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Got something on your mind that you want to share with City Hall? The New Orleans Public Library wants to help you make the connection. The library is hosting community office hours every week through May  as part of a program intended to address important neighborhood issues effectively by connecting […]

Got something on your mind that you want to share with City Hall? The New Orleans Public Library wants to help you make the connection.

The library is hosting community office hours every week through May  as part of a program intended to address important neighborhood issues effectively by connecting residents with neighborhood liaisons and city personnel through in-person or virtual appointments.

Appointments are available Mondays through Wednesdays and can be made online at nolalibrary.org/events or nola.gov, or by calling (504) 658-4933.

District A — Community office hours are at Mid-City Library, 4140 Canal St.

District B — Rosa F. Keller Library & Community Center, 4300 S. Broad Ave.

District C — Algiers Regional, 3014 Holiday Drive

District E — East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd.

STORY TIMES: The New Orleans Public Library hosts two weekly story times, a live one every Saturday mornings at 10:30 and a prerecorded one that premiers at 10 a.m. Monday. Both virtual programs are designed by the library’s team of children’s librarians and feature songs, stories, educational activities and games. Zoom  story times are recommended for children ages 2-5, and the prerecorded programs are appropriate for children up to 5 years old.

Visit children.nolalibrary.org to watch the prerecorded story times and nolalibrary.org/events to register for Zoom story time.

FREE LEGAL ADVICE: The New Orleans Public Library and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services offer free virtual civil legal clinics for eligible library users through April 22. The clinics focus on assisting low-income families and individuals with civil legal issues involving areas such as:

  • Evictions
  • Landlord-tenant disputes
  • Federal tax issues
  • Employment
  • Public benefits (SNAP food stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security)
  • Foreclosures
  • Bankruptcies
  • Consumer issues
  • Divorces

Sign up ahead of time for an appointment to speak with an attorney by phone or video conference. Appointments are limited and can be made from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays by calling the Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center at (504) 596-2660 or the Nora Navra Library at (504) 596-3118. Appointments can also be made online by visiting adults.nolalibrary.org.

Staff will also available at these two libraries to answer any questions about this service and the library’s partnership with Southeast Louisiana Legal Services.

The clinic does not handle personal injury, criminal cases or malpractice cases.

New Orleans Public Library cardholders can unlock a wide range of online classes through LinkedIn Learning for free. Formerly Lynda.com, LinkedIn Learning is a first-class system used by professionals to hone new skills in a wide range of fields ranging from art and design to software engineering and website development, and everything in between. Visit e-resources.nolalibrary.org to get started.

Dr. Gabriel Morley is director of the New Orleans Public Library.

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