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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.

Black History Month Schedule Black History Month 2016 Schedule of Events
Join us as we celebrate Black History Month, with programs for children, teens and adults.
Link here for a complete list of events.

2016 Black History Month Storytimes
In order to share some of the best examples of children's picture books that present African American achievements, NOPL is hosting storytimes with themes and art which satisfy young children. Each session will include a craft activity suitable for ages 3 to 7, with a little help from big folks.
Link here for a list of storytimes

Big Screen Best Sellers Big Screen Best Sellers
Join us for quarterly film screenings based on great books. At each screening, we'll watch the movie, compare and discuss the print and film versions, and enjoy refreshments reminiscent of each story. We'll have extra copies of the books available for check out in the weeks before each screening (while supplies last). All ages welcome; attendees younger than 12 years must be accompanied by an adult. All movies air at 5:30 p.m.
Chocolat (2000) - February 10
Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) - May 11
The Monuments Men (2014) - August 10
The 39 Steps (1935) - November 9
Keller Library & Community Center
Money Matters Money Matters with Ben Guillory
Join State Farm Agent Ben Guillory for interactive discussions about financial matters relevant to people of all ages and income levels. Learn practical strategies for maximizing your money and moving toward more financial freedom.
When is Reverse Mortgage Right for You?: What is it? Who's eligible? What are the requirements?
February 13, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Suspended File & Suspend: Learn how recent changes to social security and Medicare law affect you and your spouse. Who's grandfathered in? Why is the April 30, 2016 deadline important?
March 12, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
Big Freedia Black History Month 2016
Big Freedia: God Save the Queen Diva at Your Library
Big Freedia, Queen of Bounce, has gone from a New Orleans phenomenon to a national one, and she is coming out to the Main Library as part of our 2016 Black History Month Celebration. She will be talking about her new book, her music, and fabulous future plans. Q & A to follow; books will be available for sale.
February 13, 2 p.m.
Main Library
Raising of America Screening Raising of America Film Screening With Q & A
This documentary explores how a strong start for our children can lead to a healthier, stronger, and more equitable America. The Raising of America is the first national, fully integrated media/public engagement project that aims to reframe the way Americas look at early child health and development. The Raising of America seeks to spark a first-ever national conversation which asks: what can be done to better assure the conditions all babies and young children need to thrive? Presented by Healthy Start New Orleans, Urban Strategies New Orleans and Tulane University School of Public Health.
February 13, 2 p.m.
Algiers Regional Library
Thank You Boss Lady Thank You Boss Lady: The Art of Bruce M. Washington
New Orleans native Bruce M. Washington, formerly Bruce Davenport Jr., lives and works in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans and devotes his time to meticulous graphic reenactments of New Orleans history, including the local musical culture of junior high and high school marching bands, those decimated by the levees breech and those that survive today. World renowned as an artist, with exhibits in Italy, France, Japan & others, Mr. Washington is an artist whose work has been applauded by art critics for breaking down the partition separating folk art from fine art. Mr. Washington's work will be accompanied by the works of several other local artists.
February 15 - March 15
Children's Resource Center
Tribute & Tradition Black History Month 2016/Big Easy Scholar Talk
Tribute and Tradition: A Conversation with Ryan Gray & Arthur Raymond Smith
Join archaeologist Dr. Ryan Gray and outsider artist Arthur Raymond Smith for a discussion about African American funerary art and tradition in New Orleans and around the American South.
February 16, 6:30 - 8 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
History of Depression Era Glass NOPL & the Algiers Historical Society Present . . .
History of Depression Era Glass
Alice Calking Lowe, a native Algerine and longtime member of the Algiers Historical Society, will discuss the history of Depression Era Glass and show us some cherished pieces from her personal collection. After the presentation, she will also help to identify any pieces you bring to the meeting. Ms. Lowe has been a Depression Era Glass collector for 45 years and a member of the Crescent City Depression Glass Society for 36 years. Could this be Algiers' version of PBS's Antiques Roadshow? Join us and find out.
February 20, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Algiers Regional Library
Gullah Folklore Black History Month 2016
Gullah Folklore
Kyndra Joi will introduce Gullah folklore from the Sea Islands of South Carolina, where the descendants of enslaved people have formed and preserved a unique language and traditions called Gullah. The program features a Gullah Dance demonstration.
February 21, 2 - 3 p.m.
East New Orleans Regional Library
Lights! Pens! Poetry! Lights! Pens! Poetry!
Participants are encouraged to bring original poems to read or poems by a favorite author to share. Anthologies will also be provided for inspiration.
February 22, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Algiers Regional Library
Kindred: A Celebration of Black Women in the Arts Black History Month 2016
Kindred: A Celebration of Black Women in the Arts
Join local women artists of color from & Wildseeds: The New Orleans Octavia Butler Emergent Strategy Collective for an evening of poetry, multi-media art and more. Refreshments will be served. Email for details.
February 24, 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Keller Library & Community Center
How to Garden Anywhere How to Garden Anywhere: Gardening in Small Spaces
Join Emily Mickley-Doyle from SproutNOLA as she discusses gardening in small spaces with a focus on vegetables, herbs, and pollinating flowers.
February 24, 6:30 p.m.
Hubbell Library
Teen Creative Writing Workshop Teen Creative Writing Workshop
Patrons 12-17 are invited to create an original work of short fiction (up to 20 pages) for a group workshop, led by Luke Sirinides, Young Adult library associate at Smith Library and MFA graduate. (Reservations are required; contact Luke at 596-2638.)
Last Thursday of the Month (beginning February 25), 5 - 6 p.m.
Smith Library
Conversation with My Daughter About Human Trafficking Conversation With My Daughter About Human Trafficking by Stephanie Hepburn
Please join Stephanie Hepburnas she shares questions, thoughts and her replies to her daughter's questions about Human Trafficking. Stephanie is also a contributor to The Times-Picayune, the Huffington Post and other publications.
February 25, 6 - 7 p.m.
Smith Library
Zulu Historical Exhibit Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club Historical Exhibit
The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club historical exhibit features several of the organization's beautiful and elaborate costumes and artifacts, providing viewers an up close look at Zulu traditions.
On display through February 26
Main Library, 2nd Floor
Genealogy Workshops Black History Month 2016
Genealogy Workshops
Hosted by the Louisiana Division/City Archives. Light snacks will be provided.
February 27
Introduction to African American Genealogy Research
Greg Osborn, staff member in the Louisiana Division/City Archives, introduces attendees to genealogy resources available in the Louisiana Division/City Archives. His discussion will pay special attention to the ways in which these resources address African American heritage.
10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
African American Military Experience & Participation in Louisiana (1729-1865)
Isiah Edwards will discuss the African American military experience and participation in Louisiana. Mr. Edwards is retired with 42 years of Federal Service, over half of that time being in the military. He is the Chapter President of the Sons of the American Revolution, Mississippi Gulf Coast Chapter.
1 - 3 p.m.
Main Library
Celebrate Congo Square Black History Month 2016
Celebrate Congo Square
Join us as we celebrate Congo Square with dancing, drumming, stories, and more, as part of our Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories events for Black History Month 2016
February 27
Black History Month Storytime & Craft - 11 a.m.
Bamboula 2000 Congo Square Drumming & Dance Workshop - 12 p.m.
Author Carole Boston Weatherford reading Freedom in Congo Square - 2 p.m.
Norman Mayer Library
Acting Competition Black History Month 2016
2016 Paul Robeson Student Acting Competition
Open to all students in Orleans Parish ages 12 - 19. 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. Register by February 25. To prepare contestants for the competition, we are offering acting and writing workshops during the month of February. Participants are encouraged to join the professional artist-teachers leading these workshops to develop and enhance their performance.
February 28, 2 p.m..
Main Library
Link here for the registration form and a list of competition workshop dates and times
Kids Code Mondays Kids Code Mondays
Are you interested in computers and learning to code? Join Tech Talent South for an afternoon of code every Monday. Each week they'll cover a different topic, so come to every class or stop in when you can. This program is limited to kids, 9 - 13 years. Bring your laptop or we'll provide one for you.
Mondays, January 25 - February 29, 4 - 5:30 p.m..
Keller Library & Community Center
Katy Simpson Smith Author Night at Nix
Katy Simpson Smith
Katy Simpson Smith is the author of We Have Raised All of You: Motherhood in the South, 1750-1835 and the novels The Story of Land and Sea and Free Men. She was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, and lives in New Orleans. Wine and cheese will be served.
March 17, 7 p.m..
Nix Library
Your Sensational Brain Celebrate Brain Awareness Week
Your Sensational Brain!
LSU Health Science's Neuroscience Center will visit with microscopes, models, and specimens that include preserved human and monkey brains. Children will also have a chance to mix art and science by crafting their own mini brains models and drawings.
March 19, 1:30 - 4:30 p.m..
Children's Resource Center
Income Tax Assistance AARP Income Tax Assistance
Representatives from AARP will provide free income tax assistance at several library locations. First come, first served. No reservation required.
February - April, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Link here for a list of locations and dates
Career Workshop Series Career Workshop Series with Jessica Rareshide
These workshops will provide the strategies and techniques to find the right job and career for you.
January - May, 2016; various times
Multiple NOPL locations
Link here for a description of the workshops and for times and locations
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
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.

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