We hope you enjoy these
photographs of 2007 programs and other happenings at
New Orleans Public Library

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December 2007
Installation of the Alvar Post Katrina Renovation 2006 donor plaque is complete. The plaque is designed in the beautiful Art Deco style consistent with the historic architectural style of the building.
There was standing room only with an enthusiastic audience at the Alvar Branch as the Alvar Arts presented their holiday program, "An Evening of Music," with musicians (from left) Dave Rebeck, Helen Gillet, and Mark Bingham.
Justin Grisson and instructor Susan Kierr work on the Warrior Pose during the free youth yoga classes held every Tuesday in the Main Library's Children's Room.
An instructor from the New Orleans School of Cooking demonstrates how to make delicious Creole Vegetable Soup and Heart Healthy Jambalaya to an appreciative audience at the Hubbell Branch, December 19.
Students from Florida A&M University participated in a toy give away at the Alvar Branch on December 15. The pictures here show the students with happy kids from the Bywater neighborhood during the gift giveaway. [Link here for a photo showing the FAMU students, with Alvar staff member Marlene Pete.]
Americorps members handed out pop-up books on December 15 at the Main Library Children's Room and did storytime and crafts (a pop-up tree). Link here for a second photograph, showing Americorps members Shana Dukes and Adrian McGrath listening as a second-grader from Good Shepherd School reads aloud at the "Pop Up to the Children's Room" event.
The Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Co. donated 100 copies of Berthe Amoss' The Chalk Cross to the students of Einstein Charter School, which NOPL presented to the 5th and 6th graders on December 6 at a Meet the Author program, complete with activities and a personal appearance by Ms. Amoss. More than 100 students, teachers, schools staff and NOPL staff were in attendance. [Link here for another picture]
November 2007
Teens who filled out our teen user survey during Teen Read Week were eligible for gift certificates from Best Buy and an Ipod Nano. The winners of the prize drawing are in! Shown here is one of them, Martin Luther King School student Jasmine Joseph, age 12, who won $25 Best Buy gift certificate. With her are her teacher, Eric Johnson and MLK staff member Marlene Pete. Other winners were Dewanna Lewis, age 13, a Children's Resource Center user ($25 Best Buy gift certificate); Anna Giuritana, age 15, a patron at the Mid-City Branch ($50 Best Buy gift certificate) and Frank Thomas, age 12, who uses the Main Library (Ipod Nano). Thanks to all the teens who offered their ideas about NOPL and its services!
After listening to stories read by local author Patricia Austin, children at the Alvar Branch participated in singing and dancing as part of the celebration of Children's Book Week.
The Tom Dent Literary Festival took place at the New Orleans Public Library November 1-3, 2007. The three day event included an Authors Showcase, Storytelling with Angela the Yarnspinner and a Saturday afternoon Forum. The program was sponsored by the African American Resource Center with a grant from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and the generous support of the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library. Here City Librarian Donna Schremser welcomes all to the start of the festival at the Authors Showcase. [Link here for more photographs]
On November 2, the second day of the Tom Dent Literary Festival, nearly 100 second graders showed up to hear Angela the Yarnspinner weave her magical tale. [Link here for more photographs]
The seventh annual Tom Dent Forum, November 3, was led by Louisiana researcher, Barbara Trevigne. Trevigne discussed the life and works of the late writer and historian, Marcus Christian. The audience learned of the magnitude of research Christian produced, much of which is housed at the Earl K Long library at the University of New Orleans, and got a glimpse into his life through Trevigne's interviews with individuals who knew him as well as Chrisitan's correspondence and his research. [Link here for more photographs]
The Nix Branch celebrated Children's Book Week on November 16 with a storytime by Coleen Salley, author of the Epossumondas series of children's books. The kids listening are from St. Andrew's Episcopal School.
Author and WWL-TV producer Mikel Schaefer talked to the audience at the Hubbell Library about his book Lost in Katrina, which recounts the stories of St. Bernard Parish during Hurricane Katrina. The November 16 program was one of the Hubbell Library's continuing "Author Nights."
Nicolo Whimsey (aka Nick Newlin) visited New Orleans from his Washington DC base. On November 8, he donated a performance of juggling, singing, and whimsy. The show was attended by the second and third graders from the Good Shepherd School and a host of small fry from the Upper Room Bible Academy. Later that afternoon, Nicolo shared his juggling abilities with New Orleans kids. [Link here for a picture of the afternoon program.] We think that they've got talent. Whimsey is a Washington, DC-based performer who donated his show and this workshop to the New Orleans Public Library.
October 2007
The Main Library Children's Room held its annual Not So Scary Halloween Party on Halloween. Our small guests Trick-or-Treated throughout the library and had fun with crafts in the Children's Room. [Click here and here for a couple more pictures]
On October 20, 2007, the African American Resource Center presented a scrapbook workshop at the Main Library. Library Associate Greer Rolland gave an informative lecture on the history of scrapbooking before demonstrating ways in which to preserve family photos and memorabilia. Link here for more photographs.
On October 15 at the Hubbell Branch, as part of Teen Read Week: LOL @Your Library, performer Frank Levy taught a class of teens from Martin Behrman Elementary all about The History of Humor.
The Alvar Branch had a second re-opening event on October 13, when Capital One sponsored “Jump, Jive, and Join In,” a celebration among Bywater residents of their renovated library and its recently landscaped pocket park. Link here for more photographs.
[Photograph © 2007 Jackson Hill]
NOPL Board Chair Irvin Mayfield introduces NOPL's new Director, Donna Schremser, at a reception in her honor, held on October 11 at the Latter Branch.
[Photograph © 2007 Jackson Hill]
On October 5, more than two years after Hurricane Katrina reduced it to rubble, the Martin Luther King Jr. Branch returned triumphantly to its home in the Lower Ninth Ward's Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School for Science and Technology. Cutting the ribbon are (from left) NOPL Foundation member Ruth McCusker, State Representative Charmaine Marchand, Councilmember Cynthia Willard-Lewis, NOPL Director Donna Shremser, NOPL Board Chairman Irvin Mayfield. Link here for more photographs.
[Photograph © 2007 Tracie Morris Schaefer]
September 2007
On Septmber 21, NOPL hosted the Hooked on Phonics Giveaway Event. Several area schools and organizations will receive product donations as a part of this initiative.
Charlotte Bocage, representing the Southern California Genealogical Society, presented a donation of genealogical books and out-of-state genealogy periodicals to the Louisiana Division. With Charlotte, looking over our welcome new additions, is Louisiana Division staff member Greg Osborn.
Participating in JumpStart's "Read for the Record" program, NOPL staff member Valerie Hawkins read The Story of Ferdinand with children at Kids World daycare.
NOPL's Director, Donna Schremser, accepts a donation of a complete set of Harry Potter books from Ernest B. Fleishman, Senior Vice-President of Education for Scholastic, at the Martin Luther King Branch, September 12. Link here for more photographs.
Young library patrons Marlon and Meagan pose with their friend Ava and Ava's owner, Susan Drongowski, during LanY.A.P. on Saturday morning. Ava comes at 10:30 am to listen to children read aloud.
At the NOPL Board of Directors meeting on September 18, Board Chair Irvin Mayfield presented a certificate of appreciation to retiring board member Marge Sherrod. Mrs. Sherrod has served on the NOPL Board since 1991.
Theo and Leona from the PBS television series Between the Lions shared their love of reading with New Orleans kids at the Main Library Auditorium on September 8, 2007. Every child received a gift from WGBH as well as a once-in-a-lifetime reading lesson. Link here for more photographs.
August 2007
Author and Actress Victoria Rowell visited the Main Library on August 28 to discuss her new book, The Women Who Raised Me. The program was hosted by the African American Resource Center of the New Orleans Public Library and Community Book Center. Link here for more photographs.
Following Hurricane Katrina, First Book, a national organization that distributes books to those in need, developed the Gulf Coast Initiative to place 5 million books in libraries and institutions and into the hands of people across the Gulf Coast. On August 21st we celebrated the acquisition of the 5 millionth book distributed through this program at the Main Library in New Orleans. Individuals from Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana were on hand to recognize the milestone. Members of the Soul Rebels brass band welcomed all to the New Orleans Public Library for this special event. Link here for more photographs.
The Bywater Cultural Committee, the organizers of Alvar Art Night, was honored by the Marianite Bywater Project for service to the Bywater community in its recovery efforts. The ceremony, held at the Holy Angels Center, recognized the work of individuals and groups in the Ninth Ward neighborhood who have made a difference in the quality of life of its residents. The ceremony was accompanied by music and a reception. The award was then presented to Mary Ann Marx, the branch manager of the Alvar Library, by the Bywater Cultural Committee, for permanent display. Link here to see the award. Alvar Art Night will resume its season of programs beginning in October with a focus on literature, visual art, music, film, fashion and other disciplines.
July 2007
On July 7, NOPL celebrated the upcoming release of the final Harry Potter book with a Harry Potter Party in the Children's Room at Main. The party drew several costume contest entries. Every child received a prize. Click here for more!
Harry Potter band The Remus Lupins rocked the library as part of NOPL's Harry Potter day on July 7.
June 2007
On June 23, 2007, the African American Resource Center along with REACH 2010 at the Heart of New Orleans hosted a men's health program. Guests received information on a variety of illnesses that disproportionately affect African American men, had their blood pressure checked, talked to a Walgreens pharmacist and attended a book talk on cancer led by the authors of the book, You Have Cancer. Counselors from Louisiana Spirit were also on hand to talk about stress and health facilities available in the state. Members of Omega Psi Phi fraternity served as core volunteers for the program.
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A new mother receives her baby and the literacy kit from the New Orleans Public Library at Touro Infirmary. During 2007, 400 literacy kits are being distributed at Touro to the mothers of newborns. This project was funded by a Target Local Community Giving Grant. [Photo by Michael Palumbo]
Children gathered around Mama Saba on June 5 for the first Summer Reading Program activity at the Alvar library. They enjoyed a delightful story told by Mama Saba about the importance of listening to their parents. The children tried their hand at twirling the plates as they were entertained by JoJo the Clown who performed acts of magic, slight of hand tricks and puppetry.
On June 13, Stefan Lyon and his parents visited the Children’s Room at Main. Stefan lives in San Francisco and is raising money for a school in Kenya. He has written a book about his adventures with his pet white rat, Stitch, and the proceeds go to support the school in Kenya. Stefan was in New Orleans to present his story to schools and stopped by to deliver copies of the book for the Library. Posing with Stefan and his parents are K. G. Wilkins, Children’s Room Librarian, and library patrons Kendra, Jasmine, Teana, and Tyazia. Stephan’s website: www.stefanlyon.com.
May 2007
Joshua Clark, editor of Louisiana in Words, entertains the crowd at Hubbell Library. This event, on May 20, was the first of a monthly series of author receptions that will take place as part of the Centennial Celebrations honoring Hubbell Library's 100 years in Algiers Point.
The Kids Care Club and Student Council of Royle Elementary School in Darien, Connecticut collected, packed, and shipped 60 boxes of books to the New Orleans Public Library. Most of the books were children’s books, and many were brand new. In May, the Children’s Room staff sorted through the donations and added hundreds of books to the Library. Other books were selected to be given out to Summer Reading Program participants. The Darien school also made bookmarks and posters that were sent with the books. In the picture: Paulette Clay, Children’s Room Librarian K. G. Wilkins (holding bookmarks), and Henri Fourroux.
One of the 40 fleur de lis created for the "Fleur de lis Fore!Kids" program has been placed in front of the Children's Resource Center at 913 Napoleon Ave. The sculpture is titled "Princess Zulu and Little Chief" and was specially designed by children's book illustrators and local artists Kenny Harrison and Lisa Cohen. The sculpture will remain in place through October. (Here's the other side.) To view the locations of the other 39 fleur de lis, go to www.artscouncilofneworleans.org.
Kickoff for the Summer Reading Program held at the Latter library included staff members KG Wilkins and Joy Watts, together with an AmeriCorps volunteer tending the registration table. This year's theme "Book a Trip" was complimented by miniature flags and posters from around the world. Other activities included free snowballs, kettle popcorn, face painting and pony rides. Jazz trumpeter Irvin Mayfield delighted the audience with a special performance. Ben's Readers conducted a story time and contributed $3,000.00 for the purchase of new children's materials.
Rodney Baxter receives a certificate of completion from JoAnn Allen, Library Associate, African American Resource Center, during the closing ceremony of the Homework Center on May 17. Six students came to the AARC from Monday through Thursday during the 2006-2007 school year to get help with homework and enhancements in math, reading and English.

Through Au Pair in America, au pairs in the Northeast raised funds for New Orleans Public Library through yard sales and donation requests. Local Au Pair in America representative Beryl B. Greco (on right) presented a check for $770 to NOPL Foundation representative (and former NOPL staffer) Kris Pottharst.
April 2007
Volunteers filled 400 give-away bags for new parents at Touro Infirmary on April 11. Bags containing a library card application, a board book, a ducky washcloth, and an informative literacy brochure will be given to all the New Orleans-based new moms at Touro. Our volunteers (left to right): Marguerite Florent, Landry Couvillion, Dorsee Underwood, and Delia Mercado. This program is underwritten by a Target Community Giving Grant to the New rleans Public Library.
Ron Biava, NOPL Foundation, and Rica Trigs, Coordinator of Administration, were presented with a check from Frank Glaviano, Vice President of Production-Americas, Shell, to support the Summer Reading Program, Teen Read Week, Children's Bookmobile, and the Children's Resource Center.
Hubbell Library's Story Time with Miss Desha on Monday mornings at 10 am is a fun way to start your week!
February 2007
Black History Month, 2007. Dr. Evangeline Franklin, Director of Clinical Services for the City of New Orleans Health Department, talked about being prepared overall for an emergency at a noon time lecture on February 16 at the Main Library. Click here to get pointers from Dr. Franklin’s discussion.
Black History Month, 2007. Dr. Kevin Stephens, Director of the City of New Orleans Health Department, talked about ways to fight depression at a noon time lecture on February 9 at the Main Library. Click here to get pointers from Dr. Stephens’s discussion.
Black History Month, 2007. Dr. Sandra Robinson, Assistant Director of the City of New Orleans Health Department, talked about developing healthy eating habits at a noon time lecture on February 2 at the Main Library. Click here to get pointers from Dr. Robinson’s discussion.
Black History Month, 2007. Linda Marshall Hill , Supervisor, Main Public Services for the New Orleans Public Library (r), and Valencia Hawkins, Head, African American Resource Center and Chair, NOPL Black History Committee (l), thank Dr. Kevin Stephens for his presentation and for partnering with the library to produce the noon time lectures.
Black History Month, 2007. Several programs offering information on stroke, panic attacks and HIV awareness were planned in conjunction with Dr Cheryl Taylor, Director of REACH 2010 at the Heart of New Orleans. Here Dr Taylor introduces Mr. Anthony Hollins of the Samuel D. Proctor Conference.
Black History Month, 2007. Mr. Anthony Hollins of the Samuel D. Proctor Conference is used to speaking to young people about AIDS and HIV prevention. Here he offers poignant information on AIDS and HIV prevention to young adults attending the HIV and AIDS awareness program held at Main on February 3.
Black History Month, 2007. National Board members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, NOPL staff members, Lower ninth ward residents and friends and supporter of the Dr. Martin Luther King Charter School of Science and Technology gathered at the school on February 14th to recognize the return of the school and library to the community during the SCLC's 50th anniversary celebration. NOPL participated by sharing over 300 paperback copies of Frederick Douglas's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas and Booker T. Washington's Up From Slavery with students of the King School. Later nearly 100 balloons were set free to sail among the devastated neighborhood.
Black History Month, 2007. Students at the Children's Resource Center enjoyed African folk tales as told by noted storyteller Adella, Adella the Storyteller. As part of the library's Black History celebration, Adella entertained young patrons of the CRC and Nix branches on February 15th and 16th.
Andrea Ely of the Children's Room staff made this gorgeous "Library" Mardi Gras shoebox float in February. The Krewe of Dewey rides a shoebox covered in tiny children's books. It is a classified float, with "fiction" and "non-fiction" and "Mystery and "Biography" clearly labeled. The float itself will be on permanent display at the Children's Room. The Children's Room has a tradition of displaying shoebox floats. Examples from previous years are included in the "Parade Season" window display by the Tulane Avenue entrance.
During February, Paulette Clay, the Children's Room AARP trainee, has been conducting a "living history" demonstration of how Mardi Gras Indian costumes are constructed. She has made several beaded, sequined, and feathered masks using the traditional time-consuming techniques. Such pieces are then assembled into a several large pieces that become the annual costume of a Mardi Gras Indian. The library has a finished suit on display in the front stairs lobby. Look for more details to come.
January 2007
Black History Month, 2007. Civil Rights Activist and Culture Keeper Jerome Smith of Tambourine and Fan was the keynote speaker for the library's Martin Luther King program held at the Main library on January 11.
Black History Month, 2007. Students of St Augustine High School Jazz Ensemble began the library's Martin Luther King celebration with the song, We Shall Overcome. Later the students played a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday Dr King in honor of the day's celebration.
Black History Month, 2007. Members of the Black History Committee and African American Resource Center talk with Mr. Smith following the program. (l-r) Errin Levingston, Marlene Pete, Jerome Smith, Valencia Hawkins, JoAnn Allen.
Black History Month, 2007. Jerome Smith is greeted by members of the local Martin Luther King Holiday Planning Commission. (l-r) Josie LaCour, executive member, Martin Luther King Holiday Planning Commission; Jerome Smith, keynote speaker and Director of Tambourine and Fan; Valencia Hawkins, Head, African American Resource Center and Chair of the library's Black History Committee; Mrs. Wynette Thompson, Chair of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC); Dr. Elliot Willard, Chair of the Education Committee of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and executive committee member of the M. L. King Holiday Planning Commission; Rev. Charles Bickham, Director of Neighborhood Services & Special Projects for Council District E and member, SCLC; Rev. Helen Burris, member of the SCLC; and Rev. Simmie Lee Harvey, Co-Chair of the Martin Luther King Holiday Planning Commission and Louisiana State President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

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