With the rise of technology and big-name booksellers, it may seem the relevance of local libraries has started to diminish. However, libraries are constantly evolving with the times to ensure they can still serve the community. Along with an endless supply of books, libraries provide tons of entertainment and information for all ages, all of which are at your disposal free of charge.
One thing the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us is the importance of supporting local organizations, from restaurants, to businesses, to the library around the corner. These institutions rely on our patronage to stay afloat. Libraries especially need all the visitors they can get, and they have been a beacon in a time of an overwhelming need for technological, academic, and recreational resources–which is why I’ve made a list of things you can do at libraries around town. That being said, there’s so much more to do at libraries than renting a book (though reading is totally encouraged as well). Check out nolalibrary.org for a more extensive guide to what’s available at a library near you.
Reading to your child is an important part of developing their literacy skills. For a change of environment, you can bring your child to the library for storytime! New Orleans Public libraries offer storytimes at various locations for children and families. For adults looking for bookish friends, there are monthly book club meetings such as the West Bank Book Club and Urban Fiction Book Club.
If you have a library card, you and your child can join your library for arts and crafts and other activities. Children are invited to learn how to make bottle rockets, tell stories with Puppet Play-and-Learn, and build something with the LEGO Challenge Club. Adults can break a sweat during Hip Hop Cardio, relax with Ohm My Goodness Yoga, and receive guidance with employment and finances.
LEARN SOMETHING NEW
Your library may be the perfect place for you to pick up a new hobby. Patrons are invited to learn beginner and intermediate English, digital skills, how to crochet and knit, and how to utilize the library’s e-resources. Make sure to check the New Orleans Public Libraries’ online calendar to see which activities require registration and which will take place in the near future!