The Orleans Library is partnering with the Ogden on a virtual program that introduces children to art museums | Entertainment / life

The library is partnering with the Ogden Museum of Southern Art to present “Matthew’s Dream: A Museum Introduction” at 10:30 am on July 16. Framed by Leo Lionni’s beloved picture book, children follow Matthew on his first visit to an art museum that combines images from the Ogden Museum with the art forms that the little mouse sees during her visit.

Participants in the virtual program will take part in hands-on activities inspired by the Ogden artwork and led by the museum educator, using paper, markers and dramatic games. Participants are asked to have paper and painting tools on hand.

Visit to sign up for this program sponsored by the Friends of the New Orleans Public Library.

New Orleans Public Library cardholders can visit the Ogden Museum of Southern Art for free in real life as part of their Culture Pass partnership. The passes are not valid for those with a temporary library card or cardholders residing outside of Orléans Parish. Visit for more information.

WHO DO IT ?: Librarian and mystery lover Shelby Goddard hosts the monthly Who Dun It? Book Club from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 15 via Zoom.

Participants discuss “Thursday Murder Club,” Richard Osman’s debut novel about a group of seniors who live in a senior citizens’ home and suddenly find themselves at the center of a real-life murder investigation.

For details, including next month’s book title and Zoom information, email [email protected] or visit New members are always welcome.

CLOSING PARTY: Youngsters are invited to meet celebrated author Daniel José Older on July 16 at 6pm during “Included in the End”, the library’s Summer Fune final party on Zoom. Older will talk about diversity, inclusion, and the apocalypse, all topics featured in his latest book, Flood City. Participants are encouraged to read “Flood City” or “Skyhunter” by Marie Lu. Older readers might be interested in Sherri L. Smith’s “Orleans” instead, which contains mature topics.

Summer fun prizes will also be raffled during the party and young people will have the opportunity to ask older questions. This event is sponsored by the Friends of New Orleans Public Library. Visit to sign up.

TAI-CHI: Learn tai chi basics on the lawn of the Milton H. Latter Memorial Library at 10 a.m. 17th July. Mask requirement, social distancing applies and the number of participants is limited to 20 people. Registration is recommended, visit for more information.

Financial education: Learn more about investing in your future on July 20th at 6pm during the final session of the library’s Virtual Financial Literacy Series, presented in partnership with Flyte Coaching. Led by a New York Life representative, attendees will learn about stocks, bonds, 401ks, IRAs, and other tools that can maximize long-term financial security. Sign up at

Gabriel Morley is the director of the New Orleans Public Library.

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