The 19th annual New Orleans Bookfair will be held at the Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave., on Dec. 10. Stop by between 11am and 4pm to enjoy activities for all ages as well as works on display and for sale from local and indie authors, publishers, zinesters and other literary types.
The New Orleans Bookfair is a volunteer organizing committee made up of local writers, poets, publishers, independent booksellers, activists and educators. The Book Fair is a great place to do some holiday shopping for any book lovers on your list.
For vendor information and updates, visit neworleansbookfair.com or New Orleans Bookfair on Twitter @NOLABOOKFAIR.
EARLY LITERACY: Children 5 and under and their caregivers are invited to a Block Party at the Nora Navra Library from 4:00pm to 5:00pm on December 9th. This month-long early literacy program encourages creativity through play with an impressive set of blocks and other toys.
The giant wooden blocks come in different shapes and library staff will ask children open-ended questions about what they are building. This helps children build storytelling skills and play techniques, two important skills needed to begin reading.
The library will host three Block Party programs each month – First Fridays at Alvar Library, Alvar 913; the second Friday at the Nora Navra Library, 1902 St Bernard Ave. and third Fridays at the Central City Library, 2020 Jackson Ave.
Visit nolalibrary.org/early-literacy to learn more about how the New Orleans Public Library can help prepare your child to read at a young age.
ANIME AND MANGA: The library’s Teen Anime & Manga Club will meet Dec. 8 at the Norman Mayer Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd., to discuss “Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle” by Kagiji Kumanomata. Children between the ages of 11 and 18 who love manga are welcome. The group meets every month to talk about their favorite anime and manga and discover new series.
The Teen Anime & Manga Club is sponsored by the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library.
GET LOOPS: Crocheters, knitters and other yarn-loving crafters of all skill levels are invited to join the Loopy Loopers Club at the Mid-City Library. Loopy Loopers is a community-based craft group where people can learn the basics of knitting and crochet, share tips and patterns, and improve their stitching techniques.
The group will next meet from 14:00 to 16:00 on December 10. The library is at 4140 Canal St.
KWANZAA: The New Orleans Public Library is kicking off Kwanzaa celebrations earlier this year with a free financial literacy series honoring the holiday’s principle of Ujamaa, or the cooperative economy.
A financially enlightened lunch hour will be Dec. 14 at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive, focusing on business loans. Participants do not have to attend all workshops.
In addition to Ujamaa, Kwanzaa traditions celebrate Umoja for unity, Kujichagulia for self-determination, Ujima for teamwork and responsibility, Nia for purpose, Kuumba for creativity, and Imani for faith.
Register at events.nolalibrary.org
Janet LeGros is the director of marketing and communications for the New Orleans Public Library.