Without Internet?  No problem.  Get online by checking out a Jefferson Library Wi-Fi hotspot |  Entertainment/Life

Without Internet? No problem. Get online by checking out a Jefferson Library Wi-Fi hotspot | Entertainment/Life

The Jefferson Parish Library Mobile Hotspot Loan Program is up and running, with 50 Wi-Fi hotspot devices available to patrons ages 18 and older with active library cards.

A mobile hotspot allows people to access the Internet, usually via Wi-Fi, through a wireless local area network with a router connected to an Internet service provider. Patrons can use library hotspots to browse the Internet, send and receive email, and use services like Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp, and others.

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

The hot spots 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. Users can connect their devices to the signal.
  • Supported by the library: The library’s help desk is available to help patrons with questions or problems.

The devices are private and are not monitored by the library. The library does not have access to a user’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 it affects independent bookstores.

It happens at 7 pm on Wednesday, September 28 at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.

‘ONE LIE ENOUGH’: Jay Wilkinson, a retired US Magistrate at the New Orleans Federal Trial Court, will speak about his new book, “A Lie Will Suffice,” on Wednesday, October 5 at 7 pm at the New Orleans Regional Library. East Bank, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., 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 an old-style mobster “man of respect.”

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

BREEDING CLASS: Challenging behavior in children ages 3 to 5 is the topic of a parenting class from 6 pm to 8 pm on Thursday, September 29, at the North Kenner Library, 630 Esplanade Ave., Kenner.

This unique class is provided by the Children’s Hospital Parent Center, which helps parents and grandparents with the common challenges of raising children. The patient educator staff comes from a variety of backgrounds to help families grow from birth through adolescence.


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

Space is limited and online registration is required. Visit the computer classes page at www.jplibrary.net/training and click on “East Bank Regional Schedule” or “West Bank Regional Schedule.”

Upcoming Metairie classes include:

  • Individual Slots in Basic Computer Skills: 2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on September 28.
  • Introduction to PowerPoint 2 — September 29 from 10 am to noon.
  • NorthStar Individual Supervision: 2 pm to 2:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 3 pm on September 29.

Harvey’s upcoming classes include:

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

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

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