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Free stuff to check out at your local library this summer 

From coding for kids to civil rights workshops

click to enlarge Children gather for story time at Alvar Library.

Photo by Cheryl Gerber

Children gather for story time at Alvar Library.

Any branch of the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL) is a great place to chill out in the summer heat, and the NOPL has a calendar of summer events available on its website ( Here are a few things to do for kids, teens and adults — and a list of free resources available through the NOPL to keep you entertained well after the heat finally breaks.


Wetlands Express
Representatives from Audubon Zoo bring wetlands creatures to the library.

Morning Movie Drive-In for Children
Sit in cardboard cars, eat popcorn and watch a movie.
July 19, 11 a.m.
Alvar Library, 913 Alvar St.


Dog Education Workshop
Villalobos Rescue Center employees demonstrate dog safety and training with a rescue dog.

Code Your Story
Learn some basic computer coding skills and turn your own story into basic animation.
July 13, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Alvar Library, 913 Alvar St.


MACCNO Workshop
Representatives of the Musician & Culture Coalition of New Orleans (MACCNO) talk about the history of street performance in New Orleans, the laws that apply to busking and MACCNO's Guide to New Orleans Street Performance.
June 22, 6 p.m.
Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave.

June 29, 6 p.m.
Alvar Library, 913 Alvar St.

ACLU: Know Your Rights
Come learn about your rights under the law and get your questions answered at a discussion with representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

June 14, 5 p.m.
Central City Library, Mahalia Jackson Center, 2405 Jackson Ave., Suite C-235

June 17, 2 p.m.
East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd.

July 8, 2 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 1611 Caffin Ave.

July 18, 6 p.m.
Mid-City Library, 4140 Canal St.

Mondays through July 24
Mid-City Library, 4140 Canal St. 5120 St. Claude Ave.

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