All NOPL locations will be closed on January 23 for an annual all-staff meeting.
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Support NOPL 20% on 20: Support New Orleans Public Library
New Orleans Public Library 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 youíre not familiar with Dirty Coast, they specialize in fun, local, products featuring all things New Orleans Ė 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!

2015 Paul Robeson Acting Competition Black History Month 2015
2015 Paul Robeson Acting Competition
Each student must select a person from Black History and then write and perform an original monologue of up to 5 minutes pertaining to that Black historical figure. Open to all students in Orleans Parish ages 12 - 19.
February 28, 1 p.m.   (Register by February 25)
Main Library
Link here for registration and competition workshop information (page 2)
Career Workshop Series Career Workshop Series
With Jessica Rareshide, Certified Personnel Consultant and Certified Staffing Professional. These workshops will provide the strategies and techniques to find the right job and career for you.
January 22 - May 28
Various Locations
Link here for more information, dates, times, and locations
Slavery By Another Name Documentary Screening & Discussion
Slavery By Another Name: Past & Present
A screening of the PBS documentary, Slavery By Another Name, followed by a discussion led by Laura Murphy, Loyola University Assistant Professor and Director of the Modern Slavery Project
January 22, 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center
1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
For more information, call the Nix Library (504 596-2630)
Affordable Care Act Affordable Care Act
The New Orleans Marketplace Team will be on hand to answer your questions about the Affordable Care Act. The Marketplace, part of the Affordable Care Act, is a tool to help you find insurance that is right for you an an affordable price.
January 24, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Algiers Regional Library
January 26, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. -- Alvar Library
January 31, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Keller Library & Community Center
Mardi Gras Craft DIY Mardi Gras Craft with Brittany Smith
It's carnival season! We will be making Mardi Gras bead-art out of recycled beads. Come get crafty and take home your own piece of bead-art! Open to all ages, but children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult. The class is limited to15 people. Sign up today at the front desk.
January 24, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Algiers Regional Library
Youth Poetry Workshops Youth Poetry Workshops with Slam New Orleans
Slam New Orleans (SNO) is a community-based organization and home of Team SNO. The team, established in 2008, promotes literacy, creativity and self-expression by urging youth and adults alike to become vocal about what matters to them. This multi-part workshop for youth and teens will engage participants with poetry both through hearing it and creating their own. The workshops are supported by Poets & Writers, Inc.
January 24 and 31, 2 - 3:30 p.m.; February 14, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
By Invitation Only Documentary Screening
By Invitation Only, a Film About Carnival and Race Relations
Artist Andrea Fraser (Prospect 3) and documentary filmmaker and writer Rebecca Snedeker have both created artwork inspired by New Orleans City Council carnival krewe desegregation hearings of 1991. In Not Just a Few of Us, Fraser reenacts the voices of 19 people engaged in the debate. In By Invitation Only, Snedeker explores the old-line carnival and debutante traditions, citing the ordinance hearings and their fall-out as the reason she chose not to make her debut. Join Fraser and Snedeker for a screening of By Invitation Only, followed by a dialogue between the two artists.
January 24, 5:30 p.m.
Main Library Auditorium
Author Talk: Ann Benoit Author Talk: Ann Benoit
Ann Benoit is an award-winning food writer, food photographer and culinary book packager. She is the author and photographer of the Pelican Publishing titles New Orleans Best Seafood Restaurants, New Orleans Best Ethnic Restaurants, and Broussard's Restaurant & Courtyard Cookbook.
January 29, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Nix Library
ACA  Enrollment Affordable Care Act Enrollment
Need health insurance? Looking to get covered? Representatives from the Common Ground Health Clinic will be on hand to assist. Please bring with you: photo ID/proof of citizenship; SS# or I-9; proof of income (W2 or recent pay stub); policy # for any health insurance you currently have.
January 30, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Hubbell Library
Book Signing: Richard Edgar Zwez Book Signing: Richard Edgar Zwez
Richard Edgar Zwez will sign his new book New Orleans Spirit: A Tchoupitoulas Life.
January 31, 2 p.m.
Main Library
Miles from Tomorrowland Premiere Party Disney's Miles From Tomorrowland Premiere Party
There will be a storytime, crafts, raffles, and a viewing of the first episode of Disney's Miles from Tomorrowland. Light refreshments will be served. The program is sponsored by Westbank Macaroni Kid.
January 31, 2:30 p.m.
Algiers Regional Library
Broadway Musicals 1980-1999 Curtain Up! Light the Lights!
The Broadway Musical 1980-1990: The Birth of the Mega Musical & the Emergence of Disney
Join us for the Third in a series of concert/lectures saluting the Broadway musical. Come learn about the history of such great shows as Les Miserables, Dreamgirls, Into the Woods, Sunset Boulevard and The Phantom of the Opera Our third program will cover the exciting years of the emergence of Walt Disney, the block-buster musicals of Andrew Lloyd-Webber, and the continued importance of Stephen Sondheim. Light refreshments will be served. Limited parking in the Library Staff Parking Lot adjacent to the Main Library.
February 5, 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
Leona Tate Black History Month 2015
A Talk by Leona Tate
On November 14, 1960, at the age of six, Leona Tate entered into the civil rights movement when she and two other African-American girls integrated McDonogh No. 19 Elementary School. She stood at the center of a maelstrom of hate and love, terror and praise, playing a pivotal role in pursuit of building a unified New Orleans. Now as an adult, through her foundation, Ms. Tate works to improve equal access and opportunities for all in our city.
February 7, Noon -- Alvar Library
February 21, 1 p.m. -- Norman Mayer Library
Healthcare Marketplace Healthcare Marketplace
Learn about the Affordable Health Care Act and receive assistance with healthcare registration from members of the Cognasante Foundation. This service is free, bilingual (Spanish), and ongoing on Wednesdays throughout the enrollment period.
Wednesdays (Through February 11), 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
More Than a Month Screening Black History Month 2015
More Than a Month Documentary Screening & Discussion
When Shukree Hassan Tilghman sets out on a cross-country campaign to end Black History Month, he discovers heís dealing with an issue thatís not so black and white. Join us for a screening of this PBS documentary. All ages are welcome, but children under 10 should be accompanied by an adult. Refreshments will be served..
February 19, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
Public Lab NOPL and the Broadmoor Improvement Association Present . . .
Public Lab: DIY Aerial Photography and Mapping Workshop
Aerial images, taken where you need them, when you need them, are powerful tools! Imagine being able to gather your own aerial images and build your own maps. With Public Lab's DIY aerial mapping tools you can! Learn how at Public Lab's training on DIY Aerial Photography and Mapping. (Be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes as we will go outside to map!)
February 21, 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
Black Life in Old New Orleans Black History Month 2015
Author Talk by Keith Weldon Medley
New Orleans native Keith Weldon Medley is an author and researcher whose photographs and writings about Louisiana history and culture have appeared in numerous publications including the Smithsonian and Louisiana Cultural Vistas. He is the author of We as Freemen: Plessy v. Ferguson and Black Life in Old New Orleans.
February 24, 6 p.m.
Main Library
Writing Workshop Writing Workshop with Sophie Johnson of Neutrons/Protons
Join us for a writing workshop focused on the creative nonfiction essay. We'll be exploring the form and experimenting with it as well over the course of the workshop. Neutrons Protons is an idiosyncratic literary project that operates with unfaltering belief in three primary things: the power of true and honest human stories; the importance of smart and purposeful humor; and the role great writing plays in both. We really do believe that well-written stories and a good dose of humor have the power to change the world.
February 24, 7 - 9 p.m.
Alvar Library
Author Talk: Carolyn Kolb Author Talk by Carolyn Kolb
New Orleans native Carolyn Kolb, a former reporter for the Times-Picayune and a former curator of the New Orleans jazz museum, is the author of New Orleans Memories: One Writer's City. This book is grounded in her column, "Chronicles of Recent History" in New Orleans magazine.
February 26, 6:30 p.m.
Nix Library
Evolution of Francophile to Anglophile Language Identification in Louisiana NOPL and the Algiers Historical Society Present . . .
The Evolution of Francophile to Anglophile Language Identification in Louisiana
Joseph Dunn, the Director of Marketing & Public Relations for Laura Plantation, in Vacherie, La., will take us on a linguistic journey of the earliest inhabitants of the Louisiana colony: Native Americans with their Mobilian-Choctaw pidgin, early French and Canadian colonists, and West African slaves. Their unique settlement yielded a dialect found only in Louisiana.
February 28, 10 a.m. - Noon
Algiers Regional Library
Explore Your Heart Explore Your Heart
The Association for Women In Science, Southern Louisiana, will be doing hands on activities to illustrate how the heart and cardiovascular system work and why having a healthy heart is important.
March 4, 3 p.m. -- Keller Library & Community Center
March 22, 2 p.m. -- Latter 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
OpenStreetMap volunteers are mapping all of the buildings in New Orleans and we'd love your help! Our volunteer-driven nonprofit mapping project is calling on neighborhood experts and map enthusiasts to join our effort. Link here for more information
January 28, 6 p.m.
  English Conversation Circle
Is English your second language? Join us each week as we host a stress-free, casual conversation for those wanting to improve their English conversation skills.
Tuesdays, 6 - 7 p.m.
  Spanish Conversation Circle
For those interested in improving their Spanish conversation skills, the Spanish Conversation Circle meets weekly.
Wednesdays, 6 - 7 p.m.
  Citizenship Classes
These free classes are designed to prepare those interested in becoming U.S. citizens for the citizenship test.
Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 12 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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