No Internet? No problem. Get online by checking out a Wi-Fi hotspot from the Jefferson Library | Entertainment/Life

The Jefferson Parish Library’s mobile hot spot borrowing program is off and running, with 50 hot spot Wi-Fi devices available to patrons 18 and older with active library cards.

A mobile hot spot lets people access the internet, typically using Wi-Fi, via a wireless local area network with a router connected to an internet service provider. Patrons can use library hot spots to browse the internet, send and receive email, and use services such as Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp and others.

Mobile hot spots can be checked out for 21 days. If a device is not returned by its due date, the service will be disconnected remotely. A fee of $15 per day will be charged to a patron’s account for late returns. A fee of $50 will be applicable if the item is lost or damaged beyond repair.

Hot spots are:

  • Secure, fast and reliable: They work through cellular connections, making them ideal for almost any location.
  • Easy to use: Charge them and turn them on. Patrons can connect their devices to the signal.
  • Backed by the library: The library help desk is available to assist patrons who have questions or problems.

The devices are private and are not monitored by the library. The library does not have access to a patron’s internet usage data.

BANNED BOOKS EVENT: Tom Lowenburg, of Octavia Books, and Elizabeth Ahlquist, of Blue Cypress Books, will discuss the resurgence of political groups that challenge books and how it affects independent bookstores.

It happens at 7 pm Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

‘A LIE WILL SUFFICE’: Jay Wilkinson, a retired US magistrate judge at the federal trial court in New Orleans, will discuss his new book, “A Lie Will Sufficient,” at 7 pm Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

The book was inspired by the true story of Wilkinson’s great-grandfather, Gaetano DiGiovanni, who emigrated from Sicily to New Orleans in 1893 and became an old-style Mafiosi “man of respect.”

THE HORRORS!: “Strange Weather, Four Short Novels by Joe Hill” is the book up for discussion at the Waggaman Mystery Book Club. The group meets from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm Monday, Oct. 3 at the Live Oak Library, 125 Acadia, Waggaman. Joe Hill is considered to be one of America’s finest horror writers.

PARENTING CLASS: Challenging behavior in children ages 3 to 5 is the topic for a parenting class from 6 pm to 8 pm Thursday, Sept. 29, at the North Kenner Library, 630 Esplanade Ave., Kenner.

This one-time class is provided by the Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital, which helps parents and grandparents with the ordinary challenges of raising children. The staff of patient educators comes from a variety of backgrounds to help families grow from birth through adolescence.


COMPUTER CLASSES: Receive free computer training at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, and at the Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.

Seating is limited, and online registration is required. Visit the Computer Classes page at and click “East Bank Regional Schedule” or “West Bank Regional Schedule.”

Upcoming Metairie classes include:

  • One-on-One Slots in Basic Computer Skills — 2 pm to 2:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 3 pm Sept. 28.
  • Introduction to PowerPoint 2 — 10 am to noon Sept. 29.
  • NorthStar Proctoring One-on-Ones — 2 pm to 2:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 3 pm Sept. 29.

Upcoming Harvey classes include:

  • Beginner Computer Skills — 10 am to noon Sept. 30.

Chris Smith is manager of adult programming at the Jefferson Parish Public Library.


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