Kids can get hands-on at events at the New Orleans Library | Entertainment / Life

Lego-loving kids are invited to test their engineering skills in the library’s weekly magazine Lego Challenge Club. Stop by the East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd., on November 30 from 4 to 5 p.m. to see if you can make the tallest tower.

The Electric girls present a workshop for girls ages 9-12 to learn how to make a flying mini drone out of popsicle sticks at Cita Dennis Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Ave., Nov. 26 at 1 p.m.

Participants learn everything about circuits and how electricity works. Space is limited and registration is recommended. Register at

More building projects and other experiments take place for children between the ages of 6 and 12 in the library Activate STEAM Afternoon programs. Locations and times vary, so check the New Orleans Public Library’s calendar of events to stay informed about upcoming programs.

STEAM programming focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Combining learning and fun, STEM and STEAM programming helps children develop critical thinking skills while exploring their creativity.

Download the NOLALibrary app or visit for more programming options.

FINANCIAL WORKSHOP: Kwanzaa celebrations kick off early this year at the library with a free three-part series on financial literacy to live up to the principle of Ujamaa, or cooperative economics. The Financially Lit Lunch Hour workshop begins November 29 at noon at the Norman Mayer Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd.

Participants will learn best practices in establishing, rebuilding or managing credit.

Registration is recommended and the first 20 participants will be offered lunch. Go to to sign up.

Founded in the 1960s, Kwanzaa is officially celebrated from December 26 to January 1, but the principles can be observed all year round.

In addition to Ujamaa, Kwanzaa traditions celebrate Umoja for unity; Kujichagulia for self-determination; Ujima, for collective work and responsibility; Nia with a purpose; Kuumba for creativity; and Imani for faith.

While gifts are exchanged during Kwanzaa, the holiday is primarily about community, growth and development, so educational and philanthropic events are common ways to celebrate.

The other two Financially Lit Lunch Hour events are December 6 at the East New Orleans Regional Library, 5641 Read Blvd., and December 14 at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive.

The second workshop is about home ownership and the third about business credit. Participants do not have to attend all three workshops.

HOLIDAY CLOSING: All library locations are closed from November 24-25. Library access is still available by using our dozens of electronic and digital resources to watch movies, learn a new language, read a book, get help with your next DIY project, and more.

Discover them all at

Janet LeGros is director of marketing and communications for the New Orleans Public Library.

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