Get internet access and help with resumes and job applications through the New Orleans Public Library

Job seekers who need internet access, assistance with resumes and online applications and help in building digital skills can stop by the mobile workforce bus in the parking lot of the Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Ave., from 10 am to 5 pm Aug. 17-18.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission’s mobile workforce bus is equipped with everything job seekers need to write and post resumes, search for jobs and submit online applications, take and prepare for preemployment testing, skill assessment, connect with training opportunities, get labor market info, and attend group training courses.

The bus is staffed with LWC personnel, and in partnership with the New Orleans Public Library, members of the library’s workforce development team will assist with job readiness and digital literacy needs.

DIGITAL SKILLS FOR SENIORS: The library has also partnered with the AARP Foundation, Older Adults Technology Services, and the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library to present Digital Skills for Seniors 50+, a workshop series running through 2023. August’s lecture will detail how social media can be useful when looking for a job.

● Aug. 18, 10:30 am, Nora Navra Library, 1902 St. Bernard Ave.

● Aug. 26, 2 p.m., Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave.

WHO DUN IT?: Solve crimes together and discover “who dun it” over Zoom at the New Orleans Public Library’s monthly mystery book club meeting at 4 pm Aug. 18. This month, dive into Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s “Velvet Was The Night” — a noir thriller set in 1970s Mexico that follows a daydreaming secretary and a lonely enforcer both searching for the same women.

In September, the Who Dun It club will discuss “The Never Game” by Jeffery Deaver.

New members are always welcome. Visit events.nolibrary.org to register.

FREE COVID TESTS: CORE New Orleans will be administering free COVID tests at the Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave., on Monday, Aug. 22 from 11 am to 2 pm for all ages. No appointments are required. Find additional testing and vaccine events at ready.nola.gov.

BOOK TALK: Author and Southern Food and Beverage Museum founder Elizabeth Williams will spend the evening at Cita Dennis Hubbell Library, 725 Pelican Ave., sharing recipes and stories from Sicilian New Orleans from 6:30 pm to 8 pm Tuesday, Aug. 23.

From meatball po-boys to Creole red gravy, the influence of Sicilian foodways permeates New Orleans. Williams’ book, “Nana’s Creole Italian Table,” tells the story of those immigrants and their communities through the lens of food, exploring the traditional ways of Sicilian dishes such as pasta and olive salad became a part of — and were in turn changed by — the existing food culture in New Orleans.

STORYTIMES: Throughout August, the library is offering two self-guided programs. DIY Storytime includes themed books, props, and activities for you to create a unique storytime experience with your baby, toddler, or preschooler. Play and Learn is a free-play program featuring NOPL’s collection of educational toys, including building sets, Magna-Tiles and puzzles.

Visit nolalibrary.org/early-literacy for more information.

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

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