No internet? Not a problem. Connect to the Internet by checking a Wi-Fi hotspot from Jefferson Library | Entertainment / Life

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

A mobile hotspot allows people to access the Internet, usually using Wi-Fi, over a wireless LAN with a router connected to their ISP. Patrons can use library hotspots to surf the Internet, send and receive email, and use services such as Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp, and others.

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

Hot spots are:

  • SAFE, FAST AND RELIABLE: It works through cellular connections, making it ideal for just about any location.
  • Easy to use: charge it and turn it on. Patrons can connect their devices to the signal.
  • Supported by the Library: The Library’s Help Desk is available to assist patrons who have questions or problems.

The devices are private and are not monitored by the library. The library does not have access to the patron’s internet usage data.

Banned Books Event: Tom Lauenberg, of Octavia Books, and Elizabeth Alquist, of Blue Cypress Books, will discuss the re-emergence of political groups challenging books and how they are affecting independent bookstores.

It happens at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Street, Metairie.

A lie will suffice: Jay Wilkinson, a retired U.S. Magistrate of the Federal District Court in New Orleans, 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. Ave, Metairie.

The book is inspired by the true story of Wilkinson’s great-grandfather, Gaetano DiGiovanni, who immigrated from Sicily to New Orleans in 1893 and became an old-fashioned “gentleman” of the Mafia.

the horror!: Weird Weather, Four Joe Hill’s Short Novels is the book for discussion at the Wagaman Mystery Book Club. The group meets from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, October 3 at Live Oak Library, 125 Acadia, Waggaman. Joe Hill is considered one of the best horror writers in America.

Parent category: The Behavioral Challenge in 3- to 5-year-olds is the subject of a parenting class from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, at North Kenner Library, 630 Esplanade Ave. , Kenner.

This one-time class is provided by the Parenting Center at Children’s Hospital, which helps parents and grandparents with the normal challenges of raising children. Patient educators come from diverse backgrounds to help families grow from birth through adolescence.


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

Seats are limited, and online registration is required. Visit the computer lessons page at Click on “East Bank Regional Table” or “West Bank Regional Table”.

Upcoming Metairie classes include:

  • Singles slots in Basic Computer Skills – 2pm to 2:30pm and 2:30pm to 3pm on September 28.
  • Introduction to PowerPoint 2 – 10 a.m. to noon September 29.
  • NorthStar Proctoring One on One – 2 PM to 2:30 PM and 2:30 PM to 3 PM on September 29th.

Harvey’s upcoming classes include:

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

Chris Smith is the Director of Adult Programming at the Jefferson Parish Public Library.

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