Little ones can start learning about money with new picture books at Jefferson Parish Library | Entertainment/Life

The Jefferson Parish Library has some new picture books that help teach kids about money.

The following books avoid stereotypes; focus on equity, diversity and inclusion; teach essential financial skills, knowledge and behaviors; and do not skimp on fun and engaging storytelling.

  • “A Bike Like Sergio’s” by Maribeth Boelts.
  • “Thank You, Omu!” by Oge Mora.
  • “Tia Isa Wants a Car” by Meg Medina.
  • “A Boy, a Budget and a Dream” by Jasmine Paul.
  • “Swap!” by Steve Light.

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  • “Dirt Cheap” by Mark Hoffman.
  • “When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree” by Jamie Deenihan.

The libraries also have hundreds of books on financial literacy for all other age groups.

MOVIE AND TRIVIA NIGHT: Star Wars Trivia Night begins at 5:15 pm at the North Kenner Library, followed by a movie. Prizes will be awarded to kids and adults. Popcorn is provided. The library is located at 630 W. Esplanade Ave., Kenner.

RIVER RIDGE CLASSES: Two classes for adults will take place at the River Ridge Library, 8825 Jefferson Highway.

  • A creative writing workshop will be held from 2 pm to 4 pm Saturday, May 7. It’s open to writers of all skill levels who want to hone their voice, style and character by producing, sharing and critiquing texts written by fellow writers. Writers should come with a short piece of their work (no more than five pages) to be read and discussed. Work can continue on the pieces over the course of several meetings. Each workshop will be led by a staff member with a master’s degree in English and extensive creative writing training. For more information, call (504) 736-6455.
  • A watercolor class will be held from 6 pm to 7 pm Tuesday, May 10. Patrons will learn basic watercolor skills and complete a painting in 50 minutes. Step-by-step instructions will be given. Limited art supplies are provided (while supplies last), or patrons may bring their own supplies. Registration is required by calling (504) 736-6455.

ROSEDALE BOOK CLUB: The group, which focuses on “River Lives and Rising Tides: The Ecology, History and Culture of the Mississippi River,” meets to discuss its first selection, “Mark Twain’s Life on the Mississippi,” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 9 , at the Rosedale Library, 4036 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson. The group is free and open to the public.

GENEALOGY SERIES: Gwen Kelley, a librarian who specializes in genealogy and local history, will lead a seminar on French Canadian records at 2 pm Monday, May 9, via streaming through the library’s website. Patrons should visit the homepage and click on the link to join the meeting.

For those who don’t have a computer, the sessions will be broadcast into the River Ridge (8825 Jefferson Highway) and North Kenner (630 W. Esplanade Ave.) libraries on the east bank, and the Terrytown (680 Heritage Ave.) and Belle Terre (5550 Belle Terre Road, Marrero) libraries on the west bank. These sessions will be recorded and archived on the library’s website.

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 and click East Bank Regional Schedule or West Bank Regional Schedule.

Metairie classes include:

  • One-on-One Slot in Basic Computer Skills — 10 am to 10:30 am May 4.
  • Beginner Computer Skills — 10 am to noon May 5.
  • Introduction to Microsoft Word 1 — 2 pm to 4 pm May 6.
  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel, Part 2 — 2 pm to 4 pm May 9.
  • Introduction to PowerPoint 1 — 10 am to 12 pm May 10.
  • Basic Computer Skills — 10 am to noon May 11.
  • One-on-One Slot in Basic Computer Skills — 2 pm to 2:30 pm May 12.
  • One-on-One Slot in Basic Computer Skills — 2:30 pm to 3 pm May 12.

Upcoming Harvey classes include:

  • Introduction to PowerPoint 1 — 10 am to noon May 13.
  • Introduction to Microsoft Word 1 — 10 am to noon May 16.

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

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