Read, sing, write and play: It’s all about literacy at New Orleans library storytimes | Entertainment/Life

Read, sing, talk, write and play together at the New Orleans Public Library’s storytime programs every Tuesday at 10:30 am outside the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive; Milton H. Latter Memorial Library, 5120 St. Charles Ave.; and East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd.

Indoor storytimes are at the Robert E. Smith Library, 6301 Canal Blvd.; the Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave.; and the Norman Mayer Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd. Storytimes are designed for children up to 5.

To engage kids with reading at home, try BookFlix, one of the library’s many electronic and online resources you can access whenever, wherever. This digital literacy tool pairs more than 120 animated fictional stories from Weston Woods with a best-selling nonfiction eBooks from Scholastic on a similar subject.

By pairing a fiction with a nonfiction title, BookFlix produces engaging content designed to strengthen early literacy skills, while exposing children to real-world concepts.

Visit to explore BookFlix, as well as other online and electronic resources just for kids.

TEEN TECH OPEN HOUSE: Hop on Twitch to watch and play Among Us, Minecraft or Roblox with the library’s Best Buy Teen Tech Center staff at their monthly virtual open house at 4 pm Wednesday, April 20.

The Best Buy Teen Tech Center is a learning environment for teens to master various new technologies with help from their peers and adult mentors.

Located on the second floor of the Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave., the center is equipped with technology and multimedia tools that can be used for music and video production, interactive programming, graphic design, and more.

The Best Buy Teen Tech Center is designed to be an engaging space for teens. Membership is limited to youth ages 13-18.

Members must complete an application and get signed permission from a parent or legal guardian in order to participate. Visit for more information and to submit an application.

WHO DUN IT?: Solve crimes together and discover “who dun it” at the library’s monthly mystery book club, at 4:30 pm Thursday, April 28, on Zoom.

This month, dive into “The Man Who Died Twice,” Richard Osman’s sequel to the popular cozy mystery “Thursday Murder Club.”

Like the first installation, “The Man Who Died Twice” follows the same group of septuagenarian armchair detectives who again find themselves involved in a real-life hunt for a murderer.

The Who Dun It book club will meet again on May 19 to discuss “A Great Reckoning” by Louse Penny.

New members are always welcome, visit for details and registration.

SEMINAR BANKING: Get the tools and confidence you need to start banking online at “Ready, Set, Bank,” a two-part virtual seminar hosted by the library’s African American Resource Collection from 10 am to noon Tuesday, April 26, and Thursday, April 28.

Presented in partnership with Capital One Bank, “Ready, Set, Bank” will guide you through every step of the process to manage your finances electronically. Visit for more information and to register.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library and Capital One.

Jane LeGros is the director of marketing and communications for the New Orleans Public Library.

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