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Kids and teens can try their hand at drawing, cooking, jewelry making and more at New Orleans Libraries | Entertainment/Life

Summer is synonymous with special activities at the New Orleans Public Library, many of which are geared toward children and teens. Check out the offerings and find something to engage, inform or entertain a young person in your life.

Does your teenager like to draw? The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library is hosting a drawing workshop for teens at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8. The one-hour class will focus on character and creature design, the building blocks of visual storytelling. Open to ages 11-17, participants will learn to sketch dynamic designs using reference images, manga characters, and their imaginations. The Milton H. Latter Memorial Library will host the same workshop at 4 p.m. on June 15. The seats are limited. Register online at

Animal lovers will flock to the City Central Library on Thursday (June 9) at 11 a.m. as Audubon Educations arrives with a special animal guest to teach children and families about Audubon Zoo residents and how we can all working together to protect the natural world around us.

Families are invited to read and sing with local drag queen Laveau Contraire at Drag Queen Storytime at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 10 at the Norman Mayer Library.

Liberty’s Kitchen Cooking Instructor Chef De Wells will show teens how to create a Thai-inspired dish developed by the American Heart Association for its Healthy For Life Education Experiences series on Friday, June 10 from 1-2:30 p.m. Liberty’s Kitchen staff will also share information. on its youth development program.

Create welded gemstone necklaces and learn about rock formations at the Roa F. Keller Library and Community Center on Saturday, June 11 at 1 p.m. In this two-hour workshop, girls ages 8-12 will learn how to use heat to fuse metal while making their very own jewelry to take home. Space is limited; register at to reserve a spot.

The New Orleans Library and Museum of Art are teaming up to present a four-part series for children ages 2-5 and their caregivers, designed to connect art and early literacy. Session 2 will take place at the Norman Mayer Library at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 13 at the Norman Mayer Library.

Inspired by NOMA’s Mini Masters, this integrative arts program provides visual arts experiences and museum interaction for preschoolers, while engaging in hands-on art-making activities and developing skills early in literacy. Registration is required: visit to find out more.

Mini Masters at the Library is sponsored by the City of New Orleans, First Horizon, Janice Parmelee and Bill Hammack, Sara and David Kelso, and the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation.

Dive into literacy on Tuesday, June 14 at the Robert E. Smith Library with a community arts and literacy workshop. Featuring storytelling with puppets, songs about the sea and an original yoga story, this hour-long workshop combines music, movement and ocean-themed storytelling.

The program will include a yoga segment featuring several basic postures suitable for children. No special equipment is required, but children are encouraged to wear clothes that are easy to put on. Presented by Nanette Ledet, Louisiana young audience and Louisiana Wolf Trap teaching artist. Ledet will lead the same workshop the next day at the Central City Library at 10:30 a.m.

Jane LeGros is the Director of Marketing and Communications for the New Orleans Public Library.

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