As part of the ongoing celebrations of Louisiana’s Bicentennial, the Nix Branch Library (1401 S Carrollton Ave.) will present a program of jazz and blues at 6 p.m. Friday featuring Estelle Campagne and the Uptown Beaux, with Dr. Guitar on guitar, Spike Perkins on bass and Dave Thomas on percussion. The concert is free to the public, and light refreshments will be served.
Several local library branches in Central City, Uptown and Carrollton will host presentations in the coming weeks about an energy efficiency program to help residents save money on electricity bills. Details, via email:
Energy Smart is coming to your local New Orleans Public Library to help you save energy and save money! Energy Smart is an energy efficiency program which provides audits and cash rebates to Entergy New Orleans electric customers who take steps to increase the efficiency of their homes and businesses. We’ll be visiting your local library on the dates below to talk about the residential programs offered through Energy Smart: free light bulbs, $75 off A/C tune-ups, energy audits, incentives for insulation, air sealing, air conditioning and more! Please visit these New Orleans Public libraries for our Energy Smart presentations on these dates:
Central City (2405 Jackson Ave, Ste C-235) 5 pm Thursday, March 22
Latter (5120 St.
Now that the Nix branch library has reopened, its neighbors in the Carrollton area plan to help spruce it up a bit. The library closed in early June because of a serious failure of its air conditioning system, and finally reopened in late September. Soon afterward, Cherri Ainsworth of the Central Carrollton Association spoke to branch manager Damian Lambert about a wish list of improvements that neighbors might be able to help with, and came back with three initial items: a storytelling chair (“a sturdy chair with a whimsical fabric,” was Ainsworth’s precise description), assistance planting several oleander plants, and help rehabilitating several crepe myrtles that have never bloomed. At a meeting last week, the association agreed to all three requests. Board members voted unanimously to spend up to $500 purchasing a chair and having it upholstered, and pledged to help with the plants as well.
A major air-conditioning system failure has kept Carrollton’s Nix Library closed since early June, but it will reopen as soon as the system can be replaced, officials reassured a concerned neighborhood Monday night. City officials examined the building last Friday, and hope to have a timeline for repairs within a week or so, said Jessica Styons, the acting associate director of branch services for New Orleans Public Libraries at a meeting of the Central Carrollton Association. The replacement could cost as much as $30,000, and will have to be installed through the narrow attic access of an upstairs window, said building maintenance supervisor Bill South. The system failure during the hottest part of the year was particularly unfortunate, said Nix branch manager Damian Lambert, as the building could have possibly remained open without air conditioning had the unit broke down in the fall. His staff is regularly returning to ventilate the building to protect the books inside, he said.
The need for air-conditioning repairs has the Nix Library on South Carrollton closed indefinitely, but residents in the neighborhood are organizing an effort to get the city to reopen it. Nix is “in disrepair …. and no money is available for repairs,” the Central Carrollton Association has been told, so the branch will remain closed indefinitely. Efforts to reopen the library will be among the topics discussed with a liaison of City Councilwoman Susan Guidry’s office at a neighborhood meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday (Aug. 8 ) in the lounge of Central St.