November 25, 2022

Book Clubs, Rose Lovers, Knitters & More: They All Come Back to the Jefferson Parish Library | Entertainment / Life

As coronavirus rates drop and more people have been vaccinated, library meeting rooms are once again open for reservations. Here are some groups that have resumed meetings.

Knitting: The West Bank Knitters Club meets from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. every Monday at the Gretna Branch Library, 102 Willow St., Gretna. Bev Madere, master knitter with the Craft Yarn Council of America, leads this group. Adults of all skill levels are welcome; basic knitting skills taught to beginners.

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

The group encourages a general understanding of 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. on July 6. Each meeting includes a speaker on the care and maintenance of old garden roses.

Fiction writers: The group, which aims to encourage local writers to create works of fiction, meets every other Thursday evening at the Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Road. Participants submit manuscripts for review by others in the group. Next meeting on June 10 at 7 p.m. Open at every level.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Club: The next meeting will be on June 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Road. Participants discuss books and films focusing on classic science fiction and fantasy.

Mystery Book Club: The Old Metairie Mystery Reading Club meets from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 15 at the Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Road. At this first meeting in over a year, members will discuss which books they would like to read. Open to everyone.

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

SUSTAINABLE GARDENING: Anna Timmerman, Associate Extension Officer at LSU AgCenter, will discuss “Gardening Sustainability” at 6:00 PM June 14 via online video conference. Visit facebook.com/jeffparishlibrary to participate in the discussion. The presentation is also accessible via the library’s Facebook page. This event is free; no registration is required.

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

The Métairie courses include:

  • Individual computer training: 10:00 a.m. on June 10.
  • Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 1:10 a.m. to noon on June 11.
  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2: 10 a.m. to noon on June 14.
  • Individual computer training: 10 a.m. on June 15.
  • Introduction to Microsoft Word 2: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 16.
  • Individual computer training: 10:00 a.m. on 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
  • Individual IT training: June 29 at 10 a.m.
  • 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 on “East Bank Regional Schedule”. Upcoming courses include:

In the West Bank, courses include:

  • Basic computer skills: 10:00 a.m. to noon on June 10.
  • Internet Basics: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 16.
  • Individual computer training: 10 a.m. on June 17.
  • Basic computer skills: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. June 24.
  • Basic computer skills: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 30.

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

JOB SEARCH: A new seminar entitled “The job hunt today” will take place from 2 pm to 4 pm on June 18 at the regional library on the east shore.

The seminar will focus on job search in the digital age. The discussion includes tips and techniques for finding and applying for jobs online. Participants will also look at various ways to improve one’s digital presence and strategies for staying organized while looking for a job.

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

SUMMER READING REMINDER: The Jefferson Parish Library is launching the 2021 “Tails and Tales” Summer Reading Program from 10 am to 2 pm June 12 at the East Rim 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 hand with dogs available for adoption. Many other programs will remain virtual. Visit srp.jplibrary.net for details.

Chris Smith is responsible for adult programming at the Jefferson Parish Public Library.

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