Can’t go to the library? Eligible Jefferson Parish Residents with Disabilities Can Receive Books in the Mail for Free | Entertainment / Life

Residents of Jefferson Parish who cannot leave their homes due to a temporary or permanent disability can use the Books by Mail program provided by the Jefferson Parish Library to obtain free books or other library materials.

To qualify for the program, clients must complete a form to verify that they are disabled and unable to leave home. The form must be signed by a doctor, nurse or social worker.

Two forms are available on the library’s website under the “Services” tab at the top of the page. The Books by Mail application must be completed and signed. The Books by Mail reader profile lists the types of documents the user wants to receive.

Forms should be sent or delivered to: Jefferson Parish Library, ATTN: Outreach Department / Books by Mail Registration, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, LA 70001-2310.

Once customers have sent the registration documents, they will receive their first delivery in a mailing sleeve. The same prepaid pouch must be used to return books to the postman. Reverse the address card attached to the front so that the Jefferson Parish Library address is visible. The card indicates that the return of the book is prepaid and that no postage is due.

For more information on this program, contact Lisa Ciravolo at (504) 838-1100 or

CAREER DATABASES: Job seekers can access the library’s job and career databases free of charge. Check out these five databases.

Louisiana Employment and Career Center is a comprehensive site created by the Louisiana State Library with federal funds. It includes job search resources, job search resources, resume help, small business resources, online tutoring, and other training.

Career cruise explores the careers, skills and education required, and offers quizzes to match interests with skills and create a resume.

Express learning library offers practice tests and directed courses for public service and popular professions such as cosmetology, EMS, firefighting, nursing and real estate. It also offers computer courses for Adobe and Microsoft, as well as job search, resume help, and skill building.

Brainfuse has professional resources, a CV lab, live interview coaching with qualified professional coaches who can help users target the jobs best suited to their interests and qualifications, and a adult education that offers test preparation and a skills center with live online tutors. Help with career assessment, GED and citizenship tests, computer literacy, resumes and cover letters, interview tips and local job postings.

Patrons can access any of the above by going to the library’s website, then clicking on the “Databases” tab at the top of the page.

OLD METAIRIE BOOK CLUB: The group discusses “In the Woods” by Tanya French from 2 pm to 4 pm on January 18 at the Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Road.

Film synopsis: As dusk approaches in a Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin calling their children home. But three children do not return. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children clutching a tree trunk in terror, wearing sneakers filled with blood and unable to remember a single detail from the previous hours.

French is also the author of the best-selling books “The Likeness”, “Faithful Place”, “Broken Harbor”, “The Secret Place” and “The Trespasser”. His books have won awards including the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry Awards, the Los Angeles Times Award for Best Detective Novel / Thriller, and the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction. She is American but lives in Dublin with her family.

BIG BOOKS CLUB: The group will discuss John Steinbeck’s classic “Cannery Row” at 7:00 pm on January 18 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The novel is set during the Great Depression, on a street in Monterey, California lined with sardine canneries, known as Cannery Row. The story revolves around the people who live there: Lee Chong, the local grocer; Doc, a marine biologist; and Mack, the leader of a group of “abandoned” people.

WINNIE THE POOH: Winnie has her own day, celebrated on January 18 each year. It really is author AA Milne’s birthday. Every year, literacy advocates celebrate Pooh and his friends with cub picnics, Tigger snacks, and honey-filled snacks. JPLibrary has copies of these classics in our collection.

COMPUTER COURSE: Receive free computer training at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon, Metairie, and ta West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.

Places are limited and online registration is required. Visit the Computer Courses page at and click “Regional calendar for the east shore” or “West Bank regional timetable”.

Upcoming Métairie courses include:

  • Individual instruction – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on January 12.
  • Individual instruction – 10 a.m. to noon on January 13.
  • Individual instruction – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. January 13.
  • Computer for beginners – 10 a.m. to noon on January 19.
  • Microsoft Word 2 – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. January 19.
  • Individual instruction – 10 a.m. to noon on January 20.

Upcoming Harvey courses include:

  • Microsoft Word 1 – 10 a.m. to midday January the 21st.
  • Microsoft Word 2 – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 21.

Chris Smith is responsible for adult programming at the Jefferson Parish Public Library.

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