Mystery lovers unite: Librarian and mystery-lover Shelby Goddard will host the library’s monthly Who Dun It? Book Club from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 20 via Zoom.
Participants will discuss “The Missing American” by Kwei Quartey. It’s described as the tale of private investigator Emma Djan’s first missing persons case, which leads her to the darkest depths of the email scams and fetish priests in Ghana. The book is s 2021 Edgar nominee for best novel. The Edgar Awards, named for American writer Edgar Allan Poe, honor the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, television, film and theater and are widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in the genre.
CREATIVE WRITING: Writers of all skill levels, style and genre are invited to a virtual creative writing workshop at 1 p.m. May 22, hosted by librarian and Pushcart Prize-winning poet and Fulbright Fellow Kathleen Balma.
Participating writers will create, share and critique original work while learning to develop their own voice. Each program will open with an optional writing prompt for those without a prepared work.
CRAFT CIRCLE: Yarn and thread artists of all ages are invited to the library’s Virtual Yarn Arts Craft Circle at 3:30 p.m. May 22.
Athe the event, sponsored by the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library, participants can share skills and techniques to learn from and with one another while working on their own projects.
The group will meet on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month through July. New members are always welcome. Register at nolalibrary.org/events.
SUMMER READING: Make your summer awesome by participating in the New Orleans Public Library’s annual Summer Fun program for all ages. Kicking off June 1, the program features dozens of events and activities, reading challenges and the chance to win great prizes, including creativity baskets, Beats Audio headphones or earbuds, and gift cards to local businesses.
Libraries across the country host summer reading programs as a way to encourage reading as a lifelong habit, maintain reading skills that children and teens have achieved throughout the school year, and increase interest in libraries —— and because it’s just plain fun.
Due to the ongoing pandemic restrictions, most Summer Fun programming will be conducted virtually, with the exception of a few in-person, outdoor events. Programs range from virtual visits to the zoo and drag queen story times to online gaming sessions, manga book clubs, mushroom-growing workshops and tai chi classes and more.
HERITAGE MONTH: In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the library has partnered with VAYLA to compile suggested titles for all ages to read and watch throughout May and beyond. These titles honor the contributions and influences that Asian American and Pacific Islander Americans have made to the culture, achievements and the history of the United States.
Dr. Gabriel Morley is director of the New Orleans Public Library.