthday. Joy read pig stories and the kids created their own little pigs.
As part of Teen Tech Week, the teens celebrated Teen Game Night with PS2, Guitar Hero, and DDR at the Central City Branch on March 8.
On March 7, K. G. Wilkins (Grumpy) and Adele Marrs (Sam I Am) performed Green Eggs and Ham for a large audience of pre-schoolers at the Main Library Auditorium as part of the Library’s Read Across America celebration.
Mr. Quintron, local inventor and 9th Ward musician, visited the King Branch Library in celebration of Teen Tech Week, 2012, on March 7th. Mr. Quintron displayed his light-activated Theramin Drum Machine, "The Drum Buddy," to MLK students and other Lower 9th Ward patrons. Teens enthusiastically volunteered to be a part of Mr. Quintron's electricity demonstration.
February 2012
The Nix Branch's February “Count the Whatever Contest” winner was Kevin Merlin. Shown here with his family for National Chocolate Lover’s Month he guessed 202 chocolates out of a possible 211 in the jar. He won a box of chocolates.
At the Central City Branch Library on February 29, a musician from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied Miss Aleta during storytime with a demonstration and short performance for the Mahalia Jackson Elementary School students and the TCA Headstart students.
The Central City Branch Library held a Video Game Day on February 23. The children of Central City enjoyed X Box and PS3 Dance Revolution.
On February 8th, King's story teller, Ms. Elizabeth, read children a book about the jungle. The kids learned that even lady bugs live in the jungle. After their jungle story time, Ms. Elizabeth helped kids figure out what kind of "wild thing" they might be.
The Nix Branch celebrated Black History Month with the 3rd grade class of St Andrew’s. Joy read the story Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold and had a discussion of the artist and her works. The kids then created, out of paper, their own story quilts of one of their memories. They each received a free book afterwards.
On February 2, the New Orleans C.H.A.T Project provided free AIDS testing at the Central City Branch Library as part of the Black History Month celebration.
January 2012
On January 25th, King staff member Elizabeth Granzow created and directed a Rosa Parks skit/storytime, performed for King Library patrons and MLK School students. Marlene Pete starred as Rosa Parks, James Gile played the bus driver, and Ms. Granzow played the police officer. Young audience participants played the crowded patrons at the back of the bus. It was a great time and a wonderful skit! Afterwards, Ms. Granzow read a book about Rosa Parks to a large audience of young children.
MLK School young adult boys gathered in the King Library to join in a program by C.H.A.T. CHAT visited the King Library on January 24th to discuss sex-ed issues. This program was brought to the King Library by the NOPL's Black History Celebration committee. Young adult girls from King also participated in the C.H.A.T. program on January 25.
On January 23, in celebration of the Chinese New Year, Year of the Dragon, the first graders of St Andrew’s came in for stories and a craft.
Freddi Williams Evans talked about her children's book The Battle of New Orleans: The Drummer's Story at Hubbell Library's Author Night on January 17, 2012.
At the Central City Branch Library on January 4 and 25, a musician from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied Miss Aleta during storytime with a demonstration and short performance for the Mahalia Jackson Elementary School students and the TCA Headstart students.
MLK School students and public patrons at the King Branch Library watched Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech during their MLK Day 2012 story time. The children also participate in a story time craft with King's story teller, Ms. Elizabeth, on MLK Day 2012.
The Gentilly Branch's storyteller, Miss Christine, read from Barack Obama's "Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters" and afterward each child wrote a letter to someone they love.
King staff members, Oriane Debiez, Elizabeth Granzow, and Kris Ford designed a wonderful display of famous Black women to celebrate January's Women's History Month at the King Branch.
The Nix Branch's January 2012 Count the Whatever Contest had a tie again. For National Hot Tea Month both Theresa Taylor (shown here) and Susan Davis correctly guessed 48 tea bags in the jar to each win a selection of teas.
The Nix Branch's "Secret Gardener" was busy over the holidays. She planted a row of cyclamen in front of the building. Thanks!

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Updated 6/27/2012