Book clubs, rose lovers, knitters and more: They’re all coming back to the Jefferson Parish Library | Entertainment/Life | #itsecurity | #infosec


Since coronavirus rates are dropping and more people have been vaccinated, the library meeting rooms are once again open for bookings. Here are some groups that have resumed meetings.

Knitting: The West Bank Knitters Club meets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. each Monday at the Gretna Branch Library, 102 Willow St., Gretna. Bev Madere, Craft Yarn Council of America master knitter, facilitates this group. Adults of all skill levels welcome; basic knitting skills taught to beginners.

Theosophy: The Theosophy and Self-Transformation Discussion Group meets at 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 12 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. It resumes its schedule of meeting on the second Saturday of each month.

The group encourages a general understanding of the key ideas from Western and Eastern schools of philosophy, the latest theories and trends in modern science, and a comparative study of the world’s major religious traditions.

Roses: The New Orleans Old Garden Rose Society meets the first Tuesday of each month at the North Kenner Library, 630 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner. The next meeting is at 6 p.m. July 6. Each meeting features a speaker on the care and maintenance of old garden roses.

Fiction writers: This group, which is designed to encourage local writers to create works of fiction, meets every other Thursday night at the Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Road. Participants submit manuscripts to be critiqued by others in the group. The next meeting is at 7 p.m. June 10. Open to all levels.

Sci-fi and Fantasy Book Club: The next meeting is at 6:30 p.m. June 23, at the Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Road. Participants discuss books and movies that focus on classic science fiction and fantasy.

Mystery Book Club: The Old Metairie Mystery Book Club meets from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 15 at the Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Road. In this first meeting in more than a year, members will discuss the books they’d like to read. Open to all.

Romance writing: The next meeting will be at 10 a.m. June 19, at the River Ridge Library, 8825 Jefferson Highway, River Ridge. The group’s mission is to advance the professional and common business interests of romance writers through networking and by increasing public awareness of the genre.

SUSTAINABLE GARDENING: Anna Timmerman, associate extension agent with the LSU AgCenter, will discuss “Gardening Sustainability,” at 6 p.m. June 14, via video conference online. Visit facebook.com/jeffparishlibrary to join the discussion. The presentation also can be accessed through the library’s Facebook page. This event is free; no registration is required.

COMPUTER CLASSES: Receive free computer training at both the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, and the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey. Seating is limited, and online registration is required.

Metairie classes include:

  • One-on-One Computer Training: 10 a.m. June 10.
  • Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 1: 10 a.m. to noon June 11.
  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2: 10 a.m. to noon June 14.
  • One-on-One Computer Training: 10 a.m. June 15.
  • Introduction to Microsoft Word 2: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 16.
  • One-on-One Computer Training: 10 a.m. June 23.
  • Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 25.
  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel 3: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 28
  • One-on-One Computer Training: 10 a.m. June 29.
  • Introduction to Microsoft Word 1: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 30.

Visit the Computer Classes page at www.jplibrary.net/training and click “East Bank Regional Schedule.” Upcoming classes include:

On the West Bank, classes include:

  • Basic Computer Skills: 10 a.m. to noon June 10.
  • Internet Basics: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 16.
  • One-on-One Computer Training: 10 a.m. June 17.
  • Basic Computer Skills: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 24.
  • Basic Computer Skills: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 30.

Visit the Computer Classes page at www.jplibrary.net/training and click “West Bank Regional Schedule.” 

JOB HUNTING: A new seminar titled “Job Hunting Today” will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 18, at the East Bank Regional Library.

The seminar will focus on job searching in the digital age. Discussion includes tips and techniques on finding and applying for jobs online. Participants also will look at various ways to enhance one’s digital presence and strategies for how to stay organized during the job hunt.

Registration is required by going to the library’s calendar. Due to COVID-19, seating is very limited with a maximum of six people.

SUMMER READING REMINDER: The Jefferson Parish Library kicks off the 2021 Summer Reading Program “Tails and Tales” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 12, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

The Tails and Tales Adoption Event will take place outside the library under the trees near Harvard Avenue. Representatives from the Jefferson Protection and Animal Welfare Services (JPAWS) and the Jefferson Parish SPCA will be on-site with dogs available for adoption. Many other programs will remain virtual. Visit srp.jplibrary.net for more details.

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

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