From video games to animal visits to fish painting, New Orleans libraries offer a busy week | Entertainment/Life

Do you know a teen who’s nuts for Nintendo? The Nora Navra Library is hosting a video game day for teens ages 11-17, and a number of Nintendo Switch games will be available to choose from. Consoles will be provided as well.

The event takes place from 3 pm to 5 pm Wednesday, June 29 at the library, 1902 St. Bernard Ave.

On June 30, Nora Navra is offering a variety of events perfect for animal-lovers. Stop by from 11 am to noon to meet special animal guests and educators from Audubon Zoo. (Zoo educators will also visit Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 1611 Fats Domino Ave., the following Wednesday, July 6, at 11 am)

If fish are more your thing, check out the library’s Fish Painting and Fish Facts Workshops Thursday, June 30 at Robert E. Smith Library, 6301 Canal Blvd.

Biologists with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will be at 11 am and at Algiers Regional Library at 1 pm to teach children ages 6-12 about the different life stages of fish.

Attendees will get the opportunity to look at real-life specimens and create fish art.

PARENTING CLASSES: The Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital has teamed up with the library and the Broadmoor Improvement Association to host classes on active parenting.

The second session will be held Thursday, June 30 at 4:45 pm at Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center, 4300 S. Broad St.

Participants will learn how early experiences can impact development and how parents can build strong relationships with their children.

While parents attend classes, children are welcome to do arts and crafts with Little Rainbows Nola from 4:30 pm to 6 pm in the multi-purpose room at the Broadmoor Arts & Wellness Center, 3900 Gen. Taylor Ave. Snacks will be provided. For more information, contact Natori Green, Broadmoor Improvement Association, at (504) 233-2213.

FREE LEGAL ADVICE: Attorneys from the Khan Law Firm will be available for free one-on-one sessions at Main Library’s “Ask-a-Lawyer” program Saturday, July 2, from 10 am to 2 pm

Services are limited to civil matters and will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each session will last up to 20 minutes and can cover issues including bankruptcy, evictions, foreclosures, divorce and more.

ESL: The library has partnered with The New Neighbor Project to host free English as a second language classes at Algiers Regional Library, Saturdays from 1 pm to 2:30 pm

Students do not need to sign up in advance. For more information, visit www.thenewneighborproject.org, email thenewneighborproject@gmail.com, or call (504) 475-4658.

WHAT IF?: The library’s monthly What If? speculative fiction short-story club will meet Saturday, July 2, at 11:30 am on Zoom.

Speculative fiction is an umbrella term covering a wide range of fiction from sci-fi and fantasy to ghost stories and fairy tales.

This month, the group will discuss “The Brief Life Story of Lila” by Danny Cherry Jr. and “The Day Before the Revolution” by Ursula K. Le Guin. The stories will be available either in the library catalog or in free online literary magazines.

New members are always welcome. Contact maddison@nolalibrary.org for more information.

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

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