A fan of Jefferson Parish’s library – The Lego Club – is gradually returning after a hiatus due to Covid.
Staff now makes sure all Legos are sanitized after using them.
Lego Clubs are in the following bookstores so far.
Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Road: Meets one Saturday per month. Check out the library’s activity calendar for more information.
lake library, 1000 W. Esplanade, Metairie: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The first Thursday of every month, starting in April.
Rossdale Library, 4036 Jefferson Highway: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Avenue: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. First Thursday of every month.
Book sales are on the rise. Publishers and booksellers celebrated the news that sales of print books rose 9.1% last year.
According to Publishers Weekly, booksellers sold 825.7 million books in 2021, up from 757.9 million in 2020. A massive increase in fiction book sales led the way, with sales of adult literature jumping 30.7%, adult stories rising 25.5%, and sales of children’s books up . 9.6%.
In all, sales of print books have risen more than 18% since the pandemic began in early 2020. The proportion of Americans who read e-books has risen 5% in the past two years, and so has the proportion of low-income adults who listen to them. Audiobooks have increased by 8% since 2019.
According to the Institute of Book Manufacturers, more than 81% of commercial printers expect the book market to remain flat or continue to grow over the next year or two.
Start reading now: Book club meetings in March are just around the corner. Here are the books to read and discuss.
- Old Metairie Book Club: The group meets from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on March 15, at the Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Road. The book under discussion is “The Girl Next Door” by Ruth Rendell.
- Jefferson Highway Book Club: It meets from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM on March 15 at River Ridge Library, 8825 Jefferson Highway. The book that will be discussed is Looking for Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts.
- Great Books Discussion Group: Meets at 7 p.m. March 15 at East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. , Metairie. The book is “The Murder of Roger Ackroyd” by Agatha Christie.
- BestBank Book Club: Meeting time is 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM on February 16, at Gretna Library, 102 Willow Drive, Gretna. The book is “The Consequences of Fear” by Jacqueline Winspear.
hour of fun: This event – geared towards children 6 and up – takes place at 10am on Saturday 26th February, in the courtyard of the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Street, Metairie.
Being alert means being kind and gentle in the present moment. Activities will include yoga, kid-friendly meditation and fun exercise. Participants must bring their own rug.
The benefits of mindfulness for children include reduced stress, increased ability to focus, and a more positive outlook on life.
surprise boxes: Up to 12 teens can sign up for a new box-pickup program at the Metairie Teen Center from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, February 28.
The box includes a book or two handpicked by the teen center staff as well as some fun things to enjoy reading. After the participants have read their books, they should be returned to the adolescent center, At the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Street, Metairie. Open to youth in grades six through twelve.
World War II discussion group: Submarine expert Pat Doyle will speak on the USS Sculpin and USS Selfish at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 3 at River Ridge Library, 8825 Jefferson Highway.
Sculpin earned eight Battle Stars. It ended the war with a total of three confirmed ships sunk with a total of 9,835 tons, and is the subject of an episode of the mass television series “Silent Service” that aired from 1957 to 58. Sailfish patrolled numerous Pacific Wars during World War II, and earned nine stars fighting.
computer classes: Get free computer training at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave. , Metairie, or at West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd. , Harvey. Seats are limited, and online registration is required.
Visit the computer lessons page at www.jplibrary.net/training and click on ‘East Bank Regional Table’ or ‘West Bank Regional Table’.
Upcoming Metairie classes include:
- Microsoft Word 2 – 10 a.m. to noon February 23.
Harvey’s upcoming classes include:
- Basic computer skills: 10 a.m. to noon, February 26
- Basic Computer Skills: 2pm-4pm Feb 26
Chris Smith is the Director of Adult Programming at Jefferson Parish Public Library.