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Diversity is theme at Metairie Library Children’s Book Festival | Entertainment / Living

Diversity is theme at Metairie Library Children’s Book Festival | Entertainment / Living


“Writing Louisiana for Everyone” is the theme for the 2022 Holiday Children’s Book Festival, which will be held on Wednesday, December 7 from 6-8 p.m. at the East Shore Regional Library, 4747 W Napoleon Drive, Metairie .

The theme reflects the growing diversity of characters and plots in children’s literature by New Orleans authors, and why it is important for children to experience characters, plots, and dialogue different from the ones they already know.

Susan Larson will host a panel featuring three local children’s authors: Chris Clarkson, Marti Dumas and Johannette Downing (Johnette Downing).







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Susan Larson, host of WWNO’s “Life of Reading”




Larson is the host of the WWNO-FM radio show “The Reading Life” and the author of “The Reader’s Guide to New Orleans.” From 1988 to 2009, she was the book editor for The New Orleans Times-Picayune.

In 2007, she received the Louisiana Humanities Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to the literary community.







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Children’s book author Marti Dumas in New Orleans on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. (Photo: Chris Granger | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)




Dumas is a mother, teacher, author and creative entrepreneur from New Orleans. An expert in child literacy, Dumas has spent the past 15 years working with children and teachers across the country to promote an early love of reading. Her bestselling “Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest” series combines literacy with STEM skills and humor.







Chris Clarkson

Chris Clarkson




Clarkson, whose debut novel was “That Night in Frenchman Street,” received a BA in English Literature from the University of Maryland. He serves as an outreach coordinator and regularly assists with diversity initiatives.

New Orleans native Downing, an award-winning singer, musician, composer, author and poet, presents Louisiana Roots concerts and author visits for children, as well as keynotes and workshops for educators worldwide .

Her presentations about children’s interests in an engaging, interactive, educational, entertaining and culturally respectful manner have earned her the reputation of a “Children’s Music Ambassador” and “Piper of the Louisiana Musical Tradition.”

Many other children’s authors will be in attendance to discuss and sell books. They include: Karen Konnerth, Denise Walter-McConduit, Shannon Kelley Atwater, Laura Roach Dragon, Gary Alipio, MH Herlong, Leah Eskine, Laura Michaud, Michelle D. Jackson, Gideon Hodge, Anthony Figaro, Louie Duet and more.

World War II Discussion Group: Submarine expert Pat Doyle talks about the development of American submarines during World War II, life on board and their impact on the war effort. He will be particularly concerned about the loss of life for all involved in the Pacific.

It will be held on Thursday, December 1 at 7pm at the East Shore Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

Seniors Health Expo: The Jefferson Parish Library will be celebrating its 100th birthday with a Senior Health Exhibit and Birthday Celebration on Saturday, December 3rd at 1 p.m. at the East Shore Regional Library, 4747 West Napoleon Avenue in Metairie.

We encourage any patrons with relatives, friends or colleagues of the centenarian to attend.

The featured presentation will be a laughter yoga session by retired speech-language pathologist Judy Newman.

There will also be a giant birthday cake and numerous vendors offering products or services that appeal to older customers: eye care and hearing specialists, Medicare/Medicaid fraud, legal and retirement issues, and more.

Big Band: The Jerusalem Temple Big Band will perform at the East Shore Regional Library, 4747 Napoleon Drive W, Metairie on Tuesday, December 6 at 7pm.

Beatles talk: Bruce Spizer will discuss his latest in the Beatles album series “The Beatles, From Rubber Soul to Revolver”. The book includes two albums, “Rubber Soul” and “Revolver”, as well as Capitol’s “Yesterday and Today” LP and the singles associated with those albums. “Rubber Soul” and “Revolver” set new standards for pop and rock recordings, showing the world a mature and evolved Beatles.

Spizer says the 16 tracks recorded during the “Rubber Soul” sessions are among the best of the group.

With “Revolver,” he says, the Beatles were finding more color on their recordings, experimenting with new instruments and techniques. But they’re not using studio magic to fill in weaknesses; they’re finding new sounds to enhance their already great songs.

Citizenship courses: Free classes to prepare patrons who wish to become US citizens are held at the North Kenner Library (630 Esplanade, Kenner) every Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm. Educator Cesar Munoz teaches citizenship classes in English and Spanish.

Chris Smith is the Adult Programs Manager at the Jefferson Parish Public Library.





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