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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.
June 27, 11 a.m.
Keller Library & Community Center, 4300 S. Broad Ave.

July 20, 10:30 a.m.
Latter Library, 5120 St. Claude Ave.

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

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.


Anyone with a New Orleans Public Library (NOPL) card can use these resources at home — and they're all free:

Flipster — Check out and read current and past issues of popular magazines on a tablet or other device. Hundreds of titles are available, including Sports Illustrated, Ebony, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, Oxford American and Consumer Reports. Flipster also features several men's magazines, a selection of fashion and style titles and magazines geared toward parents, children and teens.

Hoopla — Think of Hoopla as a Kindle store, and Netflix all in one. The site includes instant streaming and temporary downloads of movies and television shows, along with audiobooks, e-books, comic books and albums. It's easy to use and there are no late fees; items are electronically returned when they're due.

Freegal — Download (and keep) up to seven mp3s per week from Freegal's selection of 11 million songs. Top charts last week included singles by The Chainsmokers, DJ Khaled, Miranda Lambert and other popular artists.

Lynda — This site has a huge library of digital video tutorials on everything from computer coding and HTML to popular word-processing programs, spreadsheet programs, photography and graphics editors and much more. Courses are labeled from beginner to advanced, and you can proceed at your own pace.

NOPL app — The library now has an official app (available for iPhone and Android) that lets you check your account, reserve materials, get a calendar of events, check out electronic resources and scan barcodes to see if the library has a copy of what you're looking at. Free in your smartphone app store.


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