Free classes for those who want to become U.S. citizens will be offered this spring at two Jefferson Parish Library branches. The classes are provided by Catholic Charities New Orleans.
Citizenship Class Level 2 and Citizenship Class Level 3 will be held at the North Kenner Branch Library, 630 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie. Citizenship Class Level 2 will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 20, and it will continue on Mondays and Wednesdays for eight weeks.
Citizenship Class Level 3 will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday and will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays for eight weeks.
The East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie, will host a Citizenship Class in Spanish at 6 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Jan. 20. It will continue for eight weeks. This session is geared for Spanish-speaking people who are at least 50 years old and have resided in the United States for 20 years or longer or Spanish-speaking people who are at least 55 years old and have lived in the United States for at least 15 years.
Citizenship Classes prepare participants to take the examinations, both oral and written, for U.S. citizenship. Students follow a workbook with lessons in American history, geography and civics. In addition, students have to be prepared to answer questions about their own backgrounds, their families and travel over the past five years.
Classes address the application procedure; American government; American history; the U.S. Constitution and Declaration of Independence; and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) interview procedure; as well as other topics.
THE BONES ARE BLOWING: The Trombone Choir of the New Orleans Concert Band, a group consisting of a dozen trombones, performs traditional and contemporary music at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.
INTRODUCING FOUR NEW SCRIBES: Four authors present their new books and talk about the publishing process at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. The event focuses on “An Immigrant’s Song,” by Kevin Bitter; “The Way Eye See It,” by Sol Heiman; “The Jury Scandal,” by Alice Abel Kemp; and “The Night Walker’s Song,” by Dawn Ruth Wilson. This is a great way to meet local authors and learn the craft of writing.
FINANCIAL AID CLASS: This workshop in Spanish and English for parents of seniors in the Escalera STEM program focuses on how to complete the Free Application for Financial Student Aid form for the 2016-17 school year. This event occurs at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the West Bank Regional Library, 2751 Manhattan Blvd., Harvey.
ALTERNATIVES TO PAY TV: Greg Wilde and Ray Paternostro will discuss “Alternatives to Pay TV” at 7 p.m. Thursday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. They say cable TV and satellite TV companies have enjoyed an exclusive lock on delivery of content, but the number of alternatives to carriers like cable and satellite TV continues to expand, including over-the-air high definition channels and Internet-based video.
LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS: Members of the Southern Louisiana Chapter of Romance Writers of America will screen “Love Between the Covers,” at 10 a.m. Saturday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. This feature-length documentary film focuses on the little-known but powerful community of women who read and write romance novels.
GREAT BOOKS DISCUSSION GROUP: The group discusses “The Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie. For more than a century, this tale of horror and suspense has enjoyed wide popularity. It ranks as one of Wilde’s most important creations and among the classic achievements of its kind.
TEACH YOUR CHILDREN WELL: Cookbook author and etiquette consultant Carolyn Shelton talks to parents and grandparents about etiquette for kids at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave, Metairie. She will discuss what they should know, how they should act and what defines good behavior. This is not a seminar for children. Its purpose is to instruct adults, who can then instruct their kids.
All programs at the library are free and open to the public. For more information about programs at the 15 branches of the Jefferson Parish Library, go to http://www.jplibrary.net/ or friend the library’s Facebook page for daily programming updates.