No Internet?  No problem.  Connect by visiting a Jefferson Library Wi-Fi hotspot

No Internet? No problem. Connect by visiting a Jefferson Library Wi-Fi hotspot

Jefferson Parish Library’s Mobile Hotspot Borrowing Program is running, with 50 hotspot Wi-Fi devices available to patrons 18 and older with active library cards .

A mobile hotspot allows people to access the Internet, usually using Wi-Fi, through a wireless LAN with a router connected to an Internet service provider. Patrons can use library hotspots to browse the Internet, send and receive emails, and use services such as Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp, and others.

Mobile hotspots can be viewed for 21 days. If a device is not returned by its due date, service will be disconnected remotely. A fee of $15 per day will be charged to customer’s account for late returns. A $50 charge will apply if the item is lost or damaged beyond repair.

The hotspots are:

  • Secure, fast, and reliable: They work over cellular connections, making them ideal for almost any location.
  • Easy to use: charge them and turn them on. Customers can connect their devices to the signal.
  • Library Supported: The Library Help Desk is available to help patrons with questions or problems.

Devices are private and not monitored by the library. The library does not have access to a patron’s Internet usage data.

BANNED BOOKS EVENT: Tom Lowenburg of Octavia Books and Elizabeth Ahlquist of Blue Cypress Books will discuss the resurgence of political groups challenging books and how this affects independent bookstores.

It’s happening at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

“A LIE WILL ENOUGH”: Jay Wilkinson, retired U.S. Magistrate Judge at the New Orleans Federal District Court, will discuss his new book, “A Lie Will Suffice,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 5, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Avenue, Metairie.

The book was inspired by the true story of Wilkinson’s great-grandfather, Gaetano DiGiovanni, who emigrated from Sicily to New Orleans in 1893 and became a Mafia “man of respect” in the ‘Ancient.

THE HORROR!: “Strange Weather, Four Short Novels by Joe Hill” is the book under discussion at the Waggaman Mystery Book Club. The group meets from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 3 at the Live Oak Library, 125 Acadia, Waggaman. Joe Hill is considered one of America’s finest horror writers.

PARENT CLASS: Challenging behavior in children ages 3-5 is the topic of a parenting class from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, September 29 at the North Kenner Library, 630 Esplanade Ave., Kenner.

This one-time course is provided by the Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital, which helps parents and grandparents with the common challenges of raising children. The staff of patient educators come from a variety of backgrounds to help families grow from birth through adolescence.


COMPUTER LESSONS : Receive free computer training at East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, and Jane O’Brien Chatelain West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.

Places are limited and online registration is mandatory. Visit the Computer Classes page at and click on “East Bank Regional Schedule” or “West Bank Regional Schedule”.

Upcoming Farmhouse courses include:

  • Basic Computer Skills Individual Slots – 2-2:30 p.m. and 2:30-3 p.m. September 28.
  • Introduction to PowerPoint 2 — 10 a.m. to noon September 29.
  • NorthStar Proctoring One-on-Ones – 2-2:30 p.m. and 2:30-3 p.m. Sept. 29.

Upcoming Harvey courses include:

  • Computer Skills for Beginners – 10 a.m. to noon September 30.

Chris Smith is head of adult programming at the Jefferson Parish Public Library.

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