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Community Input Survey
This short survey will provide you the opportunity to provide feedback and input about the Library and its future. To take the survey, click here.

Community Input Sessions
Please join us for one of our Community Input Sessions, where you can share your library experiences, thoughts, and ideas in person. Refreshments will be provided.
October 19, 6:30 p.m. -- Algiers Regional Library
October 20, 7 p.m. -- Main Library
October 21, 6 p.m. -- NORD-C Lyons Center (634 Louisiana Ave.)
October 22, 6 p.m. -- Norman Mayer Library

Career Online High School Earn an Accredited High School Diploma
The New Orleans Public Library is awarding scholarships to the Career Online High Schoolprogram, which is part of the world’s first accredited, private online school district. This program is designed to provide adults the opportunity to complete their high school education.
Link here to learn more about Career Online High School.

Voter Registration Drive Voter Registration Drive
Are you registered to vote? League of Women Voters of New Orleans will hold a registration drive at Keller. (Wednesday, October 21 is the last day to register to vote in the Fall General Election on Saturday, November 21.)
October 10, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
Poems & Pink Ribbons Poems & Pink Ribbons©
Poems & Pink Ribbons© is a community writing workshop that allows breast cancer patients, survivors, and their families a way to use writing to navigate grief, loss, and find support. Now in its 5th year, Poems & Pink Ribbons© welcomes anyone affected by cancer to share in this healing workshop.
Saturdays, October 10, 17, & 31, 10 a.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
Link here for more information about each workshop
Link here to register for the workshops
Child Wellness Grace Behavioral Center LLC Presents . . .
Holistically Approaching Child Wellness
This is a Community Forum designed to enhance and promote awareness of children's overall health. This panel is to help parents understand how every aspect of a child's life is an integral component to their overall health and wellness.
October 10, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Algiers Regional Library
All About Music All About Music
Please join professional musician and instructor Elyse Ptak as she presents a fun-dilled music program for children ages 4 - 8 years. Mrs. Ptak will explore the components of music through fun and interactive songs. Children will learn about rhythm and melody through movement, singing, and turn-taking, and will even get to improvise in a small "drum circle" with percussion instruments! Space is limited, so reserve your spot today at 504 596-2660 or
October 10, 1 - 2 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
Spooky Shape Poetry Workshop Spooky Shape Poetry Workshop
In this all-ages workshop, participants will learn the fun technique of concrete (shape) poetry to design, decorate and share poems celebrating the spookiness of Halloween and the funkiness of Autumn.
October 10, 2 - 3:30 p.m.
Algiers Regional Library
Free Flu Shot Free Flu Shot
Protect yourself and your loved ones this season. Walgreens pharmacists will be at New Orleans Public Library to administer free flu shots. Please bring I.D. and any insurance card/information. Available to adults and children 7 years and older with parent's consent.
October 12, 12 - 3 p.m. -- Keller Library & Community Center
October 13, 2 - 5 p.m. -- Algiers Regional Library
October 14, 2 - 5 p.m. -- East New Orleans Regional Library
Wellness Forum Tiger Talks Wellness Forum
Members of LSU Health Sciences Center want to talk about wellness with you! On the 2nd Monday of each month, we'll discuss a health topic important to you. Get practical knowledge and join this interactive community conversation. Coffee will be served. Free and open to all ages - children under 10 years must be accompanied by an adult.
Vaccinations for Adults -- October 12, 1 p.m.
Physical Activity, Diet, & Nutrition -- November 9, 1 p.m.
Health Screenings -- December 14, 1 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
Link here for more information on each program
Dixie Be Damned An Evening with Authors Neal Shirley & Saralee Stafford
Dixie Be Damned: 300 Years of Insurrection in the American South
Dixie Be Damned, published by AK Press, engages "hidden" insurrectionary episodes in Southern history to demonstrate the region's long arc of revolt. Countering images of the South as pacified and conservative, this adventurous retelling presents history in the rough. This is people's history at its best: slave revolts, multiracial banditry, labor battles, prison uprisings, urban riots and more.
October 13, 6:30 p.m.
Mid-City Library
Voodoo in New Orleans That Old Black Magic: Voodoo in New Orleans
This lecture-based program, presented by Pamela Arceneaux, covers the development of Voodoo as a religion, its characteristics, its introduction and history in Louisiana, its prominent practitioners, and modern voodoo belief.
October 14, 5 p.m. -- Algiers Regional Library
October 22, 5 p.m. -- Smith Library
October 27, 5:30 p.m. -- East New Orleans Regional Library
October 29, 5:30 p.m. -- Children's Resource Center
Adult Crafternoon Adult Crafternoon
Join us on the third Thursday of each month. Brighten your home and your day with fun no sew DIY crafts. We'll kick things off with a fun and spooky Halloween themed crafting day. We hope to see you there.
3rd Saturday of each month (beginning October 15), 3 - 4 p.m.
Smith Library
Tina Freeman Author Night at Nix
Tina Freeman, Artist Spaces, New Orleans
Tina Freeman is a photographer of architecture, landscape, portraits, and interiors. Her work has been in numerous magazines and her fine art photography has been exhibited in New Orleans, New York, Los Angeles and London. In Artist Spaces, New Orleans, more than one hundred extraordinary photographs taken by Tina Freeman and over a dozen artist interviews by Morgan Molthrop highlight the spaces of New Orleans artists.
October 15, 7 p.m.
Nix Library
Dark Bayou NOPL and the Algiers Historical Society Present . . .
Alan Gauthreaux & Daryl Hippensteel, Dark Bayou: Infamous Louisiana Homicides
Written as a popular history, these gentlemen utilized the records of the period, and in some instances, recollections of those who may still be able to provide a coherent rendition of the facts. Alan Gauthreaux is a freelance writer and Daryl Hippensteel, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Delgado Community College. Could this be the Louisiana version of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson? Attend their presentation and find out. It's elementary!
October 17, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Algiers Regional Library
Navigating the Historic Times-Picayune October is American Archives Month
Navigating the Historic Times-Picayune
Have you ever wondered . . . Was your great-grandfather in the newspaper? What happened on Mardi Gras in 1900? The cost of Saints season tickets in 1967? The join us to learn about the Historic Times-Picayune Database, 1837-1988. We will discuss searching techniques and strategies to help you get the most out of your research. Presented by NOPL's Louisiana Division.
October 17, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Smith Library
DIY Fall Craft DIY Fall Craft with Brittany Smith
It's Pumpkin Time! Come get creative and take home your own uniquely decorated pumpkin! Crafter extraordinaire, Brittany Smith, will guide us in decorating pumpkins. No carving necessary! Class is limited to 20 people Sign up at the front desk today.
October 17, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Algiers Regional Library
Will Mr. Merriwether Return from Memphis? Will Mr. Merriwether Return From Memphis?, by Tennessee Williams
Join us on the Latter Library lawn for a staged reading presented by The Tennessee Williams Theatre Company of New Orleans.
October 19, 7 p.m.
Latter Library
Fall Fun Fest 2nd Annual Fall Fun Fest
Come join us for a day of fun with music, arts & crafts, games, refreshments, free children's and teen books. Special appearances by Bamboula 2000.
October 17, 12 - 3 p.m.
Norman Mayer Library
Mind Your Business Algiers Economic Development Foundation presents . . .
Mind Your Business
The topic to be covered is Payroll & Benefits. This seminar will help identify strategies and broaden your business knowledge, whether you are a new entrepreneur or have been in business for years. The speaker is Paychex, Inc., a recognized leader in the payroll, human resource, and benefits outsourcing industry.
October 21, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Algiers Regional Library
Every Child Ready to Read Every Child Ready to Read
Fun With Stories Workshop
The Every Child Ready to Read Program is a parent and caregiver education initiative, designed to introduce the practices for building early literacy skills; these practices can be enjoyed during your child's day-to-day routines. This program provides fun activities and stories and develops early literacy skills necessary to become READY TO READ when a child enters school.
October 21, 5 - 6 p.m.
Nix Library
Wine-Making at Home Wine-Making at Home
Making wine at home is fun, inexpensive, and easier than you realize! It can be as simple as mixing up a store bought kit of cabernet, or as adventurous as foraging for wild berries to make a tasty country fruit wine. We will cover the basics of kit wine-making and fruit wine-making equipment and ingredients to get you started on your own batch of wine.
October 21, 6:30 p.m.
Hubbell Library
LaKisha Simmons Big Easy Author Series
LaKisha Simmons, Crescent City Girls
LaKisha Simmons is professor of Gender Studies at SUNY, Buffalo where she writes and teaches about African American women's history, girlhood, and segregation. In her book, Crescent City Girls: The Lives of Young Black Women in Segregated New Orleans, Dr. Simmons blends social history and cultural studies, recreating children's streets and neighborhoods within Jim Crow New Orleans, and offering a rare look into black girls' personal lives.
October 21, 7 p.m.
Norman Mayer Library
Wine & Coloring After Hours Adult Program
Wine and Coloring
Adults can relax and color while they enjoy their wine in this after hours program.
October 22, 7 - 9 p.m.
Mid-City Library
Musical Petting Zoo: Halloween Sounds Musical Petting Zoo: Halloween Sounds
Michael Patrick Welch & The Bongoloids present: hands-on homemade instruments to make spooky Halloween soundscapes. Costumes encouraged!
October 24, 10:30 a.m.
Hubbell Library
Spooktacular Fall Fest Spooktacular Fall Fest
Join us for spooky and spontaneous games, delightful delicacies, costume contests, crafts and more! Bring your family and friends to this fun free event
October 24, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Algiers Regional Library
Property Research Resources October is American Archives Month
Introduction to Property Research Resources
This class will provide beginners with an introduction to the property research resources available in the Louisiana Division/City Archives.
October 26, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
Children's Book Week Contest Children's Book Week
Bookmark Design Contest
Create your design about reading, using the library, or books. Designs will be judged on creativity, artistic merit, and best expression of the Children's Book Week theme: READ TO THE RHYTHM. The Bookmark Design Contest is is open to all New Orleans residents 18 and under currently enrolled in a public school, private school, or actively home-schooled.
October 1 - 29 (Entry deadline: October 29, Noon)
Link here for the official entry form (page 1) and the official contest rules (page 2).
Lawyers in Libraries Free Legal Advice
Lawyers in Libraries
NOPL has partnered with the Louisiana State Bar Association to welcome volunteer lawyers into our libraries. Discuss your legal concerns one-on-one with a local lawyer. Walk-ins are welcome. Wait times may vary. The clinic DOES NOT handle criminal cases.
October 29
10 a.m. - 12 p.m. -- Norman Mayer Library
2 - 4 p.m. -- Keller Library & Community Center
4 - 6 p.m. -- Algiers Regional Library
4 - 7 p.m. -- Smith Library
Spooky Story Time Spooky Saturday Halloween Story Time
Join us for a Special Spooky Saturday Story Time, with all day long trick or treating for the kids.
October 31, 11 a.m.
Smith Library
Spooktacular Keller Spooktacular
Join us for creepy crafts, terrifying treats, and gruesome games! Add us to your trick-or-treating route or come over before going out. Fun for all ages! Costumes encouraged. It's sure to be a fright! (Just kidding; it'll be totally cute, but don't tell the kids!)
October 31, 1 - 3 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
Not So Scary Trick or Treating Not So Scary Halloween Trick or Treating
Wear your costume and come trick or treating throughout the Main Library on Halloween. We will have games and crafts on the second floor. (Appropriate for all ages.)
October 31, 1 - 3 p.m.
Main Library
Gross Science STEM Saturday Gross Science S.T.E.M. Saturday
This Halloween bring your little mad genius to the Smith Library for some fun and really gross science.
October 31, 3 p.m.
Smith Library
Latter Renovations Latter Library Renovations
Latter Library is scheduled to be closed temporarily beginning November 6. A scheduled reopening date is set for February 2016. The Friends of the New Orleans Public Library Book Sale, held in the Latter Library Carriage House, will move temporarily to the Algiers Regional Library beginning November 7, until Latter Library reopens. The Algiers Regional Book Sale hours are Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday, 10am - 2pm.
Big Easy Author Series Big Easy Author Series
Miki Pfeffer, Ph.D., Southern Ladies and Suffragists
Miki Pfeffer, Ph.D. in Urban History, is currently a visiting scholar at Nicholls State University. Her book, Southern Ladies and Suffragists: Julia Ward Howe and Women's Rights at the 1884 New Orleans World's Fair, follows a lively cast of women at the1884 World's Fair as they struggle through controversies to showcase their industry, arts, science, and inventions. Their Woman's Department became a glaring public forum for radical ideas about women's rights and suffrage rarely heard in the Deep South.
November 18, 7 p.m.
Alvar Library
Author Night at Nix Author Night at Nix
Bonnie Warren: New Orleans Homes at Christmas
Bonnie Warren has worked as a writer and editor for numerous local magazines and has contributed to such national magazines as Architectural Digest and InStyle. She was the founding editor of New Orleans Homes and Lifestyles and she currently contributes to New Orleans Magazine and Louisiana Life. Her book, New Orleans Homes at Christmas, celebrates the beautiful homes and classic recipes of the Crescent City holidays.
November 19, 7 p.m.
Nix 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
Connect 2 Educate New Orleans Kids Partnership - Connect 2 Educate Resource Directory 2015
A digital copy of the Connect 2 Educate Resource Directory can be downloaded now, or printed copies will be available to pick up at all New Orleans Public Library locations beginning Saturday, September 26. This is a free comprehensive guide to programs for children and youth ages 0-18 in Greater New Orleans that features 84 free or low-cost community-based programs available to youth, regardless of where they stay or go to school, and 30 school-based programs available in partnership with specific schools across Greater New Orleans. For questions or feedback related to the Connect 2 Educate Resource Guide, please email or call (504) 655-0424.
Ogden Museum Pass Ogden Museum Pass
The New Orleans Public Library and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art have partnered to offer the public the opportunity to check out an Ogden Museum pass from all 14 Library locations. Each pass will provide free museum entry for up to 2 adults and 7 children for a two week period. The pass also includes museum entry to special Ogden programs such as Ogden After Hours, Art for Arts Sake, etc. as well as access to nearly 700 museums throughout the U.S. and Canada through the North American Reciprocal Museum Program. All 14 Library locations have 1 Ogden Museum Pass for check out.
Support NOPL 20% on 20: Support New Orleans Public Library
New Orleans Public Library has 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 you’re not familiar with Dirty Coast, they specialize in fun, local, products featuring all things New Orleans – 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 2121 Chartres Street. Buy on the 20th and support NOPL!

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