The East Bank Regional and West Bank Regional libraries in Jefferson Parish are accepting applications through May 10 from teenagers who want to serve as summer volunteers.
Students ages 13 to 18 are welcome to apply. The application can be found on the library’s website. Applicants must have permission from their parent or guardian, who will sign a disclosure form stating they have approved their child’s participation.
Volunteers may be asked to complete any number of tasks, including: shelving of library materials; straightening of library materials on the shelf; or assisting with children’s / teen programs, crafts, summer reading program and more.
Volunteers should have knowledge of alphabetical and numerical order, basic use of keyboard and mouse, basic internet and website navigation, as well as the ability to show up on time, understand and follow oral and written directions, work well with others, communicate clearly with staff and customers of all ages and work independently.
The application process applies to teens who want to volunteer at the East Bank Regional or West Bank Regional libraries only. Teens interested in volunteering at other Jefferson Parish Library branches should contact that branch directly.
Applications are not accepted for adult volunteers. However, the Friends of the Jefferson Public Library welcomes adult volunteers. Call (504) 455-2665 or [email protected] for more information.
Jefferson Parish Library does not accept court-appointed community service volunteers of any age.
NEW WEBSITE: Check out the library’s new website at jplibrary.net, which goes live Friday. The site has been redesigned and includes many new features that make it easier for patrons to access the programs and services they need.
ROSEDALE BOOK CLUB: A new book club at the Rosedale Library, 4036 Jefferson Highway, focuses on “River Lives and Rising Tides: The Ecology, History and Culture of the Mississippi River.” Sessions, all at 6:30 on Mondays, and books are:
- May 9: “Life on the Mississippi” by Mark Twain
- June 13: “Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America” by John Barry
- July 11: “Mississippi Solo: A River Quest” by Eddy Harris.
- Aug. 15: “Fevre Dream” by George RR Martin
- Sept. 12: “They Called Us River Rats: The Last Batture Settlement of New Orleans” by Macon Fry.
STARTING STITCHES: The next session of a new program for adults, “Starting Stitches,” takes place at 6 pm April 21 at Belle Terre Library, 5550 Belle Terre Road, Marrero.
It focuses on the basics of quilting, sewing, hand embroidery and more in an informal group-learning environment. Patrons may bring their projects or start a new one.
BEST BANK BOOK CLUB: The group meets from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm Wednesday, April 20, at the Gretna Library, 102 Willow Drive, Gretna. The book to be discussed is “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman.
COMPUTER CLASSES: Receive free computer training at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, and at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.
Seating is limited, and online registration is required. Visit the “Computer Classes” page at jplibrary.net/training and click “East Bank Regional Schedule” or “West Bank Regional Schedule.”
Metairie classes include:
- One-on-One: 10 am to noon, April 20.
- Microsoft Word 2: 10 am to noon, April 21.
- Microsoft Excel 3: 2 pm to 4 pm, 25 April.
- 3D Printing: 6 pm to 8 pm, April 25.
- One-on-One: 10 am to noon, April 26.
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2: 2 pm to 4 pm, April 27.
- JPL Digital Content: 10 am to noon, April 28.
- One-on-One: 2 pm to 4 pm, April 29.
Upcoming Harvey classes include:
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2: 10 am to noon, April 22.
- Beginner Computer: 10 am to noon, April 26.
- Microsoft Excel: 10 am to noon, April 29.
Chris Smith is manager of adult programming at the Jefferson Parish Public Library.